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This article was published 31/8/2010 (2699 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I am pretty sure that I burned a hole in my retinas by watching too much TV this weekend, but there was simply too much going on in the world of racing to avoid chilling out on the couch for a good portion of it.
Formula 1 in Belgium, MotoGP at Indy, American Le Mans Series at Mosport, and the Nationwide race in Montreal occupied a good portion of a Sunday. Before you think I am a massive gearhead I can assure you that my love of cars and engines is actually somewhat limited. However, when you toss a human being in a car and tell them to go faster than everyone else, that's when things get very interesting to me.
Formula 1 is the absolute pinnacle of motorsports. The cars brake, turn, and accelerate better than any other on the planet. To see them screaming through the hills in the Ardennes forest at Spa doing 300+ km/h is absolutely amazing, and the rain showers definitely added to the thrill of the race this last Sunday. Despite a late trip through the gravel, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was able to walk away with not only the victory but also the lead in the Formula 1 World Driver's Championship.
MotoGP is also incredibly popular around the world and has the best of the best in terms of motorcycle racing on the planet. These guys are absolutely insane. No joke! You must have to be totally bonkers to do the kind of things that these riders can do with a bike that could decide to chuck you into the stands at a moments notice. The thought of doing 300+ km/h while simply sitting on something makes me sweat just thinking about it. But who knows, perhaps someday someone will let me have a go on one and we can determine if it really is as nuts as it seems...i'm betting YES! Dani Pedrosa of Spain rode it home for the win.