BREAKING NEWS: Sergio Perez out of British Grand Prix after positive coronavirus test

By Sports Desk July 30, 2020

Racing Point diver Sergio Perez will play no part in this weekend's British Grand Prix after testing positive for coronavirus.

 

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  • MotoGP 2020: Vinales snatches victory as Bagnaia crashes out in chaotic Emilia Romagna grand prix MotoGP 2020: Vinales snatches victory as Bagnaia crashes out in chaotic Emilia Romagna grand prix

    Leader Francesco Bagnaia crashed out of the Emilia Romagna and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix as Maverick Vinales claimed a dramatic triumph.

    Bagnaia – denied a maiden MotoGP pole and another Misano lap record in qualifying for exceeding track limits – looked set to clinch his maiden success as Sunday's grand prix entered its final stages.

    Yet there was to be heartbreak for the Italian, who held over a 1.2-second advantage when he skidded off the track with seven laps remaining.

    Vinales, who had started on pole for the second successive race after missing a golden opportunity in the first of the back-to-back Misano rounds last time out, took full advantage to claim his first win of the season and propel himself up the championship standings.

    Behind the Monster Energy Yamaha rider, Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) climbed from 11th to see off Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Tech3) to finish second.

    Quartaro crossed the line in third, but a long-lap penalty cost the Frenchman top spot in the championship standings, who was handed a three-second post-race punishment, with Espargaro taking the final spot on the podium.

    Last weekend's winner and Quartararo's fellow Petronas Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli came in ninth, one place behind championship leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), who now only holds a one-point advantage over Quartararo and Vinales.

    Home star Valentino Rossi was forced to retire after an early crash, while Jack Miller's race was ended by technical problems and Brad Binder also dropped out in a frantic grand prix.

     

    TOP 10

    1. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha)
    2. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) +2.425s
    3. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +4.528
    4. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) +6.419 (after three-second penalty)
    5. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +7.368s
    6. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) +11.139s
    7. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda) +11.929s
    8. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +13.113s
    9. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) +15.880s 
    10. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) +17.682s

    CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

    Riders

    1. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 84
    2. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) 83
    3. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 83
    4. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) 80
    5. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) 64

    Teams

    1. Petronas Yamaha 147
    2. Monster Energy Yamaha 141
    3. Suzuki Ecstar 124
    4. Ducati 115
    5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 110

    WHAT'S NEXT?

    After successive races at Misano, the teams will head for Barcelona, with the Grand Prix of Catalonia next up.

  • MotoGP 2020: Starting grid and preview for the Emilia Romagna and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix MotoGP 2020: Starting grid and preview for the Emilia Romagna and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix

    Maverick Vinales has another golden opportunity to put himself firmly in the MotoGP title picture when he starts on pole at Misano on Sunday. 

    Vinales was on pole for the San Marino Grand Prix last time out but was unable to convert that position into a victory, finishing down in sixth. 

    The Spaniard is 18 points adrift of Andrea Dovizioso in a wide-open fight to replace the injured Marc Marquez as world champion. 

    However, he is in the prime spot to vault up the standings after an error by Francesco Bagnaia gave him pole for the Emilia Romagna and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix. 

    Yet the owner of the lap record at Misano cannot afford to take anything for granted ahead of what looks set to be a fascinating fight for the chequered flag.

    WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING

    Bagnaia should have been celebrating a maiden MotoGP pole - and another Misano lap record - having smashed the previous mark in FP3. 

    He crossed the line on his final flying lap in one minute and 30.973 seconds, a time that would have seen him top the timesheets. 

    However, he crucially exceeded the track limits on the final turn, an infraction that saw his lap struck off and both pole position and the record handed to Vinales.

    Vinales will have Jack Miller and Fabio Quartararo for company on the front row, with Bagnaia dropping to fifth as a result of his error. 

    Championship leader Dovizioso heads the fourth row, with Franco Morbidelli - winner of the San Marino Grand Prix - sandwiched between Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci on the third row. 

