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(Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
Twenty-six-year-old Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team) won his sixth MotoGP world title - and his fourth in a row - after victory in Thailand on Sunday. Marquez, who was taken to the hospital after a crash in practice at the Chang circuit in Buriram, clinched his latest crown with four races left in the season. The Spaniard had to win at least two points more than closest rival Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Ducati Team) - and did so as the Italian finished fourth. Fabio Quartararo (No. 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT) was second, and Maverick Vinales (No. 12 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) finished third. Frenchman (and pole-qualifier) Quartararo passed Marquez on the last corner of the the final lap in a scintillating battle - but Marquez was still able to retake the lead for his 53rd MotoGP race win in his 201st start. "I was planning the weekend to win the race and not think about the championship," said Marquez. "My target was to find the best way to win the race, and that's what I did. "Amazing year. All the team did an amazing job. Now it's time to enjoy and celebrate the title." The next race will take place in Japan on 20 October. (Thanks to BBC Sport) Watch video highlights here.
 (Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
Marc Marquez won his sixth MotoGP World Championship and fourth in a row, at 26-years-old. Just an incredible talent.
 
(Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
Sensational rookie Fabio Quartararo (No. 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT) gave Marc Marquez all he could handle - again.

Editor-In-Chief's Note: We hope you are enjoying the superb photography and insider's perspective of MotoGP racing by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore. MotoGP has become my personal favorite form of motorsport, and to have someone with Whit's talent share his visual art and deep knowledge of MotoGP is truly special for us, and we really appreciate it. By the way, you may recognize Whit's last name; Bazemore began making a living from drag racing when he was sixteen years old, and he is a two-time U.S. Nationals winner and still the fifth-fastest Funny Car driver ever at 333.25 MPH. -PMD 
(NASCAR Media)
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) celebrated his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in two years Sunday at Dover International Speedway, winning the Drydene 400 by a convincing 1.578-second lead over Martin Truex Jr. and securing himself and his Chip Ganassi Racing team their first-ever berth in the upcoming Round of 8. “After the first stage, I kind of changed my driving style up and I felt like I made the car better at the same time, and it really benefited our long runs,’’ said Larson, who led 154 laps en route to his sixth career win and first playoff victory. “That’s as good as I’ve ever been around cutting the bottom here. Just a great combination here. Good to be fast in practice and then be good again in the race and get the win.” “This is unbelievable,’’ he continued, motioning toward the track’s front grandstands in gratitude. “I’ve always wanted to win a Cup race here. I’ve been close a number of times, so to get a Golden Monster (trophy) is going to be pretty sweet.’’ Larson and Truex’s fellow playoff contenders, Alex Bowman (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), rounded out the top five. Regular-season champion Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), who started lowest on the grid of the twelve playoff drivers in 18th, rallied from an early-race pit-road penalty to finish sixth. A 500-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway is up next. (Thanks to NASCAR Media)
(Trans Am by Pirelli)
Adam Andretti (No. 44 SRI Performance/ECC/Anchor Bolt Screw Dodge Challenger) delivered on his post-qualifying promise to be respectful of Ernie Francis Jr. and Chris Dyson’s championship fight, but still managed to move himself into the lead and win the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli 100-mile feature at Circuit of The Americas. Driving the same Pancho Weaver-built car that Boris Said drove to Trans Am victory just two weeks ago, Andretti reeled off a series of fast laps late in the race, closing nearly an eight-second gap in an all-green race. The drive secured his first win at CoTA since 2015 and his maiden victory in the TA class. In a race-long battle for position, all three major manufacturers were represented on the podium as Chris Dyson (No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang) was second, and Tomy Drissi (No. 8 Lucas Oil Slick Mist/ Axalta Chevrolet Camaro) finished third. “This race was for my wife and brother John,” said a teary-eyed Andretti. “There was a lot of good stuff going on this weekend, a lot of good vibes, all the people who support us made this possible, without you, none of this is possible." Battling extreme heat and handling issues, Dyson kept his championship hopes alive with a second-place finish. “We were hoping to capitalize today after Ernie (Francis) had some troubles to get a win out of it, but we had some issues with the car and it’s been a frustrating season in that respect,” said Dyson. “I personally got as much as I could out of the car today. I was just glad to get to the end and try to win it all at Daytona.” Drissi started on the outside of Row 2. Entering Turn 1, he and Amy Ruman (No. 23 McNichols Co. Chevrolet Corvette) made , sending the pair spinning. Both were able to continue but Drissi lost precious ground on the leaders, falling back to ninth. Drissi charged hard lap after lap, until he was finally able to overtake Francis Jr. with five laps left in the race for the last podium spot. (Thanks to Trans Am Media.)
(VW)
Tanner Foust (
No.34 Andretti Autosport Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle R) did everything he needed to at the final round of the 2019 Americas Rallycross Series at Mid-Ohio, wrapping up his first ARX championship title after the fourth qualifying race. Foust was fast from the first practice at Mid-Ohio, dominating the first two qualifying rounds, but suffered a penalty for with Steve Arpin’s Ford in his Q3 Heat race, which put him on the back-foot for the next round of qualifying. Still, a finish was all that was needed to take the title, while teammate Cabot Bigham led the way with a first-place finish in their Q4 Heat. Coverage of the ARX of Mid-Ohio round will air on CBS Sports on Wednesday, October 9th at 9:00 PM (ET).
(Chevrolet)
Chevrolet's first mid-engine GTLM race car - the Corvette C8.R - made its surprise debut alongside the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible at the Kennedy Space Center today (10/2). “The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray. It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.” Since 1999, Corvette Racing has won 107 races – the most of any professional sports car team in North America - including 13 Team championships and 12 Driver and Manufacturer titles. In 2015, Corvette Racing became the first sports car team in fifteen years to win endurance racing’s Triple Crown - victories at The Daytona 24 Hours, Twelve Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans - in the same season. The No. 4 Corvette C8.R will be presented in a new silver livery, which is inspired by the color of iconic Corvette concepts such as the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and the 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer. This car also features yellow accents. The No. 3 Corvette C8.R will be presented iCorvette Racing's traditional yellow livery with silver accents that continues the lineage of the successful GTLM racing Corvettes of the past 20 years. The new C8.R will make its racing debut at the Daytona 24 Hours.

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