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Cal Crutchlow takes laid-back route to being the best since Barry Sheene | Richard Williams

First British rider to head the MotoGP standings for 39 years has done it on a non-works Honda and without the need for endless hours in the gymIn a universe of professional sportsmen and women happy to proclaim the incredible rigour of their winter tr…

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Marc Márquez wins fourth MotoGP world title in five years in Valencia

• Márquez finishes fifth to claim title after crash scare• Andrea Dovizioso crashes out six laps from endMarc Márquez won his fourth MotoGP world title in five years on Sunday after Andrea Dovizioso crashed during the season-concluding Valencia Grand P…

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Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP world champion, dies five days after bike crash

Italian hospital where American was being treated confirms news35-year-old suffered severe head injuries after being knocked off bicycleNicky Hayden, the former MotoGP world champion, has died five days after he was involved in a cycling accident.The 3…

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Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP champion, has ‘serious cerebral damage’ after crash

American remains in intensive care in Italian hospital35-year-old was struck by car while training on bicycleFormer MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden remains in intensive care in an Italian hospital after being injured in a cycling accident on Wednesd…

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Sport picture of the day: The Doctor takes the racing line

The Doctor, aka Valentino Rossi, takes the racing line on his Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1 during the first practice session ahead of the Valencia MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, Spain. Rossi currently holds second place in the riders championship, behind the reigning champion Marc Márquez

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Sport picture of the day: Lorenzo Petrarca’s wild Moto3 dismount

Heavy rain and strong winds at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia made conditions extremely tricky for the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders practising before the weekend’s races. A number of them, including Team Italia’s Moto3 rider Lorenzo Petrarca, took a tumble on the wet track before the session was cancelled due to the bad weather

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Sport picture of the day: MotoGP champion Marc Márquez gets the bumps

Repsol Honda’s Marc Márquez is tossed in the air by team members after winning the MotoGP race at the Japanese Grand Prix and sealing his third world championship, beating his title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who both crashed out

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Marc Marquez wins third MotoGP title with victory in Japan

Spaniard becomes youngest rider to win three world titlesValentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both crash outHonda rider Marc Marquez secured his third MotoGP championship in four years on Sunday by winning the Japanese Grand Prix after his nearest rivals …

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Sport picture of the day: sparks fly in practice for the MotoGP of Japan

Spain’s Alex Rins and his Páginas Amarillas HP 40 crash out during the MotoGP of Japan free practice in Motegi

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Sport picture of the day: MotoGP’s Jack Miller hits the skids at Silverstone

Australia’s Jack Miller crashes during qualifying for the 2016 British Grand Prix at a wet Silverstone. British rider Cal Crutchlow took pole position after his recent win at the Czech Grand Prix.

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MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow takes British Grand Prix pole at wet Silverstone

• Home favourite grabs third career pole position
• Valentino Rossi to start second for Yamaha

Cal Crutchlow followed up his Czech Grand Prix victory with pole position in a wet qualifying for his home MotoGP race at Silverstone on Saturday, winning his third career start from the front of the grid.

The first Briton in 35 years to win in the top category of grand prix motorcycling put his non-works LCR Honda on the front of the grid with Valentino Rossi second for Yamaha. Spain’s Maverick Viñales completed the front row on a Suzuka.

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Sport picture of the day: all in the mind for Marc Márquez

Spain’s Marc Márquez reacts after finishing second in the MotoGP race of the Dutch Grand Prix. Márquez lost a rain-affected race to 750-1 outsider Jack Miller, but the championship leader said “second felt like a victory in these tricky conditions.”

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Moto2 rider Luis Salom dies after crash in practice for Catalunya Grand Prix

• The 24-year-old was taken to hospital after fall in Barcelona
• Salom finished second in season’s opening round in Qatar

The Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom has died after a crash during the second free practice session for the Catalunya Grand Prix. The 24-year-old fell at Turn 12 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and was treated by medics before being taken by road to hospital, where he underwent surgery.

“It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom,” a statement on the MotoGP website read. “He underwent surgery but, despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away at 16.55 local time.”

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Sport picture of the day: Johann Zarco’s Moto2 victory somersault

The French Moto2 rider Johann Zarco is captured mid-rotation as he somersaults to celebrate winning the Moto2 race at the Italian Moto Grand Prix in Mugello Continue reading…

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi wins Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Jorge Lorenzo

• Rossi’s 13th victory of his career in all categories
• Marc Márquez leads championship after 18 races

Valentino Rossi won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday with a dominant pole-to-flag ride for the 113th victory of his career in all categories.

The 37-year-old Yamaha rider kept Spanish team-mate and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo comfortably behind him to take the chequered flag with his front wheel in the air in celebration. It was his 87th win in the top class.

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MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo to leave Yamaha for Ducati

• Spaniard won world title in 2010, 2012 and 2015
• Yamaha will retain Valentino Rossi for 2017-18

The reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will leave Yamaha for Ducati at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Spaniard, who won the world championship in 2010, 2012 and 2015, will race for Ducati, the current stable of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, for two years from 2017.

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Sport picture of the day: Cal Crutchlow rises during MotoGP testing

Great Britain’s Cal Crutchlow on his LRC Honda rises over the hill on turn nine during the MotoGP test day at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australia.

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Sport picture of the day: all eyes on Jorge Lorenzo

MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo takes a bend on his Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1, setting the fastest time on the final day of pre-season testing at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lorenzo is bidding to make it 62 GP wins when the se…

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SuperQ Challenge: world’s best slalom skiers race on a rally track – video

To mark the the annual World Cup ski race in Kitzbuehel in Austria on Wednesday at Hahnenkamm weekend, skiing stars join other sporting big names to race in the snow in high-powered FIA World Rallycross Championship cars. Two-times DTM champion Mattias Ekstroem drove an Audi S1 EKS RX while slalom maestro Henrik Kristoffersen and MotoGP’s Andrea Dovizioso won the final

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Motorcycle saves, the fastest Test double century in history and Eddie the Eagle

This week’s roundup also stars Sitton Wars II, attack of the drones, Zinedine Zidane, Christy O’Connor Jr and five of the flukiest goals on record

1) The bravery of riders when their motorbikes start behaving like bucking broncos for all to see in this MotoGP collection. Meanwhile, some more: another compliation of high-side saves; Niklas Ajo crosses the finish line on his knees after some miraculous control; Randy Mamola’s 1985 classic at the San Marino GP; and JD Beach in New Jersey.

2) Part Botham, part Sobers, they said, of Ben Stokes’s second-fastest Test double century against South Africa. So let’s put it to the test … here’s Beefy at Headingley in 1981 and here’s Sir Garry with six overs in an over in 1968. For the record, it’s Nathan Astle’s 2002 knock against England that remains the quickest double ton.

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