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Pornpawee stuns world champ Sindhu in China Open

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pornpawee stuns world champ Sindhu in China Open

Sep 20. 2019
 Pornpawee Chochuwong (Badminton Photo)

Pornpawee Chochuwong (Badminton Photo)
By The Nation

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Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong caused a major upset, stunning badminton world champion PV Sindhu of India on Thursday at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament in Changzhou.

Chochuwong beat the fifth-seeded Indian shuttler 12-21 21-13 21-19 in 58 minutes in the second round.

Sindhu, who had beaten Pornpawee in their previous three encounters, dominated the first game, surging ahead 7-1, but the Thai fought back and cut the lead to 10-11 at the break.

However, Sindhu won eight straight points after the interval to lead 19-10 before wrapping up the first game comfortably at 21-12.

Pornpawee, however, came back strongly in the second game, taking a 15-7 lead with six straight points and won the game 21-13.

The decider saw a close fight, with both players tied at 6-6 before Sindhu broke ahead to lead 11-7.

However, Pornpawee fought on and stunned the Indian by winning six points on the trot from 15-19 to win 21-19.

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Targets acquired: riders ready to take on Aragon

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Targets acquired: riders ready to take on Aragon

Sep 20. 2019
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Pre-Event Press Conference kicks off the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon

Ahead of track action getting underway for the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon on Friday, the pre-event press conference got us in gear at MotorLand, with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) joined by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Moto2™ Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to debrief and look forward.First to speak was Marquez. “The target this weekend is to be at the top of the podium or be on the podium, that’s the main target, then try and fight for the top step. Last weekend was hard for us all weekend but in the end we did it, finished at the top and took 25 points in the Championship, and increased the gap between me and Dovi. We try to enjoy every race and why not here. The layout I like, it won’t be a nice and easy weekend, it will be tough but I hope it will be a nice weekend.

“The target is the same like in the first race of the season. Try to be on the podium from here until the end of the season. This was the target in the first race, we’ll continue with the same mentality try to approach the race weekends in the same way and give 100% in practice and in races, it doesn’t matter who is there or which circuit, but we’ll try to fight for the victory.”

Next, we heard from Dovizioso, who had a tougher Misano considering he won there last year – but thinks MotorLand may be chance to bounce back. “It was a bit difficult, but after the test we knew it was impossible to fight for the victory or podium like the year before. But we were focused on what we could do and practice by practice we improved, were on the second row…in the end I’m not happy about the sixth place because I was able, with my speed, to fight for fourth, but everyone was struggling with the front and nobody was able to try to brake one metre later because everybody locked the front.  But apart from that the gap to Marc and Quartararo was big, so we can’t be happy about that.  But we found strange conditions in Misano compared to last year and we suffered a lot.

“Here in Aragon it is not the best track for us, but last year we had a really good battle with Marc and the Suzuki so I think we can be more competitive than Misano.  We want to get back on the podium but we know how tough it is, the competitors are stronger and stronger, also the Yamaha riders in the last few races, and especially in Misano, were fast.  So, like always, we will be a big group and we have to work in the right way like there. They were fast, like always we’ll be a big group and try and work in the right way.”

The Italian was also asked how it feels facing a 93-point deficit in the Championship. Is it now a fight for second? He says so. “I think this mentality started already some races ago, because yes we had some bad luck in some races and it wasn’t our fault, but at the end every race Marc fights for the victory and he´s the only rider able to do that.  So if we want to fight for the Championship we have to do something more than what we did; that is clear. So we have to improve our situation. For sure the second position in the Championship is very important and we will try until the end. But we know Yamaha and especially Rins can be really strong until the end of the season. So we have to be careful about that, take points, and work for the future.  It´s the best thing we can do, and this is the mentality.”

Rins was the next man on the mic, and for him? You can’t really get more of a home race, as he hails from very close to the track. But first on the agenda; debriefing Misano. “The GP in Misano was a little bit difficult. The tarmac changed a lot since year, I think everyone said something about that. Anyway, I was struggle to overtake Pol, the whole race, then when I finally overtook him, I made a small mistake and crashed. It was completely my fault but anyway, we are ready to fight again here. This is my home GP, so I will try to give my maximum to do the best.

“For sure, every time we go on track, I try to give my maximum, to put my Suzuki on the top and last year we did a fantastic race, the whole race, until two or three laps until the end, with the front group, fighting with Iannone, Dovi, with Marc. So, I will try this year to improve this result. As Dovi said it will be difficult because year by year everyone is getting closer, all the manufacturers, all the riders, like Fabio, he’s super fast, so we will try to finish on the top.”

Another key threat could prove Maverick Viñales, and he took the mic next. “Yes for sure Misano was a really good race for us. Despite two or three laps we were in a good rhythm, really good, recovering something at the end. For us it means a lot for us, it means the bike is improving, I am improving with the bike and we want to keep the momentum. Aragon is a good track for me, I really like it. Some years ago I was always fighting for the victory or the podium. So it’s a track where I will give my maximum and for sure I will do that this time.

And has the number 12 sized up Quartararo? “Normally, I don’t know, there is like, corner 8-9 where he is faster than us, but we are faster in 11-12, so it’s like this. We are battling tenth by tenth always and that is very nice because it motivates us to go faster and brings Yamaha to the top. Every time we fight to be a bit faster together we increase the level and we reached at Silverstone and now at Misano to fight for the win.”

Speaking of Quartararo, the Frenchman was up next. “For sure Misano has been the best race so far during my career and coming into this race it´s a track that we saw the Yamaha in the past, like Maverick in 2017 on pole position, also Valentino was on the front row, so looks the bike is going well.  It´s a track that I like so like always we will give one hundred percent, and yes I hope to fight in a good position.

“From the beginning of the year the goal was to be Rookie of the Year because last year was not an easy year for us and even in the Sepang test Bagnaia was second, more than a second faster than us.  And we stayed calm, worked step by step with the team, finally we arrived in Qatar and we were ready and from there we make every time step by step, improving, learning from the top riders.  And I never expected to make already pole position, front rows and four podiums, so now I want to keep going on podiums but we need to stay calm because we are rookies and every time we going to a track that is new for us.  So I keep working and learning every time.”

Finally, Moto2™ rider Alex Marquez spoke. Like his brother, he’s leading his Championship – and it’s also a good venue for him. But first up, debriefing Misano: “It’s true that after practice I expected to finish a bit closer but we weren’t so far. In Sector 1 I was suffering a lot and during the race it was not easy. But we know our problems now a bit. In the coming races it could be a little bit better but my target is to be in every condition, on every lap, stronger and stronger, trying to improve some points, but we still have a good gap from second. We need to push. I know that this will be long but if we want to win this Championship, we need to go race by race and try to get the maximum points that we can in every one.”

And now it’s Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox P 40) on the chase, is that something surprising? It would seem not. “I already expected it. From the beginning of the year he was really strong, he had some problems after Argentina. But I only focus on me and try to improve my points. I know this will be long, with 6 races to go, there can be a lot of changes in the championship, there is a lot of up and down from everybody. I’m happy because from Argentina we are battling for the podium in every race and this consistency can give us the podium, so we need to keep the level like this, try to be strong in every condition and we’ll see. The season has been really good but we need to keep pushing like this.”

The field start pushing again in practice on Friday, with the MotoGP™ race at the slightly earlier time of 13:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday.