    THE STARTING GRID

    1. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha), 2. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), 3. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha)
    4. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), 5. Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing), 6. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)
    7. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha), 8. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha), 9. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)
    10. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), 11. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), 12. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda)
    13. Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), 14. Johann Zarco (Avintia), 15. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)
    16. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 17. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda), 18. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar)
    19. Bradley Smith (Aprilia), 20. Tito Rabat (Avintia)

    EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS

    The searing pace displayed by Bagnaia will be a topic of discussion despite his phenomenal last flying lap counting for nothing. 

    He and team-mate Miller will surely pose a significant threat to Vinales, though Quartararo is concerned about some of his title rivals positioned further back on the starting grid. 

    Joan Mir of Suzuki trails Dovizioso by 16 points, but he produced a disappointing display in Q2 and starts 11th. However, with Quartararo branding the Suzuki "a perfect bike", a charge through the field from Mir is not out of the question.

    "Yes, I'm worried because they are fast in the straight, they are fast in acceleration to overtake people, they are so fast," Quartararo said on Thursday.

    WHAT THE RIDERS SAID

    Maverick Vinales (pole): "This weekend I tried to work always with a race setting. We make an improvement. Last weekend the bike always feels good without fuel but with fuel on the race I struggle a lot. This weekend we work a lot and it seems that we make an improvement. We wish it will work for the race."

    Jack Miller (2nd): "When we got to Q2 I only had one tyre, so it was kind of a one-shot wonder. Anyway, we made it, not a bad qualifying, I was lucky to get the two off Pecco [Bagnaia]."

    Fabio Quartararo (3rd): "Feeling great to be on the front row, that is really important. Our race pace is looking good. I'm happy because we have a good base for tomorrow."

    CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

    Riders

    1. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 76
    2. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) 70
    3. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) 64
    4. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) 60
    5. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 58

    Teams

    1. Petronas Yamaha 127
    2. Monster Energy Yamaha 116
    3. Ducati 101
    4. Suzuki Ecstar 100
    5. Pramac Racing 97

  • Gareth Bale completes sensational Spurs return from Madrid Gareth Bale completes sensational Spurs return from Madrid

    Gareth Bale has completed a sensational return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

    The Wales star departed north London for the Spanish capital seven years ago for what was then a world-record fee and has gone on to win the Champions League four times and LaLiga twice with Madrid.

    However, the forward found himself increasingly on the periphery of the first team under Zinedine Zidane and has sealed a move back to Spurs.

    Tottenham fans are set to have to wait until October to see him in action once again, though.

    "Gareth sustained a knee injury whilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month and this together with LaLiga's later start compared to the Premier League means he has had a limited pre-season," Spurs said in a statement.

    "We currently anticipate that he will be match fit after October's international break."

    Madrid said in a statement: "Our club wishes good luck to a player who is part of one of the most successful stages of our history."

    Los Blancos forked out a whopping €100milion (£85m) to sign Bale in 2013 after several outstanding seasons at White Hart Lane.

    During his seven years at Madrid, Bale scored 105 goals and contributed 57 assists in 251 appearances.

    But the return of Zidane as head coach in March 2019 immediately led to speculation over Bale's future and he was on the cusp of moving to Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League in July of last year.

    That lucrative switch eventually fell through and Bale featured only 20 times last term, during which he became mired in controversy after celebrating with a flag that read "Wales, Golf, Madrid. In that order" while on international duty in November.

    Manchester United were said to have been pondering a deal for Bale after being frustrated in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho.

    Yet a move back to north London quickly emerged as Bale's preferred option and he will now link up with Jose Mourinho's side, who started their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 loss at home to Everton on Sunday.

    Bale scored 55 goals in 203 matches for Spurs during his first stint and became a particularly influential member of the team in the 2010-11 season, having made a sedate start to his career at the club.

    The 31-year-old was twice named as the PFA Player of the Year during his first spell at Spurs, the second time occurring in a 2012-13 campaign that saw him score 26 goals in 44 matches in all competitions and helped earn his big-money to Madrid.

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