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Full steam ahead for Pettersen

Published August 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Full steam ahead for Pettersen

Aug 22. 2019
Suzann Pettersen

Suzann Pettersen
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15-time LPGA winner Suzann Pettersen is back in action for this week’s CP Women’s Open, making just her third start since the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship after taking maternity leave for the 2018 season.

Despite her limited playing schedule, just one week ago Pettersen was announced by European Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew as one of her picks for the 2019 Solheim Cup. Pettersen admitted that she wasn’t positive she would return to the LPGA at one point during her extended leave but is fully back in the swing of things with her eyes set on Gleneagles.

“I am just really excited to be out playing,” Pettersen said on Wednesday at Magna Golf Club. “The fun of playing this game has definitely come back to me. At times I probably been one of the toughest there is out here, especially on myself and to my own expectations. I wouldn’t say I have no expectations, but I’m a lot more laid back. I still know what my game should be like and how I want to play. Obviously the good stuff is great. There is still some rust in there. Like I said, the more I play, the better the overall game gets. I feel very confident that by the time Solheim is around I’ll be in top form.”

For the first time since her son Herman was born last August, Pettersen will be away from him for an extended period, playing in Canada this week and in Portland next week. While it’s challenging to return to the LPGA Tour and not see Herman, she’s feeling great about her game and has a fresh perspective as a mother.

“I’m kind of creating new routines. I’m not trying to pick up where I left it because priorities are different; my time is a little different,” said Pettersen, who is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of her 2009 CP Women’s Open victory. “But these two weeks I left everyone at home so I can kind of get the preparation and the hard work done for what’s coming in three or four weeks. I thought that was my best option. I would just love to go out and compete, get sharp. For each shot that I hit, each round that I play, I feel like the game is getting better and better. So, no, I feel great. Obviously great to be back, see all the other players. Some players I haven’t seen for almost two years.”

Pettersen will tee off the first round at 8:21 a.m. off the first tee on Thursday alongside Solheim Cup teammate Bronte Law and Team USA hopeful Ally McDonald.

15 CANADIANS IN CP WOMEN’S OPEN FIELD

The 2019 CP Women’s Open features 15 Canadian players competing for their national championship. It is a wide-ranging group of players at various points in their careers. Canadian golf icon and CP Ambassador Lorie Kane is competing in her 29th consecutive CP Women’s Open, the most in championship history, while 12-year-old Michelle Liuwill become the youngest competitor in championship history when she tees off on Thursday.

Liu, who earned a spot in the field after finishing as the low Canadian amateur at the 2019 Canadian Women’s Amateur, was in awe of her experience so far in her first-ever professional event.

“I’m looking forward to being able to play with even more great players, especially in like the environment of a professional golf tournament,” said Liu, who understandably named defending champion Brooke Henderson as the player she was most excited to see. “I think it’s definitely going to be a challenge for me and my mental game to be able to focus and like keep my mind on like each and every shot.”

Alena Sharp has been on the LPGA Tour since 2005 and has certainly seen the strength of Canadian golf grow over her tenure.

“It’s very nice to see a lot of Canadians playing in the field this week. There are a lot of Canadians doing really on the Symetra Tour. I know that they’re working hard to get out here, and I think golf in Canada is on the rise,” said Sharp, who is competing in her 16th CP Women’s Open. “Obviously with Brooke leading the way with her win last year it’s really put Canada on the map. It’s nice to see that the hard work that Golf Canada is putting in in their programs is coming to light.”

In 2019, there are seven Canadian players on the LPGA Tour – Henderson, Kane, Maude-Aimee LeblancJaclyn LeeBrittany Marchand, Sharp and Anne-Catherine Tanguay, with Kane and Leblanc playing limited schedules. Canada is also well-represented on the Symetra Tour, with five to 10 Canadian players competing in any given week. There are 20 Canadian golfers at this week’s Stage I of LPGA Qualifying School in Palm Desert, Calif., the most of any country other than the United States. Many of these players came up through Golf Canada’s strong developmental program, a thread that ties these golfers together as they grow their careers.

“We’re really, really tight. I mean, to have five Canadians full time on the LPGA this year, it was big. I mean, we play our practice rounds together; we go out to dinner. We really try to support each other in every way we can,” said Tanguay. “Jaclyn Lee being here this week and she’s injured, so I just had a conversation with her about that injury. We’re trying to support her and be there for her. It’s just been really, really cool having some role models as well. Like I try to be a role model for the younger girls. I was fortunate to have Alena that was there and Lorie Kane that came before me and did that for me. So I’m happy to do it too for the younger girls.”

