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With the world focussed on sports that where men play with balls, we'd rather focus on one where you need them (at least figuratively). If it doesn't have an engine, it's not here.

As most of the crews pack up and head for the USA via their workshops in the UK, skeleton crews are left behind with a car or two. It's the Abu Dhabi Young Driver's Test and there are some interesting names.

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Ant West was joyous : his second place in Moto2 at the Australian GP at Philip Island was a vindication of his work all season and the faith his team has had in him during a very tough season. But within three days, his world came crashing down around him.

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There are few that argue with the assertion that Ayrton Senna was Formula One's greatest driver. Driven, tortured, ruthless on the track yet a man of considerable humanity off it, Senna knocked down records like a bowler knocks down pins. Even as his records are equalled, drivers that do so find that matching his performance is an emotional experience.

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When we've looked at The Circuit of the Americas (tweely known by its owners as COTA) in Austin, Texas, we've been a bit disparaging, largely, it has to be said, because there has been so much uncertainty over whether it would ever come into being or whether, if it did, it would be ready in time for its inaugural Formula One race. We didn't expressly say "if a decent track comes out of this mess, I'll eat my hat," but it was strongly implied. Pass the ketchup, please.

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As the riders lined up in Valencia for the start of the last race of the 2012 MotoGP season, it was difficult for them to know where to start. And so it is with this final race report of the current campaign as there are more endings than beginnings.

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