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Best of the Weekend: Oct 21-22

It was a big weekend on the racing tracks of the world, while there was lots of other top-class sporting action elsewhere. Join us as we round up the Best of the Weekend.

Hamilton homes in on number four

Lewis Hamilton all but wrapped up the 2017 Formula 1 Drivers Championship with a fifth victory in his last six races in Texas at the weekend, stretching the lead to 66 points over rival Sebastian Vettel.

And despite a much-improved display and second place from the Ferrari driver around the Circuit of the Americas, the Brit now only needs to finish fifth in Mexico to confirm the inevitable and win his fourth world title. A feat that would see him draw level with Vettel on four championships.

Mercedes also finalised a fourth successive constructor’s championship win which made it an all-round superb weekend for the German team.

Marquez moves closer

On two wheels, the weekend saw another figure move closer to claiming a world championship as Marc Marquez sealed a dominant win in Australia’s MotoGP race at Phillip Island.

Marquez took full advantage of challenger Andrea Dovizioso’s mistake in qualifying, coming home first as the Italian struggled home in 13th place.

The win saw the Spaniard stretch his lead to 33 points, and with just two races to go he could clinch the title in Malaysia next weekend.

Rea records yet more WSBK wins

Jonathan Rea may have already won the WSBK world title three weeks ago, but that hasn’t seen him ease up on the throttle.

The Ulsterman continued his amazing season with wins in both races at Jerez over the weekend.

The victories helped Rea’s Kawasaki team clinch the 2017 World Superbike Manufacturers’ Championship, while Rea can set a new points record if he wins both races in Qatar early next month.

He truly is a ‘rea-cord’ breaker!

Bundesliga back in the balance

In Germany, Borussia Dortmund stayed top of the Bundesliga after surrendering a two-goal lead at Eintracht Frankfurt, but only just as champions FC Bayern Munich continued their resurgence under Jupp Heynckes.

Injury-hit Dortmund were unlucky not to claim the three points as Frankfurt keeper Lukas Hradecky and Makoto Hasebe denied Peter Bosz’s side a late winner.
Dortmund are now level with Bayern after Corentin Tolisso’s second-half goal gave the Bavarians all three points against 10-man Hamburg.

Citizens sitting pretty

In the Premier League, Manchester City continued on their winning run, dispatching a brave Burnley side 3-0 at the Etihad as Sergio Aguero equalled the club’s scoring record.

The win saw the Citizens stretch their lead to five points following Man United’s shock 2-1 reverse at promoted Huddersfield.

Jose Mourinho was scathing in his criticism of his team, which they probably deserved after a lacklustre display.

Tottenham were the other big winners of the weekend as they put Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side to the sword in a 4-1 win to finally banish their Wembley blues, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

Evergrande rule again in China

In Asian football, Guangzhou Evergrande secured a seventh successive Chinese Super League title with a big 5-1 win over Guizhou in what is Luiz Felipe Scolari’s last season in charge of the team.

Thomas triumphs in Korea

The PGA and LPGA tours continued their sweep through Asia, the PGA tour making a stop in South Korea for the CJ Cup.

It may have been a different continent, but that didn’t stop Justin Thomas from winning yet again.

The American picked up his fifth win of the calendar year after defeating Australia’s Marc Leishman in a playoff.

The 24-year old, now number three in the world rankings after a truly spectacular year, added that he was excited – to be able to finally take a rest!

Ji ends drought in Taiwan

In Taiwan, South Korea’s Ji Eun-hee broke an eight-year winning drought with an impressive six-stroke win to claim the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Ji never looked in trouble as she fired a final round 65 for a six shot win over New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, her first victory since the Women’s US Open back in 2009.

Some things are worth waiting for!

Garcia the master of Masters

On the European tour, Masters Champion Sergio Garcia earned a third win of the season at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

The Spaniard came out on top following a tight last-round battle with Joost Luiten as he won the tournament for a sixth time.

A master master-class!

Till checks out the Cowboy in Poland

UFC turned up in Poland at the weekend, and England’s Darren Till put on a show for the locals with a dominant win over veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in their welterweight fight.

