Ricciardo puts Red Bull on top of Wednesday F1 testing

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Wednesday saw Red Bull Racing back atop the time sheets during pre-season testing for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, with Daniel Ricciardo turning a quick lap of 1:18.047 in the morning to also set a track record, and Ricciardo’s time held up the rest of the day.

Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were second and third, followed by Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in fourth and Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley in fifth.

McLaren F1 Team’s Fernando Alonso was sixth fastest, but the team continued to fight mechanical gremlins after a problematic Tuesday. Alonso suffered an oil leak on Wednesday that ultimately forced McLaren to completely swap out the Renault power unit in the MCL33 and they did not return to the track until the final minutes of testing.

Results from Wednesday’s testing can be found here. Testing continues on Thursday.

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Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.