#CPHASHEART BENEFITS SICKKIDS FOUNDATION

Since CP assumed title sponsorship in 2014, the CP Women’s Open has raised $8.5 million in support of children’s heart health.

The 2019 tournament benefits SickKids Foundation, which raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children, a pediatric teaching hospital in Toronto. The foundation is Canada’s largest funder of child health research, learning and care. The funds raised at the 2019 CP Women’s Open will help SickKids updated a Cardiac Operating Unit at the hospital. Additionally, a donation will be made to the Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Perhaps the most visible charitable portion of the tournament is the Birdies for Heart program. For each birdie made at the par-3 17th hole, CP will donate $5,000 to SickKids. Additionally, at Tuesday night’s Draw Party, the opportunity to play a pro-am round with CP Ambassador Brooke Henderson and Jessica Korda was auctioned off. The winning team purchased that opportunity for $45,000, with CP donating that amount, totaling $90,000 going to SickKids.

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Crutchlow and Viñales get the ball rolling for Silverstone at Stamford Bridge

Published August 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Crutchlow and Viñales get the ball rolling for Silverstone at Stamford Bridge

Aug 22. 2019
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Ahead of the GoPro British Grand Prix, MotoGP™ headed into London for a pit stop with a difference as home hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was first joined by 2016 Silverstone winner Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) on a visit to Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea F.C.

Seeing the changing room, walking through the tunnel onto the pitch and staring up at the stands, the two got a look around the stadium and had a fairly expert guide to see them around – goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The trio talked similarities, differences, support and pressure as they filmed some content for the club and for MotoGP™…and got geared up for another weekend of racing at the legendary Silverstone Circuit.

Top photo L-R: Crutchlow, Kepa and Viñales on the pitch

Behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge

Shop talk on the pitch“We speak the same language”…and the home of the British GP! Crutchlow (L) with Kepa and Viñales (R) in the changing room
Cal Crutchlow: “It’s been great, it’s good to do something different and especially before the British Grand Prix this weekend, it’s going to be a big event for us and these guys see big events every week. To be here at Stamford Bridge is a privilege for me and Maverick and good exposure for MotoGP before the British Grand Prix this weekend.

“I think Kepa, in the position he plays, he’s quite alone and with us being alone with the bike it relates a bit. But the pressure the guys have here at Stamford Bridge, most of the crowd are for the team so I think the pressure is enormous…whereas in MotoGP it’s shared around a lot with different riders. But overall yeah, being an athlete is being an athlete and you have to try and perform at your maximum.”

Maverick Viñales: “Honestly it’s fantastic. I’ve been a big fan of Chelsea since I was a kid and it’s fantastic to be here. It’s a dream come true, you know, something unbelievable!

“Kepa and I speak the same language so it’s very easy. We spoke about the games this season, also our season. It was a good chat, he’s a good guy!

“For sure when you’re at the maximum level of every sport, it’s very similar, you need the same adrenaline. So there are similarities for sure, for sure the speed is different, everything is different. But you know, the pressure, you have to win – so this is very similar too.”

Kepa Arrizabalaga: “It’s really cool to meet with two of the biggest riders at the top of MotoGP, it’s good to have them here at Stamford Bridge so they can get to know a little more about football!

“Football is very different to MotoGP but I think some things are similar: the adrenaline of the last lap, two riders close together, I think the adrenaline is very similar on the pitch!”

Crutchlow and Viñales: smiles for milesHeading inside the stadiumKickabout: Viñales held his own pretty well!Viñales gives Kepa a helmetCrutchlow hands over a shirt
Then it was on to the next stop on the other side of the city, with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) joining Crutchlow for a tour of national UK media. Radio, TV, magazines and websites welcomed the two to the UK ahead of the biggest event on the UK motorcycling calendar, with the world-famous London landmark of the Gherkin playing host for most.

Now the two complete the short hop north to Northamptonshire and Silverstone, where practice for the GoPro British Grand Prix begins on Friday before the race on Sunday at 13:00 local time (GMT +1).

Crutchlow (L) and Marquez talk…sportMarquez strikes a pose in front of the city

Teams from 31 nations due for King’s Cup Sepak Takraw Championships

Published August 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Teams from 31 nations due for King’s Cup Sepak Takraw Championships

Aug 21. 2019
By The Nation

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A total of 31 nations will compete in the 34th King’s Cup Sepak Takraw Championships from August 25 to September 1 at Fashion Island Ramindra in Bangkok.

