Weekly Motorsport News

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden passes away

Monday brought tragic news in the motorsport world as the demise of Nicky Hayden was declared. Nicky was hit by a passenger car while cycling in Rimini last Wednesday and was rushed to the hospital due to severe head and chest trauma. He had suffered severe brain damage in the accident and remained in a critical condition throughout the weekend. He kept fighting until Monday. His younger brother, Tommy thanked the fans and everyone at the hospital for their support and stated that it was best people remember Nicky with all the happy memories they had with them, both personally and professionally. Nicky made 21 MotoGP starts from 2003 to 2016 with one of the most memorable moments coming in his fourth out of the six seasons with the factory Honda team when he beat Valentino Rossi to the 2006 World Championship. It is a huge and tragic loss for the sport seeing the 35-year old pass away.

 

Scott Dixon robbed at gunpoint

Just hours after winning the pole position for the 101st Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon was robbed at gunpoint along with three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti. Dixon’s teammate Tony Kanaan was supposed to join them for Dixon’s treat for winning the Indianapolis 500 as he waited for others to get the drive-thru. While waiting for the order two guys came to the car, pointing a gun at Dixon’s head. Dixon didn’t have his wallet as he had left it in the motorhome and hence he handed over them his wife’s wallet. The gunmen left but were caught later as they fled on foot down nearby Berwick Ave. The gunmen were teenagers aged 14 and 15 years.

 

Indianapolis doing good to Fernando Alonso

It is safe to say that Fernando Alonso hasn’t been in his best of forms this season, but he looks to getting some form back as McLaren team boss Zak Brown believes the participation in Indianapolis 500 is helping the Spaniard. Brown believes it is very necessary for a racer in a good frame of mind to do well in the race. Alonso’s competitive attitude is helping him regain some confidence on himself, and it is showing both on and off the track. He will start Sunday’s IndyCar centrepiece from fifth for McLaren Honda Andretti. He ended up seventh in the Spanish Grand Prix earlier this month, and it is looking that Alonso is finally going in the right direction after a not so good phase in the last two years. We all do hope Alonso gets back to his best the soonest.

 

 

 
 

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