Tuesday 24 October 2017 / 07:31 AM

The world Motorsport lowdown: Edition No.8

Spares Box Presents: The Weekend Motorsport Wrap Up – Spanish dominance in America, and French dominance in Quebec. Sounds Familiar…

 

Honda took to the track at Sunday’s Indianapolis MotoGP looking for their 700th race victory in the sport, and in front of 68,000 fans their reigning champion Marc Marquez delivered. After a race-long duel with Jorge Lorenzo, Marquez brought it home by just six-tenths of a second from the Yamaha behind, to record not only Honda’s record triumph, but also his fifth straight race win at ‘The Brickyard’ after two wins in Moto2 and three in MotoGP.

Lorenzo’s teammate at Yamaha and championship leader, Valentino Rossi, occupied the last spot on the podium to maintain his 100 percent top-three record this season. The results compounded Yamaha’s stranglehold on the top two places of the championship leader board, and the battle for the championship looks certain to come down to Rossi, who is chasing his seventh World Title, and Lorenzo seeking his third.

In races of a 50 percent more off-road nature, the World Rally Cross championship hit Canada this weekend, and in what may be fitting fashion considering the event was held in French Canada, the French left with the spoils. Coming home ahead of the Volkswagens of Topi Heikkenen and Tanner Foust was Frenchman Davy Jeanny, who powered from pole position behind the wheel of his Peugeot to claim a dominant victory.

Championship leader Petter Solberg had a considerably less glamorous weekend, failing to reach the final race for the first time since the inception of the championship back at the start of last year. His championship lead remains formidable, with nearest rivals Andreas Bakkerud (who finished fifth overall) and Johan Kristoffersson (eliminated in Semi Final 2) still almost 50 points behind.

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Crash of the Week

For the first time since I started writing this weekly piece, the crash of the week comes from this weekend’s victors, as both Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were bested by the wet conditions in Saturday’s practice, finding themselves laying in the grass very quickly afterwards.

 

 

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CBS’s resident rev-head, Brad’s weekly round-ups fill our readers in on everything they need to know from the world of motorsport.

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