In front of over 15,000 fans, FMX riders Nick Franklin (New Zealand), Nick De Wit (South Africa) and Martin Koren (Czech Republic) performed spectacular tricks with jumps of more than 15 meters in height. Freestyle Motocross tricks left the audience astonished after the three riders showed off their courage and skills on the motorcycle. “In this sport your head plays a very important role. The psychological factor is what gives you the confidence to jump. However, people of Talcahuano encourage us to give them an awesome show and of course have an amazing time”, added De Wit.

Over the years, this variety of traditional Motocross impacts motorsports fans all over the world. The Red Bull X-Fighters World Series is the most important competition that unites the best FMX exponents to show their creativity and talent in different amazing locations. Although not every country can receive the World Tour, the best FMX riders travel through different countries showing their tricks and jumps through the air to thousand of exited people in the Red Bull X-Fighters Jams.

“This is our first time in Chile and we are very happy to finally be here to show people at Talcahuano a show like this” said Nick Franklin.

“Definitely a great day at Talcahuano where we gave the audience a time of real fun, specially after all they suffer with the Tsunami a few years ago”, assured Martin Koren after finishing the event, where the three riders proudly showed the best of their tricks wearing the Official Chilean Soccer Team shirt as a tribute to the local audience.

Source: Red Bull Content Pool

Toyota Owners 400

It was so, so close. Only five laps separated Juan Pablo Montoya from his first oval win in NASCAR. It was yesterday, at Richmond International Raceway, host of the Toyota Owners 400 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Using a brilliant strategy, Montoya was able to claim the lead with 68 laps to go. Montoya pitted before than most of the drivers, who then did during a caution, allowing JPM to jump in front. He had a great car, riding in the Top 5 for most of the day, so he was able to keep and expand his lead over the field, until a caution appeared with five laps to go for the wrecked car of Brian Vickers. Then it was up to the drivers and crews decide if they wanted to pit for tires for the final two laps, which Montoya thought it was a good idea. After the pitstops, Juan Pablo was sixth and far from the lead. It was going to be tough. He finally claimed fourth place with his Chevrolet. Kevin Harvick won the race.

“My car launched, and I was able to drive it in the first corner and hope for the best down there,” said Harvick, who had a great restart that allowed him to pass rivals and jump in to the lead.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next race is Sunday May 5, at Talladega, Alabama.

 

Results – Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

  1. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet #29, Richard Childress Racing)
  2. Clint Bowyer (Toyota #15, Michael Waltrip Racing)
  3. Joey Logano (Ford #22, Penske Racing)
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya (Chevrolet #42, Chip Ganassi Racing)
  5. Jeff Burton (Chevrolet #31, Richard Childress Racing)
  6. Carl Edwards (Ford #99, Roush Fenway Racing)
  7. Matt Kenseth (Toyota #20, Joe Gibbs Racing)
  8. Aric Almirola (Ford #43, Richard Petty Motorsports)
  9. Kurt Busch (Chevrolet #78, Furniture Row Racing)
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Chevrolet #88, Hendrick Motorsports)

Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR

April 28, 2013 NASCAR

Francisco Chaleco Lopez 01

A good finish had chilean rider Francisco “Chaleco” López in Qatar, as he won the final stage of the rally and closed in a fourth place in the overall standings. After 1500 kilometers of desert and tough navigation, López was able to have his first check on the new KTM bike, now with factory support. His objectives in this rally were to complete the biggest amount of kilometers of race in a fast pace. He was able to do it, while finishing only 8 minutes back from Marc Coma, the winner of the rally. Coma won the Sealine Rally with only 4 seconds of advantage over Paulo Goncalves, in an exciting finish for the race.

“The Sealine Rally in Qatar is over, it was quite positive and overall I am very happy with my performance. I won two stages of four, I could test the bike we will use in the next Dakar, I resumed the activity and I believe it was right to come to this rally. It was all good. The factory team received me in excellent way, gave me the best material, all the support and as a rider, I was up to the challenge” said Chaleco López in spanish as taken by Racing5.

