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Japanese MotoGP, Jack Miller, Motegi race, result, video

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Jack Miller was left “disappointed” in Motegi as he faded late from podium contention at the Japanese Grand Prix, and was left fighting in “survival mode”.

Starting sixth, Miller was third midway through the opening lap before slotting in behind Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Petronas Yamaha SRT duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.

Miller quickly cleared Morbideilli on Lap 3 to make a push towards a fourth podium of the season.

For so long, it seemed as though Miller was living up to pre-race predictions of a podium at the Twin Ring Motegi, having been consistent on the same soft rear in dry Friday practice.

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F1, news 2019: Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, new driver, future, latest

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Nico Hulkenberg insists he’s not retiring from Formula 1 but is resigned to losing his place on the grid next year, with the German opening up to Sky F1’s Martin Brundle about his “sad” departure and future ambitions.

Hulkenberg, a highly-rated driver with 10 years of experience in the sport, will be replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault in F1 2020 as his partnership with Aussie Daniel Ricciardo is broken up.

Ricciardo outperformed Hulkenberg in his debut season with the French outfit and sits four places above his stablemate in the drivers’ championship, prompting Renault to drop the F1 veteran.

Although Hulkenberg was initially confident of securing his stay, his options have fallen away in recent months and there is now only one unconfirmed seat, at Williams.

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Supercars Newcastle, Newcastle 500, practice 2 results, timing, Jamie Whincup

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Jamie Whincup and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team have combined to land the first blow on the streets of Newcastle, with the seven-time champion ousting Cameron Waters and teammate Shane van Gisbergen in a hotly-contested Practice 2.

Whincup launched to P1 late in the 30-minute session to set a session-best 1:10.3173s – but Waters’ #5 Monster Energy Mustang was just 0.0057s down the road, with van Gisbergen a further 0.0549s down.

The top eight were separated by a scant 0.1301s, with Practice 1 fast man Scott McLaughlin fourth in the session, just 0.0666s down on Whincup’s lap.

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Scott Pye, Supercars Newcastle 2019, Supercars 2019, Supercars news, Newcastle 500

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Scott Pye has been ruled out of Friday’s second practice session at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 after he was hospitalised due to illness.

The 29-year-old was hit with a bout of gastro overnight, but he managed to get through the opening practice session. However, his condition deteriorated following the morning’s 30-minute hitout.

He was replaced in the #2 Walkinshaw Andretti United ZB Commodore by co-driver Warren Luff for the second practice session, which commenced over three hours after Practice 1 ended.

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