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Fernando Alonso wins 4 straight; Button captures Legends Trophy title

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Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso continued his successful run in the Legends Trophy sim league, winning both races Saturday at the virtual Silverstone circuit.

Jenson Button, Alonso’s former F1 teammate at McLaren and a 2009 champion, won the season championship with a runner-up and 12th-place finish. He donated the $25,000 prize to “No Kid Hungry” campaign run by the Share Our Strength nonprofit.

“It’s been a lot of fun over the past month. Also, driving two cars, both the Brabham and then the Indy
car (last week), that was pretty awesome,” said Button, who had a win and four runner-up finishes to claim the title. “At Silverstone, I did struggle to get the car working a bit with the long corners and the understeer in the car.”

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After sweeping the May 23 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alonso turned the feat again at Silverstone. He missed the first two weeks of the season and didn’t finish either race at virtual Circuit Vandvoort in Round 3, but he has been a force since.

“When I made my debut three weeks ago, I had also just had my sim rig installed,” Alonso said. “It was a
bit of a mess, and the car is tricky and difficult to drive for the first time. Obviously, Silverstone I know
very well the track and that was an advantage for this weekend.”

Alonso won from the pole by 1.4 seconds over Button in the first race, leading all eight laps. He started 19th in the second race but moved into the top five on the first lap and then overtook four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti on Lap 6 of 8. Franchitti took second, and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya was third.

The event ended the second season of The Race All-Star Series powered by ROKiT Phones that was created in March. The third season will begin June 6 with races on June 20 and June 27.

Jenson Button wrapped up the championship with finishes of second and 12th at the virtual Silverstone circuit (Legends Trophy).

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.”