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World Superbike: Alvaro Bautista makes Ducati testing return

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It was introduced again in August that Bautista could be reuniting with Ducati, the place he made his WSBK debut, for 2022, placing an finish to a two-year relationship with Honda within the course of.

Following final weekend’s last spherical of the season in Indonesia, Bautista was again in motion on Wednesday for his first style of the V4 R Panigale because the 2019 season-closer in Qatar.

The 2-day check continues on Thursday, with Bautista being joined on observe by Ducati World Supersport signing Nicolo Bulega aboard the Italian marque’s all-new V2 Panigale.

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Bautista took the WSBK scene by storm in 2019 when he first made the change from MotoGP, successful the primary 11 races of the season earlier than Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea steadily turned the championship tide.

The Spaniard ended up a distant second within the standings that yr with 16 wins to his credit score earlier than an arduous two-year stint at Honda that yielded a mere three visits to the rostrum and a finest championship putting of ninth in 2020.

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Bautista concluded his tenure with the Japanese marque with a Tenth-place end within the second race on the all-new Mandalika venue final weekend, leaving him in the identical place within the standings.

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Honda will run an all-rookie line-up comprising Spanish rookies Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge in 2022.

Redding set for first BMW check in December

The rider Bautista replaces at Ducati for 2022, Scott Redding, expects to get his first expertise with the BMW M1000RR he might be using subsequent yr subsequent month.

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BMW crew boss Shaun Muir advised chatting with Eurosport that the check would happen in Estoril, with one other check following at Jerez that might additionally contain Bonovo BMW riders Loris Baz and Eugene Laverty.

“It’s necessary for me to hold up the Ducati leathers, placed on the brand new go well with and go and check the brand new bike,” mentioned Redding in Indonesia. “I need to perceive. I don’t need to go into the low season pondering, ‘okay, what does it really feel like?’

“I need to have some days using simple to grasp, then push a few days and see what we have to enhance, however not less than give me the sensation to go away and prepare with a very good focus.”

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The beer that helped Holdsworth win the Bathurst 1000

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The likeable 38-year-old achieved a lifelong dream on Sunday night when, after 18 begins, he lastly conquered the Mountain.

He and Chaz Mostert mixed for a devastating Bathurst 1000 win aboard the lead Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden, the pair untouchable throughout the 161-lap journey.

The near-flawless outing was a very long time coming for Holdsworth, who had little or no in the way in which of fine fortune at Mount Panorama within the early a part of his profession.

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He failed to complete his first two Bathurst 1000s in 2004 and 2005 and was final of there categorised finishers in 2006.

Two extra DNFs adopted in 2007 and 2008 whereas appearances within the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2008 and 2009 additionally yielded DNFs.

The 2009 Bathurst 12 Hour failure, which got here when the Holden Astra he was sharing with brother Brett Holdsworth, father Glen Holdsworth and Taz Douglas crashed out of the race, prompted the then-Garry Rogers Motorsport driver to make peace with Mount Panorama.

He did so by heading to the highest throughout the second half of the race and pouring some beer into an entire dug into the Mountain soil.

“I assumed, ‘this place has acquired one thing in opposition to me, as a result of there’s at all times one thing that places me out of the race,” Holdsworth advised the Parked Up podcast this week.

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“Whether or not its an engine or a co-driver or… there was simply so many issues that harm my likelihood of a end result there.

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“I assumed, ‘I’ve acquired to make peace with the Mountain’. So I went as much as the highest, I took a beer up with me, dug a little bit gap and prayed to the Mountain.

“I mentioned, ‘please, let’s be mates any longer. We are able to do that’. Then I had a little bit of beer, mentioned, ‘cheers’ to the Mountain, gave him a little bit sip and away I went.

“13 or so years later he is lastly forgiven me. I assume possibly that beer has lastly seeped all the way in which to the underside of the Mountain now.

“I am not a non secular type of individual, but when there’s wherever the place you are feeling the necessity to communicate to the Mountain or the bottom, it is [Mount Panorama].

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“You are feeling like there’s Mountain Gods they usually’ve determined the race win earlier than you’ve got even acquired there. It is fairly particular for them to decide on myself and Chaz this yr.”

Holdsworth’s Bathurst triumph got here in his first yr exterior of a full-time seat, his keep at Tickford Racing having come to an sudden finish in 2020.

With a Bathurst 1000 win now ticked off his bucket checklist, Holdsworth says he is open to a full-time return if the chance presents itself.

“I believe we’ve ticked this one off the checklist now,” he mentioned. “I wouldn’t thoughts getting again into full-time driving however clearly [I] realise I’m on the finish of my profession.

“I’d love to leap in a full-time seat subsequent yr however I wouldn’t be holding my breath.”

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Because it stands there is just one unresolved seat on the 2022 Supercars grid – the #7 at Kelly Grove Racing.

Matt Payne was the favorite for that seat, nevertheless {the teenager} is now regarded as most unlikely to be given a Superlicence dispensation from Motorsport Australia.

Meaning KGR is about to wish to place somebody on a single-year deal whereas Payne beneficial properties expertise in Super2.

