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Franck Cammas steers Norauto to GC32 Riva Cup victory.
Franck Cammas and his crew on Norauto have won the GC32 Riva Cup after a shifty, rainy final day on Lake Garda. After three sunny and windy days that brought the best of Garda, today's rain prevented the Lake's famous sun-powered wind machine from ever spluttering properly into life.

At least the nine-boat fleet had a chance to enjoy one last blast around the lake in the only race that could take place, in a brief half-hour of 14-15 knot winds. Appropriately enough, the top two places went to the two stand-out teams of the week, Norauto leading Team Tilt across the finish line.

"Team Tilt pushed us hard all regatta," said Cammas at the prize giving at host club, the Fraglia Vela Riva. "We have certainly improved this week and so has all the fleet. Racing with nine boats on the start line was a big thrill. I guess it will be even more exciting with 10 boats for the next event."

Helmsman of Team Tilt Arnaud Psarofaghis was pleased to have come 2 nd even if gear failure prevented them from keeping the duel with Norauto as close as he would have liked. "We're pretty new to the boat and we were getting better ever day," he said. "By the third day we were sailing the boat about 1 knot faster upwind than at the start of the regatta."

Team Tilt's mainsheet main Glenn Ashby said the regatta had been the perfect mix of "business and pleasure". He flies back to Auckland this evening having got 19 foiling races under his belt. "Even a bad day on Lake Garda is a great day's sailing anywhere else in the world," he smiled. "Not sure if it will happen yet, but would love to come back and do some more with the boys on Team Tilt this season."

Another top Australian professional Nathan Outteridge took a lot away from the week after steering Gunvor, the new Swedish entry on the Tour which finished 4 th behind 3 rd placed Armin Strom skippered by Flavio Marazzi. "The GC32 is a great platform for getting some of our young Swedish sailors up to speed on foiling boats," he said. "Having said that, it's still a steep learning curve so you have to be careful how you do your learning, otherwise you can make some expensive mistakes very quickly. But the GC32 is certainly a good way into the foiling world."

The teams that competed on last year's Tour might have the greatest appreciation of just how good this week has been, after a 2015 season that didn't manage to deliver as much foiling breeze as the fleet would have liked. "Lake Garda is really good for racing the GC32," said Seb Rogues, skipper of Team Engie which finished 5 th this week in front of fellow French team Spindrift racing. "We're really looking forward to come back to the Lake a few weeks from now. This is the right kind of place for these boats."

This season the GC32 Racing Tour has been structured around five venues that aim to give the sailors the best possible chance of delivering awesome sailing conditions. Lake Garda and Fraglia Vela Riva have delivered that in spades. All the teams hit peak speeds in excess of 35 knots, and as Ashby said of Team Tilt's current record of 39.7 knots set two days ago: "I don't think that's a record we'll keep for very long."


Tight Fight for the Owner-Driver Trophy

Orange Racing was one of the newcomers to the fleet and it was a big learning exercise for Laurent Lenne and his Dutch crew. The battle for the Owner-Driver Trophy came down to a close duel between USA and Monaco, with Jason Carroll steering Argo to victory ahead of Pierre Casiraghi and Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco. Casiraghi is determined to get the better of his amateur rival at the next event. "Jason is a great sailor, he's good enough almost to be a professional," he said. "This week has been the best sailing I've ever done, and we can't wait to get back into the GC32 a month from now."

The next event takes the GC32 Racing Tour further along the shores of Lake Garda for the GC32 Malcesine Cup, which takes place alongside The Foiling Week from 7 to 10 July.
FINAL OVERALL RESULTS AFTER 19 RACES

Pos TEAM (NATION) SKIPPER POINTS

1 Norauto (FRA) Franck Cammas 37
2 Team Tilt (SUI) Sébastien Schneiter 50
3 Armin Strom (SUI) Flavio Marazzi 79
4 Gunvor Sailing (SWE) Gustav Petterson 86
5 Team Engie (FRA) Sébastien Rogues 111
6 Spindrift racing (FRA) Yann Guichard 112
7 Argo (USA) Jason Carroll 121
8 Malizia (MON) Pierre Casiraghi 127
9 Orange Racing (NED) Laurent Lenne 160


OWNER-DRIVER TROPHY - FINAL RESULT AFTER 19 RACES

Pos TEAM (NATION) SKIPPER POINTS

1 Argo (USA) Jason Carroll 121
2 Malizia (MON) Pierre Casiraghi 127
3 Orange Racing (NED) Laurent Lenne 160
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Big Day on Garda is good for Norauto, tough on others.
While Norauto and Team Tilt were battling to be top cat at the GC32 Riva Cup on another strong wind day on Lake Garda, others in the hi-tech fleet were battling to stay in the game.

