Day four of the 32nd Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL wrapped up its second set of motos on Friday at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The day was a jam-packed full of racing as 20 National Champions emerged after three hard fought motos on the most prestigious amateur motocross platform in the country – Loretta Lynn’s.Aaron Plessinger, AMA Motocross, Matt Bisceglia, Motocross, Supercross
Montezemolo was speaking in a lengthy interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera, which was republished on the Ferrari website.
“Fernando is a great driver and I understand him; he is a bit like me – he wants to win,” said Montezemolo. “He must just remember that one wins and loses together, and for its part, Ferrari must give him a car capable of starting from the front two rows.
“It doesn’t sit well with me seeing our car is not competitive. That’s why I intervened, even if I didn’t want to abuse my authority over my men. However, it had to be done. But how? We started so well, we had begun the World Championship with a very competitive car, maybe even considered the best. But something happened, and instead of moving forward we went backwards.Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Formula 1, Luca di Montezemolo
Following a condensed day of racing due to Wednesday’s inclement weather, day three resumed on Thursday with sunny skies and warm temperatures at the Loretta Lynn Ranch for the 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL.
With the new day came the start of the second set of motos and that’s where the championship battles begin to take shape. With 23 classes already through Moto 2 of the three-race format, riders in 12 of those classes remain undefeated in their field of competition.AMA Motocross, AMSOIL, Loretta Lynn's, Motocross, Supercross
The Hungarian GP proved to be an intriguing and unpredictable race, and given that the man himself said after qualifying that he was not looking forward to Sunday, not many people expected Lewis Hamilton to stay in front for 70 laps. But he did just that and he did it in style, helped by some decisive passes that made sure that he was in clean air and not stuck behind cars that were out of sequence. Sebastian Vettel, in contrast, did get stuck, and also damaged his front wing, and for once the German and his RBR team simply didn’t get it right. It was a great performance, too, from Kimi Raikkonen, who worked his way from sixth to second and made two stops work. Here’s how the weekend panned out among the 11 teams:
From the start of practice, Hungary looked like being a Red Bull weekend as the blue cars dominated Friday, but come qualifying Sebastian Vettel lost pole to Lewis Hamilton, and a KERS issue saw Mark Webber down in 10th after he didn’t do a flying lap in Q3. Vettel ran second in the first stint, but crucially after pitting he got caught behind late stopper Jensen Button. He also damaged his wing trying to get past. As the final pit stops played out, he dropped to third, and was unable to pass Raikkonen, despite having fresher tires. Webber started on the prime tire and led for a few laps before his late first stop. He eventually finished fourth.
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fourth and fifth, respectively, on Friday, and that translated into fifth and seventh come qualifying. Alonso got ahead of Nico Rosberg on the first lap but it was soon apparent that Ferrari was struggling badly for race pace, and he was never a contender for a podium. In fact, Alonso ultimately lost out to Mark Webber, and thus unusually finished in the same place he started, fifth. Massa made contact with Rosberg on the first lap and carried front-wing damage throughout. Struggling like his teammate for pace, he finished eighth.