Rosberg felt ‘massively pissed off’ with Hamilton Turn 1 move

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Nico Rosberg made no secret of his frustration after a difficult Canadian Grand Prix weekend that saw his Formula 1 drivers’ championship lead fall to just nine points.

Rosberg was forced wide at the first corner by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, causing him to drop to 10th at the end of the first lap after taking to the grass.

“I was massively pissed off in the moment,” Rosberg admitted after the race.

“In the end it’s just racing on the edge, tough racing and that’s it. I gave it a go around the outside in Barcelona and it worked out. Today it didn’t work out and that’s it.

“Of course very, very frustrating, but it’s my job to make sure I’m ahead after a battle like that. It didn’t work out today.”

Rosberg fought his way back into contention for a podium finish, only for a puncture to force him into a second pit stop.

Having burned more fuel than planned during his fightback, Rosberg was hamstrung in the closing stages when he tried to recover fourth from Max Verstappen, spinning in the process on the penultimate lap.

“I was really low on fuel because of battling all the way through and always having to overtake,” Rosberg said.

“It was difficult to understand how low. I knew the number was massively red and I didn’t know if I’d get to the end of the race.

“I did a huge lift and coast lap in the end with Kimi [Raikkonen] just to try and keep it over the start-finish line.

“That was the big problem with Max. I could only launch a couple of attacks. Every time I launched an attack, he defended very well and I needed to back off again to save fuel.

“The whole race was so complicated with a lot of things. I had the puncture as well which cost me a podium, I’m quite sure.

“A very frustrating day.”

Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption

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Though his Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship charge was put on hold, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a silver lining for Eli Tomac.

Off the road while the season was postponed for nearly three months, the points leader was able to be present as his girlfriend, Jessica, gave birth to their daughter, Lev, on April 26

“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.

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“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”

But there also could be more good fortune for Tomac as the series resumes Sunday at Salt Lake City, Utah (3-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-6 p.m. on NBC).

The final seven events will be held over 22 days in Rice-Eccles Stadium, which sits at just over 4,000 feet.

The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).

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“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.

“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”

Supercross will race Sunday and Wednesday for the next three weeks, capping the season with the June 21 finale, which also will be shown on NBCSN from 3-4:30 p.m. ET and NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Tomac, who holds a three-point lead over Ken Roczen (who also recently visited “Lunch Talk Live”), told Tirico he had been riding for 90 minutes Thursday morning on a track outside Salt Lake City.

“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”

Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:

  • Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
  • Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).
Eli Tomac rides his No. 3 Kawasaki in the Feb. 29 race at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).