PARIS (Reuters) – As softly-spoken off the bike as he is brutal on his machine, Chris Froome completed a long journey out of Africato claim his maiden Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. As much as kids from Kilburn, London, are not supposed to win the Tour, as 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins would say, kids from Kenya are not supposed to prevail on the French roads either. “I’d like my performances here to help inspire a lot of youngsters, especially young Africans. They have to believe they can get out of Africa to make it to European teams,” the 28-year-old Froome said. This is exactly what Froome, born in Kenya of British descent and schooled in South Africa, did. He started riding at 17 with local cycling coach David Kinjah in the highlands of Nairobi and in 2006, took part in the Under-23 world championships representing Kenya. It was hardly an auspicious beginning – crashing into a policeman on the first bend of the time trial event. Froome joined the Barloworld team in 2008 and rode his first Tour de France, finishing 84th and with little hope of one day winning the world’s greatest cycling race. “The first time that I thought that ‘ok, realistically I could become a GC (general classification) rider to contend in grand Tours was during the 2011 Vuelta,” said Froome, who joined the well-oiledTeam Sky in 2010. “Up until then I was finding it difficult to keep my performances high for three weeks. The Vuelta 2011 gave me the confidence that I do belong to the group of riders who belong in front of the general classification.” Froome, first described by Sky principal Dave Brailsford as “a rough diamond, in need of shaping and polishing”, worked for team leader Wiggins at the Vuelta in 2011 and still managed to finish ahead of him. “When I… Read more »
LOUDON, N.H. — Denny Hamlin’s Sprint Cup season has been an unwanted procession of alarming impacts that have forced a decision potentially as jarring as a 200-mph collision with a concrete wall. It’s time for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver to weigh whether it’s worth continuing to race in NASCAR’s premier series this year. The insurmountable reality of mediocre results and increasingly cringe-worthy crashes are screaming that it isn’t. Hamlin has reached a self-proclaimed threshold where season-ending back surgery would make more sense than finishing out the string of a campaign tainted by portentous wrecks. The growing piles of mangled sheet metal carry a message that seems unmistakable: Sorry kid, this isn’t your year. Since returning from the wreck at Fontana, Calif., that fractured his back and sidelined him for four races, Hamlin’s miracle bid for making the Chase for the Sprint Cup has dimmed at an accelerated rate. After courageously returning with consecutive top-five finishes at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, Hamlin started on the pole position June 2 at Dover International Speedway. A blown tire sent his No. 11 Toyota rocketing into the wall and triggered a significant downturn in his fortunes. He has crashed the past three weekends — in practice at Sonoma Raceway and in races at Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway. As physically taxing as the year has been, there are signs it has been as mentally draining, too. According to David Smith’s MotorsportsAnalytics.com (a site that offers NASCAR analysis via sabermetrics-style advanced statistics), Hamlin’s terminal crash frequency (measuring the rate at which he is being eliminated from races by wrecks) is a series-high 0.31 this year. In the last seven years, the highest mark posted during a season is 0.25 (Ward Burton in 2007). It’s worth pondering whether Hamlin, who was so focused and… Read more »
PARIS, July 22 (Reuters) – Stringent drug testing means cycling is now probably the cleanest sport, Tour de France champion Chris Froome said on Monday. Froome is the first rider to win the Tour since American Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for cheating and, perhaps unsurprisingly given cycling’s drug-tainted past, the Briton found the finger of suspicion pointing at him during the race. “The way the sport is now and the way the testing is, it is so, so strict. Each rider has a blood passport where almost on a monthly basis, readings are taken,” Froome said in an interview with Reuters TV the day after his triumph. “People don’t realise the amount of testing we actually go through. I am confident to say that cycling really must be one of the cleanest sports, if not the cleanest, just because of the way it’s policed and controlled.” The Team Sky rider had to endure the inevitable questions about doping from the media during the three-week race. “That did add an aspect, a different aspect to our race that not only were we thinking about the race and the challenges that presented but also that aspect off the bike of having to answer questions about our legitimacy and what we did to get to this point,” the 28-year-old said. “I completely understand those questions, it’s normal given the revelations from Lance Armstrong’s era. I am just happy that I have been able to answer those questions and to show people that the sport really has changed,” Froome added. Kenyan-born Froome now has his sights on September’s world championships in Italy but believes this year’s Tour win could be the first of many after he dominated the 100th edition of the race. He became the second successive British winner of the Tour after Bradley Wiggins when he crossed the… Read more »
ANBURY (DP) – Marussia F1 Team announced it would switch to using a Ferrari engine along with the change in engine regulations in 2014. Team based in Banbury, England, this was going to wear ERS, transmission components and all supporters of the Italian manufacturer. Since the entry into F1 with Virgin Racing name in 2010, the team operates with the smallest budget in the grid using artificial Cosworth engine. Because of the lack of clarity about the Cosworth will provide 1.6 V6 Turbo engine for next year, Marussia decides to switch to Ferrari. With Marussia’s announcement, which means there will be two teams on the grid in 2014 (Sauber and Marussia) using Ferrari engines. While Toro Rosso Ferrari engine wear since 2007, will switch to Renault engines next season. “We look forward to working with the Scuderia Ferrari F1 competition in the new era. We are grateful to Cosworth who have partnered with us since our debut season in 2010, “said CEO of Marussia, Andy Webb. With the announcement of Ferrari as engine provider, Marussia will likely retain its main driver Jules Bianchi as next season. Bianchi is the rider of the young rider development program Ferrari Driver Academy.