Top photo L-R: A Marquez, Viñales, Dovizioso, Marquez, Rins, Quartararo

Marquez has the chance to tee up a match point in ThailandDovizioso aims to show similar speed to last season at AragonPoles, front rows, podiums…Quartararo is on a rookie rollCan Viñales take three podiums in a row?Rins hails from down the road – a true home raceAlex Marquez heads into his third home round of the year at the top of the table by a sizeable margin

Woods to go head to head with McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama in GOLFTV’s

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Woods to go head to head with McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama in GOLFTV’s

Sep 20. 2019
By PGA Tour
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GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR has today announced an upcoming high-profile, live competition featuring global golf icon Tiger Woods.

The Challenge: Japan Skins will see Woods go head to head with reigning FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Rory McIlroy and multiple-time PGA TOUR winners Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in a globally-televised skins game.

The high-stakes exhibition event kicks off the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP week, sponsored by ZOZO, Inc. – the first-ever official PGA TOUR event to be played in Japan. Both events will be played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan, during the week of October 21, 2019. The Challenge: Japan Skins marks the first in a series of annual Challenge events that are set to become a thrilling addition to the global golf calendar, and tees off at 13:00 p.m.** local time on October 21.

Endorsed by the PGA TOUR and produced in partnership with Excel Sports Management, The Challenge: Japan Skins unites four of the top players in the world from separate continents, who will also participate in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, in an exciting competition format that’s sure to thrill audiences around the globe.

Alongside special in-match challenges and surprises, and finishing under floodlights, each hole will be assigned an increasing monetary value as the competition plays out. Players need to win a hole outright to take a “skin” (tied holes result in a “push” of the skin to the next hole), so golf fans can expect to see aggressive play from start to finish.

Alex Kaplan, President and General Manager of Discovery Golf, commented: The Challenge: Japan Skins is a unique experience that no golf fan will want to miss and will be an exciting way to begin ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP week. GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR is growing to become the one-stop-shop for all the best in golf, and The Challenge is another significant step in that direction.

 “To be able to bring many of golf’s biggest names to GOLFTV screens for our customers is hugely exciting for everyone involved. On October 21, fans will be able to see a totally new competition join the golf calendar, supporting some fantastic charities and showcasing the very best golf has to offer in the most fun, exhilarating and unpredictable way.”

 Promising a new global moment for golf, fans around the world can watch the inaugural event live and on demand for free* exclusively on Discovery’s GOLFTV, the new digital home of golf for the global fan community, by registering for the service. The Challenge: Japan Skins will be produced in Japanese and English, and covered by a stellar lineup of leading presenters, commentators and on-course reporters.

In the U.S., The Challenge: Japan Skins can be viewed live on Golf Channel starting at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT on October 20.

 The Challenge and the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP brings Tiger Woods back to Japan for the first time in more than 13 years. It is also the first televised exhibition match of Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama’s careers.

Looking ahead to the event, Woods said: “After discussing The Challenge with Discovery and GOLFTV, I wanted to be a part of it. I haven’t been back to Japan since 2006 and the golf fans there are some of the best in the world. It’s a unique format and a top field with Rory, Jason and Hideki. I can’t wait to play against them on a global stage.

 “I haven’t played a skins format in quite some time, so it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete. There has already been some friendly banter between us and that will continue until we get to the first tee.”

McIlroy commented: “There are so many fun elements to The Challenge that will have me wanting to take home that title – playing with Hideki on his home turf; Tiger coming back to Japan with a Green Jacket—the motivation is certainly there for me, and I’m a huge fan of the skins format. I love the way it rewards attacking play and think it suits my game quite well. Any time I can go directly at pins to try and make birdies and eagles, I think it puts me at an advantage.

 “The other fun thing about skins is how you find yourself rooting for the other guys if you’re not in a position to win the hole. You’re hoping they can tie with someone else so you can play for that skin on the next hole. With the skins format, you’re always in it until the end.”

Day added: “I can’t wait to get out there and play in Japan. We don’t get the opportunity to play skins throughout the year and I’ve never actually played in an exhibition event like this, so The Challenge certainly stood out to me.

 “It’s going to get really competitive between the four of us and that’s one of the great things about skins. The winner is going to be the guy who best executes an aggressive strategy on every hole, so there’s going to be plenty of twists and turns throughout the competition.”  

 Matsuyama said: “It’s a real honor for me to play with these guys in front of a home crowd. I’ll be grateful for all the support from the fans in Japan, but with the popularity of Tiger, Rory and Jason, I know they’ll also be strongly supported wherever they play. It’s amazing to have these great champions playing in Japan and doing so much to promote and grow the game in my home country, but you can be sure I’ll be trying to beat them on the course.”

 With Japan hosting the first Challenge, GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR is set to take the competition to all corners of the globe in years to come, offering extraordinary moments and memories of the world’s best golfers competing at the highest level.

River Kwai half-marathon set for December 8

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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River Kwai half-marathon set for December 8

Sep 19. 2019
By The Nation

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The fourth edition of the FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon Thailand Championship is set for December 8, with 7,000 runners taking on a course that includes the historic River Kwai Bridge.

The event was announced on Thursday by BEC-Tero Entertainment, the Athletics Association of Thailand under His Majesty the King’s patronage, the Kanchanaburi Provincial Authority and State Railway of Thailand.

Key sponsors include FB Battery, Muang Thai Life Assurance, Toyota Motors Thailand, Shera, Gatorade, Aquafina, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, FBT, Garmin, Seiko and LED MEN Hi-definition.

The race will have three classes – Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), Mini Marathon (10km) and Fun Run (6.5km). Registration is open and continues through October 31.

Police General San Sarutanont, chairman of the Athletics Association, said the standards for the half marathon matched those of overseas races.

“I’m happy to see more people interested in running as their choice of exercise,” he said. “Besides getting exercise, participants can enjoy the beauty of nature and the joy of sports tourism.”

Kanchanaburi Governor Jeerakiat Poomsawas said it was a major annual event for his province, with the number of foreign participants increasing every year.

“This is the only race whose route includes the River Kwai Bridge. We have received great support from the State Railway and others in organising the event. Travelling to Kanchanaburi is convenient and the cost of a vacation is not high, so I invite everyone to participate in the race.”

BEC-Tero Sports director Tanya Wongnak said the event’s main organiser had “listened to comments from runners to continue to improve, such as adding additional directional signage, water stations and lane divisions on the bridge. We spent around Bt3 million to create the running path on the bridge alone.

“The big improvement this year is that we have divided food zones for runners in different classes and there will be plenty of food for everyone. This year we have limited the number of

participants to only 7,000 runners. Our running shirt and souvenir medallion are beautifully designed and this is a race that will leave everyone with positive feelings.”

The registration fee for the Half Marathon is Bt720 and for the Mini Marathon and Fun Run Bt520. Applications forms are available at ThaiTicketMajor outlets and www.thaiticketmajor.com.

Find out more at 095 315 9160 or @werunkan on Line and keep up to date via the River Kwai Half Marathon Thailand Championship Facebook page.

The FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon Thailand Championship 2019 will be held on 8 December. The race is divided into three classes:

 ·         Half marathon 21.1 km. Application fee is Bt 720.

·         Mini marathon 10 km.     Application fee is Bt 520.

·         Fun Run 6.5 km.              Application fee is Bt 520.

Track and a new trophy ready for PTT Thailand Grand Prix

Published September 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Track and a new trophy ready for PTT Thailand Grand Prix

Sep 19. 2019
By The Nation

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The winner of the PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019 will be rewarded with new and more spectacular trophy in three weeks’ time courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Sports Authority of Thailand and other private and public entities.

