Motor Sports Articles by Date

July 2013

  • Heir Apparent: Marc Marquez’s Rookie Tear Through MotoGP World Continues, Extends Lead for Crown

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    Posted 9 months ago by Andrew De Lara

    Marc Marquez is the real deal. Sure, the humble Spanish phenom may be inclined to play down the fact that he holds a 16-point lead in the Championship standings as a MotoGP rookie. Or the fact the fact that he’s on the heels of three recent victories (the most recent coming at Laguna Seca in Northern California – where he became the first rookie to have ever triumphed at the track). He’s the youngest ever to tally back-to-back wins, by the way. Marc’s quick to point out that the absences and injuries of fellow Spanish superstars like Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo allowed him chances to win – and that their presence may have altered the results. But he also noticeably omits the fact that his first-ever victory, coming at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin (Texas), was achieved by convincingly outgunning his childhood hero (and fellow Oakley superstar), Valentino Rossi, who’s finally found his form after a couple of tough years with Ducati.

  • Frenchman Thomas Pagès Clinches First X-Fighters World Title With Win in Madrid

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    Posted 9 months ago by Chasen Marshall

    He locked it up! With a win in Mexico City to start the season, a runner-up finish at Glen Helen and now a win in Madrid, Thomas Pagès is your 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters world champion. Riding in front of a raucous crowd at the iconic Las Ventas bullfighting ring, Pagès left no doubters that he was deserving of the title, with some of his most polished and dynamic runs of the year.

  • Magic Streak: IndyCar’s Scott Dixon Now ‘Winningest’ Active Driver, Takes Three Straight with Toronto Victory

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    Posted 9 months ago by Andrew De Lara

    A week sure can do wonders. Just ask Scott Dixon, who went from seventh in the standings and his first victory in more than a year – to dominating his third straight race and catapulting into IndyCar Championship contention…all in a matter of eight days. Now trailing current standings leader, Helio Castroneves, by a mere 29 points, Oakley’s ‘Kiwi’ veteran not only smoked the field in Pocono and Toronto (doubleheader) – he now charged his way into the history books as the winningest active driver in the sport and the seventh all-time winningest driver overall. But despite some serious fanfare from a truly magical stretch of racing, Scott’s remaining focused. “We’re here for the points,” he said following his 32nd career triumph. “It’s been a hell of a swing over a seven-day period.”

  • Pocano: IndyCar Veteran Scott Dixon Triumphs in PA, Franchitti Claims Third

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    Posted 10 months ago by Andrew De Lara

    It hasn’t exactly been a glorious year for the Chip Ganassi Racing team in IndyCar. But in a dramatic turn of events, that changed. Fast. Scott Dixon blasted his way to his first victory of the season on the 2.5-mile triangle, leading the way for Ganassi’s sweep of the day during the first open-wheel race on the course since 1989. Fellow Oakley and CGR driver, Dario Franchitti, snatched third.

  • The Doctor’s Back. Valentino Rossi Returns to MotoGP Glory with Netherlands Triumph, Heir Apparent Marquez Claims Second

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    Posted 10 months ago by Andrew De Lara

    The Doctor is back. With the pains of a big victory drought with his former team in his rear-view mirror, Valentino Rossi masterfully dominated his way to a long-awaited triumph in the Netherlands this past weekend – topping fellow Oakley rider and new generation young gun, Marc Marquez. “I’m very happy and I can’t believe the victory after a lot of time,” Valentino said following his first win after moving on to Yamaha. "I worked very hard and never gave up.” It didn’t take long for Vale to take the reigns.

  • 10 Out of 10: Young Phenom Jeffrey Herlings Tallies 10 Motocross Grand Prix Victories, Takes Sweden

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    Posted 10 months ago by Andrew De Lara

    To say that the Red Bull KTM Team recognized Jeffrey Herlings’ potential from the time he barely hit puberty, wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration. He’s been on the program since the moment he was old enough to qualify for the Motocross World Championship. So it was only fitting that just as the Dutch teen motocross phenom claimed his 10th Motocross Grand Prix victory (out of 10) in Sweden, KTM announced a two-year extension of his contract with the team.