With nine boats on the course, it's a new game, but one that has the crews - both amateur and professional - enthralled by the competition and the sheer amount of high quality racing. Six races a day was perhaps even a bit too much for Glenn Ashby, the Olympic medallist racing on board Team Tilt. "All the boys are under 30 except for me," grinned the 38 year old. "Maybe one less race would be nice. But good fun out there, the last two days have been great sailing."

The Swiss crew skippered by Sebastien Schneiter swept the board in the first three races, winning all three. But they were struggling to keep Franck Cammas and Norauto at bay. "They're a lot more practised than us, and about 50kg heavier with extra crew weight," said Ashby. "They've got the legs on us upwind. And then the cunningham broke - again!"

Coincidentally one of Cammas' crew is called Hervé Cunningham, and it was Cunningham who observed what a difference a lack of cunningham can make. "They were leading us in today's last race," said the tall crewman, "but when their cunningham broke you could see what an effect it had on their performance. We were probably a knot faster through the water after that."

And so Norauto matched Team Tilt's early afternoon performance by winning the final three races of the day. It couldn't be closer between these two, with Cammas holding a single point advantage over Schneiter, and with both boats a long way ahead of the rest of the fleet. Gunvor's retirement has allowed Armin Strom to move into 3 rd overall, with the Swedes in 4 th. A close battle is underway for 5 th and 6 th between the two French teams, Spindrift Racing leading Team Engie by a point. Behind them are the three Owner-Driver teams.

Argo leads Owner-Driver Trophy

The war of attrition held up Argo's and Malizia's progress in the regatta today, although the USA team skippered by Jason Carroll holds a 9-point lead over the Monaco crew. The newest team on the block, Orange Racing, started to climb through the fleet towards the end of the day as skipper Laurent Lenne steered the Dutch boat to 8,7,6 finishes, only to fail to complete the final race of the day due to a Man Overboard incident. Still, the Dutch have the highest learning curve and sailed a pretty clean day to close the gap on the boats ahead.

A day of many dramas, and one capsize

The reaching starts on the GC32 Racing Tour are always moments to get the blood pumping, but today it was the leeward gate marks that proved to be the most challenging part of the course.

Malizia Yacht Club de Monaco was charging down the course on port gybe at high speed, with Armin Strom already having rounded and on her way up the next leg. Too late, the crew from Monaco responded to the collision course, helmsman Pierre Casiraghi forced to abandon a last-second gybe and steering the opposite way to minimise contact. The Malizia gennaker brushed over the top of Flavio Marazzi's boat, but no real harm done.

However, while there was no injury to any of the crew, one of Malizia's foils was damaged while being pulled upright by a chase boat and forced the team from Monaco to head for shore for the rest of the day. Even in adversity, though, Casiraghi manages to remain upbeat. "We might be up all night trying to fix the foil, but we will be positive," he said. "It's like a 1970s car rally where everyone is working on their cars to be race ready for the next day. It's great!"

A protest was underway this evening at the Yacht Club Fraglia Riva to work out who was right and who was wrong at a couple of leeward mark incidents that caused minor damage to Team Engie, Argo and Gunvor Racing. Iain Percy already admitted responsibility for the Swedish error in turning too close behind Argo, causing a small chunk to be taken out of one of Jason Carroll's rudders. "Sorry about that," smiled Percy sheepishly as he handed over a few bottles of something alcoholic as some kind of peace offering, which was gratefully accepted by Carroll - even if they had a few more hours of sticky epoxy and carbon repair work ahead of themtonight. However it was bad news for Carroll in the protest room after Argo was disqualified for failing to keep clear of Team Engie.

Day 3 holds the prospect of more thrilling racing at the northern end of Lake Garda, which is proving to be every bit as good as the fleet had hoped for.

OVERALL RESULTS AFTER 12 RACES

Pos. Team (Nation) Points

1. Norauto (FRA) 20
2. Team Tilt (SUI) 21
3. Armin Strom Sailing Team (SUI) 51
4. Gunvor Sailing (SWE) 57
5. Team Engie (FRA) 67
6. Spindrift racing (FRA) 70
7. Argo (USA) 86
8. Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco (MON) 89
9. Orange Racing (NED) 101

OWNER-DRIVER TROPHY AFTER 12 RACES

Pos. Team (Nation) Points

1. Argo (USA) 86
2. Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco (MON) 89
3. Orange Racing (NED) 101
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500 bikers to face Austria’s biggest iron mine.
A preview of Red Bull Hare Scramble, an off-road race organized in the Styrian mountains – and finished by only a handful of riders every year.