Zane Goddard has been rumoured to be in competition for the drive, whereas Holdsworth may be a neat possibility for the Ford staff.

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The ten closest finishes from the 2021 NASCAR season

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10. Austin Cindric vs. Brett Moffitt – Daytona Xfinity – 0.104s

Cindric began his title protection on the appropriate foot with a win within the season-opener at Daytona, controlling the ultimate few laps of the race and denying Moffitt his first victory within the Xfinity Collection.

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9. Brad Keselowski vs. William Byron – Talladega Cup – 0.102s 

Keselowski’s final victory as a Crew Penske driver. At Talladega, he beat Byron to the checkered flag for his thirty fifth profession win and what would finally be his ultimate behind the wheel of the No. 2 machine earlier than changing into a co-owner/driver at Roush Keselowski Fenway Racing.

8. Myatt Snider vs. Brandon Jones – Homestead Xfinity – 0.085s

Snider earned his first profession NXS victory early within the 2021 season, main simply 5 laps after a troublesome back-and-forth battle for the race lead at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

7. A.J. Allmendinger vs. Austin Cindric – Bristol Xfinity – 0.082s

One of the crucial dramatic finishes of the yr got here within the NASCAR Xfinity Collection common season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway. Three-wide, door-slamming chaos ensued on the half-mile brief observe, culminating in a photograph end and large crash simply after the checkered flag. Allmendinger’s race-winning automotive even needed to be towed again to Victory Lane.

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6. Ryan Blaney vs. William Byron – Michigan Cup – 0.077s 

The closest end of the NASCAR Cup Collection season got here at considered one of its greatest tracks with Ryan Blaney holding off William Byron. Blaney took the highest spot for the primary time on a Lap 193/200 restart and didn’t look again, main the ultimate eight laps as fellow younger gun Byron tried and failed to seek out his manner again into the lead.

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5. Noah Gragson vs. Austin Cindric – Martinsville Xfinity – 0.064s

Gragson secured his place within the Championship 4 with this spectacular victory at Martinsville after main over half the race. The win was the fifth of his NXS profession, holding off 2020 collection champion Cindric within the battle to the road. He would go on to put third within the ultimate factors standings.

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4. Tate Fogleman vs Tyler Hill – Talladega Vehicles – 0.052s

After sending John-Hunter Nemechek spinning, it was a conflict of the underdogs as Fogleman beat doorways with Hill to the road and successful for the very first time in his temporary profession. It was a career-best outcome for Hill as properly, and the primary time both driver had completed contained in the top-five.

3. Ben Rhodes vs. Jordan Anderson – Daytona Vehicles – 0.036s

The eventual 2021 CWTS champion began off the yr with a victory within the season-opener, denying each Jordan Anderson and Cory Roper what might have been their first journey to Victory Lane. Rhodes would later bookend the yr by additionally successful the finale and taking the Truck Collection championship.

2. Daniel Hemric vs. Austin Cindric – Phoenix Xfinity – 0.030s

In a climatic NXS championship finale, Hemric and Cindric traded paint exited the final nook. Hemric prevailed, capturing his first ever win after going winless in his first 119 begins. They slammed fenders not only for the win although, however the title as properly. Hemric would get to have a good time each his first profession and the title on the identical night time in one of the memorable season finales in latest historical past.

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1. Justin Haley vs. A.J. Allmendinger – Daytona Xfinity 0.023s

In a Kaulig Racing 1-2, Haley narrowly beat out his teammate for the closest end of the 2021 season, coming within the NXS playoff race at Daytona. The win was the fourth of Haley’s NXS profession, all coming at superspeedways.

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NBC and Paul Tracy go their separate methods

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The 2003 Champ Automotive title winner’s commentary function was appearing as analyst together with fellow ex-IndyCar racer Townsend Bell, alongside host Leigh Diffey. The trio was famend for its chemistry and enthusiasm, even when Diffey performed satan’s advocate and enticed Tracy and Bell to provide you with opposing views.

With 31 wins to his identify throughout his 1992-2011 Indy automotive racing profession, Tracy’s opinions carried weight, even when being intentionally mischievous and/or provocative.

Nevertheless, the Canadian who turns 53 subsequent month, noticed his NBC commitments diminished in 2021, and he has now been dropped altogether.

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Tracy introduced his departure from the community through Instagram at present, stating: “Life is filled with change, once I was a race driver I by no means thought in one million years I’d be a television commentator. It’s been 8 nice years with some nice pals like @TownsendBell, @LeighDiffey, Kevin Lee, @KelliStavast. However we’ve determined to maneuver on and go in several instructions in racing. Thanks @IndyCaronNBC for the time and studying expertise. To all my followers don’t fear I’ve heaps on my quick future to maintain you entertained with driving and future television stuff.”

Tracy competed this 12 months within the inaugural season of the Tony Stewart / Ray Evernham-devised Tenting World SRX Sequence.

In the meantime compatriot James Hinchcliffe is hotly tipped to change into a part of the IndyCar commentary group in 2022, given his eloquence and up to date expertise, though the six-time IndyCar race-winner is simply 35 and is believed to be nonetheless looking for a drive.

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