Organisers said there will be 8 categories – men’s and women’s team, singles and mixed doubles sepak takraw, plus men’s and women’s loop takraw.

Dr Chalerm Chaivacharaporn, president of the Sepak Takaraw Association of Thailand, said the challenge system would be implemented this year to ensure fairness and preempt protests.

He said Thailand will not compete in mixed doubles, in order to give others chances of winning medals.

Mono 29 will televise three matches live – men’s and women’s singles finals starting from 4 pm on August 30, women’s team final from 4 pm on August 31 and men’s team final (Kings Cup match) on September 1, also from 4 pm.

Vietnamese ticket allocation for Thailand match sold out

Published August 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Vietnamese ticket allocation for Thailand match sold out

Aug 21. 2019
The Vietnam team (in red jerseys) will face Thailand on September 5 in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round for the World Cup 2020.  (Photo: nld.vn)

The Vietnam team (in red jerseys) will face Thailand on September 5 in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round for the World Cup 2020. (Photo: nld.vn)
By VIET NAM NEWS
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
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More than 2,000 tickets allocated to Vietnamese fans for the upcoming fixture between Vietnam and Thailand sold out in just five minutes.

According to the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), all tickets were sold within five minutes of being available on Monday for the September 5 clash in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round for the World Cup 2020.

Vietnamese fans have been allocated their own area between stand A and stand D. The price for a travelling supporter is Bt650.

Meanwhile, tickets for local Thai fans are Bt500 for a place in stand A and Bt200 for a place in stand D.

Earlier, nearly 20,000 tickets for Thai fans sold out on August 5 and 11.

Vietnam are in Group G alongside Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE. They will gather at a training camp on August 25 to prepare for the event which will take place at 25,000-seat Thammasat Stadium in Rangsit.

That’s a wrap! KymiRing Test concludes on Tuesday

Published August 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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That’s a wrap! KymiRing Test concludes on Tuesday

Aug 21. 2019
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Test riders got some dry track time on Day 2 in Finland, with Smith fastest

Day 2 of the KymiRing test is now done and dusted for MotoGP™ manufacturers’ test teams, with better weather early on Tuesday allowing everyone some dry track time and with it, a new – although unofficial – fastest lap of the venue. That fastest lap was set by Aprilia test rider Bradley Smith, who put in a 1:47.540 to top the timesheets before action was cut a little short as the weather closed back in.

Whilst it stayed dry and sunny earlier in the day, Honda test rider Stefan Bradl bounced back from a crash midway through yesterday to end the test second quickest, 0.324 behind Smith. After using a ‘salad box’ yesterday, Bradl’s RC213V was seen without it for the entirety of Tuesday’s track time.

Ducati’s Michele Pirro, meanwhile, had an eventful day on Tuesday but it ended in him finishing the test third quickest. The Italian was the only faller after a crash at Turn 11, rider ok, and Pirro was then later seen testing a larger ‘salad box’ than was spotted yesterday – that’s as well as a modified aero fairing that broke cover. Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli, fresh from being announced as Joan Mir’s replacement for the British Grand Prix, ended the day just over a tenth adrift of Pirro in fourth.

KTM’s Mika Kallio was again the first rider out on track on Tuesday to the delight of the Finnish fans in attendance, and he completed the most laps of the day: an apt 36. Yamaha’s Jonas Folger was just a tenth behind Kallio, with all six riders separated by just over a second and a half.

That’s it from the second and final day of testing in Finland, with data gathered for both Michelin and the factories alike and work now continuing to prepare for the track’s future debut on the MotoGP™ calendar .

Bradl speeds past the treesGuintoli as the weather moves back in…Pirro crashed on Day 2, rider okKallio was first out once againFolger flits past the Finnish paint jobTop photo: Smith was fastest on the Aprilia
Some thoughts on Day 2:Bradley Smith: “I think in general we’re quite happy with the test, we’ve been able to try the track in the rain and dry, for Michelin we’ve been able to gather information in both conditions.

“For MotoGP the track is quite tight, the first part of the track, the first five corners are really nice, and Sector 3 I like a lot. But Sectors 2 and 4 is quite tight. I like it because it’s different, in the World Championship it’s important to have different circuits and a different challenge for the riders.”

Stefan Bradl: “We were suffering a bit with the weather yesterday, it’s wasn’t so easy to find your way around. But we got some data, first impressions and congratulations to them for building this great facility here in Finland, people are so excited and thankful they’ll have a GP.