Located in central-western Austria, Erzberg's iron mine is home to the Erzbergrodeo, a four-day festival of extreme motorsports, with the 500 fastest racers tackling Red Bull Hare Scramble on Sunday. They will claw their way out of the bottom of a quarry to try and conquer the Iron Mountain.
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Meeke masters Portugal for second win.
Kris Meeke became the fourth different winner in five WRC rounds this season after triumphing at Vodafone Rally de Portugal.
The Northern Irishman, returning to the championship after missing the previous two rallies in the Americas, shook off the rust to win the four-day rough road event by 29.7sec in Citroën’s DS 3. It was his second success after victory in Argentina last year.

Thirty-six-year-old Meeke followed Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Hayden Paddon onto the top step of the WRC podium this year after building a lead of almost a minute during the first part of the rally and measuring his pace through the final day-and-a-half.

He took the lead in the second stage on Friday morning and remained troublefree on the rocky mountain roads in the north of the country, making the most of clean, grippy conditions courtesy of a low start position.

“It was nearly a perfect weekend, a text book performance. It’s another step for me as a driver. This year is all about gathering experience and I couldn’t have done any more. We’ll use these rallies this year for our benefit and try to mount a title challenge next year,” said Meeke, who is driving a part-programme as Citroën develops a new car for 2017.

After an overly-cautious opening day, a rejuvenated Andreas Mikkelsen upped his pace to grab second from team-mate and championship leader Sébastien Ogier. Set-up changes to his Volkswagen Polo R inspired the Norwegian who won today’s opening two stages and finished 4.8sec ahead.

Ogier suffered two punctures today. With just one spare wheel in his Polo R, he compromised his pace to ensure he completed the final Power Stage and reach the Matosinhos finish after topping up one of the flat tyres with air.

Dani Sordo finished fourth after his hopes of a podium ended yesterday due to stability issues with the rear of his Hyundai i20.

Eric Camilli claimed a career-best fifth in only his fifth start in a World Rally Car. The Frenchman had a broken handbrake in his Ford Fiesta RS today and a final stage spin almost allowed Jari-Matti Latvala to catch him. The gap was 5.3sec.

Latvala completed the rally with blistered and bandaged hands after wrestling his Polo R through the twisty mountains on Friday with broken power steering.

Mads Østberg was almost three minutes behind in seventh in another Fiesta RS after downshifting problems and a broken driveshaft cost several minutes. Martin Prokop, WRC 2 winner Pontus Tidemand and Nicolas Fuchs completed the leaderboard.

Round six takes competitors to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia for Rally Italia Sardegna, which is based in Alghero on 9 -12 June.
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Thailand's Grant completes a prestigious triple in wakeboarding.
Thailand’s Daniel Grant just scraped into the final before securing a superb third victory in the Red Bull Wake of Steel in Linz on Saturday. In front of an enthralled crowd, the wakeboarders’s sublime second run in the final over a specially converted cargo ship in the harbour stole the show.

With a fantastic crowd and the sun shining it was the perfect setting for 18 of the world´s best wakeboarders to battle it out for the win. Riders from 14 countries took part before that was whittled down to 10 from two groups for the semi-finals. The five riders for the super final were then determined in a series of direct clashes with Grant, James Windsor (AUS), Julian Cohen (USA), Ben LeClair (CAN) and Szebasztian Szolath (HUN) advancing through.

Although Grant sneaked into the super final in fifth place, the young Thai rider showed how he has won the prestigious event twice already. He was able to steal the lead away from Ben LeClair of Canada with a Moby Dick 540 on the kicker and some unbelievably tidy tricks on the rails in his second run. Windsor, who put in consistently good performances throughout the day, tried a last throw of the dice in his very final run, but wasn’t able to move up the leaderboard and finished third under the watchful eye of wakeboard legend Parks Bonifay.

