Some good and some bad news from this weekends motorsport.
I’ll start with the bad, IRL (Indy Racing League) had a bad start to the season, losing Paul Dana in a crash on Sunday morning during practice. The crash happened on the exit of turn 2 where Dana unfortunately crashed into the back of the already demolished Ed Carpenter car. My thoughts go out to all of his loved ones.
On a more positive view the MotoGP season kicked off in fine form. The opening race finished with Ducati and Capirossi taking the top step followed by little Dani Pedrosa second, and the American Nicky Hayden on the third step. Where was Rossi? he was unfortunately tagged by Ellias at the first corner and ended up 14th after starting the race over a minute down on the leaders, with a damaged Yamaha. It should make for an interesting season!
The WRC headed for the sun of Spain as well (the MotoGP was also held in Spain). This season sees the battle between Loeb and Gronholm intensify, and now that Gronholm has a car to back him up it looks like it will be interesting. Both of the works Ford’s suffered Turbo failures on day 1 and dropped Gronholm and Hirvonen back in the times, Gronholm did well to battle through the remaining 10 stages with 7 of them being stage win’s. Well done to the Skoda drivers with 3 of the 4 cars finishing in the top 10.