Rosberg confident of pace, wary of tires in Mexico

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Nico Rosberg felt confident after scoring his fourth consecutive pole position in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday, but remains wary of how tire strategy may play out on the newly-surfaced Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

Formula 1 returns to Mexico for the first time since 1992 this weekend, and it was Rosberg who claimed pole position on Saturday after edging out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by two-tenths of a second at the end of Q3.

Speaking after the session, Rosberg was pleased to deliver on the pace that he had shown during practice in Mexico, but was cautious about the tire challenge posed by a green track.

“I just felt good all weekend,” Rosberg said. “I’ve been quick in all the sessions, and I found a good balance in qualifying. Thanks to my engineers and the team, I was able to push and get a good lap in.

“It’s a good start for sure, starting from pole. It’s a long run down to turn one so it’s going to be an exciting battle, and then I’m sure we have a good race car.

“It will be interesting tire-wise. There was some stuff going on on Friday which is going to be not so easy to handle in the race, I think, but we’re prepared well, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Rosberg and Hamilton came to blows in Austin over the latter’s aggressive overtake at turn one, but the German insisted that he would not be changing his approach as a result.

“It’s no different, it’s always going to be a battle and what’s in the past is in the past,” Rosberg said. “Now we move forward. It doesn’t change.”

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, qualifying third, tried to make light of the situation, saying to Rosberg and Hamilton: “Can you make sure you take both of you out so I can go through? Yes..? No..? I tried…” – he was met by silence from both Mercedes drivers.

Rosberg has converted just two of his last ten pole positions into a race win, and has not stood on the top step of the podium since the Austrian Grand Prix at the end of June.

Victory in Mexico would take Rosberg back ahead of Vettel in the race for second in the drivers’ championship, but with Hamilton keen to extend his win streak on Sunday, the German is likely to face a tough challenge from across the Mercedes garage.

The Mexican Grand Prix is live on NBC and Live Extra from 1:30pm ET on Sunday.

Jeremy Martin suffered broken wrist in Hangtown crash

Martin broken wrist Hangtown
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Jeremy Martin suffered a dislocated and broken wrist in his crash during the second moto of Pro Motocross Round 2 at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California. A timeline for his return has not been announced.

Older brother Alex Martin took to Instagram to announce the update on Jeremy: “Update on the little man: He dislocated and broke his right wrist in the 2nd moto crash at Hangtown. He had surgery this morning to set and fix several things. He’s hurting pretty bad from this one. Hang in there Jerma!”

After finishing 13th in Moto 1, Martin was involved in a violent crash at the beginning of the second race. Martin crashed on the inside of Turn 1 with much of the field behind him, With nowhere to go, Talon Hawkins rode over his wrist as several other riders piled into the incident. Martin was carted off the course by the Alpinestars Medical team as he held his right arm away from his body.

Martin finished 17th overall in the season opener at Fox Raceway in Pala, California with results of 16th and 19th in the two motos. Even with his failure to finish in Moto 2, Martin was ranked 16th overall. He started the day with the fifth-best qualification time.

Martin finished sixth in the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division on the strength of five top-fives and two other top-10s in nine rounds. He is currently ranked 11th in combined SuperMotocross points, 58 above the cutline to make the top 20 and get an automatic invitation to the three-race playoff in September.

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