RaceFans Round-up: Ecclestone nearly owned F1 and Moto GP

RaceFans Round-up: Ecclestone nearly owned F1 and Moto GP


In the round-up: Formula 1 and Moto GP almost shared an owner four decades ago, motorcycling legend Giacomo Agostini has revealed.

In brief

F1 enjoying a “golden moment” under Liberty

Bernie Ecclestone looked into buying the Moto GP series in the eighties as he increased his grip on Formula 1’s commercial rights, Agostini revealed speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, as current owner Liberty Media closes on a deal to buy the motorcycling world championship.

Agostini expected “good things” from a Liberty takeover of Moto GP based on their management of F1, which he said is enjoying a “golden moment” under its American owners. “Since we are certainly no less in terms of entertainment, indeed, I may be biased, but I believe that our races are even more exciting, I think there is a good margin of growth,” he said.

Misano won’t rival “mega” Tokyo – Cassidy

Nick Cassidy raved about Formula E’s new track in Tokyo. “It was mega,” said Cassidy, who lost the lead of the series last weekend. “It was a proper FE track: Bumps, fast, corners. You’ve really got to attack in qualifying. I thought this track was fantastic.”

However he doesn’t expect as much from the Misano circuit in Italy which is the championship’s next destination.

“I don’t think that track will be quite as cool as here,” he said. “I’m a big street circuit lover, I think that’s Formula E’s DNA. For Misano though we’ll try to do our best result possible.

“I don’t feel like we’re super-efficient right now. I feel like we have to improve. So at that track, that’s probably going to be the key.”

French F4 race rained off

Yani Stevenheydens won the opening race of the French Formula 4 series at Nogaro yesterday. However the second race, which featured a partial-reverse grid, was cancelled as heavy rain fell at the circuit:

On this day in motorsport

40 years ago today Mario Andretti dominated the CART IndyCar season opener, the series’ first race at Long Beach after replacing Formula 1. Geoff Brabham was second despite losing a cylinder and running out of fuel at the finish


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