Next on Chaleco’s schedule is the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, to be held in June.

Overall Results – Qatar

  1. Coma-Camps (ESP, KTM) 14:33:19
  2. Goncalves (PRT, Speedbrain) +00:00:04
  3. Przygonski (POL, KTM) +00:03:16
  4. Lopez (CHL, KTM) +00:07:45
  5. Salvatierra (BOL, Honda) +01:37:05

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

April 28, 2013 Off-Road

Francisco Chaleco Lopez Dakar 2013

Chilean rider Francisco “Chaleco” López took victory in the second stage of the Sealine Rally in Qatar. “Chaleco” had a perfect day riding in the desert, performing with excellent navigation in order to cut Marc Coma’s lead in about 4 minutes. Coma, overall leader of the rally, had a more difficult day in Qatar’s desert as he finished the day in fifth place and his advantage in the overall standings was cut into 2 seconds over Paulo Goncalves from Speedbrain. Both Coma and López ride for the KTM factory team.

“It was a tough day, a stage very similar to those of the Dakar, and we won it, but the truth was that we didn’t come out to win, the goal was to use the 400 miles to get a perfect setup with the bike. I am very happy, I feel confident and strong on the bike and I have the pace to be up front” said López as cited by Racing5.

In the car category, Jean Louis Schlesser won the stage and increased his advantage on his followers, Kryzstof Holowczyc and Nunzio Coffaro. Nasser Al-Attiyah  had to retire from the rally after hitting a rock, which left him with a punctured oil filter.

 

Stage 2
1. Lopez (CHL, KTM) 4:46:23
2. Przygonski (POL, KTM) +00:01:39
3. Ullevalseter (NOR, KTM) +00:03:45
4. Goncalves (PRT, Speedbrain) +00:05:38
5. Coma-Camps (ESP, KTM) +00:07:35

Overall
1. Coma-Camps (ESP, KTM) 9:52:44
2. Goncalves (PRT, Speedbrain) +00:00:03
3. Przygonski (POL, KTM) +00:00:06
4. Ullevalseter (NOR, KTM) +00:00:14
5. Lopez (CHL, KTM) +00:04:26

 

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool – Archives

 

April 24, 2013 Off-Road

Francisco Chaleco Lopez Dakar Stage 02

Spaniard Marc Coma won the first stage of the Sealine Rally in Qatar. Coma had a solid stage, finishing the 415 kilometers in 4 hours and 58 minutes, 2 minutes faster than portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves. Coma, KTM Factory Rider like chilean Francisco “Chaleco” López, just won the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in Dubai, first round of the FIM Cross Country World Championship. The Sealine Rally is the second round of this championship for bikes.

I am happy with the stage and I’m in a good position but it was a tough day with difficult navigation and it was necessary to stay focused. I had a good starting position and after I caught the riders in front I was able to open the race. It was perfect.” said the winner Coma who added that “I’m pleased with my riding. My navigation is strong, my speed is good and I know my fitness will be fine. I will try to win again like last year. I feel that there’s a perfect route for a perfect race here.

“Chaleco” López was fifth, 12 minutes and 4 seconds behind Coma, in a trouble-free stage. It’s the first outing of López with KTM Factory Racing after the deal was signed in March. López finished behind his teammate Coma, Goncalves, Pal Anders Ullevalseter and Jakub Przygonski.

In the car category, the winner was Jean Louis Schlesser.

