Hamilton: 17 races to go, 17 times to give Rosberg hell

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Lewis Hamilton is refusing to dwell on the 43-point deficit to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship, saying he has 17 more races to “give him hell”.

Rosberg claimed his seventh straight grand prix victory in Russia on Sunday by going lights-to-flag, while Hamilton was left to settle for second place after battling back from P10 on the grid.

The result allowed Rosberg to extend his points lead yet again, leaving Hamilton with a mountain to climb heading to the first European race of the season in Spain later this month.

Speaking to NBCSN after the race, Hamilton said he had no problem with being beaten by Rosberg, but was concerned that he was not being given the car to give him a chance to fight back after an issue in qualifying forced him to miss Q3.

“My concern is not about beating Nico,” Hamilton said. “I don’t have a problem with that.

“It’s more the guys giving me a car to be able to fight equally with him. That’s my concern.”

Hamilton said that Rosberg’s life is inevitably made easier by his points lead, but is refusing to back down with 17 races still to run this season.

“Of course it makes it easier,” Hamilton said.

“It’s got a buffer knowing even with one or two bad weekends he’s still in the fight, which is a huge confidence boost.

“He’s been at the front with no one to really bother him, so it’s been a nice Sunday drive for him.

“There’s still 17 races to go and 17 times I can give him hell.”

Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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