PTT Oil and Retail Business PCL (PTTOR) announced on Wednesday (September 18) that the trophy “incorporates the spirit of Thainess with MotoGP, showcasing the pride of Thai people to the rest of the world”.

The Grand Prix, billed as a world-class motorsport championship, takes place from October 4-6 at the Chang International Circuit in Buri Ram and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of fans from around the region.

It’s the second motorcycling Grand Prix that Thailand has hosted.

The ministry, Sports Authority, Buri Ram Provincial Administration Organisation, PTTOR, Department of Land Transport, Thai Beverage, AP Honda, Thai Yamaha Motor, Siam Commercial Bank, Grab Taxi (Thailand), Plan B Media and Chang International Circuit all declared their readiness to host the event.

The trophy’s design retains a resemblance to ornate temple doors, symbolising Thailand’s warm invitation to first-time visitors.

This year it also embodies the identity of Buri Ram. The base mimics stone with the colours and texture of laterite, which was used in building Phanom Rung Stone Castle, whose likeness is carved into the MotoGP chequered pattern.

The top of the base follows the unique track outline of Chang International Circuit. Beautiful Thai numerals engraved on the trophy were inspired by Thai flowers, expressing the thrill of victory for the champion.

“Last week a team inspected the readiness of the racetrack, as well as the telecom infrastructure for land, air and rail. I can reassure everyone that Thailand is 100 per cent ready to host the MotoGP PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019,” said Gongsak Yodmani, governor of the Sports Authority.

“To accommodate the hundreds of thousands of fans flocking to Buri Ram, we have raised standards to maximise convenience across the board. This year the airport has been revamped with improved concrete runways, additional taxiways, weapons scanning system, improved baggage handling and wheelchair ramps.

“There are no concerns over the racetrack because the management team is highly experienced in world-class motorsport events,” Gongsak said. “They listened to the feedback from fans and turned problems into solutions. I also visited the OTOP Ban Nonsawan Village Homestay in Ban Dan district, which joined in the effort to help improve accommodations for the fans. The locals are ready to welcome guests with open arms and will create a lasting friendly impression on them.”

Buri Ram Governor Teerawat Wuttikhun said its citizens will be proud to welcome the fans from around the world.

“The accommodation has been well prepared so that tourists can enjoy the highest level of convenience and comfort without difficult commutes. Food and beverages are ready and well-stocked. Transportation is one of our main priorities and we are closely communicating with the airport and a network of hotels to ensure the most comprehensive service.

“We have prepared comprehensive tourist data and distributed it in many areas. We also coordinated with the traffic police to make sure the flow will be smooth and comfortable.”

Jiraporn Khaosawas, CEO and managing director of PTTOR, said the first Grand Prix was a major success and his firm was “glad to continue” its role.

Tanaisiri Chanvittayarom, managing director of Chang International Circuit, said the track is in top condition.

“We have received advice from the Federation of International Motorcycling as well as feedback from spectators, which we applied to make improvements from the first time we hosted the race. The side stands are stronger, safer and more convenient and now offer better views of the action. I am confident that attendees will enjoy the incredible spectacle from every vantage point.”

A key highlight beyond the race itself is the entertainment booked.

Top bands including Mild and Potato will be performing at Chang Music Connection on October 4, followed the next night by the Muay Thai Expo and match-ups between Sangmanee Sathian Muaythai Gym and Rafi Singpatong, and Kularb Dum Sor Jor Piak U-Thai against Nuenglanlek Jitmuangnon. On October 6, rapper Golf F Hero will perform.

There will be more than 100 promotional booths as well.‬

A limited number of tickets including to the side stands and the Expo Zone are already on sale at all 7-Eleven stores and via ‪www.allticket.com.

Admission is Bt200 per day. With a VIP Pass or tickets to the grandstand, side stands, Rossi’s stand or Marquez’s stand, visitors can enter the Expo Zone for free.

Europe wins 2019 Solheim Cup

Published September 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Europe wins 2019 Solheim Cup

Sep 16. 2019
Europe Team (LPGA Photo)

Europe Team (LPGA Photo)
By LPGA

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Suzann Pettersen had played in just three LPGA Tour events following an 18-month Maternity Leave when she was chosen by Captain Catriona Matthew to make the 2019 European Solheim Cup Team.

On Sunday, the Solheim Cup came down to a 7-foot putt on the 18th hole from the player who has been the heart and soul of the European team for more than a decade.

 

And was there any doubt? After the USA’s Marina Alex missed a 10-foot putt that would have retained the Cup for the Americans, Pettersen, with her baby boy Herman waiting in the crowd, drained her birdie putt and brought the Solheim Cup back to Europe for the first time since 2013. She later confirmed her plans to retire from competition following the 2019 Solheim Cup.

 

The 14.5-13.5 victory is tied for the smallest winning margin in Solheim Cup history. In 2015, Team USA won by the same margin in Germany. Pettersen now has 21 points in Solheim Cup competition, fourth all-time for Team Europe. Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall both went 4-0-0 for the Europeans.

 

With the loss, Juli Inkster’s career as USA captain ends at two wins and one loss. Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda led the American scoring contingent, each player going 3-0-1.

 

Held every two years, the Solheim Cup has grown into the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event. The 2021 Solheim Cup will be held at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 4-6. Team USA heads to Ohio leading Europe 10-6 all-time in Solheim Cup competition.

 

SUNDAY SINGLES RESULTS – EUROPE 6.5, USA 5.5

Carlota Ciganda (EUR) def. Danielle Kang (USA), 1 up

Nelly Korda (USA) def. Caroline Hedwall (EUR), 2 up

Georgia Hall (EUR) def. Lexi Thompson (USA), 2 and 1

Celine Boutier (EUR) def. Annie Park (USA), 2 and 1

Angel Yin (USA) def. Azahara Munoz (EUR), 2 and 1

Charley Hull (EUR) halved with Megan Khang (USA)

Lizette Salas (USA) def. Anne van Dam (EUR), 1 up

Jessica Korda (USA) def. Caroline Masson (EUR), 3 and 2

Brittany Altomare (USA) def. Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR), 5 and 4

Suzann Pettersen (EUR) def. Marina Alex (USA), 1 up

Bronte Law (EUR) def. Ally McDonald (USA), 2 and 1

Anna Nordqvist (EUR) def. Morgan Pressel (USA), 4 and 3

 

SATURDAY FOUR-BALL RESULTS – EUROPE 1.5, USA 2.5

Brittany Altomare/Annie Park (USA) def. Suzann Pettersen/Anne van Dam (EUR), 1 up

Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Caroline Masson (EUR) halved with Lexi Thompson/Marina Alex (USA)

Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier (EUR) def. Ally McDonald/Angel Yin (USA), 2 up

Lizette Salas/Danielle Kang (USA) def. Carlota Ciganda/Azahara Munoz (EUR), 2 and 1

 

SATURDAY FOURSOMES RESULTS – EUROPE 2, USA 2

Morgan Pressel/Marina Alex (USA) def. Anna Nordqvist/Anne van Dam (EUR), 2 and 1

Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier (EUR) def. Lizette Salas/Ally McDonald (USA), 3 and 2

Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz (EUR) def. Danielle Kang/Megan Khang (USA), 4 and 3

Jessica Korda/Nelly Korda (USA) def. Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law (EUR), 6 and 5

