No. 1000
June 12, 2019

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The Line


JUNE 19, 2019

(Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
Spain's Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team) extended his MotoGP Championship lead with a win at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona on Sunday after a massive crash took out four of his rivals.
 Jorge Lorenzo (No. 99 Repsol Honda Team) slid on the second lap and in the process took out Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Mission Winnow Ducati), Valentino Rossi (No. 46 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Maverick Vinales (No. 12 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)Marquez avoided the crash and took his fourth victory in seven races this season. The win moved Marquez 37 points clear of Dovizioso in the overall standings. "I feel really sorry for Andrea, Maverick and Valentino because they are fighting for the championship," said Spain's Lorenzo. "For them it is a big disaster and I feel sorry for them." Fabio Quartararo, who started on pole position, finished in second place, with Danilo Petrucci in third. Next up is round eight in Assen, Netherlands, on June 30.
(Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
Dovizioso (No. 4 Mission Winnow Ducati) was taken out on the second lap, which means almost a disaster for his Championship. Although, of course, he vowed to keep aiming for it, but it’s all but dead. No great racer ever gives up; even the last place guy wakes up thinking he’s gonna win, right? Here is a portrait from Thursday, which probably speaks to Dovi's mindset now, a few hours after this race. Fabio Quartararo (No. 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT), the fabulously quick and steadfast rookie, was the talking point in Catalunya. He had his second MotoGP pole and first podium. Pretty cool kid, nice, down to earth, still normal. -Whit Bazemore
(Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
Twenty-year-old Fabio Quartararo (No. 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT) is the new emerging force in MotoGP racing. He captured his second MotoGP pole and first podium (second place) in Catalunya.
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Toyota's Gazoo Racing team scored a 1-2 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second year in a row. It was a dominant performance by Toyota in the 87th running of the French endurance classic, but the win didn't come without some surprises, including a costly final-hour gaffe that resulted in the longtime race-leading No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria López slipping into second place. A final-hour puncture (the second in as many hours) and some pit-lane drama centering on a bum tire sensor that triggered the replacement of the wrong wheel cost the No. 7 machine the victory. Instead, the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid driven by Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima took the win, and the FIA WEC series championship in the process. 
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Nicolas Lapierre/André Négrao/Pierre Thiriet (No. 36 Signatech Alpine A470 Matmut) won the LMP2 class. Gabriel Aubry/Stéphane Richelmi/Ho-Pin Tung (No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07) finished second, and Loïc Duval/François Perrodo/Matthieu Vaxivière (No. 28 TDS Racing Oreca 07) finished third.
(Photo © 2019 Joao Filipe/ 
The No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE driven by James Calado/Alessandro Pier Guidi/Daniel Serra won the GTE Pro shootout ahead of Gianmaria Bruni/Richard Lietz/Frédéric Makowiecki (No. 91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR) and Earl Bamber/Patrick Pilet/Nick Tandy in the No. 93 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR.
(Photo © Guénolé TREHOREL/ACO)
Jeroen Bleekemolen/Ben Keating/Felipe Fraga (No. 85 Keating Motorsports Ford GT) won the GTE Am class. Jörg Bergmeister/Patrick Lindsey/Egidio Perfetti (No. 56 
Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR) finished second in class, and Jeffrey Segal/Rodrigo Baptista/Wei Lu (No. 84 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE) finished third.