FOX Sports 1, America’s new 24/7 sports network launching Aug. 17, is poised for LIVE and ENHANCED coverage of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, round 10 of the 18-race MotoGP World Championship, the globe’s premier motorcycle racing series.
Starting Sunday, Aug. 18 at 11:00 AM ET, the second day of FOX Sports 1’s ‘Launch Weekend,’ all three categories of the MotoGP World Championship take to the 2.62-mile, 16-turn road course situated within America’s most historic racing facility – Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Motor sports broadcast veteran Bob Varsha hosts the show from a stage located behind the famous front-stretch pagoda, and the live telecast begins with Moto 3 at 11:00 AM ET, Moto 2 at Noon ET and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at 2:00 PM ET.
Calling the race is long-time racing voice Ralph Sheheen, while AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and former grand prix motorcycle competitor Scott Russell provides color commentary. Series expert Greg White is patrolling pit road for the latest news and insights.
“Long-time MotoGP fans will love what we have planned for our first race on FOX Sports 1,” said Pete Richards, FOX Sports 1 coordinating producer. “We’re also going to spend a lot of time introducing the sport to a new fan base. We hope people get hooked on a sport that’s as intense as anything you’ll see in racing. These are the most talented, fastest motorcycle racers in the world, going toe-to-toe on the most technologically advanced bikes ever built.”
FOX Sports 1 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix Schedule
· MotoGP Moto 3 (11:00 AM ET, LIVE)
· MotoGP Moto 2 (12:00 PM ET, LIVE)
· MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix (2:00 PM ET, LIVE)
In addition to calling the race, Varsha and the FOX Sports 1 crew welcome special guests and dignitaries throughout the broadcast. Segments include the sport’s long history, its pure-bred racing bikes, iconic racers and the 2013 season storylines that shape the current landscape.
A Rare Opportunity…
MotoGP super star Valentino Rossi, considered by many as the greatest modern-day motorcycle racer to ever live, is doing a rare sit-down interview with FOX Sports 1 to talk about his legendary career. Currently fourth in points, the 34-year-old Italian is gunning for his eighth-overall MotoGP World Championship – tying him with the great Giacomo Agostini for the all-time mark.
Other on-air highlights include a segment on American Ben Spies returning to competition at Indianapolis, after a lingering elbow injury had kept him off track; and a trip to Owensboro, Ky., to catch up with 2006 titlist Nicky Hayden – the last U.S. rider to win a MotoGP World Championship in the sport’s premier category. He recently lost his ride when Ducati made a switch prior to last month’s round in Monterey, Calif.
Three Storylines Heading Into the Second Half…
· Can 20-year-old Marc Marquez become the youngest rider to ever win a MotoGP World Championship? Indianapolis starts the second half of the 2013 racing season, with Marquez currently holding a 16-point championship advantage over the sport’s perennial ‘bridesmaid’ Dani Pedrosa. He’s also ahead of defending MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo who resides 26 point behind in third.
American rider Freddie Spencer was the youngest to ever hoist a World Championship trophy at 21 years and 258 days of age. The California racing legend won six races for Honda in 1983, recording the first of two titles. His second came in 1985, dominating the field by scoring seven victories, 10 pole positions and 10 podium appearances in the Series’ 12 races.
· Is Cal Crutchlow championship material? Ducati seems to think so, as the 27-year-old rider just signed a two-year factory backed deal to replace American and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden. With three, full-factory operations currently running in MotoGP, this was a big move for the British rider who had sought a similar spot with Yamaha.
Crutchlow, who currently sits fifth in points 47 behind Marc Marquez, began his career in MotoGP’s premier class in 2011. Despite breaking his collarbone at the Grand Prix of Silverstone that year, he still claimed the MotoGP Top Rookie Award. Last season, he grabbed two podiums finishes and wound up seventh in final points.
· Tennessee native and MotoGP regular Ben Spies returns to competition at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Riding one of the Pramac Racing Ducatis, making it four U.S. riders competing in this year’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Spies, a long-time resident of Texas, hopes to recapture the glory that helped make the U.S. one of the leaders in producing MotoGP talent.
Starting in the late 1970s, American riders have been big influences in grand prix motorcycle competition. Seven different riders – the most of any country – have combined for 15 overall World Motorcycle Championships in 500cc/MotoGP competition.
American riders Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP World Champion, Colin Edwards and Blake Young are also competing in this year’s race.
About FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 1 is a new national 24-hour multi-sport channel launching on August 17 and boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually. The channel has seven pillar sports: college basketball and football, MLB (in 2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), soccer and UFC. College football is highlighted by regular season coverage of Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA games, while the college basketball spotlight shines on the Big East, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA and the Big East men’s basketball tournament. Starting in 2014, select MLB League Championship Series and Division Series games as well as regular season games are coming to the channel. FOX Sports 1 also carries select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events beginning in 2015; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races; the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; and all Speedweeks coverage, including Daytona 500 Qualifying, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, (2014, 2017-22) the Budweiser Duel, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NCWTS Practice and Qualifying sessions. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 carries NASCAR RACEDAY, NASCAR VICTORY LANE and RACE HUB shows. The channel also carries the world’s most prolific club soccer competitions, like UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and CONCACAF Champions League, along with the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup; plus CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, EURO 2016 Qualifiers; 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers; FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019; FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022. In addition to Saturday pay-per-view preliminary cards, Wednesday nights are home to the UFC with UFC TONIGHT, live events and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. In Feb. 2014, FOX Sports 1 partners with The Jockey Club for newly created package of nationally televised races featuring the leading horses in the country. FOX SPORTS LIVE is FOX Sports 1’s flagship 24/7 news, opinion and highlights program, providing around the clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information rich ticker. Original programs include: FOX FOOTBALL DAILY, CROWD GOES WILD, a new live sports entertainment talk show hosted by Regis Philbin; and the groundbreaking BEING: documentary franchise. FOX Sports GO, a groundbreaking authenticated mobile sports experience for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and the web, serves as the channel’s digital extension. The app offers more than 1,100 live games and events from cross FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports’ 22 regional sports networks, as well as scores, highlights, news, stats and analysis. For more information visit www.FOXSports.com/FOXSports1.