“From a rider point of view, it’s quite slow in places and there are a lot of changes of direction. It’s hard to say much right now because we weren’t pushing at absolutely 100% because of the track conditions, but my first impression is good.”

Timo Pohjola, KymiRing Circuit Director: “I think these two days have shown all of us that we’ve succeeded in the work we’ve done. We’re now on the way to the first Finnish GP and although a lot of work is still to be done, these days show we’re going the right way.

“I’m sure you’ve realised that it’s a work day, Tuesday, but still the spectator area is full of fans…I think that shows everyone how important it is to have MotoGP here!”

Tabuena aims to shake off injury nightmare at the PGM Northport ADT Championship

Published August 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tabuena aims to shake off injury nightmare at the PGM Northport ADT Championship

Aug 21. 2019
By The Nation

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Kuala Lumpur – Fresh off a fifth placed finish in Malaysia last week, Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena will be aiming to rekindle the same form when he competes in the PGM Northport ADT Championship which tees off at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.

Tabuena had done well at the Sarawak Championship last week, and will be looking to better that fifth placed finish in his third tournament in Malaysia this year.

“That’s where I started, so it’s always nice to go back to the course you played before.

“I  haven’t been playing much, I need more tournaments under my belt,” said Tabuena.

A right leg injury suffered at the Maybank Championship in March had significantly derailed the Filipino’s season.

Due to that, Tabuena had been reduced to only playing in eight tournaments this year, but he wants to make his ninth outing count.

“It was like an electric shock going down my right leg, and I felt really numb. But my fitness is there and I am raring to go. So while I did ask for an invite from the promoters, I am also here to win.”

The two-time Asian Tour winner has fond memories of playing in Malaysia.

Tabuena finished tied-second at the Maybank Championship Malaysia in 2016, and enjoyed his best result of the year on the Asian Tour at the Sarawak Championship last week.

“It’s all about playing well in the right weeks. I just have to keep playing good golf and the rest will take care of itself.”

The 24-year-old will also be out to alter history in his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) event since 2016 as he aims to triumph in this event previously dominated by Malaysian golfers.

Danny Chia is a two-time winner, while Ben Leong and Gavin Green have also won once.

Both Danny and Ben will be in the fray this time, leading the local charge.

Thailand’s Pannakorn Uthaipas will be among the favourites for the title with the 2017 ADT Order of Merit winner having already clinched the PGM ADT Johor Championship in March.

Shakhawat Hossain of Bangladesh will also among the contenders, having triumphed in an ADT event in Malaysia last year.

The PGM Northport ADT Championship offers a total prize purse of RM225,000.

Blasi named president of ONE Championship Italy

Published August 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Blasi named president of ONE Championship Italy

Aug 21. 2019
Carlo Di Blasi 

Carlo Di Blasi
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Milan – ONE Championship™  has just announced that Carlo Di Blasi has been named President of ONE Championship Italy.

As a member of the ONE Championship senior leadership team, Di Blasi is responsible for developing business strategies and plans, executing strategic B2B and marketing activities, acquiring and managing relationships with key accounts, and ensuring strong stakeholder management across the Italian business ecosystem. He will represent ONE Championship in Italy and help drive the culture of the company’s core values in the market.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It is my pleasure to announce that Carlo Di Blasi has been named President of ONE Championship Italy. Carlo is a well-respected figure in the European martial arts industry, particularly with the work he has put in towards developing Muay Thai and kickboxing, as well as mixed martial arts in Italy. With Carlo’s business and domain expertise, he plays a key role in shaping the future of ONE Championship. As our organization establishes strong roots in locations around the world, the ONE Championship brand continues to flourish globally. Our goal is to ignite the world with strength, hope, dreams, and inspiration through the power of martial arts. I have no doubt that Carlo will do a tremendous job in his new role.”

Carlo Di Blasi, President of ONE Championship Italy, stated: “Experiencing a ONE Championship event live for the first time, I immediately understood this is the future of martial arts. Getting to know the ONE Championship team – Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Vice Chairman Saurabh Mittal, and Group President Hua Fung Teh, and all the amazing people in the company – it’s the most incredible team I’ve ever seen. I know here at ONE Championship, we are going to change the world. I am proud to be President of ONE Championship Italy and even more proud to be part of this organization. I will do my best to help ONE Championship take martial arts to the next level.”

Before joining the organization as President of ONE Championship Italy, Di Blasi previously served as Italian representative for the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) and the World Muay Federation (WMF). He was a Board Member of the International Federation of Savate (FISAV), and Vice President of the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA).