 

FRIDAY FOUR-BALL RESULTS – EUROPE 2, USA 2

Suzann Pettersen/Anne van Dam (EUR) def. Danielle Kang/Lizette Salas (USA), 4 and 2

Ally McDonald/Angel Yin (USA) def. Anna Nordqvist/Caroline Hedwall (EUR), 7 and 5

Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz (EUR) halved with Nelly Korda/Brittany Altomare (USA)

Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law (EUR) halved with Jessica Korda/Lexi Thompson (USA)

 

FRIDAY FOURSOMES RESULTS – EUROPE 2.5, USA 1.5

Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law (EUR) halved with Morgan Pressel/Marina Alex (USA)

Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier (EUR) def. Lexi Thompson/Brittany Altomare (USA), 2 and 1

Jessica Korda/Nelly Korda (USA) def. Caroline Masson/Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR), 6 and 4

Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz (EUR) def. Megan Khang/Annie Park (USA), 2 and 1

 

SUNDAY SINGLES RECAPS

Carlota Ciganda (EUR) def. Danielle Kang (USA), 1 up

The opening match of the Sunday Singles session went down the wire. After the USA’s Danielle Kang found two greenside bunkers at No. 18, her long par putt blew past the hole, giving a hard-fought 1-up win to the Spaniard Carlota Ciganda. Both players held 1-up leads throughout the match, with neither competitor letting the other out of her sight. With the win, Ciganda is now 3-0-1 all-time in singles competition.

 

Nelly Korda (USA) def. Caroline Hedwall (EUR), 2 up

Nelly Korda put the first point on the board for Team USA in Sunday’s singles matches and it was the result of a great comeback by the rookie. Trailing by three holes at the turn to Europe’s Caroline Hedwall, Korda won five of the next six holes to take a 2-up lead with three remaining. Hedwall birdied the 16th and exchanged pars with Korda on the 17th to send the match to 18, but Korda closed it out with a birdie for a 2-up victory. Korda finished the week with a 3-0-1 record.

 

Georgia Hall (EUR) def. Lexi Thompson (USA), 2 and 1

Georgia Hall battled back from an early two-hole deficit and captured a 2-and-1 win over Team USA’s Lexi Thompson. Thompson held a 2-up lead going to the ninth, but Hall reeled off three consecutive wins to take a 1-up lead at No. 11. She extended the advantage to 2 up when Thompson bogeyed No. 15 and took the win from there. Thompson struggled the entire match with back spasms, unable to bend over and having her caddie Benji Thompson (no relation) tee up the ball for her.

 

Celine Boutier (EUR) def. Annie Park (USA), 2 and 1

Celine Boutier completed her strong rookie appearance for Team Europe on Sunday bringing her overall record for the week to 4-0-0 with a 2-and-1 victory over American rookie Annie Park. Boutier quickly found herself 2 down after two holes and did not take a lead in the match until the 13th hole. A birdie by Boutier on No. 16 gave her a 2-up lead with two holes to play and she closed it out by exchanging pars with Park on the 17th.

 

Angel Yin (USA) def. Azahara Munoz (EUR), 2 and 1

A 4-up lead after nine holes didn’t mean an easy victory for Angel Yin and Team USA as Spain’s Azahara Munoz opened the back nine with three straight birdies to cut Yin’s lead to 1 up through 12. The match got tight as the two exchanged holes until a birdie by Yin on 16 secured at least a half point for the U.S. With her lead 2 up with two holes to play, Yin managed to par the 17th to hold on to win, 2 and 1.

 

Charley Hull (EUR) halved with Megan Khang (USA)

Megan Khang held the lead for the first 12 holes before Charley Hull squared the match at No. 13 with a par. The Englishwoman grabbed her first lead with a birdie at the 16th. But Hull failed to get up and down for par at 18, sending her shot from the greenside bunker back off the front of the green. Khang’s conceded birdie gave the Americans a half point.

 

Lizette Salas (USA) def. Anne van Dam (EUR), 1 up

The Lizette Salas/Anne van Dam match featured nine birdies between the duo. Van Dam birdied holes 1 and 5 to quickly grab a 2-up lead over Salas. After Salas squared the match with a birdie at No. 10, she took her first lead with another birdie at No. 13. Yet another van Dam birdie squared the match at No. 16, but Salas regained the lead when van Dam made bogey at 17. It all came down to 18 and when van Dam’s birdie attempt rolled just right of the hole, the point went to Team USA.

 

Jessica Korda (USA) def. Caroline Masson (EUR), 3 and 2

Jessica Korda made it two victories for the Korda sisters in Sunday Singles with her 3-and-2 victory over Europe’s Caroline Masson. This was another comeback victory as Masson led 2 up through six holes before Korda won the final three holes on the front nine to take her first lead of the match. Masson battled back to make the match all-square before back-to-back birdies by Korda on 12 and 13 gave her a lead she wouldn’t relinquish. Korda’s singles victory meant the sisters combined to tally a total of five points for Team USA.

 

Brittany Altomare (USA) def. Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR), 5 and 4

Brittany Altomare bogeyed the first hole to immediately give Jodi Ewart Shadoff a 1-up lead. The American rookie then quickly turned the match around, squaring the match with a birdie at No. 2 and cruising in for a runaway 5-and-4 victory. Altomare carded five birdies on the day, including three straight at 8, 9 and 10. Europe’s Ewart Shadoff carded 12 pars and one bogey, not enough to keep up with Altomare’s hot putter.

 

Suzann Pettersen (EUR) def. Marina Alex (USA), 1 up

Just moments after American Marina Alex missed a 10-foot birdie putt to guarantee the half-point needed to retain the Cup, European stalwart Suzann Pettersen drained hers dead center to give Europe the point it needed to win the Solheim Cup back, 14 ½ to 13 ½. Alex never led in the match but pulled it all square with a birdie on the 14th. The match would remain that way until the 18th when Pettersen sank the birdie putt with all teams looking on and secured herself a place in Solheim Cup history.

 

Bronte Law (EUR) def. Ally McDonald (USA), 2 and 1

With a fire reminiscent of Suzann Pettersen, Bronte Law roared down the stretch to a 2-up lead over Ally McDonald. McDonald, named to Team USA on Tuesday as a replacement for an injured Stacy Lewis, held a 1-up lead through 13 holes. But McDonald bogeyed No. 14 to square the match, Law walked in a long birdie putt at No. 16 to reclaim a 1-up lead. After finding the greenside bunker at No. 17, McDonald’s 6-footer to extend the match went just right, giving the point to Law.

 

Anna Nordqvist (EUR) def. Morgan Pressel (USA), 4 and 3

Team Europe sent out veteran Anna Nordqvist in the anchor match against Team USA’s Morgan Pressel. Nordqvist and Pressel were facing each other for the third time in singles play but while Pressel had defeated Nordqvist the two previous meetings, Sunday’s match was Nordqvist’s from the beginning. The Swede took a 1-up lead with a birdie on the second and never looked back, cruising to a 4-and-3 victory to give the Europeans a crucial full point.

 

Marquez vs Quartararo: the rookie pushes the reigning Champion to the limit at Misano

Published September 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Marquez vs Quartararo: the rookie pushes the reigning Champion to the limit at Misano

Sep 16. 2019
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A tense duel to the line sees the number 93 come out on top on the Riviera di Rimini

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was the victor in a Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini duel to the last lap, but the reigning Champion seriously had to work for it. The man who pushed him all the way? Rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), who led for most of the race…and attacked straight back when Marquez did on the final lap. It wasn’t quite enough and the 93 was able to return the favour, but it was a classic encounter between the two and another incredible show of pace from both. Polesitter Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) completed the podium.