Moscow – Goeleven Team Kawasaki rider, Andrea Antonelli, was killed in an accident while following motor racing Supersport World Championship in Moscow Raceway, Sunday (21/7). In the rain wet track conditions, driver asa Italy’s 25-year-old lost control of his bike on the first lap and his head struck a Honda motorcycle ditunggani compatriot Lorenzo Zanetti. Antonelli was immediately rushed to a medical center in the circuit, but because the injury is so severe, it was decided not to take him by helicopter to a nearby hospital and he died after never unconscious. The race was stopped and postponed to be held back on the evening of the day before finally canceled. The second World Superbike event was also canceled after Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Goldbet) won the race in the morning session. Antonelli from Castiglione di Lago and has 14 times to reach the podium in the European Superstock 600 race and 1000, did start from second position in Moscow. Antonelli became the second Italian rider who died on the track in the last two years after the MotoGP rider, Marco Simoncelli, who died in the accident at the Sepang circuit, Malaysia in 2011. »(Yamaha rider, Massimo) Roccoli, was hit by Andrea, who had fallen. Zanetti the middle then drove 250km per hour was unable to avoid it, “said Dr. Massimo Corbascio which handles the Antonelli after the accident. »He (Zanetti) said he hit the ‘green thing’ before he fell and injured. If a driver blows to his skull exposed by motot bike weighing 160kg with a speed of 250km per hour, what can we do? »He went to accompany Marco Simoncelli. We have tried to resuscitate her, but there was nothing we could do. “
Moscow – Grief enveloped Italian racing world. Foreign riders who participated in the Pizza World Supersport event, Andrea Antonelli, died after suffering a severe accident at the race in Moscwa Raceway, Sunday, July 21, 2013. Kecalakan that struck Antonelli happened in the last corner on the first lap. In the slippery track conditions due to heavy rain, Antonelli lost control of his motorcycle to fall. After that, his head hit the motor co sekompatriotnya, Lorenzo Zanetti. “Three riders were injured and one of them from Italy died of injuries suffered,” said local police spokesman told reporters. Antonelli was immediately taken to the medical center that is in the circuit. The medical team did not want to bring Antonelli to a nearby hospital by helicopter because it does not want to take the risk. Because the injury is severe enough Antonelli. Goeleven Kawasaki rider was dead at 2 pm local time. FIM, Dorna, and YMS Promotion and decided to stop all activities scheduled on that day. »All the people involved in this championship deepest condolences to the Antonelli family, friends, team, and the Italian Federation over this tragic incident,” the official statement FIM. Antonelli became the second driver from Italy who died in the World Supersport Championship. Previously, Marco Simoncelli died when following the race at the Malaysian GP in October two years ago. Lives of the Gresini Honda team rider drifted after his head hit the motor and close friend Colin Edwards, Valentino Rossi.