Di Blasi also boasts of professional experience as a promoter for K1 Italy, GLORY Kickboxing, Oktagon, and Victory World Series tournaments across Europe in countries such as Sweden, Italy, France, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia, Panama, and Bielorissia.

A former Savate Italian Champion, Di Blasi served for the Italian Army as Carabinieri in the Anti-Drug Department of the Special Forces. A graduate of Law at the University of Milan, Di Blasi speaks Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish.

MotoGP™ meets the KymiRing: the first day of testing concludes in Finland

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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MotoGP™ meets the KymiRing: the first day of testing concludes in Finland

Aug 20. 2019
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Test riders take to the newest venue on the itinerary for some first impressions

MotoGP™ has officially landed in Finland. Monday saw the first track action in a two-day test at the new KymiRing completed by manufacturers’ test riders, as well as two Press Conferences to mark the occasion for the gathered media to hear thoughts from officials and the riders.

The day was, unfortunately, wet and there was an immediate change to the program, with the timetable for the MotoGP™ runners changed to 12:00 to 18:00 local time (GMT +3). That meant it was the local heroes up first to try out the track, instead of at the end of the day.

That trend of home heroes first continued once the green light was on for the premier class test, with Mika Kallio out first on the KTM RC16 – with the latest chassis – to greet the fans who had flocked to the circuit to witness premier class motorcycle action in Finland for the first time since 1982. All six test riders eventually got a taste of the circuit though, despite conditions being far from ideal with rain falling throughout the day.

Aprilia’s Bradley Smith was the next out on track and the British rider was fastest at lunchtime with the first sub-two-minute lap. Ducati’s Michele Pirro and Honda’s Stefan Bradl were up next, with Bradl continuing development work on the carbon-reinforced chassis but also making some unwanted history by becoming the first rider to crash at the KymiRing as he went down at the final corner, rider OK. The German was also spotted as having a ‘salad box’ fitted to both bikes in his garage, which was last seen at the Sepang Official Test at the start of 2019.

Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli and Yamaha’s Jonas Folger were the last to try out the KymiRing later in the day, getting a taster before more action is expected tomorrow – as well as better conditions. Track time will be 11:00 to 18:00 local time, with young Finnish riders on track the hour before.

Check out motogp.com for more from Finland on Tuesday and gear up for more on Day 2!

Bradl was the first to crash, rider okPirro kicks up some sprayGuintoli headed out later in the day……as did Folger on the YamahaSmith was the first man to break the two minute barrier(Top photo: Kallio heads out at his home track)
Press Conference kicks off the KymiRing test L-R: Carlos Ezpeleta, Senior Sporting Director at Dorna Sports; Tapio Nevala, President of the Finnish Motorcycle Federation; Jorge Viegas, President of the FIM; Kari O. Sohlberg, Chairman of the Board of KymiRing;Timo Pohjola, KymiRing Circuit Director; Aki Ajo, from Ajo Motorsport.Jorge Viegas, President of the FIM: “Finland is a country with a lot of tradition in motorsport. It’s on the way, I have been in this position, managing works on a circuit in my country 20 years ago, so I know what it feels like to have journalists coming, Dorna and the FIM coming…I know how it feels! But everything is going well, and I think it’s a privilege to be here for the first time.”

Tapio Nevala, President of the Finnish Motorcycle Federation: “It’s a big dream to have MotoGP bikes in Finland, my heart has been pounding. It’s very important for us for Finnish motorsport. A MotoGP race is important for our sport and for Nordic motorsport, as well as it being important for this whole area.”

Timo Pohjola, KymiRing Circuit Director: “We continue the work on infrastructure, we don’t have green on the circuit at the moment so we’ll raise the standard of the facility. A lot of work needs to be done, we have one year to do everything but the most important thing is that for safety reasons, especially, that we can have the test here. Because after that we know exactly where we will have everything like the curbs. So that’s important for us but also for the teams, that’s the meaning of testing. But overall I’m very happy, it’s been a long journey and I know many of you will recognise these words from a driver once: ‘Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing!’”

Aki Ajo, Ajo Motorsport: “We’ve been dreaming for years about this, to have this kind of track and to have the chance to have a MotoGP race in Finland. It was a special feeling for me this morning that I woke up in my own bed before a MotoGP test, which doesn’t happen very often! But seriously, it’s really important to have first track action here, now is the time to see what they need to do to finalise everything here so we can have a great race.”

