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MotoGP 2019: Valentino Rossi, retirement, Yamaha

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The father of Valentino Rossi has defended his son as the Yamaha veteran toils through a dismal 2019 campaign.

Rossi, who turned 40 in February, has managed two podiums so far this season, but his 2019 charge was brought to a screaming halt following consecutive accidents at Mugello, Barcelona and Assen.

While just five points behind factory teammate Maverick Vinales in the standings, Rossi’s dreams of a tenth world title have already been quashed as Marc Marquez sprints towards a sixth premier class crown.

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Supercars 2020 grid, Supercars news, Matt Stone Racing, Supercars driver share

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Matt Stone Racing has confirmed young guns Zane Goddard and Jake Kostecki will share the second seat at the expanding Holden team for the 2020 season.

In an historic move, MSR will split an entry between two drivers with Goddard and Kostecki to run selected single events before teaming up for the 2020 enduros.

MSR has dubbed the initiative ‘SuperLite’ with Super2 driver Goddard to be the first of the duo to race the #34 entry at the season-opening Superloop Adelaide 500.

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Hamilton Rossi swap, F1 news 2019, MotoGP news 2019, Lewis Hamilton, Valentino Rossi

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Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi have completed their historic ride swap at Valencia.

On Wednesday at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Rossi took to Mercedes’ championship-winning W08 from 2017, while Hamilton rode the 2019 Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 which was used by the Italian in the 2019 season finale at the same venue.

Acting as mentors to each other, both Hamilton and Rossi – who combine for 15 world titles – were on track at the same time at times. They also cut laps of their own as they got used to the new machinery – two wheels for Hamilton, and four wheels for Rossi.

Rossi (L) gives Hamilton advice. Picture: @MonsterEnergy
Rossi (L) gives Hamilton advice. Picture: @MonsterEnergySource: Supplied

By day’s end, Rossi was just 1.5s off Hamilton’s lap in the same Mercedes car. Hamilton was four seconds slower than Rossi on the bike.

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Supercars 2020 grid, Kelly Racing livery, Supercars news, Andre Heimgartner, NED Whiskey

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Kelly Racing has taken the covers off the first 2020 livery – and the team’s new Mustang – ahead of its switch to a two-car outfit from next season.

Following six seasons running Nissan Altimas – five of which were spent with factory support – the Kelly squad confirmed after Bathurst it would downsize from four cars to two from 2020, with the Ford Mustang the new weapon of choice.

On Thursday, the Braeside squad announced NED Whisky as a new naming rights partner, forming the NED Racing Team with Andre Heimgartner at the wheel. NED Whisky joins Castrol as the team’s major naming rights sponsor from 2020.

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