PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING
25-Year-Old Jose Vitor Leme from Brazil earned the World Championship Title and a $1 Million bonus at PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. Leme made PBR History as the second rider to Win Back-to-Back Championships. This accomplishment for the 2020 and 2021 PBR World Champion comes at the end of what is being called the greatest season ever for a professional bull rider. All the details and more can be seen here.
The 17th round (of 18) of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place on Sunday, November 7 in the shape of the MXGP of Lombardia. In the 450MX competition Monster Energy Kawasaki, Romain Febvre tied for the overall victory with excellent 1-2 moto finishes. Romain Febvre now leads the MXGP World Championship with 661 points to title rival Jeffrey Herlings with 658 points. “It was a good day overall,” remarked the Frenchman afterwards. “I don't feel any pressure and the first race was good, took the lead first lap and led until the end. The second one was a good start and I tried to catch Jeffrey, but he was faster and then I started thinking too much. It’s game on!" The MXGP World Championship will hold the final Grand Prix of the year this Wednesday with the MXGP of Citta di Mantova on the 1,670-meter Lombardia circuit.
In MX2 World Championship action from the MXGP of Lombardia, Jago Geerts of the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team claimed the overall victory on the day, trading 1-2 moto scores with Monster Energy Yamaha and recently crowned 2021 MX2 World Champion Maxime Renaux of France. Geerts and Renaux will both compete again this Wednesday in the final Grand Prix of 2021.
For the second time this season, the MotoGP riders were out facing the magnificent Autodromo Internacional do Algarve after first experiencing the thrills of the rollercoaster this season back in April. Monster Energy’s Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) was unstoppable at the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve and picked up his third victory of the season, with his latest 25-point haul handing Ducati the 2021 Constructors title. Monster Energy’s Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) completed the podium in Portimao. “I’m very happy because I think it’s my best weekend in MotoGP, and also I enjoyed every single session this weekend because when you feel so great with your bike everything comes much easier to you,” beamed Bagnaia a few minutes after flashing beneath the checkered flag. “So, I’m very happy with the work that was done. Comparing to April [at the Portuguese GP] that I finished second, I was feeling more competitive this time. I’m very happy. This race was maybe at the start more difficult because with the front tire I was struggling a bit more than in the other races. So, at the start I was trying to push, but every time I was leaning I was feeling the front was closing. But then everything was coming better and better, and I’m very happy to have won this race. Also, I’m very happy that we have won the constructors’ championship.”
Finally, it was the Moto3 World Championship classification taking to the circuit and Monster Energy rider Andrea Migno of the Rivacold Snipers Team powering to a runner-up finish, while Monster Energy rider Niccolo Antonelli rounded out the podium.
The 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix (a.k.a. the Gran Premio de la Ciudad de México) was set for the 2.674-mile, 17-turn Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City on Sunday afternoon and it was Monster Energy’s Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes AMG F1 W12 E Performance Silver Arrow finishing in the runner-up position, 16.555 seconds adrift of race winner Max Verstappen. "I gave it everything, just didn't have the pace," Hamilton said afterwards. Hamilton is now 19 points behind Verstappen in the epic fight for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship. Formula 1 will race next on November 14, 2021, at the 2.677-mile, 15-turn Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.
With four wins in 18 races, Ty Gibbs won Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year honors. When Gibbs wasn't winning, he was consistently at the top of the field scoring 9 top 5 finishes and another where he finished in the top 10.
In the ARCA Series, Gibbs continued with his winning ways on Saturday at 1.0-mile Phoenix Raceway by going out and racing to victory in the Arizona Lottery 100 ARCA Menards West Series. Gibbs led every lap of the Arizona Lottery 100. With that, he clinched the season-long Valvoline Lap Leader award (224 laps led) for the ARCA Menards Series West, a title he also won in the ARCA Menards Series and the East Series for a platform sweep this season. “I felt like lapped traffic was one of the biggest challenges,” Gibbs said from victory lane: “I felt like we were at a dirt race almost. Pick and choose your lines; make sure the right one rolled. Just a great day.”
Kamaru Usman defended his UFC Welterweight Championship title at UFC 268 in New York City on Saturday night. In the main event fight inside sold-out Madison Square Garden, he earned a unanimous decision victory in the rematch against American Colby Covington. Check out Usman and the three other Monster Made champions here.