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Ana Carrasco: ‘Women don’t just have to be grid girls – they can race too’

The World Supersport 300 champion motorcycle racer rose through the ranks racing for free but revelling in subverting the male-dominated status quo“The most important thing for me is to win like a great rider. That was my goal, my dream,” says Ana Carr…

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Marc Márquez, the Messi, Woods, Federer, Bolt and Hendrix of MotoGP | Richard Williams

Spaniard’s fifth world title displayed his ability to create a spectacle that leaves everyone, including rival riders, shaking their heads in wondermentOn Sunday at the Motegi circuit in Japan, Marc Márquez pulled off what Lewis Hamilton could not quit…

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Romano Fenati sacked by team after pulling rival’s brake lever at high speed

Snipers terminate contract after 140mph incidentUpcoming MV Agusta deal also shelved by team’s bossRomano Fenati has been sacked by his Marinelli Snipers Team following a remarkable incident whereby he pulled Stefano Manzi’s brake lever at 140mph durin…

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Jorge Lorenzo on British GP pole but rain forces early start at Silverstone

• Safety concerns bring forward British GP start to 11.30am• MotoGP leader Lorenzo pips Andrea Dovizioso to poleJorge Lorenzo is on pole position for Sunday’s British GP at Silverstone. The Spaniard pipped fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso by 15 hun…

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Kevin-Prince Boateng raps, Vuelta memories and managerial meltdowns

This week’s edition also features baseball history, Challenge Cup final memories and Cowdenbeath’s home ground1) The Vuelta a España, the third and last of cycling’s Grand Tours of 2018 gets started on Saturday with a time trial in Málaga. Last year, t…

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Travis Pastrana replicates three of Evel Knievel’s most famous jumps in one night

34-year-old rider clears cars, Greyhound buses and Vegas fountainsKnievel’s family attends event to pay tribute to legendary stuntmanTravis Pastrana succeeded in repeating three of Evel Knievel’s most famous motorcycle jumps on Sunday night.Donning his…

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Motorcycle racer William Dunlop dies after crash in Skerries 100 practice

• 32-year-old dies after ‘tragic accident’ in County Dublin• Dunlop’s father and uncle also died in racing accidentsThe Northern Ireland road racer William Dunlop has died after a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin.The 32-year-…

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Ian Hutchinson: ‘I want to race the TT until there is no more magic’

Danger and death stalk the twisting island course but riders remain phlegmatic, saying that, in a sanitised world, they find freedom and beauty“I don’t love it because it could kill you,” Ian Hutchinson says as he tries to explain why, exactly a year s…

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Michael Dunlop: ‘Once you’re on a bike you’ve got freedom’

The world’s best road racer has won 15 races on the deadly TT roads and remains determined to do it his way“I’m the one putting my life on the line so it has to happen the way I want it to happen,” Michael Dunlop says bluntly on the Isle of Man while p…

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Superbike rider Dan Kneen dies in crash at Isle of Man TT

Rider suffered fatal injuries during practice sessionOrganisers said accident happened on the first lap of sessionSuperbike rider Dan Kneen has died following a crash at the Isle of Man TT. The 30-year-old suffered fatal injuries in the incident during…

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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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‘Urban dirt bikes saved my life’ – a photo essay

Hunted by police but idolised by followers, some street riders have risen from their inner-city neighbourhoods to find fame and big money sponsorship. Could urban dirt biking do a Nascar?All photographs by M Holden Warren“This is to dirt bike culture w…

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Superbikes world champion Jonathan Rea: ‘I want to stay where I am, at the top’

The triple title-winning Northern Irishman on his pride at being on the Spoty shortlist, proving doctors wrong after being told his career could be over, being bullied at school and how a switch to MotoGP is still not out of the question“I never doubte…

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British rider Daniel Hegarty dies in crash at Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix

• Hegarty came off his Topgun Racing Honda bike at a sharp bend• The 31-year-old from Nottingham died on his way to hospitalThe British rider Daniel Hegarty has died after a horrific crash in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. The 31-year-old, competing …

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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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Ana Carrasco becomes first woman to win solo championship motorcycle race

  • Carrasco, 20, rides to dramatic maiden victory on Sunday in Portugal
  • Spaniard debuted in international competition as a teenager in 2013

Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race on Sunday in Portugal.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300, found a draft on the final stretch to overtake Yamaha riders Alfonoso Coppola (by 0.053sec) and Marc García (0.062) in round 10 of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship.

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The dangerous, delirious underworld of urban dirt biking – in pictures

Photographer Spencer Murphy headed to the abandoned airstrips and industrial estates where Britain’s dirt bikers meet up to burn rubber

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John Surtees obituary

Motorcycling champion who went on to F1 success

John Surtees, who has died aged 83, was the only man to have won the world championship on both two wheels and four – motorcycle grands prix and Formula One. A naturally gifted and accomplished competitor, he might well have achieved more success in F1 had he concentrated more of his huge talent on simply driving rather than attempting to master all the facets of running a motor racing team.

Surtees, who won the 1964 world championship by a single point driving for Ferrari, was a deeply intense person who took his profession extremely seriously. Yet he was also extremely sensitive and frequently took umbrage at the slightest criticism, no matter how gentle or well-intentioned it might be.

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Sport picture of the day: Dakar Rally 2017 gets under way

Spain’s Gerard Farres Guell powers his Yanmar KTM through the water during stage one of the Dakar rally between Asunción in Paraguay and Resistencia, Argentina. This year’s race, which also takes in Bolivia, finishes in Buenos Aires on 14 January

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Wayne Gardner arrested in Japan with son Remy, who could miss Australian GP

  • Remy Gardner in police custody with father Wayne, say Japanese reports
  • Wayne Gardner was arrested after alleged road rage incident north of Tokyo

Remy Gardner could miss this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix after the motorcycle racer was arrested in Japan on Monday for allegedly driving without a license.

Japanese newspaper reports said Gardner, 18, is now in Japanese police custody with his father, the motorcycling great Wayne Gardner, who was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of assault following a scuffle with three men at the Twin Ring Motegi racetrack, 160 km north of Tokyo.

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