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IndyCar drivers from British Commonwealth mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II Enea Bastianini wins Aragon MotoGP Grand Prix, stops Francesco Bagnaia winning streak

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God save our gracious queen. Long live our noble queen. God save the queen!

MONTEREY, California. When she ascended the throne as Queen Elizabeth II following the death of her father George VI on February 6, 1952, every member of the vast British Commonwealth knew these words as their national anthem.

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The official coronation took place on June 2, 1953, and Queen Elizabeth ruled over the vast British Empire. It was once said that due to the colonization of lands around the world, “the sun never sets on the British Empire”, because somewhere in the world a nation or territory was under British control.

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This is why the death of Queen Elizabeth II had such a profound effect on so many NTT IndyCar Series riders.

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“She was a wonderful woman,” four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti told NBC Sports. “That’s the best way to describe her, an absolutely wonderful woman.”

Franchitti hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and part of the United Kingdom, which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

But the British Commonwealth includes 15 countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Soloman. islands, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom.

From 1841 to 1997, Hong Kong was a colony under British rule before it agreed to return the huge city to China. South Africa was a British colony until 1961.

The NTT IndyCar Series features drivers Scott McLaughlin from Christchurch, New Zealand; Scott Dixon from Auckland, New Zealand; Willpower from Toowoomba, Australia; Callum Ilott from Cambridge, United Kingdom; Jack Harvey from Basingham, UK; Stefan Wilson from Sheffield, UK; and Devlin DeFrancesco and Dalton Kellet from Toronto, Canada.

Although every nation has a sovereign government, Queen Elizabeth II was the official head of state.

After her death, this was the first time that the drivers of these lands had never had a queen as their official head of state.

23-year-old Ilott is one of the youngest IndyCar drivers. Member of Juncos Hollinger Racing talked about the importance of the moment.

“For me and my mom, she was a symbol of our country,” Ilott said. “She was an icon of who we are, to be British. She was the most British of all. As a country, its loss is very sad and touched me in a way that I could not have imagined before.

“It’s weird because you could see it on paper money, on coins, you could see it on TV every Christmas. It was the support of a country that we will greatly miss.”

The monarchy and the royal family are one of the things that make the British Empire and the United Kingdom so unique.

Attend an NHL game in Canada and a picture of the queen hangs high above the ice in the arena.

“Here’s the easy way with the monarchy, they’re there in times of need,” Ilott said. “The country is run by the government itself, but if anarchy ever breaks out or something like that, they can step in and take over.

“They are always there. Background support for everyone, be it emotional, very personal for a lot of people in the UK.

“They are the face of me, the face of the country, the face of the flag and for many countries in the world, whether people like it or not.”

Arrow McLaren SP is an IndyCar team majority owned by McLaren, the racing and automotive brand founded by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. The McLaren Formula One team is based in Woking, England.

The McLaren Technology Center was officially opened by the Queen back in 2004, and the team expressed his sadness.

“The McLaren Racing team mourns the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and also remembers her incredible reign. Our thoughts are with the royal family and people around the world at this terribly sad time.”

Her Majesty’s death had an even greater impact on Formula One teams and drivers. But many of the best IndyCar drivers are among the millions mourning the loss of a queen who was an important part of their culture.

The official United Kingdom period is 10 days, although her funeral will take place on Monday 19 September.

With the death of the queen, her son, King Charles III, ascended the throne.

God save our gracious king. Long live our noble king. God Save the King!

Follow Bruce Martin on Twitter at @BruceMartin_500.

With a spectacular final lap overtake by Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini won the Aragon MotoGP Grand Prix and broke Bagnaia’s winning streak for four consecutive races. It was Bastianini’s fourth win of the season.

“I won on [Bagnaia] on the last lap, and this time it was possible to attack,” Bastianini told NBC Sports. “I was able to win this race and now we are going to Japan.”

Bastianini pursued Bagnaia throughout the race. On the final lap, Bagnaia was forced to balance his need for the 20 championship points that came from second place with his desire to become the third rider in MotoGP history to win five consecutive wins. . The need for points was even more important because championship leader Fabio Quartararo crashed on the first lap and couldn’t earn any at all.

Bagnaia entered the race, dropping Quartararo’s lead by 61 points in the final four rounds. He scored another 20 points at the Aragon Grand Prix and is now 10 points behind with five rounds remaining.

“It was great,” Bagnaia said. “I did my best and on the last lap it seemed like there was more grip. Enea did an incredible job all weekend. It was already known that he and Fabio were the fastest, and Fabio had an accident on the first lap.

“Anyway, I did my best and on the last lap I didn’t feel like I could overtake Enea because I already took too many risks on the previous lap so 20 points was important and that’s okay.”

The battle for the championship took a dramatic turn on the first lap. Returning to MotoGP after several hand surgeries, Marc Marquez was determined to play a decisive role.

In the first two corners of the race, Márquez overtook seven riders to take the lead. In turn three, his rear wheel slipped and Quartararo had nowhere to go. Quartararo clipped Márquez’s bike and he flew out of his Yamaha to finish last and score no points.

“It was really unfortunate,” Marquez told NBC Sports. “In turn three I had a moment where I lost the back and Fabio was very close as usual on the first lap and then I got contact.”

Marquez suffered significant injuries and was also forced to retire.

Ahead of the pack, Bagnaya was chasing the book of records.

Leading early, he momentarily lost the lead to Bastianini until that rider went into the corner too hard and pushed him. Bagnaia lashed out and reclaimed first place, but failed to sway the rider who would become his teammate in 2023 at Ducati. Bastianini followed Banaya for most of the race, but he knew the pass had to be flawless. Coming out of the corner halfway through the last lap, he completed the pass.

The two leaders crossed under the checkers with a difference of 0.042 seconds when Bagnaya drove up to the winner’s rear wheel.

Taking 1st-2nd places, Bastianini and Bagnaia won the manufacturer’s championship for Ducati.

The battle for the last podium was also decided late in the race when Alex Espargaro made an equally dramatic pass to Brad Binder with two to go. Jack Miller rounded out the top five as the three riders were separated by about eight tenths of a second.

With a broken finger, Espargaro has reduced the gap to 17 points and is also in contention for the title.

In Moto2, rookie Pedro Acosta takes second win of the season over Aaron Kane and points leader Augusto Fernandez.

Fernandez has a marginal seven-point lead over fourth-placed Ai Ogura.

Americans Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier finished ninth and 11th respectively.


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