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Ecclestone: North America ‘a bit of a s*** hole’ compared to Baku

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Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has expressed his delight over the inaugural grand prix in Baku, Azerbaijan this weekend, saying that the city makes North America seem like “a bit of a s*** hole”.

The Baku City Circuit plays host to the European Grand Prix for the first time this weekend, incorporating both the historic and modern parts of the city.

Ecclestone gave his approval to the circuit, which is set to be the fastest street course on the F1 calendar, when speaking to reporters in Baku on Thursday.

“I didn’t walk it but went around it,” Ecclestone said, as quoted by F1i.com.

“When I laid it out in the first place I was told I was mad, trying to get the old city and the new city together, but it looks like it has worked out alright.

“We just left the greatest place in the world North America, and compared to here, it is a bit of a shit hole isn’t it?”

Ecclestone also discussed concerns raised about Azerbaijan’s human rights record, saying that his conscience was “absolutely” clear.

“The minute people tell me what human rights are, you can look at how, why and when it applies. Does anyone know what human rights are?” he said.

“We listen obviously, and if people have got genuine complaints there is not a lot we can do.

“I think you get into trouble in most countries if you are anti some government or political people, or in fact anybody. So it is not quite as easy as that.”

Qualification report for Anaheim II Supercross

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Marvin Musquin posted the fastest lap in Qualification 2 for the third round of the 2019 Supercross season at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. His fastest lap was 57.660 seconds.

Eli Tomac was second-fast at 58:026 with Ken Roczen rounding out the top three at 58.381.

The 250s were almost as fast in the Qualification 2 with Adam Cianciarulo posting a lap of 58.892. In fact, in the first qualification round while the track was still drying out from weekday rains, the 250s were considerably quicker with Dylan Ferrandis’ lap of 58.637 topping the 450 field. Tomac was fastest in that session with a lap of 59.003 seconds.

Click here for complete Qualifying 2, Group A results
Click here for complete Qualifying 1, Group A results

In the 250 class:

Group A, Qualifying 2: Adam Cianciarulo and the field lost some time from Qualification 1, posting a fastest lap of 58.892 seconds. Dylan Ferrandis was second fast at 59.027 with RJ Hampshire third at 59.541 seconds. Thomas Do was quickest in Group B with a time of 1:02.704.
Group A, Qualifying 1: Ferrandis (58:637) was fastest over Cianciarulo (58.725) and Colt Nichols (59.173). Scott Champion was fastest from Group B with a 1:03.544, which was 19th best.

Click here for complete Qualifying 2, Group A results
Click here for complete Qualifying 1, Group A results

Qualification each week can be seen live with NBC’s Sport Gold Supercross / Motocross season pass, which can be purchased at https://www.nbcsports.com/gold.

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