Motorsport

Weekend Herald - - What’s On -

Mo­toGP, to­mor­row 12.30am (qual­i­fy­ing); 10.45pm (race). F1, Brazil­ian Grand Prix, to­mor­row 1.45am (prac­tice), 4am (qual­i­fy­ing); Mon­day 3.30am (GP).

There’s ac­tion on two wheels and four as the re­spec­tive sea­sons near the end. The 18th and last stop on the Mo­toGP cal­en­dar is the Va­len­cian Com­mu­nity Mo­tor­cy­cle Grand Prix — the now tra­di­tional sea­son-end­ing race at the 150,000 ca­pac­ity cir­cuit which cre­ates an amaz­ing at­mos­phere. Spa­niard Marc Mar­quez takes a 21-point lead into the race and needs only to fin­ish 11th or bet­ter to head Italy's An­drea Dovizioso. Both have won six times this year. The F1 train is at Aut­dromo Jos Car­los Pace in In­ter­la­gos for the Brazil­ian Grand Prix. First held in 1972 and part of the world cham­pi­onship since 1973, the race has pro­duced some spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing, with many home-town heroes. Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi, Nel­son Pi­quet, Ayr­ton Senna and Filipe Massa all won twice and Car­los Pace once. Massa, who has reaf­firmed his de­ci­sion to re­tire at sea­son end, has one last chance to be­come the first three-time win­ner for Brazil. Alain Prost re­mains the most suc­cess­ful driver, win­ning six times be­tween 1982 and 1990. Kiwi in­ter­est is again in Bren­don Hart­ley, who flew into Rio from Shang­hai af­ter wrap­ping up the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship (for the sec­ond time) last week­end. He will again drive for Torro Rosso in what many see as a glimpse to the fu­ture.

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