The 2021 Motul Grand Prix of Valencia set the stage for the final MotoGP Grand Prix of the season, and it was held at the 2.488-mile,14-turn Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Also known as the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, over 120,000 fans were present on Sunday afternoon in Spain to watch Monster Energy’s Francisco Bagnaia race his Ducati Lenovo Team machine to his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGP season. Fourth in the Grand Prix went to Joan Mir of Team Suzuki ECSTAR, while Fabio Quartararo of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team placed fifth on the day.
Grazie Vale was the hashtag being shared by motorcycling fans around the world on Sunday, as MotoGP great Valentino Rossi's career came to an end. Valentino finished tenth in his final race in Valencia, Spain, but it was of little importance for the adoring fans who’d made the trip to see him ride into the pits for one last time. Rossi won nine world titles in a career spanning more than two decades - winning 89 races and finishing on the podium 199 times. Rossi’s infectious personality allowed him to transcend the sport and become part of mainstream culture. He will be missed by all.
To read more about Valentino, check out the article here.
The Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix raced at the 2.677-mile, 15-turn Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on Sunday afternoon with Monster Energy’s Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes-AMG Silver F1 W12 E Performance Silver Arrow taking the win over championship points leader Max Verstappen. With just three races remaining in the fight for the 2021 F1 world title, Verstappen’s lead is down to only 14 points. Lewis Hamilton drove from 10th to first to win Sunday's Sao Paulo Grand Prix with a pass of Verstappen during the race's final stint. Hamilton scored 25 points to Verstappen's 18 for finishing second. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third. The win is Hamilton's 101st in F1 — the most of any driver. F1 will race next at the Qatar Grand Prix at the 3.343-mile, 16-turn Losail International Circuit on November 21.
Romain Febvre of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team completed the 2021 World MXGP Motocross Championship season with a third-place finish and his tenth podium of the year at the season-ending MXGP of Citta di Mantova on the 1,670-meter Lombardia circuit in Italy. With the finish, the French racer ends the 2021 season in a fighting second place position. A mere five points shy of claiming the World Championship. Romain Febvre: “To fall that close to the championship is really tough. I gave my best so I have no regrets, but it wasn’t quite enough to take the title. Right now I feel a little mad with myself for sure but that’s racing it’s a hard way to lose but I gave my all. At the moment it’s really tough but I will get through it; I want to thank the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team for all their investment and dedication, we did a great job together during the past two seasons and I will be back to battle for the title for Kawasaki again next year.” The MXGP of Citta di Mantova marked a brilliant day for the Monster Energy Yamaha team as they controlled the MX2 class with first and second place in the race, the GP, the World Championship, and wrapping up the construction championship.
Monster Energy’s Austin Jones won the USA’s very first Federation Internationale de l’Automobile T4 World Cup title. By winning the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge by 11min 38sec on the Polish Goczal and almost 16 minutes on Domzala, Jones secured the FIA T4 World Title one round in advance. Check out his interview here.
The 2021 SLS season is a wrap! Monster Energy team rider Rayssa Leal takes second place in Women’s Street at the SLS Super Crown World Championship 2021 on Sunday. In front of a capacity crowd of 6,000 fans at Riverfront Plaza in Jacksonville, Florida, the 13-year-old from Imperatriz, Brazil, earned her podium spot in the final event of the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Championship Tour. Check out more details here.
Aaron Pico defeats Justin Gonzales in the main card fight at Bellator 271 in Hollywood, Florida, on Friday night. In the featherweight division bout in front of a high-energy crowd, the 25-year-old from Whittier, California went the distance against his previously undefeated opponent to earn a unanimous decision victory after three rounds.
Also at Bellator 271, 23-year-old MMA phenomenon Valerie Loureda from Miami, Florida, returned to the winner’s circle after earning a split decision victory against Taylor Turner in the women’s flyweight bout on the night’s preliminary card.