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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Long Beach, China, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Joe Skibinski/IndyCar (1); Supercross (2); Stadium Super Trucks (3)

From the iconic Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach to Monster Energy Supercross’ long-awaited return to the mile high city of Denver, Colorado, plus Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and MotoGP rounds, there was no shortage of high-intensity action motorsports at play in America this weekend. Add in the 1,000th race in Formula 1 history in China, and you’ve got an unforgettable few days of action! Here are some of the racers who stood out on the weekend before most series take an Easter break:

IndyCar: Alexander Rossi

Rossi didn’t just have the field beat in Long Beach, he was in his own area code. His advantage of more than 20 seconds over Josef Newgarden across the line was the largest since before the Indy Racing League had ever turned a wheel. His second consecutive win on the iconic street circuit made him the first back-to-back winner in over a decade, and pulled him to within 28 points of the championship lead.

Supercross 450: Eli Tomac

There couldn’t have been a more fitting winner in Supercross’ return to Denver for the first time in two decades than Tomac, the Colorado-based rider who puts himself in perennial championship contention. After making an early-race pass on Marvin Musquin, Tomac made it look easy on the way to his fifth win of the season, doing a celebratory wheelie on the final lap as the field came in behind him.

Supercross 250 West: Adam Cianciarulo

After disaster nearly struck in the Houston Triple Crown round, Cianciarulo has worked hard to rebuild his championship lead over Dylan Ferrandis. Another win, this time in Denver, did just that, creating an eight-point gap going into the final round of the season. Cianciarulo’s five victories in a possible 10 tries this year (including the upcoming finale in Las Vegas) have already given him the tiebreaker if he needs it.

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: Kyle LeDuc

Some drivers just don’t take so well to losing. After yielding the LOORRS Pro 4 title to RJ Anderson last year, breaking a four-season title streak, LeDuc has come roaring back in 2019 with wins in back-to-back races at Glen Helen Raceway and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. LeDuc now has victories in the last three Pro 4 races he’s run, dating back to last October’s season finale at Wild Horse Pass.

Stadium Super Trucks: Robby Gordon

Wrecking in the first race of the weekend isn’t the way you want to kick off one of your own series’ signature events in Long Beach, but Gordon rebounded strongly on Sunday afternoon. He outfoxed defending series champion and Saturday winner Matt Brabham in a hard-fought battle, trading the top spot multiple times in the last few laps. Of course, he celebrated by bringing the truck up on two wheels.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton

There’s no way we can avoid talking about the 1000th Grand Prix in the world’s premier form of motorsport, and it was only fitting that one of its most legendary drivers of all time took the checkered flag in China. Hamilton led Mercedes’ third consecutive 1-2 sweep of the podium, and while the race wasn’t quite as exciting as Bahrain, it was perhaps a fitting result given the historical context.

MotoGP: Alex Rins

Marc Marquez isn’t supposed to crash. But even Michael Jordan missed a shot or two, and the legend gave up a sizable lead this weekend at Circuit of the Americas with a single misstep and resulting crash. That opened the door for Rins, a Suzuki rider who had yet to take his first MotoGP victory, to achieve the milestone on Sunday afternoon. He passed Valentino Rossi for the lead shortly after Marquez’s crash.

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