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Vettel thought pole was possible for Ferrari in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel believed that pole position was within Ferrari’s reach in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday before ultimately finishing third behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari arrived in Montreal hopeful of a step up in performance thanks to a raft of updates including a new turbo on its power unit.

Vettel topped the final practice session before finishing within two-tenths of a second of Hamilton’s pole position time, qualifying third on the grid.

“I think going into qualifying I thought [pole] was possible,” Vettel admitted.

“You always feel there is a little bit more. On my last lap I was very happy with the lap in general. I was maybe a bit greedy out of Turn 10, not greedy enough into Turn 6. There wasn’t an awful lot to grab.

“Otherwise, very happy. I wanted to get below the 1:13 mark because then I knew it would be very close with the Mercedes. I did that, but just by one-hundredth, so a little bit was missing.”

Vettel is pleased with the step that Ferrari’s updates have offered, and is hopeful of getting in the mix with the two Mercedes drivers at the front on Sunday.

“Overall I think we have a great car, we did a step,” Vettel said.

“I feel in general very comfortable and enjoyed qualifying a lot. Brushed the Wall of Champions, so done that, don’t have to do that tomorrow! We should be all set.”

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

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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