Motorsport Round up: MOTOGP, F1,

German MotoGP: ‘Proud’ Rossi inspired by Marini, Folger

‘Luca gave me extra power and motivation…. Folger was a good help for me’ – Valentino Rossi, German MotoGP. (crash)

German MotoGP: Crutchlow overheats, RCV still needs ‘group’ therapy

The fastest Honda rider by the end of free practice at the German MotoGP, Cal Crutchlow again fell victim to tyre overheating problems when racing in a group.

Without clear air, the front tyre on his RCV starts to overheat, which raises the pressure and reduces the grip.

The end result was that Crutchlow fell from fifth position at Turn 12, on lap 10 of 30.

“I gave my all and it didn’t work out. The front tyre was too hot, too much pressure, same story when we are in a group,” said the Englishman, who picked the hardest front tyre available. (crash)

Red Bull’s Ricciardo looking to “turn things around” at German GP

Daniel Ricciardo hopes to “turn things around” at the upcoming German Grand Prix following a difficult run during Formula 1’s first-ever triple header of races.

The Red Bull driver finished fourth in France, before being forced into retirement at his team’s home race in Austria and taking fifth at Silverstone.

In contrast, teammate Max Verstappen made two podium appearances, claiming second place at Paul Ricard, before going one better to record his first win of the campaign in Spielberg. (crash)

F1 pecking order so close there is no midfield anymore – Haas

Formula 1’s pecking order has become so competitive that there is “not really a midfield anymore”, according to Haas team principal Günther Steiner.

A tight battle continues to rage for supremacy in 2018 for the ‘best of the rest’ tag behind F1’s leading three teams Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, with Renault currently heading the scrap over fourth place, 19 points clear of Haas.

Renault has been the most consistent midfield outfit so far this season, though Haas has often boasted the most competitive package, while the likes of Force India, McLaren, Toro Rosso and Sauber have also mixed it up inside the top 10. (crash)

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