Carlos Ezpeleta, Senior Sporting Director at Dorna Sports: “I visited for the first time with Franco Uncini a few years ago and honestly, it’s a great place and I have to congratulate everyone for the work they’ve done because it’s very impressive that we have bikes on track today. I know these past months have been hard for them and I must congratulate them because the job they’ve done is of a high standard. We’re very happy to have Finland back on the calendar, it’s one of the countries with a lot of history in motorsport as has been said, and we know that the requirements for a MotoGP track are very high, both on track and off, and the plan is to accommodate all of them so we’re very happy.”

Riders’ thoughts on Day 1L-R: Kallio, Pirro, Bradl, Guintoli and SmithStefan Bradl: “Unfortunately we weren’t lucky with the weather, which was the biggest problem today. So I hope tomorrow it’s dry and we can get more impressions of this race track. It’s a very interesting track, it’s good to get some laps in the wet and so far so good! I’m looking forward to tomorrow because there will be better conditions and I think that will be better for everyone – spectators and us as riders, we’ll have more fun and enjoy this atmosphere here.”

Michele Pirro: “It’s a really nice track, it’s been difficult to understand in wet conditions! I hope conditions are better tomorrow and dry, that’s important. But I think the first part, it’s fast and really nice, the second part is slow but interesting and I like it. I hope tomorrow we can do some laps in the dry, but it’s a great track for MotoGP.”

Sylvain Guintoli: “The first part is good, Turn 1 to Turn 3, I like that bit a lot, you go down then up into the braking before the straight. I love it here in Finland, I’ve never been before and it’s been nice to visit the place. I like countryside so I’m happy here!”

Mika Kallio: “I think for everyone if you can race at home it’s something special absolutely, and I was the first guy out with the MotoGP machine today so that’s cool to be the first to make those laps. I agree with what the guys have said, some parts of the track are quite slow, at the moment and especially in these conditions and new tarmac, with water…it was quite slippery all the time and there we couldn’t quite get the right feeling. But hopefully tomorrow it’ll be dry and we’ll get more impression how the racetrack is.”

Bradley Smith: “This is a different track, very different to anything we’ve seen before, quite tight and twisty and a little bit slow in places, but we also have places like Silverstone where it’s flat out everywhere – sometimes it’s good to have a complete different end of the spectrum. Also we have three different categories! It’s not just for MotoGP and I think those smaller bikes will really fit this race track. Let’s see tomorrow. There are a lot of off camber corners here which makes it difficult for the riders, it’s a technical challenge.”

Everyone’s a winner: vast, fast and formidable, Silverstone awaits

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Everyone’s a winner: vast, fast and formidable, Silverstone awaits

Aug 20. 2019
By MotoGP130 Viewed

Five riders and four factories have conquered the venue in recent years. Here’s to another modern classic in the UK

 

In 2013 it was Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) who took on now-teammate Marc Marquez in one of the all-time great showdowns. The year after, Marquez returned the favour. 2015 saw Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) emerge from a rain-soaked race day to take to the top step, before Maverick Viñales, now at Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, took the spoils for Suzuki the following year. Then it was Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) painting Silverstone red in 2017, and that makes it five riders and four factories who have made British turf their own in the last five races there. They’ve also all done it in style, because Silverstone usually stages a classic. Can 2019 deliver the same?

As we return to the venue for another year, there’s certainly one big difference: the track surface. The British behemoth is back open for business with high expectations and new asphalt, and Friday’s feedback will be an interesting listen. But one thing that’s never changed is the stunning layout, with 18 corners pushing man and machine to the maximum around a high-speed ribbon of tarmac that snakes it way around the former airfield. Vast and fast is apt.

So who will rule Britannia in 2019? Almost all the likely contenders really have been a winner in the UK. The most recent victor, Andrea Dovizioso, also arrives on top of the world after his stunning Austrian GP triumph. He’ll be one to watch, as is usually the case. But then so will Marquez, who has sometimes had a rockier road on race day at Silverstone but whose pace in qualifying has seen him take four premier class poles at the venue. Could we get another duel? Will the reigning Champion strike back?

Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, meanwhile, will be aiming to make sure it’s a much bigger fight at the front. Rossi’s speed at Silverstone seems to grow year on year and Viñales’ record at the track is impressive. He won his first race there so there are some good memories, and he was also the man closest to Dovizioso last time we raced in the UK. And then there’s Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT)…

The French rookie will know the venue has often been a good one for his bike, but does that even make that much difference? The number 20 equalled Yamaha’s best result at the Red Bull Ring, where it should have been a much harder task than he made it look, and everywhere he goes, he goes fast. He’s back at the top of the Independent Team rider standings as well, and could be a key contender.