Viñales was on pole and the Spaniard made it count, keeping the lead heading into Turn 1 as third place Quartararo grabbed P2, with Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) dropping back slightly from second on the grid. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) pounced for P3, with Marquez giving himself work to do after a wobble off the line. But work is exactly what the seven-time Champion did, grabbing third from Morbidelli at Turn 8 as the leading trio throughout the weekend found themselves 1-2-3 on Lap 1.

Sure enough, the three started to stretch away. The gap on Lap 2 was already up to 0.7 over Morbidelli in fourth and it was Viñales leading the way, but not for long. Quartararo was right behind his fellow Yamaha rider and getting a good run out of Turn 10, the rookie dived past to lead. Marquez wasn’t going to waste any time either, and Lap 3 saw the 93 set the fastest lap of the race as Quartararo started to pull away. Having seen that, Marquez dived under Viñales at Turn 10 on Lap 4 and locked his radar onto the Petronas machine at the front, as Viñales struggled to hold the pace. Further back, Espargaro was still able to make trouble Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and second in the Championship Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) for P5 as the KTM rider continued to impress.

Back at the front, Quartararo had a 0.8 lead over Marquez, with Viñales slipping to 1.5 seconds back on Lap 6. The Frenchman’s advantage wouldn’t stay above half a second for long though as the Repsol Honda began to reel the Petronas Yamaha in; the reigning World Champion and the MotoGP™ rookie locked in a face off. Viñales then seemed out of range nearly three seconds back, but late race pace has often been a calling card for the number 12…

In the battle for sixth, Rins was given a long lap penalty shortly after finally dispatching Espargaro’s KTM, but soon it didn’t matter for the Silverstone winner. The Suzuki man was  suddenly down at Turn 4, leaving his third place overall in the standings under attack.

Rossi pressured Morbidelli for fourth, Viñales was at a fairly constant gap, and Quartararo remained nigh on faultless at the front. There was no sign of the 20-year-old buckling under the pressure, with the gap between the two hovering at two tenths.

The laps ticked by and still there was no change, with the Frenchman holding firm. Marquez was fierce on the brakes coming into Turn 10, but ‘El Diablo’ was a demon at picking the bike up onto the straight. There was simply nothing splitting the two, and Viñales was then starting to close the gap…

Onto the final lap, the number 93 was about to strike. Marquez had the run on Quartararo and led into Turn 1, but Quartararo got a good run out of Turn 2 and Turn 3 to bite straight back. Into Turn 4 they went, Quartararo was back in front, but the back straight and Turn 8 provided a golden passing opportunity and Marquez got it stopped into the left-hander – slicing back into the lead. Now it was Marquez’ to lose, with no way through for Quartararo at Turn 10, although the Yamaha got a good run down through Turn 11 and 12. As the tight left of Turn 14 approached, the Frenchman was right behind the Spaniard. Marquez went defensive and was slow mid-corner, Quartararo tried to cut back…but there was no way through as the Yamaha almost touched the rear wheel of the Honda. Subsequently, Quartararo had to sit up, and that was sadly game over. The reigning Champion returned to winning ways after two consecutive second places, winning in enemy territory and overtaking Mike Hailwood’s Grand Prix win record in the process – 77 is now his tally. And his points lead? 93.

Quartararo’s second, however, made him ‘the real winner’, according to Marquez, and the Frenchman is the top Independent Team rider once again. Viñales didn’t quite have enough on Sunday afternoon for the men ahead of him in the end, but a fifth podium of the season continues his consistent form of late to edge clear of teammate Rossi in the Championship.

Speaking of ‘The Doctor’, it wasn’t a home GP podium Rossi would have been looking for, but a great fight with Morbidelli and a third consecutive P4 is a good turn around for the nine-time World Champion since summer break. For Morbidelli, a strong and consistent weekend ends with a fourth P5 of the year – a nice way to celebrate his 100th Grand Prix race. All four Yamahas inside the top five at Misano is also promising for the Iwata factory.

Ultimately Dovizioso could do no more than sixth at the venue he won at last season, with Pol Espargaro next up in P7 as a solid reward for his – and KTM’s – impressive weekend. Upon his return from injury, Joan Mir was the sole Team Suzuki Ecstar finisher in P8, with Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller recovering from P16 on the grid to grab ninth ahead of fellow GP19 rider Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) in P10.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), teammate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), wildcard Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) and Pramac Racing’s Francesco Bagnaia crashed out of the race – riders ok.

Marquez vs Quartararo: something we should start getting used to? Misano could be just the first installment of an all-time great rivalry. For now, Marquez has the bragging rights and the number 93 heads to his home Grand Prix at MotorLand Aragon with 93 points over his rivals. But Quartararo is coming. Can anyone beat Marquez on Spanish soil next week?

Marc Marquez: “Honestly speaking I knew it wasn’t necessary to win because I saw Rins was out and Dovi was far. But yesterday was extra motivation, an extra push for the race. What I did was just try to stay there and stay there, I wasn’t sure…but then I decided I would just try on the last lap. I knew that Fabio was really fast in T3, so I tried to overtake him before there, close the door through each corner and be smart. It’s really nice to win and it’s even nicer to have a 93-point advantage in the Championship!”
Race results:
1 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) 42’25.163
2 – Fabio Quartararo* (FRA- Yamaha) +0.903
3 – Maverick Viñales (SPA – Yamaha) +1.636*Independent Team rider

Podium L-R: Quartararo, Marquez and Viñales
Fernandez gets feisty to deny ‘Diggia’ a first win on home turfA tumultuous final lap decides an intermediate class thriller

Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) secured his third win of the season as the Moto2™ race at the GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini came down to the wire, with the Spaniard going toe to toe with Fabio Di Giannantonio (+Ego Speed Up) on the final lap to deny the home hero. Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completed the podium, a little back from the controversy.

Di Giannantonio held position off the line at the Italian grabbed the holeshot from pole position, with Marquez losing out slightly as the lights went out as the Spaniard initially dropped to P6. Fernandez slotted into second behind ‘Diggia’, with Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) getting a lightning start from P7 to climb to P3.

Home hero Di Giannantonio had Fernandez glued to the back of him and was pushing in the early stages, the Italian out the seat coming out of Turn 2 on Lap 2 in a lucky close call for the race leader. Despite that, the rookie set the fastest lap of the race as the top two started to stretch away…

Meanwhile, Marquez had recovered to get himself up to third after passing Lüthi, with Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) losing the front at Turn 10 to allow the duo through – the Australian just staying on board his Kalex. Marquez was then chasing Di Giannantonio and Fernandez, with the gap over half a second and Lüthi going with him.

On Lap 6, the top four were nearly two seconds clear of Gardner and Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), with Di Giannantonio keeping his cool at the front. However, Lap 9 saw Fernandez make a first move. The Spaniard swooped around the outside at Turn 1 to have the inside line at Turn 2 – a classic Misano move – but Di Giannantonio didn’t let P1 go without a fight. The Speed Up rider had the inside line for Turn 3 and although Fernandez would get him back to lead, ‘Diggia’ fought back at Turn 8 and Marquez pounced on his title rival, too. Fernandez was down to P3, with Di Giannantonio then holding a half-second advantage over the Championship leader.

