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Weather denies Martin sprint lift-off




Jorge Martin was denied the chance Sunday to close the world championship gap on leader Francesco Bagnaia after the sprint race at the Australia MotoGP was called off due to treacherous conditions.

Organisers pulled the plug barely half an hour before the 13-lap dash was due to start at a soaking Phillip Island, with winds of up to 80 kilometres (50 miles) per hour forecast.


“Changes were made to the schedule to try and ensure the maximum track action in the safest possible conditions on Sunday,” organisers said.

“But the weather conditions – forecast to worsen throughout the day – have obliged the cancellation of further track activity.”

Spain’s Martin had won the last four sprints and was the pole-sitter for Australia, desperate to claw back points after finishing fifth in Saturday’s grand prix to Bagnaia’s second.

Bagnaia, the Italian Ducati rider, will now take a 27-point lead over Pramac’s Martin into next week’s Thailand MotoGP with just four legs of the 20-stop season remaining.

“For me it’s a lost occasion when we lose a race … I was prepared to fight for the top position and I was positive,” said Bagnaia.


“But the wind was quite crazy and with MotoGP riders at 330kph it can become very dangerous, so for me the decision is the correct one.”

Six-time world champion Marc Marquez agreed it was the only sensible move.

“In warm-up it was acceptable, but then it looks like the wind was super strong and especially with these bikes, with all aerodynamics we have, it becomes a bit dangerous,” said the Spanish Honda star.

Forecast gale-force winds had already seen organisers move the main grand prix forward a day to Saturday to ensure that race took place.

Martin’s teammate Johann Zarco won with a last-lap overtake to clock his first victory in 120 starts.


Racing did go ahead at Phillip Island on Sunday despite the bleak conditions, but several riders came to grief on the slippery track in the Moto2 and Moto3 races before the sprint was cancelled.

The writing was on the wall after a chaotic Moto2 race was halted due to high winds with just nine of 23 laps completed.

Italy’s Tony Arbolino was declared the winner and half-points were awarded to keep his title hopes alive, 56 points behind Spain’s Pedro Acosta who came ninth.

Earlier, Turkey’s Deniz Oncu snatched victory from Ayumu Sasaki on the final turns of the Moto3 race to prevent the Japanese rider from grabbing the world championship lead.

Sasaki is now four points behind Spain’s Jaume Masia, who came eighth.


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Iftikhar Ahmed reveals reason for choosing National T20 over T10 league




Pakistan middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed has explained his decision to prioritize participation in the country’s premier domestic tournament, the National T20, over the Abu Dhabi T10 League. 

Despite being signed by Bangla Tigers for the T10 League starting on December 28, the 33-year-old chose to play domestic cricket for the Peshawar region.

In a statement on the sidelines of the National T20, Iftikhar highlighted his commitment to paying respect to domestic cricketers and Pakistan by opting for the national competition. He emphasized that playing for Pakistan had earned him respect, and as a professional player, he felt it was important to honor the domestic cricket platform.


“I had a contract in the T10 league but I cancelled it to play here in domestic cricket. I have played for Pakistan after playing domestic cricket, and playing for Pakistan is what has earned me respect, so as a player and a professional, I should also pay respect to domestic cricketers and Pakistan (by playing here),” Iftikhar said.

The National T20 is currently ongoing at four venues in Karachi, featuring eighteen teams. The group stage games will conclude on November 28, followed by the Super Eight stage starting from December 1.

On the other hand, the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2023 will involve eight teams, including New York Strikers, Deccan Gladiators, Northern Warriors, Morrisville Samp Army, Delhi Bulls, Team Abu Dhabi, Chennai Braves, and Bangla Tigers. 

The tournament, which will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, will follow a round-robin format in the group stage, leading to the Qualifier 1, Eliminator, Qualifier 2, and the Final.