And what of Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar)? His bike is a winner at Silverstone, before he was the man on it or even in the class, and it was a landmark day back in 2016 for the Hamamatsu factory. Rins himself is now back on form after ironing out two uncharacteristic mistakes before the summer break, and he’s unlikely to settle for anything that’s not an assault on the win at the very least. He’s a man with a bigger box to tick than many now he’s taken his first win this season, and is a big candidate to be the sixth different winner at Silverstone since 2013.

The man just ahead of him, Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, could be another although he’s looking for more of a bounce back after a tough Austria, as is Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), the man now behind Quartararo in the aforementioned Independent Team rider standings. And lurking just behind him is Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol). It’s been a tougher year at times for the Brit, but on home turf he’ll give it everything to be back in the fight at the front he’s so often been part of. And he’s had pole at Silverstone before, so the speed is there and he’ll want to convert it into big points and a podium in front of the home crowd. He’s done it before.

The man for whom a return is the real key phrase, however, is Jorge Lorenzo. After a long period of recovery from his injuries sustained in Assen, the five-time World Champion is expected back on track at Silverstone and it’s a good venue for it. Lorenzo has three wins there, including that stunner in 2013, and good memories aplenty. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) is also back in action at Suzuki after his Brno testing crash, so he’ll want to get stuck in to making up some ground to those ahead of him: the likes of Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu). There’s a lot at stake in the tight fight for the top ten.

The Great British behemoth awaits, and the Great British weather is in the wings too. But come rain or shine, Silverstone usually serves up a storm – so tune in for the GoPro British Grand Prix, with lights out for MotoGP™ at 13:00 local time (GMT +1).

Championship standings1 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) – 230

2 – Andrea Dovizioso (ITA – Ducati) – 172

3 – Danilo Petrucci (ITA – Ducati) – 136

4 – Alex Rins (SPA – Suzuki) – 124

5 – Valentino Rossi (ITA – Yamaha) – 103

Marquez vs Moto2™: can the field triumph over the form man?

The intermediate class arrive into fast and challenging Silverstone and one man has a target on his backIn the last seven races, Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) has been crashed out once through no fault of his own and beaten only once. His form is on fire, his lead is 43 points and he’s shown good speed at Silverstone before. So can anyone do what Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) did in Austria?

On the face of it, it’s good news for the field that Binder beat Marquez. But Binder is seventh in the Championship and 72 points off the number 73, so in some ways Marquez can afford to control that risk and play the long game. With his advantage, though, that’s almost true of every race…although things can change quickly if momentum swings.

That’s certainly what Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) will be hoping. It’s been a tougher two races since the summer break and the gap has shot out again, with the Swiss rider still the man closest to Marquez in the standings but that now meaning 43 points in arrears. He is a Moto2™ winner at Silverstone though – something Marquez is not – after he won in 2016, and he was only 0.057 off the win in 2010 too. Can Lüthi start the fight back now?

Between Lüthi and Binder in the standings there are plenty of fast faces too: Jorge Navarro (Campetella Speed Up), Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) and his teammate Lorenzo Baldassarri, Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP)…can they get in Marquez’ way? Some have the ace card of consistency, some have destroyed the field this year…

Then there are the home heroes. Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) is a man who has fought at the front at Silverstone before and shown some awesome speed, with the number 22 having taken two poles at the track. He’ll be on it on home turf. Rookie Jake Dixon (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) will want to add to his points haul as a minimum as well and, especially if its wet, will also be one to watch.

And what of Bradley Smith? The number 38 is racing in his third class of the year replacing the injured Khairul Idham Pawi at Petronas Sprinta Racing, taking on a huge challenge to jump straight into Moto2™ during a race weekend on machinery that’s changed an awful lot since he last raced it. How will he fare? He’ll have huge support guaranteed, and a lot of eyes will be on the premier class podium finisher to see how quickly he can get up to speed.

Silverstone is a very different challenge to Austria and one of the fastest and longest tracks of the year. Who will tame the beast in 2019? Moto2™ go racing at the slightly later time of 14:30 (GMT +1) in the UK.

Championship standings1 – Alex Marquez (SPA – Kalex) – 181

2 – Tom Lüthi (SWI – Kalex) – 138

3 – Jorge Navarro (SPA – Speed Up) – 126

4 – Augusto Fernandez (SPA – Kalex) – 121

5 – Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA – Kalex) – 115

Moot point? The Moto3™ duel lands in the UKIt’s as good as neck and neck, with Dalla Porta leading Canet by a single point. Will Silverstone break the status quo?For a good few rounds now, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) and Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) have been locked in battle for the lead of the Moto3™ World Championship, and ahead of Silverstone it’s the Italian back in the lead by a single point. Will the duel continue as we start to look towards the flyaways? Or will someone start to pull ahead soon?