With 13 laps to go, Fernandez was back into P2 as Di Giannantonio held a 0.7 lead. But the Kalex rider had the bit between his teeth as he hunted the Speed Up, clawing back Di Giannantonio’s advantage to half a second on the next lap. The gap then stayed fairly constant between the top two, with Marquez just losing touch to sit around a second off the lead. But with seven laps left, Fernandez was closer, seemingly having an advantage in the latter half of the lap, with Di Giannantonio holding the edge in the first half. But then the Spaniard had a huge front-end scare at Turn 10…and ‘Diggia’ was handed a track limits warning.

Five to go, four to go, three to go. Di Giannantonio was holding firm with Fernandez swarming behind: a dream debut home win vs vital points in the Championship. Who would prevail? Fernandez was piling on the pressure with two laps remaining and heading onto the final lap there was nothing between them. Fernandez then pounced, taking the outside line around Turn 1 to grab the inside at Turn 2 – but he was in hot and Di Giannantonio got the switchback once again.

The latter then made a small mistake on the exit of Turn 4 to give Fernandez – not that he needed it – that little extra scent of the win. Turn 8 passed by, as did Turn 10. But, with a good run out of the tight right-hander onto the back straight, Fernandez was in the tow. The Spaniard ran out a little wide at Turn 11 but then, the number 40 went for it. Slight contact and elbows out, Fernandez sat Di Giannantonio up and that was all she wrote, with the Spaniard’s aggression moving him to within 26 points of Marquez’ lead.

Marquez takes a podium away from Misano and heads to his home GP at MotorLand Aragon still in control, with Lüthi not quite keep tabs on the number 73 as the Swiss rider picked up his best result since Assen in P4. Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took his best finish of the season in fifth after a solid ride at his team’s home race, the British rider finishing just ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder after an impressive ride saw the South African coming from P16 on the grid. +Ego Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro crossed the line eighth after starting from 15th, another who made progress through the field.

Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) made a good start but eventually slipped down to eighth place, the Spaniard beating home rider Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) by just over a second – although the rookie returning from injury took a top ten on his 100th GP start. Said duo were able to capitalise on Lorenzo Baldassarri’s (FlexBox HP 40) late long lap penalty for exceeding track limits as he closed out the top 10 at his home GP.

After a strong weekend, ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team’s Gardner and Tetsuta Nagashima crashed out of contention – riders ok. Home heroes Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) and Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) crashed out too, with Adam Norrodin (Petronas Sprinta Racing) the other faller on Sunday afternoon.

After the drama of Misano, Fernandez cements himself as a title threat to Marquez with win number three of his season, the second on the bounce, although 26 points in his pocket means it’s still a healthy margin for Marquez heading to Aragon. Moto2™ go racing again next weekend in Spain, what do we have in store before jetting off to Asia?

Augusto Fernandez: “It was an amazing race, the pace was really high, Fabio did a really good job on the pace. I just tried to stay behind him and wait until the last laps, I tried at the beginning of the race to make the move and make the pace but it didn’t work so I put myself behind him and just waited until the end, and I was able to make the move and win the race.

“If it was an aggressive move, I’m sorry. I don’t think so. It’s the last lap and we’re fighting for the win, I touched the green but it’s because I was really close to his rear tyre at Turn 11 where it’s really fast. I thought about going inside or outside, but inside was impossible because of the lean angle so I went outside and touched the green. We have three times on the green before a warning and I didn’t do it three times.”

Race results:
1 – Augusto Fernandez (SPA – Kalex) 41’12.535
2 – Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA – Speed Up) +0.186
3 – Alex Marquez (SPA – Kalex) +1.283

Podium L-R: Di Giannantonio, Fernandez and Marquez

Hie creates history with wire-to-wire victory

Published September 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Hie creates history with wire-to-wire victory

Sep 16. 2019
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Gurgaon- Rory Hie became the first Indonesian to win on the Asian Tour after he carded a flawless four-under-par 68 to win the inaugural Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship by two shots on Sunday.

Hie, who has never lost the lead since the first round, was determined to seal his maiden win and demonstrated that resolve with an opening birdie on the first hole.

Despite playing under intense pressure from the chasing pack, the 31-year-old maintained his composure by marking his card with 11 straight pars before a hat-trick of birdies from the 13th hole confirmed his place in the winner’s circle.

“Oh my god, I’m finally an Asian Tour champion. There is a lot of great players that didn’t, or haven’t won yet and I don’t know what I did to deserve this. I’m just so glad that it happened,” said Hie whose previous best Asian Tour finish came in the 2017 TAKE Solutions Masters in Bangalore where he finished tied-fourth.

“Coming down the stretch today I pretty much almost made every putt. Without Lawrie’s (Indonesia’s National Golf coach) help there is no way I can pull this off, there is absolutely no way. I was so nervous coming into today I was just shaking, even on the driving range. But somehow I re-focused and actually after I made the birdie on 15 I knew I had a two shot lead, and I found it really hard to control my emotions at that point,” he added

Hie paid an emotional tribute to the late Arie Irwan, who passed away in April as he knew his close friend was watching over him when he signed off with a winning total of 21-under-par 267 at the Classic Golf and Country Club.

“I want to dedicate this win to Arie Irawan who passed away, I felt like we went though all the same struggles as a pro, and you know unfortunately he never made it. I’m sure he’s proud of me right now, we were really good friends,” said Hie.

Korea’s Byungjun Kim tried to surmount a charge, going even a shot clear of Hie after making his fourth birdie of the day on the par-four 12th.

However, that birdie would be the last he was able to make as he closed out his last six holes with straight pars to finish in a share of second place with India’s Rashid Khan on 269 total.

Leading scores after round 4 of the Classic GCC International Championship being played at the par 72, 7114 Yards Classic Golf and Country Club course (am – denotes amateur):

267 – Rory Hie (INA) 64-68-67-68.

269 – Byungjun Kim (KOR) 69-66-67-67, Rashid Khan (IND) 68-66-66-69.

270 – Aadil Bedi (IND) 67-68-69-66.

272 – Aman Raj (IND) 67-67-72-66, Kwanchai Tannin (THA) 66-72-68-66, Suttijet Kooratanapisan (THA) 70-72-63-67, Abhijit Chadha (IND) 68-65-68-71.

273 – Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 70-67-70-66.

274 – Suradit Yongcharoenchai (THA) 66-69-74-65, Mathiam Keyser (RSA) 70-68-68-68.

275 – Kosuke Hamamoto (THA) 69-65-70-71.

276 – Pawin Ingkhapradit (THA) 72-66-73-65, Settee Prakongvech (THA) 72-71-67-66, Veer Ahlawat (IND) 71-67-72-66, Karan Pratap Singh (IND) 72-71-66-67.

277 – Kshitij Naveed Kaul (IND) 69-70-71-67, Karandeep Kochhar (IND) 72-66-71-68, Shivendra Singh Sisodia (IND) 71-70-68-68, Viraj Madappa (IND) 69-71-68-69.

278 – Travis Smyth (AUS) 72-67-72-67, Sattaya Supupramai (THA) 66-74-72-66, Sachin Baisoya (IND) 73-70-69-66, S. Chikkarangappa (IND) 70-67-71-70, Daniel Fox (AUS) 68-70-70-70, Abhinav Lohan (IND) 69-68-70-71.