“The win feels surreal,” Grant said. “I actually came here without any expectations, and I have surprised myself with the result. I’m virtually lost for words. In comparison to all the other obstacle events, Red Bull Wake of Steel is definitely the most extraordinary, and it’s the biggest challenge, but things just go well for me here in Austria.“

Results: 1. Daniel Grant (THA) 91.00 points; 2. Ben LeClair (CAN) 87.00 points; 3. James Windsor (AUS) 76.30 points; 4. Julian Cohen (USA) 64.00 points; 5. Szebsztian Szolath (HUN) 60.70 Points.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty as Real Madrid won the Champions League for an 11th time with a 5-3 shoot-out win over Atletico Madrid at the San Siro.
Sergio Ramos gave Real the lead in the 15th minute but, after Antoine Griezmann smashed a penalty against the bar, substitute Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco made it 1-1 with 11 minutes remaining to send the game to extra-time.

Neither team could find a winner in the added 30 minutes as players on both sides tired, but the penalties were perfect until Juanfran hit the post with Atletico's fourth attempt.
That gave Ronaldo the chance to win it and he fired home to give Real their second victory in the competition in the last three years, ripping off his shirt in celebration.

It is the 11th time Real have lifted the trophy - four more times than any other club - while Atletico have now been beaten three times in the final.
As expected, Ronaldo started for Real after overcoming an injury that forced him to leave a training session early in the week.

It was Real who started brighter and could have taken the lead after six minutes when Casemiro poked Bale's free-kick goalwards, but Jan Oblak produced a brilliant point-blank save.

The Atletico keeper was beaten shortly afterwards, though, as Bale flicked on a free-kick and Ramos turned home from close range.
Despite seeing more of the ball, Atletico struggled to muster a response, playing at a sluggish pace and finding no space behind a compact Real defence.

Needing to change the tempo, Diego Simeone introduced Carrasco at the break.

Atletico should have equalised moments after the restart as Pepe clumsily fouled Fernando Torres in the box, but Griezmann fired the penalty against the crossbar.
Atletico continued to press and Stefan Savic turned just past the post from a corner before Saul Niguez volleyed wide from 12 yards out.

But Real resisted and should have doubled their lead, with Karim Benzema shooting at Oblak and Bale then having a shot blocked on the line.

Moments later, Atletico levelled as Juanfran volleyed a first-time cross into the middle and Carrasco turned in from six yards out, running to kiss his girlfriend after picking her out in the crowd.
The momentum seemed to be with Atleti but Real went close before the final whistle as Bale headed over from a corner.

Ronaldo also missed the target with a header from close range in extra-time while Bale had a goal-bound shot blocked.


Neither team could find a winner in the added 30 minutes as the players tired, with a number going down with cramp.

The first seven penalties were all scored but then Juanfran struck the post and Ronaldo scored to seal yet another European victory for Real.

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How the world’s best cliff diver conquers his fear of heights.
Multiple champion Gary Hunt overcomes the fear factor to begin the defence of his Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title in Texas, USA on June 4, 2016.

Fear, redemption and momentum will be the guiding forces for Gary Hunt (GBR) as he steps onto the 28-m platform at the first of nine stops in the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
Texas will provide a spectacular backdrop for the sport’s new era, as for the first time every event is broadcast live and by stations around the world. Thousands of spectators will watch from floating platforms at Hell’s Gate in Possum Kingdom Lake, as the world’s most daring divers leap from one of two towering cliffs, which rise dramatically from the water. It will be here that Texas native and two-time women’s champion Rachelle “Rocco” Simpson begins her title defence, while Hunt bids to extend the dominance that has brought him overall victory in five of the last six seasons.

Overcoming fear is part of the job description for all the men and women who reach speeds of up to 85 km/h in the three seconds it takes to hit the water. For Hunt, the sensation is even more acute, as the 31-year-old Briton admits to a fear of heights in everyday life away from water.

“Our sport is a real test of your nerve,” Hunt says. “You have to be mentally strong or you won’t even get on the end of the platform. And you know you have to be 100 percent focused on your dive or you can end up in hospital.

“The moments before the dive are definitely the scariest and everyone has doubts when they’re up there. If you’re learning something new there are even more doubts in your mind. You don’t have a reference point of how it’s going to feel, so you have to rely on your training and take that leap of faith.

“Normally, I am a little bit scared of heights when there’s not water underneath. Because I’m so used to judging height and seeing how many somersaults and twists I can do from that height, I can’t help but imagine how it would feel to somersault and jump off. So where there’s no water underneath, it scares the life out of me.”

Whatever anxiety he may experience on or off the platform, Hunt is motivated by the sting he still feels from two high-profile defeats in 2013, when he not only lost the World Series title but also finished second to Orlando Duque in the FINA World Championships.

