'I actually live on the race circuit' - Brendon Hartley eager for F1 bow in adopted hometown Monaco

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley is relishing a chance to drive on his home circuit at this weekend's Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, with the Toro Rosso star calling the principality home.

Hartley, 28, is believed to be under immense pressure from Italy's Toro Rosso team, having only picked up one championship point in his short Formula 1 career, yet the Palmerston North native is eager to take to the Monaco circuit this weekend.

"I've lived in Monaco for coming up for three and a half years," Hartley told the Checkered Flag.

"I actually live on the race circuit and can see the track from my apartment.

"Monaco is one of the highlights of the calendar and living here, there were times when I asked myself if I'd ever see the day that I'd actually get to race it again.

"It will be nice to wake up in my own bed and have all those routines of being at home."

The Monaco Grand Prix begins at 1:10am on Monday 28 May, NZT.

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley of New Zealand sits in his car during the first practice session at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Friday, March 23, 2018. The first race of the 2018 seasons is on Sunday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Brendon Hartley. Source: Associated Press


Kiwi motorcross rider using past failures to fuel unstoppable run to first world title – 'I've failed, I've made mistakes, I've learned'

Halfway through the Women's Supercross World Championship, no one can stop Kiwi Courtney Duncan.

The 22-year-old's masterclass in Teutschenthal has seen her seal five wins in six races this year.

"It's great to get the win overseas," she said.

"Full 25 points, whether we win by three seconds or 30 seconds."

Duncan's form has given her a 15-point championship lead, which is crucial.

Last year she narrowly missed the world title when she went off course in race - the year before it was a similar story.

They're moments she reflects on back at her base in Belgium.

"Looking back at it now, I think it’s why I'm having a lot of success this year because I’ve failed and I've made mistakes and I've learned from that."

She's now a more patient rider, exhibiting that new mindset in one of her recent races where she was able chase down the defending champion for 10 laps.

"I just took my time and let it come to me and with a couple of laps to go I was able to make the pass and take the win so it was cool.

"I think they know that I'm the fastest and I have the most speed because I've shown that when I've been on form."

But the fastest woman in motocross is also the hardest working.

After four major knee surgeries, she's in the gym doing rehab for an hour every day.

A world title would make it all worthwhile, but there is still three events to go this season.

"It's been something I've wanted for a long time - to be world champion - but to look at that picture now is the wrong mentality to have, I think."

The focus instead is firmly on the next stop at Ottobiano in Italy where the women's event makes its debut.

Courtney Duncan has won five of the six races so far this year to hold a healthy lead in the competition. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Motorbike rider escapes horror crash after using fallen rival's bike as ramp for jump

A motorbike rider left commentators and fans alike stunned after somehow managing to escape a high-speed crash.

Chaos erupted on the final corner of the penultimate lap of a Moto3 race at the Le Mans when Italian rider Enea Bastiannini, who was fourth at the time, slid out of control.

Bastiannini skidded towards the gravel of the final corner but in the process blocked any possible path for Jakub Kornfeil to avoid a collision.

Despite the Czech rider's race appearing to be all but over, Kornfeil managed to use Bastiannini's bike as a ramp, jumping over the bike, its rider and the chaos and continue on in the race.

"The first thing I was thinking of was to open the gas and stand up on the pegs," Kornfeil said after the race.

"The landing was so heavy, my rear suspension went down to its maximum.

"It even activated my leathers' airbag."

"The last lap was really painful so (I) could not wait to stretch my body after the race.

"Right after crossing the finish line, I left my bike to the marshalls, opened the leather (and) tried to relax (a) little bit.

"I think I won't ever forget this race."

Kornfeil finished a respectable sixth.