Paris – Race endurance race 24 Hours of Le Mans Allan Simonsen claimed after the race for Aston Martin Racing got the fatal accident that claimed his life. 34-year-old Danish rider was injured after his car spun and hit the wall at Tertre Rouge corner, Saturday (22/06/2013) local time. Simonsen reported the driver’s side car hit the wall first. “In serious conditions, Allan Simonsen was then rushed immediately to the circuit Medical Centre where he soon breathed his last due to injury,” wrote the organizers of the race in France was quoted as saying by Reuters. Before she died at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, Simonsen called the event was followed by seven occasions. “On behalf of all of us at Aston Martin Racing, I want to convey sympathy and deepest condolences to the family and the relevant figure, friend, or beloved party on today’s tragedy,” said Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw. Simonsen is the victim’s death umpteen numbers in the endurance races (endurance) oldest held since 1923 in the town of Le Mans, Sarthe, France, the. Just before this, though it was quite long ago, there was Sebastien Enjolras who died during the 1997 pre-qualifying and race Jo Gartner in 1986.
Rifat Sungkar with Fastron World Rally Team, has been in the U.S. for 5 to follow the Rally America series, the New England Forest Rally (NEFR), which will be held on 26-27 July 2013. With a target capable of reaching top 5, Rifat doing testing on Sunday morning local time yesterday, to get the car settings to suit the character trajectory to be traversed. Rifat along with the mechanics of the Libra Racing team, conduct testing for approximately 4 hours in “Team O’Neil Rally School” in the city of Dolton, about 2 hours drive from home base while Fastron World Rally Team in Burlington, the state of Vermont. This testing is necessary because of the character of the track in NEFR itself is very High Speed. In 2012 January, the average speed in NEFR is about 110 km / hour. At the time of testing, Rifat Sungkar doing two training sessions on the track along the 3 km. In sessions conducted in the morning, felt that the engine has too much power in Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) under the 3000, which is actually very good for a meandering path, but less suitable for high speed track that character. “But after doing the rounds as much as 15 laps, we found the ideal machine settings in the power band between 4500-5600 with a boost pressure of 1.7 bar” Rifat said through a press release received Tribunnews.com. “As for the tires, my mechanic and team agreed to choose the medium tires hard, considering the mileage of each special stage is quite far away and the weather forecast at the time of the match will be hot. This morning when we start practice, the air temperature was around 25 ° C, but around noon rose to 30 ° C “added Rifat. Fastron World… Read more »
BUDAPEST – The signs of revival McLaren seems to be felt by the rider, Jenson Button. British rider feels his team work has improved over time. In the last series, the series rather Nurburgring Germany, Button is able to finish in sixth. While Button’s teammate, Sergio Perez slightly lagging behind the eighth. The result is much better when compared with the results in the next two series, namely Canada and the UK series. In Canada, Button only able to finish the race in 12th position, while currently performing in his hometown, he actually performed poorly with finishing in thirteenth place. This is what made him optimistic about his team’s success in the next series. “I really think the team is working very well now. In Germany, the tires that we use, strategy and management of the race that I think is the best ever, “said Button, Crash was quoted on Monday (22/07/2013). Furthermore, 33-year-old racer also provide commentary for the venue to be passed later, the Hungaroring circuit, Hungary. Racing will be held on 26 to 28 July 2013. “Circuits great, great great. I have so many positive memories of racing at the Hungaroring. I won my first grand prix in 2006 and still feels very emotional. And I also won my 200th race there back in 2011, “Gomez said.
F1 driver of the Mercedes AMG team Lewis Hamilton said, Pirelli – sponsor and official tire manufacturer for F1 – must take action on the explosion of 4 tires in a race the British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Four tires exploded car driver during a race at Silverstone. Hamilton also experienced in the 7th round. »It must be resolved quickly,” said Hamilton, as quoted by BBC Sports, Monday, July 1, 2013. “It was and is definitely a problem that interferes with the course of the race, and victory for the drivers. This is the first time in my career, is in danger because of the tire exploded.” Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery said the investigation is being conducted related to the explosion of the tire. He’s trying to find out what caused the explosion of the tire, so ahead of the next race series held at Nurbugring, Germany, not terlulang. Hamilton – who tried to catch up due to tire burst incident – managed to finish in 4th place. He said the rest of the nervous and pessimistic undergo rounds at Silverstone, yesterday. »Safety is the biggest issue in the race this race. This is really not acceptable, “said Hamilton. »Do not get hurt when there are new stakeholders into action.” Four riders who have broken tire; Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean Eric Vergne, and Sergio Perez. The third rider was lucky to continue the race. While Perez could not continue. Nico Rosberg managed to come out as the champion Biritish F1 GP Silverstone. In the second position occupied by Red Bull driver Mark Webber. Furthermore, in the third position is occupied by driver Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.