Bates will campaign the turbocharged Yaris in the final two rounds this year, replacing the S2000 Corolla he has driven to a narrow three-point lead in the driver's championship.
Relatives of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea have urged Japan's government to place top priority on resolving the abduction issue this year.
A group of abductees' families held a major rally in Tokyo on Sunday. The day marked 15 years since the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il admitted at a bilateral summit that his country's agents had abducted Japanese nationals.
Yamaha Racing are proud to announce the launch of the Official Yamaha WR450F Rally Replica. Rally Raid parts and accessories partner DRAG'ON have teamed up with Yamaha Motor Europe to give you the opportunity to own and ride the same bike that Xavier de Soultrait tears up Dakar on. The same bike that won the Merzouga Rally 2017 and is tackling rallies across the globe right now. Not just a Rally Raid superstar, the WR450F battles it out with tremendous success, event after event, in the FIM Enduro World Championship at the hands of Yamaha Racing's Loïc Larrieu.
After six days of racing across the northern part of Chile, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team saw all three of their riders reach the finish line of the Atacama Rally without any problems. Wrapping up the week-long event on a positive note, team rider Xavier de Soultrait earned a top five result in the event's final overall standings.
Showing good speed in the dunes around Iquique, de Soultrait posted the fifth best time on the fifth and final stage of the rally. Moving up one spot in the event's overall rankings, the WR450F Rally powered rider rounded out the Atacama Rally by claiming fifth in the overall standings.
The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — A four-run deficit no longer looms so large for the Miami Marlins. Marcell Ozuna homered to start a comeback Wednesday afternoon, and Miami beat the Oakland Athletics 11-6 to complete a two-game sweep.
Ozuna hit his 17th home run in the second inning after the Marlins fell behind 4-0. He added a double and finished with three RBIs to help overcome a wobbly outing by Edinson Volquez, who had a no-hitter in his most recent home start.