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Rosberg completes practice sweep ahead of German GP qualifying

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Nico Rosberg completed a clean sweep of practice sessions for the German Grand Prix by topping FP3 ahead Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at Hockenheim.

Rosberg headed up a Mercedes one-two in FP1 and FP2 on Friday, and although the gap to Hamilton was reduced to just 0.057 seconds on Saturday morning, it was enough to give the German a hat-trick of practices at his home grand prix.

Rosberg and Hamilton exchanged fastest times through the middle of the session, with Rosberg dropping a lap of 1:15.738 to take P1 away.

Mercedes opted not to send Rosberg out late in FP3 for a qualifying simulation, while Hamilton completed two exploratory laps before coming in again.

As a result, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was able to close to within one-tenth of Rosberg thanks to his quick run on the super-soft tire, finishing third ahead of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel returned to the pits at the end of the session with a broken front wing after running wide and hitting the curb at Turn 10, leaving Ferrari with a small repair job to complete ahead of qualifying.

Max Verstappen finished FP3 sixth for Red Bull, followed by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in P7 and P8 respectively. Fernando Alonso was ninth for McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10 for Force India.

Romain Grosjean’s session came to an early end after Haas had to change the gearbox on his car, leaving the Frenchman at the foot of the timesheets behind the Manor pair of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.

Qualifying for the German Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Sunday.

Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener

Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.