Lewis Hamilton is Back on the Podium
With an excellent and spirited third place finish on the storied 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Monster Energy-powered Lewis Hamilton ended a run of bad form to round out the podium. After a difficult run of races and a struggle to get to grips with Mercedes' current car thus far in the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, Hamilton finished third in Montreal, where he won his first grand prix in 2007. The Mercedes team appear to remain a step behind Red Bull and Ferrari, who battled for the win on Sunday, but Hamilton felt relieved to have got himself back onto the podium. "It's quite overwhelming, honestly, to get this third place," said the seven-times Formula 1 World Champion. "It's been such a battle this year with the car and as a team. But we continue to stay vigilant and focused and never giving up. That's something I'm so proud of, and I'm inspired by my crew. So, thank you to everyone that's here and back at the factory."
Hamilton is also now very optimistic his Mercedes AMG F1 W13 E performance Silver Arrow can keep closing the gap to the leading teams. "They're a little bit too quick for us at the moment," he said on Red Bull and Ferrari. "I was giving it everything but we're getting closer. So we've just got to keep pushing. Hopefully will be in a fight with these guys."
Formula One will now pack everything up and move on to the classic Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom next for the British Grand Prix on July 3rd, where Hamilton has the most wins with eight.
Fabio Quartararo Makes It Two Wins in a Row and Extends His Points Lead
MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy/Yamaha MotoGP) made it two wins in a row on the world’s premier motorcycle road racing competition tour. Fabio captured the top spot this weekend at the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix of Deutschland. The Frenchman increased his lead in the overall World Championship standings to 34 points with a dominant, five-second victory on the Sachsenring circuit.
“I feel tired, I was sick this weekend. I was coughing during the race. I have no words," said the 23-year-old. "We also took a chance on the medium rear tire. It was risky, but in the race we were lucky. I'm super happy!”
Quartararo’s title hopes received a big boost when Ducati racer and (then) currently 2nd in the MotoGP point chase, Francesco Bagnaia, crashed while in pursuit of Quartararo on lap four – and was unable to continue the race.
In Moto2 action at the GP of Deutschland, Monster Energy’s Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) would make the podium with a 3rd place effort, 7.8 seconds back of race winner Augusto Fernandez (KTM). Monster Energy’s Moto2 World Championship point leader, Celestino Vietti (Mooney/VR46 Racing Team) would crash out of the contest while running in 11th place – failing to score points. Vietti retained the World Championship point lead despite the crash, leading Ai Ogura (Honda), 133-125.
Green Sweep at High Point
High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa., one of the original tracks in the storied 50-year history of Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, presented by Monster Energy, played host to yet another thrilling day of American Pro Motocross racing. Monster Energy-backed racers Eli Tomac (Star Racing/Yamaha), Chase Sexton (Honda) and Jason Anderson (Kawasaki) swept the overall podium in the premier 450cc class on Saturday, going 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Tomac’s race to 1st place was highlighted by a second moto run that saw him set up and pass no less than five of the world’s top professional motocross racers. The decisive Moto 2 win for Tomac would be the fourth second moto win of his career at High Point, giving him his first overall victory of the 2022 MX Nationals season and first win at High Point aboard the Yamaha YZ450F.
“It seems like I have to figure out the lines in the first moto,” said Tomac about his comeback victory at High Point. “We made a small adjustment between motos, my body was clear and I was just able to put the power down the whole time. That was a lot of fun and I had to pass a lot of guys.”
Tomac’s combined 2-1 two-moto finish would best Sexton’s 1-2 finish based on the second moto weighing heavier in the scoring.
Sexton, who flat out dominated the opening 450 class moto, briefly held the lead midway (Lap 7) through the second moto, but was hampered by a couple minor - yet costly - mistakes that cost him the victory.
Added Sexton: “I made a few mistakes, got past Kenny (Roczen), then he got me back. Eli (Tomac) sucked me up and passed me as well. So I just had to put my head down and keep going. I rebounded pretty well and rode solid today."
With the effort Sexton retained the overall 450 class championship point lead, 14 points out front of Tomac (181-167).
In the support 250cc class Monster Energy was led by Jo Shimoda (Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) who made the podium with a 3rd place overall finish (3-5).
Robin Larsson Leads from Lights to Flag
Over the past weekend, Monster Energy’s Robin Larsson was the main man with the master plan as the revolutionary Nitro Rallycross kicked off its all-new, all-electric Group E category at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom. Up to speed immediately at Lydden Hill, the Monster Energy RX Cartel driver was fastest in Saturday’s practice sessions. From that point, Larrson put himself in prime position to win his opening heat race on Sunday, handing him the pole for the main event. There, he made a clean getaway to lead from lights to flag, avoiding the carnage behind him that claimed half the field.