Canet arrives as a previous winner at the track after he took victory in 2017 – the last time the lightweight class had a race there – but last season Dalla Porta qualified ten places higher than his key rival, on the front row, so it’s far from a duck track for him either. That could mean the stage is set for another classic and the gap could stay similarly close, although their rivals will be eager to get in the way of the see-saw at the top of the table.

Home hero John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) is one of those. The Scotsman has already shown some serious speed this season, and won a race, and he’ll be gunning for glory on home turf. The men he fought for the podium in Austria will likely be in the mix too: Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) and his teammate and eventual winner Romano Fenati, who could be an interesting equation now he’s been back on the top step. Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) needs to make up some ground in the standings, and Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) will want to consolidate his position in the top five.

In the fight for the points, Tom Booth-Amos (CIP – Green Power) will also want to add to his haul, with home turf the place to do it in a tightly-packed Moto3™ field. Tune in when the lightweight class go racing at the slightly later time of 11:20 local time (GMT +1) at the GoPro British Grand Prix to see if it remains a see-saw duel at the top of the standings.

Championship standings1 – Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA – Honda) – 155

2 – Aron Canet (SPA – KTM) – 154

3 – Tony Arbolino (ITA – Honda) – 113

4 – Niccolo Antonelli (ITA – Honda) – 105

5 – Marcos Ramirez ¡(SPA – Honda) – 89

2019 LPGA T&CP National Championship Returns to Pinehurst

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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2019 LPGA T&CP National Championship Returns to Pinehurst

Aug 20. 2019
By LPGA

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Eight players will earn spots in 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19, 2019 – For the second consecutive year, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) heads to Pinehurst, N.C., and Pinehurst No. 8 for the 32nd edition of the LPGA T&CP National Championship, to be held Aug. 26-28, 2019.

The course, designed by Tom Fazio, was constructed in 1996 and will host the championship for the fifth time in tournament history. The 2018 championship marked the first time the competition was conducted on Pinehurst No. 8 since 2008.

The LPGA T&CP National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The 54-hole, stroke-play competition has since grown to become the world’s ultimate test for women golf professionals. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,322 yards), Challenge (6,027) and Senior (50+, 5,932 yards). The field will be cut to the top 70 and ties after 36 holes.

“We are thrilled to have the championship at Pinehurst No. 8 once again,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the Teaching and Club Professionals and President of the LPGA Foundation. “We are proud that our LPGA T&CP members have the chance alongside female members of the PGA of America to contend on this historic course for a share of the $100,000 purse and the chance to compete in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.”

The top-eight finishers in the Championship division will earn exemptions into the 2020 KPMG PGA Women’s Championship, to be held June 23-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. The top five finishers in the Senior division as well as any competitors over age 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division will qualify for the 2019 Senior LPGA Championship, to be held Oct. 14-16 on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth, the 2018 T&CP national champion, will look to defend her title against a Championship division of veteran tournament players. Eiswerth defeated Jimin Kang and Seul-Ki Park last year with a birdie on the second playoff hole to win in her first championship attempt.

“I’m very excited to return to Pinehurst No. 8 in the LPGA T&CP National Championship,” said Eiswerth. “This course requires accuracy and a variety of shots from the player. It is a wonderful test of golf and I can’t wait for the opportunity to play it again next week.”

The field includes numerous former T&CP champions, including four-time winner Jean Bartholomew, three-time LPGA Tour winner Wendy Doolan and 2016 champion Lisa Grimes. Reigning Senior division champion Barbara Moxness will go for her third championship title. Ten North Carolina residents are among the field, including Pinehurst natives Sally Austin, Kelly Cap and 2018 Challenge division winner Charlaine Hirst. Donna Andrews, a six-time LPGA Tour winner, major champion and the director of golf at nearby Pine Needles Resort and Lodge, will also return to compete in the Senior division.

The tournament field represents 25 states, with Florida’s 31 competitors the most of a single state. Other notable players include Nicole Jeray (Ill.) PGA Master Professional Alison Curdt (Calif.) and Joanna Cole (Md.), the PGA Assistant Director at Baltimore Country Club.

Along with competitive play, the championship will host an LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Clinic open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 25. Professionals, amateurs and fans are also welcome to discover and try new golf equipment and products supplied by tournament sponsors and partners during on-site Demo Days on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26.

 

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