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Winglets banned in Moto3 as MotoGP debate rages on

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The Grand Prix Commission has announced that winglets have been banned from the Moto3 class with immediate effect following a meeting earlier this week.

The introduction of winglets to MotoGP at the beginning of the season has been a widely-debated topic, with nine-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi calling them “ugly”.

Winglets were banned from Moto2 back in March, and a ban on them in Moto3 was planned to come into force at the end of the season.

However, this ban has now been brought forwards, coming into effect for the upcoming Italian Grand Prix next weekend.

“In March of this year it was agreed that aerodynamic wings in the Moto2 class would be banned immediately. It was also agreed that wings would be banned in the Moto3 class from 2017,” a statement read.

“Following a unanimous proposal from all Manufacturers in the Moto3 Working Group, the Grand Prix Commission have confirmed that the ban on aerodynamic wings in the Moto3 class will now be effective immediately.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.