For 2016, he also wants to regain his status as performer of the dive with the highest degree of difficulty. That is where momentum comes in – along with a whole new element of risk.

“For many years I had the two most difficult dives in the world but I lost that title last year to Blake Aldridge, who now does a reverse double with five twists. I’m hoping to get that title back this year so I’m introducing a front triple with four-and-a-half twists.”

“To fit in one more twist I’ve had to introduce a running take-off last year and I’m starting to get more and more comfortable but I’m still a little bit nervous about that. It’s just a lot of dive. If I get a bad take-off it’s going to be very difficult to enter the dive. It just makes it more and more important to get that perfect take-off.”

The competition in Texas marks the season start for 14 men and 8 women of 10 nationalities, including wildcard invitations.

American hopefuls David Colturi, Steven LoBue, Andy Jones and invitee Kyle Mitrione return to fight for a victory in their home country. Colturi looks to build on his 2015 campaign, which saw him finish fifth overall in the series standings, while LoBue and Jones will seek to overhaul Hunt, who won in Texas last year.

Women’s champion Rachelle Simpson, who hails from San Antonio, returns to Hell’s Gate as reigning champion from the 20m platform and leads a four-athlete strong national team.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist and the greatest diver of all time, Greg Louganis, will be part of the five-person international judging panel during the season opener at the infamous rock formation in the midpoint of the massive water reservoir created by damning the Brazos River.

Wildcards (men, women): Alessandro De Rose (ITA), Kris Kolanus (POL), Kyle Mitrione (USA), Miguel Garcia (COL); Rhiannan Iffland (AUS), Tara Hyer-Tira (USA).

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Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for exhilarating action and dives of ever-growing complexity. The series features elite athletes as well as young up-and-coming talent and a Women’s World Series was introduced in 2014. In 2016 the sport's best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during nine competitions around the world.

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Training for the Dakar with 1,000km of dune racing.
The six-day Merzouga Rally is contested through the Sahara Desert in Morocco this week as part of the 2016 Dakar Series.

Representing the Red Bull Desert Wings in North Africa are former Merzouga winner Hélder Rodrigues of Portugal and CS Santosh, India’s outstanding rally-raid talent.

As well as winning the inaugural edition of the Merzouga Rally in 2010, Rodrigues has shown impressive pace this season as he parked on the podium at this year’s Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar. The Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider is determined to get as much racing in as possible this year as he targets success at the 2017 Dakar Rally. Rodrigues knows the harsh terrain of the Erg Chebbi Dunes that characterize this race and will be satisfied with nothing less than a podium finish.

Santosh rides in Morocco in his first race since joining the Red Bull Desert Wings squad and it’s also the first event for his Hero MotoSports Team Rally. Santosh has dominated the domestic racing scene in his homeland for the past decade. He announced himself on the international stage with his remarkable Dakar Rally debut in 2015. During that race Santosh broke his toe and injured his shoulder, but battled on to become the first Indian to complete the Dakar, and do so in a very respectable 36th place.

Last night’s 40km Prologue Stage sees both Hélder and Santosh well placed to attack on the first of five long stages that will define this year’s Merzouga Rally. With a grueling marathon stage to come as well as a spectacular Le Mans-style start to the final day there’s still plenty of challenges ahead.

In addition to a fascinating duel at the front of the race we’ll also have our eyes open for fresh talent emerging as Dakar Rally organisers ASO provide a springboard to South America for the next generation of riders. Marc Coma, the Dakar’s own Sporting Director and a five-time Dakar winner, is in attendance giving seminars to bikers on everything from riding dunes to mental preparation.

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CS Santosh: “I’m really happy to be here at the Merzouga. I’m delighted to see we are progressing nicely, obviously working towards the Dakar. It’s good to do some training with the roadbook. I’m trying to have a good result.”

Marc Coma: “A tyre track gives a lot of information such as the height of the dunes and the kind of sand. The wider is the trace, the softer is the sand, so that you can predict in advance the reaction of the bike.”
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Danish and Swiss riders victorious at UCI World Cup Germany.
Albstadt in the south west of Germany returned for it’s fourth consecutive UCI World Cup season and under the heat of an early summer sun, proved yet again why many view it to be a modern classic.

In the women’s race, there was drama before the riders had even lined up in their grid boxes. With minutes to go, it was announced that Jolanda Neff, the 23 year-old Swiss starlet would not be racing. A viral infection was to blame and after having declined the lengthy trip to Cairns, Australia for round one, it left her challenge for the 2016 title in tatters.

