Per­fect score

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AUS­TRALIA’S Ja­son Crump rode a per­fect score in round five of the World Mo­tor­cy­cle Speed­way GP at Cardiff in Wales last week­end. In front of a ca­pac­ity crowd of 45,000, Crump won all five heats, his semi-fi­nal and the fi­nal and now has one hand on his third world cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

The only glitch, in what was a stel­lar per­for­mance when Crump won each of his races go­ing away from the field, was when he was brought down in heat four bounc­ing along the track, shaken up but un­in­jured. He re­mounted and car­ried on his winning way.

Nei­ther reign­ing cham­pion Niki Ped­der­son, nor Crump’s near­est ri­val Emil Say­fut­di­nov, made the fi­nals.

Ped­er­sen’s shock­ing run con­tin­ued when he was ex­cluded from a heat in what the ma­jor­ity saw as a racing in­ci­dent in which both rid­ers in­volved should have re-started.

Say­fut­di­nov was ex­cluded from a heat af­ter an on-track skir­mish with Bri­tain’s favourite speed­way son Scott Ni­cholls.

The Rus­sian crashed his bike into Ni­cholls’ bike as Ni­cholls was at­tempt­ing to leave the track. The pair then en­gag­ing in fisticuffs, hav­ing to be pulled apart by of­fi­cials.

At the mid­point of the cham­pi­onship Crump holds a very comfortable 31 point lead over Say­fut­di­nov with the ev­er­green Greg Han­cock of the USA in third.

ROSSI EX­TENDS LEAD

VALENTINO Rossi ex­tended his lead in the World Moto GP Cham­pi­onship in Ger­many last week­end, winning nar­rowly from his Fiat Yamaha team­mate Jorge Lorenzo fol­low­ing a race-long bat­tle. Aus­tralia’s Casey Stoner ( Du­cati) is strug­gling with an in­jured wrist which re­quired surgery dur­ing the off-sea­son. It still has not healed and he is also suf­fer­ing from a mys­tery ill­ness which is sap­ping his en­ergy. He fin­ished a dis­tant fourth.

Go­ing into this week­end’s Bri­tish Moto GP at Don­ing­ton Park, Rossi leads the cham­pi­onship on 176 points from Lorenzo 162 with Stoner hang­ing on to third with 148 points. Fel­low Aus­tralian Chris Ver­mue­len (Suzuki) is in eighth place.

POWER THIRD IN INDYCARS

QUEENS­LAND’S Will Power re­sumed his Indy Car sea­son with Team Penske last week­end on the Toronto street cir­cuit in Canada. Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing an out­stand­ing sec­ond af­ter be­ing out of the car since the Indianapolis 500 in May, one of Power’s tyres was punc­tured af­ter a first turn skir­mish and he pit­ted for a wheel change, re­turn­ing to the race on the lead lap but in last place. Power drove bril­liantly, slic­ing his way through the field to fin­ish third be­hind his Penske team mate Ryan Briscoe. Ganassi Team driver Dario Fran­chitti won the event.

AM­BROSE 18TH IN NASCAR

AF­TER fin­ish­ing 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speed­way last week­end, Mar­cus Am­brose is run­ning 18th in the cham­pi­onship go­ing into this week­end’s All State 500 at the Indianapolis Mo­tor Speed­way.

LO­CAL KART RACES DO WELL

CAIRNS kart rac­ers Thomas Janusz and Glen Stall­baum recorded top five fin­ishes in the club­man su­per heavy cat­e­gory at the re­cent Queens­land State Cham­pi­onships at Cooloola. Janusz was fourth with Stall­baum right be­hind in fifth.

On to victory: Ja­son Crump of Aus­tralia leads Fredrik Lind­gren of Swe­den dur­ing the Bri­tish speed­way grand prix at the Mil­len­nium sta­dium in Cardiff.

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