From Belgium to Dubai, New Zealand to China, our Red Bull stars have been totting up the air miles this weekend...
FORMULA ONE – CHINESE GRAND PRIX
Mark Webber gained his third fourth-place finish in a row (© Red Bull Photofiles)
While Nico Rosberg had a weekend in China he’ll never forget with his first-ever pole and debut GP win, for Mark Webber
and Sebastian Vettel
it was a series of unfortunate events. However, both admitted they were satisfied with the 22 points earned with the fourth and fifth places they respectively earned.
Starting from sixth place, Webber got off to a poor getaway and found himself, in the closing stages, in a train of cars stuck behind second-placed Kimi Raikkonen. However, the Australian managed to make his way out of the huddle and pass his team-mate to claim his third fourth place in a row behind maiden winner Nico Rosberg and the twin McLarens of Button and Hamilton.
“It was a pretty difficult race to be honest,” said Webber afterwards. “I was struggling a lot with the warm-up on the first few laps, particularly with the fronts, so we lost some positions there. I had a poor start as well, which was very frustrating. In the end, fourth is probably not the maximum, but I made a couple of mistakes as well, trying to push, running wide onto that back straight.
“Congratulations to Nico, that’s obviously the big news story of the day,” said Webber of his one-time Williams teammate. “He deserves a victory. He’s worked very hard for it."
Sebastian Vettel turned dropped down to 15th place at one point but worked his way to an impressive 5th finish (© Red Bull Photofiles)
Vettel was forced to settle for fifth but after starting 11th and dropping as far back as 15th following a bad start, the defending champion said he was pleased with the result: “I think I missed out a little on the start. I was a bit too late. I wasn’t entirely happy finding the revs and I was a bit confused,” he said. “I lost the initial bit when the lights went out. Usually I’m pretty quick but today I think I was one of the last ones. I didn’t wake up early enough.”
UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP
The second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium, was declared a major success with French rider Julien Absalon reasserting his dominance of mountain bike XCO, Canadian World Champion Catharine Pendrel claiming the victory in the Women’s XCO competition and veteran Brian Lopes beating out 154 other riders to win the first ever XCE event.
Absalon, a two-time Olympic champion, led the way in cross-country riding after a tight battle between him and Swiss Nino Schurter in a gruelling one-and-a-half-hour race. “The feeling is good but I knew I needed to attack Nino before the final lap because he is always strong at the end," said Absalon. "I attacked him during the fifth lap and I’m happy because it’s always special to win here in Houffalize.
Brian Lopes, meanwhile, proved to be untouchable from the first heat of the XCE, with the 40-year-old American qualifying fastest and carrying on in the same vein in the final. "I'm just happy. I've been training for a few months for these things,” said Lopes. “I didn't think at 40 years old that I'd be racing in the World Cup again. I've been racing BMX since I was four and a half and that's always been my specialty – getting out in front."
RED BULL X-FIGHTERS DUBAI
Levi Sherwood put on an incredible winning show at Red Bull X-Fighters Dubai (© Red Bull Photofiles)
New Zealand's Levi Sherwood
reigned victorious at the 2012 season opener of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Dubai.
Sherwood put on a brilliant performance in front of 20,000 spectators at Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence to claim his first victory since 2010. Australia's Rob Adelberg
was a surprise second, while Javier Villegas
of Chile got his first podium with third place.
"It means a lot," said Sherwood. "I didn't have much confidence coming into it.”
Javier Villegas was thrilled with his third-place finish (© Red Bull Photofiles)
Villegas, meanwhile, was thrilled to get the first podium. "After years of sacrifice, I finally made it," he said. "I'm not going to stop here. I want to be on the podium all season."
It wasn’t such a great night for Spain’s Dany Torres
and Norway's Andre Villa
, both leading title contenders, who were both knocked out in the quarter-finals, finishing eighth and fifth respectively.
Ken Roczen suffered from arm pump issues in New Orleans (© KTM Press)
Red Bull/KTM rider Ken Roczen
rounded off a good ride in the penultimate round of the AMA East Supercross Lites Series in the Louisiana Superdome New Orleans but arm pump let him slip from third to fifth in the closing stages of the race.
In the main he got away at sixth from the gate and maintained that position for the first two laps before working his way up the line-up as the race progressed. However, a few minor mistakes and with arm pump hindering his lap times forced him to slip back down the track to finish fifth at the end of the 15-lap melee.
“I’m bummed I got arm pump because I was riding really well today,” said Roczen. “We have one race left and my goal is to win it. I really like the final round in Las Vegas and I am looking forward to a great performance to end the season.”
BRITISH F3 SERIES
Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrates his win at the British Formula 3 Euro Series 2012 in Monza, Italy (Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool)
Carlos Sainz jnr.
claimed a superb victory at Monza in the Cooper Tyres British Formula 3 series. The 17-year-old Spaniard battled bad weather and looked to be in a class of his own in the Carlin Motorsports Dallara Volkswagen as he led from the front and emerged with a one-point lead in the title chase.
“The Carlin guys did a magnificent job,” said the Red Bull Junior. “It was getting dry towards the end but not too bad there was still quite a lot of wet track so we were never really in trouble with the tyres”.
Carissa Moore lost out on winning TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival's blue ribbon event by just 0.70 points (© ASP World Tour)
happily claimed second place at the TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival's blue ribbon event after losing out the world champ Stephanie Gilmore.
Stop number three of seven on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour saw Gilmore and Moore initially facing off as evenly-matched opponents, with both surfers trading excellent scores, going back and forth, finishing the 35-minute duel separated by only 0.70 points.
"I just let a couple of waves go under my priority," Moore said. "I didn't think they'd offer that much, but Steph did a really good job. You can't discount her, she's won four ASP Women's World Titles. It's nice to be up there again. I really like this event, I have a really great support team and there's a lot of love here. I'm really stoked."
Next stop is the Beachley Classic in Sydney where Stephanie, Carissa, Sally Fitzgibbons
and the other hopefuls will be competing for the biggest cash prize on the women's ASP World Tour.