Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin will continue no matter the speculations

MALAYSIA: He does not care about what the detractors are saying over his return to the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix and Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this year. His return to Cub Prix and ARRC, seen by some as a step backwards, was not a complete surprise due to the limited time available. The 20-year-old has rejoined Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor this season — the same team he had won the CP150 title in 2017. “As long as I am healthy and capable of riding a bike, I will…

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Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi experiencing contrasting fortunes

 MALAYSIA: Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s (SRT) Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi experienced contrasting fortunes on the second day of MotoGP testing in Qatar on Sunday. Morbidelli, who was seventh (1:55.174s) fastest on an opening day, made solid progress and moved up to fourth after clocking 1:54.153s on his older 2019 A-Spec Plus YZR-M1. The Italian, who was placed 14th (1:55.584s) on Saturday, hopes to make inroads when testing resumes at the Losail International Circuit tomorrow. Morbidelli, who completed 63 laps on Sunday, said he will focus on race pace…

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A one-year deal with Mercedes F1 team

LONDON: Lewis Hamilton has ended his long-running contract saga by signing a one-year deal with Mercedes for the 2021 season, the Formula One team announced on Monday. The British driver will be competing for an unprecedented eighth world title when the new season gets underway in Bahrain next month. The Austrian Toto Wolff backed Hamilton’s drive for greater diversity in the sport, said the Briton’s competitive record stood alongside the “best the sports world has ever seen.” “The story of Mercedes and Lewis has written itself into the history books…

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A Schumacher is back in F1!

The famous Schumacher name has returned to Formula One after it was confirmed that Mick – son of seven-time world champion Michael – will drive for Haas in the 2021 season. The rising star, 21, who is currently leading the F2 drivers’ championship, has been chosen to make the step up to the sport’s top level alongside the controversial Nikita Mazepin in Haas’ all-new driver line-up for next season. The announcement of Schumacher’s arrival comes just weeks after Lewis Hamilton confirmed his place alongside his dad Michael in the record…

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Grosjean escapes fireball as Bahrain crash cuts car in two

MANAMA: Romain Grosjean escaped from a horrific first-lap crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday when his car split in two and burst into flames. The French driver’s Haas collided with Daniil Kyvat’s Alpha Tauri on turn three, skewing into a barrier. Grosjean, 34, was lodged in the front half of his monocoque as it appeared to fly under the barrier, leaving the rear half behind on the edge of the circuit after spinning on impact. His car’s fuel tank was clearly ruptured in the accident, releasing the fuel…

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Valentino Rossi tests positive for Covid-19

Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi said on Thursday (Friday in Malaysia) he has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss this weekend’s Grand Prix of Aragon. The 41-year-old Italian said he could also miss next week’s Teruel Grand Prix at the same circuit in Spain. “Unfortunately, this morning I woke up and I was not feeling good. My bones were sore and I had a slight fever, so I immediately called the doctor who tested me twice,” said Rossi in a statement on Instagram. “The quick PCR test result…

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Shape up or ship out, told Moto3 racer, Khairul Idham

National Moto3 racer, Khairul Idham Pawi will be removed from the Petronas Sprinta Racing team if he fails to reach the top 15 position in the World Motorcycle Grand Prix Championship (MotoGP) this season. The warning was issued by the team’s principal, Datuk Razlan Razali who was disappointed with the performance displayed by Khairul who is fondly known as Super KIP after three Moto3 races this season. He said that the remaining 11 Moto3 World Championship races this season will determine whether the 21-year-old rider will continue to represent the team next…

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Mercedes F1 boss backs Hamilton on racial injustice

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has given six-times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton his full backing for the passionate condemnation of racial injustice after the death of George Floyd. Hamilton spoke to millions of followers on social media of his rage and disbelief at the killing of the unarmed black man, who died in Minneapolis after a white U.S. police officer knelt on his neck. Wolff told reporters that his racing driver, Formula One’s first black champion, had taught him a lot about racial inequality. “He has asked me the…

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Motorcycling revs up for new norms

Teams competing in the Malaysia Cub Prix Championships are geared up for “new norms” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has named motorsports as one of a handful allowed to operate behind closed doors under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). However, race organisers must follow strict guidelines including social distancing and thorough sanitisation of venues, among others. Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing technical manager Syafari Saad said his team are ready to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) as long as they can race. “Our team do…

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F1 driver ‘shutdown’ extended to more than 2 months

he coronavirus enforced shutdown period for Formula 1 drivers has been extended from 35 to 63 consecutive days, the International automobile federation (FIA) announced. The figure had originally been set at a maximum of 21 days as the season was suspended in March after the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix. “Fifty days after the start of their shutdown period, upon application by a competitor, and subject to the prior written approval of the FIA, each competitor may use the services of a maximum of ten personnel to work remotely…

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