Viñales snatches pole as drama erupts in Misano qualifying

Published September 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Viñales snatches pole as drama erupts in Misano qualifying

Sep 15. 2019
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Rossi and Marquez get dicey, KTM split two Yamahas on the front row

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) continued his phenomenal weekend at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, taking his second pole position of the season and breaking some hearts at KTM as he knocked compatriot Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) off provisional P1 on his final flying lap. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completes the front row, but the headlines don’t end there. Some drama erupted behind the three men in Q2 as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) almost clashed at the final corner.

Before all that, it wasn’t the start to Q2 Espargaro would have been looking for as his RC16 stopped at the end of pitlane but, luckily, he was able to get away fairly sharpish with a bit of help from a mechanic. Meanwhile on track, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) backed out of his first flying lap and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) was the first to set a benchmark time. Just after that though, his rookie teammate Quartararo would go and set the quickest lap of the weekend despite a mistake in Sector 1 – the Frenchman slamming in a 1:32.686 to lead the way. Morbidelli responded to go just 0.024 off but Quartararo then improved to go over a tenth clear, with Marquez jumping up to third on his first quick lap soon thereafter.

Heading back into the pits, the top four of Quartararo, Morbidelli, Marquez and Viñales were split by just 0.2 seconds. Home hero Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was sitting fifth ahead of Espargaro, with second in the Championship Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) only tenth. Viñales switched bikes quickly, in and out like a flash, and on his next flying lap took third off Marquez to make it an all-Yamaha front row with three minutes to go…but there was plenty yet to come.

Morbidelli was setting red sectors before a huge slide coming into the third split ruined his lap, but what about provisional pole man Quartararo? He had Espargaro for company on his final lap but the Frenchman ran onto the green at the fast Turn 11 and voided his lap, leaving him unable to improve. Espargaro was still setting personal bests though, and as the KTM rider took the chequered flag it suddenly became apparent quite how stunning his lap was as he took provisional pole by 0.011. The fairytale wouldn’t quite prove perfect, but the performance remains superb.

It wasn’t perfect for the Austrian factory because Viñales was coming. Red sector after red sector, one of the men who has been blisteringly fast all weekend crossed the line to go pole by nearly three tenths, and there were only two riders left to try and topple him: Marquez and Rossi.

Marquez, shadowing Rossi, was also on for pole. However, after overtaking the number 46 into Turn 11, the Championship leader ran wide. And, as it turned out, Rossi had also already exceeded track limits. But it boiled up to a final corner almost-clash, with the Yamaha slicing up the inside of the Honda as the duo came close to touching at Turn 14. Neither improved and both were summoned to a hearing with the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards to discuss the incident but no further action was taken. Marquez will start fifth, Rossi seventh.

That was that and the front row of Viñales-Espargaro-Quartararo was decided, with Franco Morbidelli taking his best grid position since Mugello and Catalunya to head up the second row. He’s just ahead of Marquez, with Dovizioso forced to settle for sixth on home turf. The Italian has, however, been a lightning starter of late…

Joining Rossi on row three are the Suzuki duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), with Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory) racing having been eighth fastest in qualifying but the Frenchman needing to serve his three-place grid penalty given at Silverstone.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was P11 in qualifying but will start just ahead of Zarco, with Ducati test rider and wildcard Michele Pirro just behind the Frenchman on the grid in 12th. Further back, some big hitters will be starting down the order: Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) will launch from P14, with the Ducatis of Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) starting from 16th and 17th respectively.

In addition, Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) will miss the remainder of the weekend after hurting his shoulder in a crash.

After a dramatic Saturday it’s now time for race day on the Riviera di Rimini. Viñales looks fast, a seventh front-row start for Quartararo sets him up for Sunday, and Pol Espargaro will be one to watch off the lap. Meanwhile Marquez, Dovizioso and Rossi are all looking to attack from the off…

Tune in for the San Marino GP LIVE at 14:00 local time (GMT+2) on Sunday and get ready for a classic.

Qualifying results:
1 – Maverick Viñales (SPA – Yamaha) 1’32.265
2 – Pol Espargaro (SPA – KTM) +0.295
3 – Fabio Quartararo* (FRA – Yamaha) +0.306*Independent Team rider

Front row L-R: Espargaro, Viñales and Quartararo
Di Giannantonio ousts Marquez for maiden pole at MisanoItalian rookie takes his first pole position in style on home turf, ahead of the top two in the title fight

Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (+Ego Speed Up) set a fantastic 1:37.481 in Moto2™ Q2 at the GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini to take his first career pole position, beating some serious competition: Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and second in the standings Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) both line up next to him on the front row.

The sun was beaming down at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and it was Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) who shone brightest in the early stages of Q2, the Australian setting the fastest lap of the weekend to lead teammate Tetsuta Nagashima by just 0.007. However, as he has done all weekend, Marquez was threatening the top. 10th after the first flying laps, the Spaniard then went P1 by 0.046 and soon after, Fernandez slotted himself into second. It was tight, however, with the top four split by only 0.053 with five minutes remaining – and then came ‘Diggia’.

The Italian pulled out of his first flying lap on his final run, but there was no stopping him on his last lap. Two tenths under in the first sector became 0.278 in his pocket at the third split and the impressive performance went unchallenged from then on, giving the Moto2™ rookie his first-ever pole position. With Marquez alongside him and Fernandez alongside him, Sunday looks set to be a stunner.

Gardner and Nagashima will line up fourth and fifth as the duo keep up their great weekend at Misano, with Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) claiming P6 to complete the front row despite a crash at Turn 9,

Title challenger Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) and birthday boy Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took seventh and eighth, with ninth going the way of home hero Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) after he came through Q1. It’s the second best qualifying of his rookie season, and he just beat fellow rookie Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team). ‘Bestia’ is coming back from injury and completed the top ten.

Andrea Locatelli lines up behind his Italtrans teammate in P11, with compatriots Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46), Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) next up. Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) is 15th, and he’ll be one of a few looking for a quick fight back through the pack on race day.

Q1 graduate Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM) crashed in Q2, rider ok. Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) is ruled out of the remainder of the weekend with a broken collarbone from a crash in practice, and Mattia Pasini (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) was also declared unfit due to a small fracture in a vertebra.

Can ‘Diggia’ become an intermediate class winner? Will the top two in the Championship make Misano into a duelling ground? Don’t miss the Moto2™ race at 12:20 local time (GMT+2) on Sunday.

Qualifying results:
1 – Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA – Speed Up) 1’37.481
2 – Alex Marquez (SPA – Kalex) +0.173
3 – Augusto Fernandez (SPA – Kalex) +0.164

Front row L-R: Marquez, Di Giannantonio and Fernandez
Suzuki supreme at Misano for first career poleJapanese rider puts SIC58 Squadra Corse in P1 on the team’s hallowed home turf

Tatsuki Suzuki took his first ever pole position at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini to put SIC58 Squadra Corse front and centre on their home turf at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and he even did it via a trip through Q1. He’s joined on the front row by Championship contenders Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) in second, also via Q1, and home hero Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers).

It was a high-stakes Q1 for a few big names at Misano, although ultimately title contenders Canet and Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) emerged into Q2, as did Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers) despite a crash and eventual polesitter Suzuki. But once the second session was under way, the drama didn’t stop there…

Another crash for Fenati sidelined him from the battle early on and sadly for the Italian, also from the race weekend as he fractured his scaphoid. Not long after it was Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) then sliding out as he sat in fifth, although he was up and quickly able to get back to pitlane. There wasn’t enough time for the team to get him back out on track for the final push for pole, however.

