Aug 12, 2013
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From a press release
issued by SPEED/FoxSports1
The start of the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
FOX SPORTS 1 LAUNCH WEEKEND OFFERS LIVE & ENHANCED COVERAGE of MOTOGP FROM INDIANAPOLIS
Rare Sit-Down Interview With Superstar Valentino Rossi
Highlights In-Show Features
Indianapolis – 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 at 11 a.m. on Aug. 18, 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 a.m. ET, Moto 2 at Noon ET and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at 2 p.m. 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.
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“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 a.m. ET, LIVE)
• MotoGP Moto 2 (NOON, LIVE)
• MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix (2 p.m. ET, LIVE)
In addition to calling the race, Varsha and the FOX Sports 1 crew welcome special guests and dignitaries throughout the broadcast. The audience will also be presented segments on 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 [for premier class World Championships].
Other on-air highlights include a segment on American Ben Spies returning to competition at Indianapolis, after a lingering [shoulder] 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.