Welcome to Speed. After a pulsating race in Australia last time out, MotoGP headed to Malaysia for the penultimate Grand Prix of a thrilling 2015 season. Jorge Lorenzo’s second-place finish in Phillip Island saw the Yamaha rider cut Valentino Rossi’s lead to 11 points but was he able to stop his teammate from winning a tenth world title in Sepang?
Dani Pedrosa has won in style at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Honda driver finished in a time of 40 minutes 37.691 seconds and was followed in second by fellow Spaniard, Jorge Lorenzo.
The result means the Yamaha driver has closed the gap on his championship rival and teammate, Valentino Rossi, to just seven points going into the decider in Valencia in November. A total of 25 points are available for a win in Spain.
Rossi finished third but had a “three point penalty” imposed on him that will see him start at the back of the grid in the final race of the season.
The Italian’s team, Yamaha, have appealed the sanction for making contact with Marquez with 14 laps of 20 remaining.
Rossi is hoping to win his seventh MotoGP title, while Lorenzo is trying to pick up his third.
The controversy took all the attention away from winner Dani Pedrosa who took home his 51st Grand Prix win in hot and humid conditions in Sepang.
Four years ago, the world of motorsport was left in shock following the loss of one of their rising stars. Tipped by many as a potential future MotoGP world champion, Italy’s Marco Simoncelli was only 24-years-old when he lost his life in Sepang.
It was on October 23 2011 that the young life of Marco Simoncelli was cut short.
It was the 17th round of the motorcycle season and the Italian had arrived in Malaysia on the back of a second place finish at the Australian MotoGP the previous weekend. He was just behind Casey Stoner who would go on to become the world champion that season.
Just minutes into the race at the Sepang International Circuit, while sitting in fourth spot, Simoncelli’s bike lost traction on the eleventh turn in the second lap causing him to hang off in a very dangerous position.
He was struck by both Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. There was nothing doctors could do.
It was the first death in MotoGP since 2003. Over 20,000 mourners attended his funeral in Italy.
A week later the Misano World Circuit, where the Italian motorcycle Grand Prix is held annually, was renamed in his honour.
Formula One Triple
The fight for the Formula One championship is heating up as Lewis Hamilton is on course to become the first of Britain’s 10 world champions to successfully defend his title. Having already won 9 races this season, let’s see if the Mercedes driver was able to retain his sizzling form at the U.S Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton has retained his world title, the third of his career, after winning the American Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
The Mercedes driver was just ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg who finished second followed by Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel in third. Max Verstappen finished in fourth.
Hamilton described the win as the “greatest moment” of his life and becomes only the second British driver after Jackie Stewart to win three Formula 1 drivers’ titles.
Disaster for Ogier in Spain
On November 1 Speed will be looking at the Mexican Grand Prix. At the Rally of Spain the drivers had nothing at stake but pride following Sebastien Ogier’s overall triumph in Australia last month.
Andreas Mikkelson has won Rally Catalunya in Spain – the Norwegian driver’s first World Rally Championship victory.
Mikkelson made it through the power stage 1.7 seconds faster than Jari-Matti Latvala and it appeared that his teammate Ogier would take home a win but it wasn’t to be.
The Frenchman made a mistake and crashed just four kilometres from the end, which took the wheel off his Volkswagen Polo R.
The accident moved Mikkelson up to first, followed by Latvala in second. The Finn had lost time due to a puncture early in the rally but managed to battle back.
Spaniard Dani Sordo in his Hyundai finished in third followed by Mads Ostberg in fourth.