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James Hinchcliffe ends bid to race in Indy 500

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The speculation and hypothesizing is over. James Hinchcliffe made it official today that he will not race in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

End. Of. Story.

There had been speculation that the team Hinchcliffe races for in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was attempting to buy a spot in the race from one of the 33 drivers that had already qualified.

But whether or not rumors were true, Hinchcliffe — who failed to make the field for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing by .014 of a second during this past weekend’s qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — put things to complete rest Wednesday afternoon when he took to Twitter to make a statement:

Hinchcliffe will attend the race and cheer on his three SPM teammates that are in the race: IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens, Jay Howard and Jack Harvey.

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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.