Results – Bikes

  1. Marc Coma, KTM 4:58.46
  2. Paolo Goncalves, Speedbrain a 2.04
  3. Pal Anders Ullevalseter, KTM a 4.00
  4. Jakub Przygonski,  KTM a 6.02
  5. Chaleco Lopez,  KTM a 12.01
  6. Juan Carlos Salvatierra,  Honda a 31.15
  7. Khalid Khammis Ozair, Honda, a 50.47
  8. Mohammed Al Balooshi, KTM, a 52.07

 

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool – Archives

April 23, 2013 Off-Road

Sebastian Saavedra Long Beach

It wasn’t the best day for Sebastián Saavedra and Ernesto José Viso in the Streets of Long Beach, as they both retired following accidents during the race. Saavedra had a short-lived race as he wrecked in Lap 2 after trying a very optimistic overtake over Simona de Silvestro that led him to miss his braking point and crashing with a pile of tyres and with the wall, destroying the Dallara Chevrolet.  Saavedra was classified 26° and last.

Viso had the opportunity to crack the Top 10  and was looking to have a great finish but was an innocent victim of an accident involving James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan. Hinchcliffe touched Viso and caused big damage to his car, that had to be repaired losing several laps and then leading to a retirement. Viso was classified 22°, 27 laps back.

The race was won by Takuma Sato, who becomes the first japanese driver to win in IndyCar and gives his team, AJ Foyt Racing, its first win since 2002.

Results

  1. Takuma Sato
  2. Graham Rahal
  3. Justin Wilson
  4. Dario Franchitti
  5. JR Hildebrand
  6. Oriol Servia
  7. Marco Andretti
  8. Simon Pagenaud
  9. Simona de Silvestro
  10. Helio Castroneves

Photo: IndyCar Media – Cote

April 23, 2013 IndyCar

Spaniard Dany Torres won the second round of Red Bull X-Fighters held at Dubai, with the magnificent background of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on Earth with 828 meters. Levi Sherwood from Britain and Thomas Pages from France completed the podium. Check out the sickest tricks from these rockstars in this video from Racing5.

Podio-Vicente-Bas

Chilean youngster Vicente Bas earned his first big result in the Panam GP Series, as he got his first podium in the inaugural race at Homestead Miami Speedway. Bas only has 14 years and its on his second year of Panam GP after racing in the last rounds in 2012 with his older brother Jorge. Both and chilean Abel Alonso are part of the Panama Jack TCR team. Jorge got a 5th position in the first round in Florida and Abel grabbed a 6th position in his second Panam GP Series race.

The winner of the event was mexican driver Rudy Camarillo. Second finished Sebastián Ordoñez.

“It was a heavily contested race, I was fifth at the start and in the second round and was fourth. There was a safety car due to an accident involving the leaders, and I jumped to second behind Rudy Camarillo and then  Sebastian Ordonez was able to go by me. The race was fought and highly entertaining ” said Vicente Bas, without doubt the star of the race in Homestead.

Results

  1. 60 Rudy Camarillo
  2. 8 Sebastián Ordoñez
  3. 22 Vicente Bas
  4. 4 Máximo Cortéz
  5. 20 Jorge Bas
  6. 21 Abel Alonso
  7. 30 Santiago Creel
  8. 7 Kevin Hernandez
  9. 3 Jesús David Martínez
  10. 99 Pablo Sánchez
  11. 5 Giancarlo Vecchi Jr.
  12. 23 Juan Carlos González

April 10, 2013 Panam GP Series

2013 IndyCar Barber Testing Test

Venezuelan Ernesto José Viso salvaged a 12th place finish in the Honda Indy Alabama raced at the Barber Motorsports Park. Viso had a tough start from the 16th position and going backwards on the first laps of the race, but with a solid rhythm and overtaking maneuvers, he was able to get some spots back and finish 12th, result that allows him to stay in the Top 10 in the point standings. The race was won by Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2012 IndyCar champion. The podium was completed by Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves.

Sebastián Saavedra had a tough race after starting 9th and making good progress in the first laps. He had some issues in the pits and fell back to the 20th position in the end.

Championship leader James Hinchcliffe had to abandon after a crash in the first lap of the race. New points leader is Helio Castroneves from Penske Racing. Both races have been won by Andretti Autosport drivers.

Full report (in spanish) at Racing5.

April 10, 2013 IndyCar