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.