Till earned his 16th straight win and 12th stoppage before calling out Mike Perry who was ringside.

Perry responded almost immediately in the positive, handily saving the UFC the time of trying to find Till his next opponent.

Double Jerez victory for Rea

Kawasaki Racing Team's Jonathan Rea won Race 2 for a double victory in the World Superbike Championship at the Circuito de Jerez on Sunday.

Joining him on the podium were the Ducati duo of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies. 

A commanding performance gave Rea maximum points as the Northern Irishman notched a double win at a venue where he had not previously had a victory before.

Rea rode the race looking confident and relaxed jumping from ninth on the grid to first place by the end of the first lap. 

He got past Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) to remain at the front from early in lap 2.

Rea crossed the line 2.7s seconds ahead of Melandri, who got the better of his teammate Davies in the final stages of the race. 

The victory gives Kawasaki the 2017 WorldSBK Manufacturers’ title.

There was a lot of action and overtaking behind the leaders with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) finishing fourth and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) fifth. 

Van der Mark ended sixth, Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) was seventh, after a good battle with former World Champion Sylvain Guintoli. 

Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) and Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) completed the top ten.

The last round of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship – the Acerbis Qatar Round – takes place from 2-4 November, under the floodlights in the desert at the Losail International Circuit.

Full Race Two results at Jerez, Spain:

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 19 laps
2. Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 2.732s
3. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 3.974s
4. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 4.624s
5. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 6.454s
6. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 10.120s
7. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati Panigale R 15.594s
8. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15.902s
9. Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 16.396s
10. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR 19.129s
11. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19.673s
12. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR 20.353s
13. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Althea BMW S1000RR 34.169s
14. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 38.627s
15. Takumi Takahashi JPN Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 45.421s
16. Riccardo Russo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10RR 45.469s
17. Davide Giugliano ITA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 1 lap
18. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 2 laps

Rea powers to maiden Jerez win

Jonathan Rea won for the first time in front of the Jerez crowd following another consistent performance in Race One of the Spanish leg of the 2017 World Superbike Championship on Saturday.

The Brit, who has already sewn up the riders’ championship after a superlative season on his Kawasaki, took advantage of a late technical issue for superpole winner Marco Melandri to notch up his 13th victory of the season.

The result goes some way to making up for for his retirement in Race Two in France last time out.

Rea controlled the early stages of the race but a flying Melandri made his move with 13 laps to left, going inside Rea on Turn 9.

Soon after, it was Chaz Davies’ turn to have a go at Rea. The Ducati Panigale R rider grabbed second place, but Rea was able to respond shortly after, re-taking his position.

It looked as though Melandri was on his way to a memorable win but a technical issue saw him retire altogether with just for laps to go, leaving Rea to take the checkered flag.

Tom Sykes put together another solid performance to finish right behind Davies, while Yamaha Rider Alex Lowes was a comfortable fourth ahead of teammate Michael van der Mark.

Race One results

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 19 laps
2. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R +1.137s
3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR +1.599s
4. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +3.652s
5. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 +7.329s
6. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10RR +11.066s
7. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 +15.235s
9. Eugene Laverty IRE Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 +16.241s
8. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati Panigale R +16.273s
10. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR +18.463s
11. Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 +21.058s
12. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR +24.869s
13. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR +25.008s
14. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 +34.028s
15. Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +34.201s
16. Takumi Takahashi JPN Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +1m
17. Riccardo Russo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2 laps

Did not finish

Davide Giugliano ITA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2
Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R
Dominic Schmitter SUI 81 HPC-Power Suzuki GSX-R1000

Melandri wins first pole position since return

Marco Melandri set a new lap record to claim pole position at the Spanish leg of the World Superbike Series on Saturday.

The Italian returned to the WSBK tour earlier this year after a hiatus from the sport and has now grabbed his first pole since his comeback.

The 35-year-old posted a sizzling 1m 38.960s on his Aruba.it Racing Ducati around the sun-baked Jerez circuit, edging riders’ championship leader Jonathan Rea by just 0.021s for his second career pole position, six years after the first.

Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes would complete the front row, three tenths behind Rea. Tom Sykes starts in the second row on his Kawasaki, followed by Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Savadori.

Chaz Davies, who won both races at Jerez last season, could not repeat that hot pace as he settled for eighth fastest in a disappointing superpole session.

Superpole results:

SP2

1. Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 1m 38.960s
2. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 1m 38.981s
3. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 1m 39.242s
4. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 1m 39.318s
5. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 39.561s
6. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 1m 39.776s
7. Eugene Laverty IRE Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 1m 39.839s
8. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 1m 39.840s
9. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR 1m 39.957s
10. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m 40.388s
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m 40.413s
12. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati Panigale R 1m 40.535s

SP1

13. Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 1m 40.842s
14. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Althea BMW S1000RR 1m 40.916s
15. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR 1m 40.992s
16. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 41.024s
17. Davide Giugliano ITA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 1m 41.326s
18. Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m 41.890s
19. Riccardo Russo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m 42.377s
20. Ayrton Badovini ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m 42.516s
21. Takumi Takahashi JPN Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 1m 42.804s
22. Dominic Schmitter SUI 81 HPC-Power Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 45.942s

Son too good for Prannoy in Denmark

Son quá vượt trội so với Prannoy tại Đan Mạch

Giant killer H.S Prannoy’s challenge at the Denmark Open came to an end on Friday, as he went down in straight games to top seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea.

Prannoy produced a big upset on Thursday by knocking out former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, but he proved no match for Son in the quarter-finals, going down 21-13, 21-18 in 44 minutes.

Son, who is the red hot favourite for the title, moves on to face countryman Lee Hyun Il, who beat Rajov OPuseph 24-22, 21-6.

The second semi-final will pit India’s Kidambi Srikanth against Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong Wing Ki, after both men secured upset victories.

Eighth seed Srikanth downed second seed and home favourite Viktor Axelsen, fighting back from a game down to secure a 14-21, 22-20, 21-7 victory.

Unseeded Vincent edged fifth seed Chou Tien Chen 22-20, 24-22 in a closely fought match.

In the women’s draw, top seed Tai Tzu Ying stayed on course for the title with a 20-22, 21-16, 21-9 victory over South Korean qualifier Kim Hyo Min.

Awaiting her in the last four is Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who advanced after upsetting third seed Sung Ji Hyun 21-13, 21-18.

The second semi-final sees fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi take on China’s Chen Yufei.

Yamaguchi bested Saina Nehwal 21-10, 21-13, wihle Chen was a 21-6, 21-14 winner over Sayaka Sato.

Chong Wei clears first hurdle in Denmark

Lee Chong Wei

World No 7 Lee Chong Wei is safely through to the second round of the Denmark Open after dispatching Spaniard Pablo Abian in straight games.

The Malaysian shuttler trailed 4-9 early in the opening game but went on an eight-point winning streak to turn the tables and take the first game.

The second game was evenly contested until Chong Wei pulled away midway through to seal a comfortable win.

Elsewhere, top seed Son Wan Ho needed three games to get past Indonesian Anthony Ginting in a thrilling clash.

Ginting narrowly edged the first game before Son recovered to take the next two for a 21-23, 21-17, 21-17 victory.

Also advancing was second seed Viktor Axelsen and fifth seed Chou Tien Chen.

There were two upset results, with fourth seed Shi Yuqi and sixth Chen Long of China both suffering surprise defeats to unseeded players.

Shi was beaten 21-19, 21-13 by Rajiv Ouseph, while Chen went down 21-19, 22-20 to South Korean Lee Hyun Il.

In the women’s draw, India’s Saina Nehwal beat Olympic champion Carolina Marin 22-20 21-18 in the pick of the first-round matches.

Others to advance included top seed Tai Tzu Ying and third seed Sung Ji Hyun, but second seed PV Sindhu was another casualty, going down 21-17, 23-21 to China’s Chen Yufei.


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