Before that final push it was Suzuki on top and despite the flurry of last minute activity, that’s how it would stay as the few improvers weren’t able to challenge the Japanese rider’s 1’42.844. Canet came closest as he slotted into second on his final lap, but the man second in the standings was still just over a tenth in arrears – and only 0.006 ahead of Arbolino.

Behind the Suzuki-Canet-Arbolino front row, Jaume Masia (WWR) put in a good showing to take fourth, with Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) a late mover up the timesheets to complete the top five on home turf. Antonelli completes Row 2, the only man other than his teammate to have briefly sat on top of the timesheets in the session.

Dalla Porta slipped down the order to finally take P7 and head up the third row, although he did win his first Grand Prix at this very track last season from P8. Friday pacesetter Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) took eighth this year, ahead of Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing), who recovered well after a difficult Friday. Andrea Migno (WWR) had another solid day on home turf to complete the top ten.

Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) was another who had another good day to take P11, as did Filip Salač (Redox PrüstelGP) in P12 for his best ever qualifying. Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46) slots into thirteenth ahead of John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) after a crash for the Brit on his final lap, with Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) completing the fastest fifteen…and the last man in Q2 to set a time.

FP3 pacesetter Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) had his last lap cancelled for exceeding track limits, so he’ll be looking to move forward from P16 on race day after an impressive return from injury so far, ahead of Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race) after he crashed and failed to set a lap, although rider ok.

That’s it from Saturday on a sun-kissed Riviera de Rimini, with the grid once again setting us up for a classic race as Canet takes on the home heroes in the title fight.  Tune in as the lightweight class attack Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli at 11:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday.

Qualifying results:

Kadestam to defend ONE welterweight title against Abbasov at ONE: Dawn of Valor

Published September 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Kadestam to defend ONE welterweight title against Abbasov at ONE: Dawn of Valor

Sep 15. 2019
By ONE

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Jakarta – ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its return to Jakarta, Indonesia with ONE: DAWN OF VALOR. Set to take place at the Istora Senayan on Friday, 25 October, ONE: DAWN OF VALOR features the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent.

In the main event, ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam of Sweden defends his title against Kiamrian Abbasov of Kyrgyzstan. Also, in the co-main event, ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion Regian “The Immortal” Eersel of The Netherlands defends his title against countryman Nieky “The Natural” Holzken in a highly-anticipated rematch.

Ticket information for ONE: DAWN OF VALOR is available at http://www.onefc.com. Tickets, priced from IDR 75,000, are on sale now at https://one.cognitix.id/. From now through 22 September, save 20% on tickets using the promo code ‘ONELOYALTY.’

Kadestam started training in Muay Thai when he was 12 years old, and later embarked on a highly successful professional career in the sport. Soon, he explored other disciplines, as he trained at Pancrase Gym in Stockholm, and also traveled to Thailand and the Philippines to sharpen his skills under famed martial artist Ole Laursen. “The Bandit” joined ONE Championship in May 2017, claimed the ONE Welterweight World Championship in November 2018 in Jakarta, and successfully defended the title for the first time this past March. Now Kadestam returns to the same venue where he won the gold for his second defense.

Abbasov, a Prime Selection GP Welterweight Champion, was raised by a single mother in his hometown of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital city. There, he began his martial arts journey with Greco-Roman wrestling, and later added boxing to his arsenal. Early in his career, he won two tournament championships, including a tournament in December 2016 where he beat three different men in one night. Today, he is one of Kyrgyzstan’s top mixed martial artists. In his most recent outing, Abbasov spoiled Yushin Okami’s promotional debut, defeating his decorated Japanese opponent by technical knockout. In Jakarta, he will challenge Kadestam for the ONE Welterweight World Championship.

In the co-main event of the evening, Eersel will defend the ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship against Holzken in a rematch between Dutch kickboxing superstars.

Eersel represents the famed Sityodtong Amsterdam Muay Thai camp. He has made a name for himself as a Lion Fight Super Middleweight World Champion and an MFC Kickboxing World Champion. He initially began his martial arts journey by training in taekwondo at the age of eight. After experiencing success in taekwondo competition as well as amateur kickboxing, Eersel decided to turn professional, and has since put together an incredible record of success. Last May, “The Immortal” reached the pinnacle of the sport when he defeated Holzken via unanimous decision to capture the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Title. Now he looks to defend it successfully for the first time against “The Natural” in a rematch.

Holzken is a multiple-time kickboxing World Champion who started boxing at the age of 10. Later, he expanded on his skills by adding kickboxing and Muay Thai to his repertoire. He competed extensively in all three disciplines, compiling over 100 combined wins on his way to Dutch and European championships, as well as several World Titles. A sensational striker, Holzken’s entertaining style has already seen him secure nearly 50 knockouts in kickboxing and an additional 11 in the boxing ring. When he challenges Eersel in Jakarta, he will attempt to add one more World Title to his already dazzling resume.

Making his highly-anticipated ONE Championship debut is Brazil’s John “Hands Of Stone” Lineker. He faces top bantamweight contender Muin Gafurov of Tajikistan.

Lineker is a mixed martial arts veteran with over a decade of experience competing in some of the world’s top promotions. The Brazilian is a former Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion known for his unbridled power, relentless aggression, and toughness. He currently holds a professional record of 31-9, which includes 14 knockouts and four submissions. Always looking to end bouts early, the Brazilian brings his unique all-action style to ONE Championship’s bantamweight division.

Gafurov, who owns a stellar 16-2 professional record, is one of the top talents to come out of Tajikistan. He utilizes a frenetic pace that opponents find difficult to match, and he possesses high-level grappling techniques, powerful striking, and an aggressive style. Gafurov is riding a five-bout win streak, and he will look to push that streak to six when he welcomes Lineker to The Home Of Martial Arts.

Also making his ONE Championship debut is lightweight Johnny Nunez of the United States, who is scheduled to face Kazuki Tokudome of Japan.

Nunez is coming off two stellar victories, which have pushed his professional record to an impressive 7-1 overall. Out of seven victories, he owns two by knockout and one by submission. The 34-year-old now makes his way to the bright lights of ONE Championship to face the world’s best talent on the global stage for martial arts.

Tokudome, on the other hand, is a former Pancrase Lightweight World Champion who trains out of Paraestra Hachioji in his native Japan. In his most recent bout, Tokudome defeated Australian veteran Adrian Pang by technical knockout in the second round. Now the Japanese martial artist is tasked to welcome Nunez to the ONE Championship lightweight division.

Also on the card is Mongolia’s Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu, who faces undefeated Australian prospect Antonio “The Spartan” Caruso. Also, New Zealand’s Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo takes on China’s Ayideng “The Kazakh Eagle” Jumayi.

Indonesian martial artists will also be well-represented at ONE: DAWN OF VALOR with the country’s biggest stars scheduled for action.

Multiple-time Indonesian national wrestling champion Eko Roni Saputra is set to make his return to the ONE Championship stage. He will square off against the Philippines’ Kaji “Alpha” Ebin.

Top Indonesian women’s mixed martial arts star Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol goes for two straight as she faces Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar.

Also, in a series of all-Indonesian showdowns, Rudy “The Golden Boy” Agustian goes head-to-head with Abro FernandesEgi Rozten locks horns with Elipitua Siregar, and Adi Paryanto collides with Angelo “The Unicorn King” Bimoadji.

Finally, in what is sure to be a crowd favorite match-up between a pair of exciting finishers, top Indonesian strawweights Adrian “Papua Badboy” Mattheis and Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian meet in a three-round clash.

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