Bates is a leading title contender in his Toyota Genuine Parts Corolla S2000, holding third place in the championship ahead of this weekend's National Capital Rally.
Kosuke Fukudome and Kento Itohara got to DeNA closer Spencer Patton to help lift the Central-League leading Hanshin Tigers 10 games above .500 after a 4-2 win over the BayStars on Sunday.
Patton (2-2) had a 1-2-3 inning in each of his last four outings but allowed Yamato Maeda a single with his first pitch before walking Yoshio Itoi.
Enjoying the best possible end to his week-long adventure in the dunes of Morocco, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider Xavier de Soultrait has won the final stage of the Afriquia Merzouga Rally to claim an emphatic overall victory at the 2017 edition of the event. Wrapping up the rally in third overall his teammate Franco Caimi became the second of three Yamaha mounted riders to earn a spot inside the event's top five.
With the sixth and final stage of the rally involving a massive motocross-styled start and 50km of dune riding, it didn't take long for Xavier de Soultrait to take the lead. Staying fast despite navigation becoming more difficult as the stage went on, the WR450F Rally mounted rider reached the finish first to ensure a winning end to his week in Morocco.
Nissan is no stranger to racing, but you won't find many of its vehicles on the rally stage – not in the WRC, nor in the Global or World Rallycross Championships neither. But it has converted one of its cars for a rally this summer. And while it's a hatchback, it's not the Micra, Note, or Pulsar you might expect.
Set to take part in the Mongol Rally this year is the Leaf, if you can believe it. Called the Leaf AT-EV (for All Terrain Electric Vehicle), it's based closely on the road-going model, but has been modified extensively for the purpose.
Protesters are rallying in Okinawa to oppose the start of full-scale work to build a new US military base in the southern island prefecture.
About 50 protesters staged a sit-in outside US Camp Schwab in Nago City on Tuesday morning, when the local defense bureau began work to build seawalls off the coast of Henoko.