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Formula E: Daniel Abt takes first victory in Mexico City

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Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt took home his first career victory in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Saturday’s Mexico City ePrix.

Abt seized control of the race during the mid-race car swap, with Audi performing their swap quicker than NIO Formula E Team with driver Oliver Turvey, who had been the leader at the time.

Following the swap, Abt was able to cruise to victory without a challenge, leading Turvey home by more than six seconds at the finish.

Previously, Abt had finished first in Race 2 at Hong Kong back in December, but a technical infringement saw him get disqualified, giving the win to Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist.

Turvey managed to hang on to second following a close battle with Sebastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr., and Jean-Eric Vergne, while Buemi rounded out the podium ahead of both Piquet Jr. and Vergne.

Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist looked set to take his third win of the 2017-18 season, leading the opening 14 laps after starting on the pole. However, his car ground to a halt exiting the final corner on Lap 15, dropping him to the back of the field. While he tried continuing on, Rosenqvist was eventually forced to retire the car after it stopped on two more occasions.

Rosenqvist’s troubles see Vergne increase his championship lead to 12 points (81 to 69). Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird, who finished 17th, sits in third on 61 points, while Abt moved up to sixth in the standings with 37 points.

Full results can be found here. Formula E next heads to Uruguay for the Punta del Este ePrix on March 17.

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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”