8Star Motorsports’ Michael Valiante and Sebastien Bourdais check into SPEED.com following the end of Practice 1 at Kansas Speedway, site of Saturday’s SFP Grand Prix (8 p.m. ET, Live! FOX Sports 2).
PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will air LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.
‘Marquez Mania’ hit the Brickyard on Friday as Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez only furthered the argument that he’s already the class of the MotoGP field with another breathtaking performance.
Just 20 years of age, the Spanish class rookie swept both Friday free practices to kick off the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend in style.
Marquez’s rivals hoped to return from the summer break ready to meet his growing challenge. However, no one could match the Friday pace of the sport’s newest sensation, who opens the season’s second half leading the points and carrying consecutive victories into Indy.
The end result at Road America was fantastic for the whole team, really. Both for manufacturer and driver points.
It wasn’t really from being fastest on track – It was all about good strategy and fantastic work from the crew in the pits that did an absolutely brilliant second pit stop. That moved us from 7th and 8th to 1st and 3rd, which became 1-2 shortly after.
During the pit stop, our refueling time was much shorter because we didn’t have to take a full tank of gas like most of the other guys. But that all played into the strategy we chose earlier.