One rider who didn’t seem that disappointed by Neff’s absence was Annika Langvad. The Dane had won the final race of the 2015 season and had also been victorious in Cairns. Poised to defend a hard charge from a deeply placed Neff, the Specialized Racing rider charged off into the distance. A challenge never materialized. After an early crash, a flying Jenny Rissveds, in only her second ever Elite UCI World Cup race, passed some of the sports biggest names on the last couple of laps to take a scintillating second place ahead of Catharine Pendrel in third.

In the men’s race, the stage was set beautifully. The previous installment of this race had seen Frenchman Julien Absalon pip Swiss star Nino Schurter at the post after the latter crashed out on virtually the final bend. A tightly bunched start soon thinned out to the familiar yet still mouth-watering prospect of Schurter versus Absalon.

Jaroslav Kulhavy, returning after a broken arm suffered in March rode well and impressed many but would ultimately end the day in fourth behind a plucky ride from Frenchman Maxime Marotte.
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Lorenzo wins last-lap thriller as Rossi retires.
Valentino Rossi may have been unable to score, but the fans in Mugello were treated to a do or die duel between Lorenzo and Marquez.

For the first time since 2008, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) lined up for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM in pole. The last time he started from pole in Mugello he won, having not returned to the top step of the podium since 2008. Over 100,000 people lined the hillside stands of Mugello to see if ‘The Doctor’ could win once more. But it wasn’t going to be easy with Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) right alongside him on the front row.

Riders filtered through clouds of yellow smoke on their warm up lap, getting a final pre-race taste of what the Mugello circuit was like. There was little time to think as the lights went out, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) making an incredible start to lead into Turn 1 from fifth on the grid. It was a disastrous start for Viñales who dropped down to 11th.

Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) all came together at the first corner and fell. The trio retired from the race, Baz heading to the medical centre for checks.

Every lap Rossi attempted to pass Lorenzo into Turn 1, but Lorenzo remained in charge thanks to his incredible performance under braking. Their battle had allowed Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to close down the Yamaha pair, the trio separated by under half a second. Lorenzo closed every door that Rossi tried to open, defending at every corner.

Further down the field Iannone and Viñales recovered from their poor starts as they blasted past Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) down the end of the straight to move into seventh and eighth.

On lap eight Mugello fell silent as Rossi encountered a technical problem. The Italian dropped down to ninth and continued to drop back, his race over. His head hung low as he pulled off to the side of the track and returned to the pits on a scooter. The fans were silent as their hero trudged into the pits, hardly lifting his visor.

Soon after Redding also retired from the race due to a technical issue.

Rossi may have retired but the race was by no means over, Marquez right behind Lorenzo as they crossed mid-race distance. Their battle wasn’t the only one as Iannone’s comeback from a poor start continued, finding himself behind his teammate and battling for third. Iannone would eventually gain the upper hand, moving to third on the 17th lap but Dovizioso responded soon after, all the while Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) closed in. A mistake from Dovizioso ended his chances of a podium.

On lap 20 Marquez launched his first attack but ran wide, Lorenzo hanging onto the lead. The attacks didn’t stop and Marquez passed Lorenzo at the start of the final lap but Lorenzo responded again. Marquez looked to have the race won as they exited the final corner but his front wheel lifted ever so slightly, Lorenzo able to grab an incredible photo finish victory. 0.019s is all that separated them across the line, the closest finish of the year.

Pedrosa and Iannone’s battle also went down to the final lap with Iannone able to win out by 0.168s and return to the podium once again. Seventh place saw Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) finish as the top Independent Team rider.

Lorenzo leaves Mugello with a ten point lead over Marc Marquez in the World Championship standings, Rossi holding onto third overall but no 37 points behind his teammate.

During the race Andrea Iannone hit 354.9km/h, setting a new top speed record in the MotoGP™ World Championship.
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“It is as individual as it is team” – Ricciardo.
Daniel Ricciardo speaks on camera after his fourth place in Spain last weekend, where his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen took a first and historical F1 win.
In this interview, the Australian driver looks back at the Spanish GP last weekend in Barcelona. He talks about Verstappen’s victory and his own result, and mentions this week’s tests and the next Grand Prix, which takes place in Monaco next week.

“It’s a tough one. Part of me is happy that the team is winning again, part of me is happy that everyone is super motivated and confidence is high […]. But obviously from a personal side it was massively frustrating.

“Sure, it’s a team sport, but you are doing it for yourself as well. It’s as individual as it is team, and that balance is a tricky one to always try and manage.”
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