Monday marked the opening of the 2017 Dakar Rally, with the first stage running from Asuncion to Resistencia. While this is the shortest test of the rally, it proved to be a real test.
Coverage of the event began today on NBCSN; an assortment of clips are linked below. Tuesday’s second stage ran today, with coverage airing on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
To start things off, we look at the bikes. Juan Pedrero inherited the win after Xavier de Soultrait was assessed a minute penalty for a speeding violation. American Ricky Brabec came second on the stage, another of those who was promoted, while defending champion Toby Price took 17th place, but only barely more than a minute behind.
In the cars, it was a battle of super teams, Toyota and Peugeot as Stage 1 kicked off the 2017 Dakar with Toyota taking the top spot thanks to Nasser Al-Attiyah’s finish in 25:41.
In trucks, Martin Kolomy of the Czech Republic surprised the trucks field in the opening stage of the 2017 Dakar with a first place finish in exactly 30 minutes.
It was a wet start for quads in the 2017 Dakar, but the unpredictable weather didn’t faze Yamaha’s Marcelo Medeiros who took first in the stage.
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.
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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 Sebring. NASCAR 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.