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Newgarden tops Sonoma opening practice

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SONOMA, Calif. – Josef Newgarden topped the charts in the opening 45-minute practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), in the first official session of the weekend.

The driver of the No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet posted a best official time of 1:16.395 around the 2.385-mile road course – only about a tenth off of Simon Pagenaud’s last year pole time.

Teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud were second and third, with Alexander Rossi, Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon next. Helio Castroneves was eighth.

There were no red flags in the session. A number of cars ran off course but there were no major incidents.

Second practice will run at 2 p.m. PT and local time, 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

First practice times are below.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.