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Oct 13

MotoGP: Marquez Closes In On Title After Podium Finish In Malaysia

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Marc Marquez could make MotoGP history in Australia next weekend, having amassed enough points to be able to clinch an historic rookie world title. In Malaysia on Sunday, he finished second following a battle with Jorge Lorenzo.

As Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa won the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle GP, teammate Marquez found up to second place after swapping positions with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo on various occasions.

Oct 13

MotoGP: Lorenzo ‘Not Competitive Enough’ To Fight For Sepang Win

Jorge Lorenzo rides during the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo rides to a podium finish in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Following Sunday’s draining 20-lap MotoGP race at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Jorge Lorenzo said he had given it his best shot at Sepang but he could not compete with his Repsol Honda rivals.

Lorenzo made an excellent start to the race as he so often does, overtaking Dani Pedrosa early on lap one after his rival had taken the hole-shot.

Having started in fourth on the grid, Lorenzo held the lead in the early stages before Pedrosa made his move and took over at the front, the Honda rider eventually running away with the victory by 2.7s.

Oct 13

V8: Winterbottom, Richards Win Thrilling Bathurst 1000

Mark Winterbottom is chased by Jamie Whincup during the Bathurst 1000. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Winterbottom is chased by Jamie Whincup during the Bathurst 1000. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards won the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday by less than half a second from defending champions Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell, giving the troubled Ford factory team its first win in Australia’s leading touring car race.

Winterbottom held his nerve over the final laps of the Mount Panorama circuit to beat Whincup, in a Holden Commodore, by 0.47 seconds, claiming his first win in 10 starts in the endurance race and giving Richards his third Bathurst title.

Whincup, who won last year’s 50th edition by 0.31 seconds, drew alongside Winterbottom’s Ford Falcon a few corners from home but a momentary loss of traction allowed Winterbottom to draw clear and claim the checkered flag.

Oct 13

F1: Championship Fight Is Over, Says Alonso

Fernando Alonso drives during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso drives during the Japanese
Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso kept the World Championship battle alive by finishing fourth in Japan, although the Spanish driver admits that he has no chance to beat Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso admitted that he was surprised to finish as high as he did at Suzuka.

“Yeah, a little bit because obviously we had some strong people in front of us, and we also had some threat from behind, like Kimi that was starting ninth,” he said. “But the race went good. From the start we recovered some positions, and then we’ve been a little bit lucky with some Mercedes problems, both having to go back. I think it was a good race in terms of points for the constructors’ championship. In terms of pace, we didn’t have the pace to be on the podium, but after those three we’ve been very competitive in the race.”

Oct 13

F1: Grosjean Nearly Scores Maiden Victory At Suzuka

Romain Grosjean (right) celebrates on the podium with race winner Sebastian Vettel (2nd right), Mark Webber (2nd left) and Remi Taffin (left) after the Japanese GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean (right) celebrates on the podium with race winner Sebastian Vettel (2nd right), Mark Webber (2nd left) and Remi Taffin (left) after the Japanese GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

After leading for much of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean admitted he was starting to think about his maiden Formula One victory.

Grosjean was bidding to become the first French driver to win a Grand Prix since Olivier Panis at Monaco in 1996. He appeared to be on his way until he was passed by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel on the 41st lap of Sunday’s race at Suzuka.

Vettel won the race for his fourth win in the past five races in Japan and his ninth win of the season. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber then passed Grosjean on the penultimate lap to leave the Lotus driver with a third-place finish.