Weekend Highlights 8/9/10 September Weekend Highlights 8/9/10 September

If you’re looking for LIVE motorcycle racing, then is the place for you this weekend with three categories of bike action for your entertainment. Just two rounds remain in the FIM MXGP World Championship, and the series now heads to the Netherlands for the second time this season, at the home of Dutch two-wheeled racing, Assen. Only two competitors remain in the battle for the title, and it could be decided on the temporary sand course on the circuit’s main pit straight.

With only 100 points up for grabs from the remaining two races, Antonio Cairoli has an almost-safe margin of 96, ahead of reigning MX2 Champion and home-hero Jeffrey Herlings. The Dutchman has previously won at Assen in the lower categories, however he realistically requires Cairoli to not score again this season. Unfortunately for Herlings, you have to go back to 2015 to find the last time the Italian retired from a race. The battle for second in the standings is not quite so clear-cut, with Gautier Paulin and Clement Desalle 32 and 33 points back from Herlings respectively, the latter won on the soft Dutch sand 12 months ago and will be hoping to close the gap ahead of the final race weekend.

Alongside the MXGP, there is also LIVE Coverage of both FIM MX2 World Championship races from Assen. The battle between Pauls Jonass and Jeremy Seewer has warmed up nicely over the last few rounds as 40 points split the riders in the Latvian’s favour. Seewer will be looking to close that gap at a much faster rate in the Netherlands, with the Swiss rider looking to go one better than the runners-up spot he achieved last season.

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Even after ten years of competition, the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup continues to produce exciting future stars of track motorcycle racing. One such emerging talent this season has been Can Oncu, the Turkish rider taking the series by storm by winning both races at Assen, as well as one apiece at the Sachsenring and Brno. After being involved in the opening lap pile-up at the Red Bull Ring, Oncu’s lead has been cut to just five points by Kazuki Masaki with three races to go. The series now heads to Misano, where the winner has gone on to win the title in the previous two seasons. There will be LIVE coverage of the race from the Italian circuit that is not to be missed.

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Following a successful debut in Mexico in 2016, the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship saw the series return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The scene of a dry-wet-dry race last year, this season saw Porsche’s #2 team come in with a 30-point lead over Toyota’s #8 crew, after winning at both the Nurburgring and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Jackie Chan DC Racing led in LMP2 following three wins and a third in the first four races, while in the production-based ranks Ford’s Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell were in top-spot in the pro class, and in GTE-Am Dempsey Proton Racing headed the field. After mixed conditions 12 months ago, would Porsche be able to replicate their victory, or could Toyota bounce back after two tough races? Find out in our highlights of the six hours.

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With the Formula One circus heading to Monza, so too does the Porsche Supercup for the penultimate meeting of the season. For the early part of the campaign, Michael Ammermuller has held a strong lead over the rest of the field, however at Spa it was Dennis Olsen who took a dominant double win, closing the gap to eight points. The Norwegian Porsche junior will be looking to close that gap further on the high-speed Monza circuit, whilst also hoping to wrap up the rookies cup. Catch-up with all the action by following our highlights from the ‘Temple of Speed’.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to more familiar surroundings as they head back to an oval circuit, but this time it’s the championship’s unique egg-shaped oval at Darlington. Whilst the intra-JR Motorsports battle between Elliot Sadler and William Byron rages on, the field sees a number of regular NASCAR Cup drivers adding the Xfinity race to their weekend’s action, with Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano some of the additional names on the entry list. Join us on Saturday for full highlights of the Southern 500.

To cap off the weekend, we have highlights from the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship. The series’ Pacific Cup consists of a round in New Zealand, at the northern territory of Whangarei, whilst the Australian round comes from the capital city of Canberra. Having helped the likes of Hayden Paddon and Chris Atkinson break in to the WRC, the next generation of Asian and Antipodean drivers will be looking to follow them on to the world stage. With a larger influx of international talent taking part in the 2017 season, rallies have seen closer finishing margins than ever before.

Friday 8th September

08:45 - FIA World Endurance Championship, Rd 5, Mexico
18:55 - The Flying Lap, Ep 22
20:00 - Mobil 1 – The Grid, Ep 15
21:00 - FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, Rd 1+2, New Zealand & Australia
01:40 - FIA World Endurance Championship, Rd 5, Mexico

Saturday 9th September

11:40 - VW Fun Cup, Rd 4, Snetterton
12:10 - British Mini Challenge, Rd 7, Oulton Park
15:25 - LIVE Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, Rd 6, Misano (Race 1)
18:20 - Porsche Supercup, Rd 9, Monza
22:05 - FIA World Endurance Championship, Rd 5, Mexico

Sunday 10th September

07:00 - FIA World Endurance Championship, Rd 5, Mexico
11:00 - NASCAR Xfinity Series, Rd 24, Darlington
12:00 - LIVE FIM MX2 World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 1)
13:00 - LIVE FIM MXGP World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 1)
14:05 - Delayed-as-Live Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, Rd 6, Misano (Race 2)
15:00 - LIVE FIM MX2 World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 2)
16:00 - LIVE FIM MXGP World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 2)
22:05 - FIM MXGP World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 1)
23:05 - FIM MXGP World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 2)
00:10 - FIM MX2 World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 1)
01:10 - FIM MX2 World Championship, Rd 18, Assen (Race 2)
03:10 - FIA World Endurance Championship, Rd 5, Mexicournalistes-en.html