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Aug 14

3-Year Deal Shows FOX Sports 1 Commitment To Motorsports

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On launch weekend, FOX Sports 1 offers fans LIVE coverage from the iconic

Earlier this year, FOX Sports signed a three-year deal with the MotoGP World Championship, renewing a long-running relationship with the world’s most prestigious motorcycle series. On launch weekend, FOX Sports 1 offers fans LIVE coverage from the iconic Motor Speedway, one of three U.S. venues on the MotoGP international circuit. Below is the schedule for MotoGP racing on Aug. 18.

• MOTOGP MOTO3 (Indianapolis, 11 a.m. ET, LIVE)
• MOTOGP MOTO2 (Indianapolis, Noon, LIVE)
• MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Indianapolis, 2 p.m. ET, LIVE)

In addition to MotoGP, FOX Sports 1 and the FOX family of networks continue to be the home for Monster Energy Supercross and the ARCA Racing Series. Look for announcements in the near future, as FOX Sports 1 brings additional motor sports programming to America’s new sports network.

Capturing all of the sports action throughout the day, fans can catch up with motor sports news as part of the new FOX Sports Live, the flagship news, opinion and highlights program airing nightly on FOX Sports 1, premiering at 11 p.m. ET on Aug. 17. For more information on FOX Sports Live, please visit: HERE

In addition to FOX Sports 1, additional motor sports and automotive programming will continue to be a part of the FOX family of networks daily lineup, including launch-weekend coverage of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Lucas Oil Motocross, MotoGP qualifying and the Rolex Sports Car Series from Kansas.

LIVE coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, the undisputed leader in the collector car world, also continues across the FOX family of networks.

For more information on FOX Sports 1, please visit: HERE and follow us on Twitter at @FOXSports1 and @FOXSportsPR.

Be sure to check out the launch day TV Schedule. If you can’t find FOX Sports 1 on your TV, click here.

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Aug 14

Stanaway, Thiim Added To AMR Lineup For WEC Brazil

Circuit de La Sarthe, Le Mans, France. 19th - 23rd June 2013. Christoffer Nygaard/Kristian Poulsen/Allan Simonsen, Aston Martin Racing (Prodrive), No.95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

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’s five-car entry for next month’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo will feature a new and returning driver to the factory British squad.

Nicki Thiim will make his debut with AMR, filling the seat of Allan Simonsen, who lost his life in an early race accident at Le Mans. Thimm will be joined by fellow Danes Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen, who both currently sit fifth in the GTE-Am drivers’ championship.

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Aug 14

Crutchlow – No Choice But Ducati

Future Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull GP will air LIVE on on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

says he simply had no other choice but to accept the biggest payday of his career to become the latest ‘savior’ for ’s troubled Desmosedici project.

A two-year deal that will secure his financial future and a contract that guarantees his status as factory rider proved irresistible to the 27-year-old Briton.

Crutchlow returns to racing after the summer break for the Indianapolis Grand Prix this Sunday secure in the knowledge that from 2014 he is a full factory rider. It is something he wanted from Yamaha, who were unwilling to match Ducati’s dollars and factory level bikes and technical support.

Crutchlow will complete the nine races remaining this season with the Monster Tech3 Yamaha team.

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Aug 13

Fox Sports 1 Launches With Enhanced Indy Coverage

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull GP will air LIVE on on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

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 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 – .

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.

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Aug 13

Noyes’ Notebook – Reality Check

Noyes' Notebook - Reality Check

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull GP will air LIVE on on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

Following nine races — the first half of the 2013 schedule — Repsol Honda’s 20-year-old rookie Marc Marquez, has won three races leads his seasoned teammate, Dani Pedrosa, by 16 points. He also holds a 26-point lead — one more than offered by a race win — over reigning defending champion Jorge Lorenzo on the factory Yamaha.

The last time a rookie made a serious run for the premier class championship was in 1998 when Italian Max Biaggi, a four-times 250 champion, who won in his 500cc debut in Japan, was leading the points table with only three races to go with a three-point lead over eventual champion Mick Doohan and a five-point lead over Alex Crivillé.

Going into the Grand Prix of Catalunya that year, Biaggi was on course to match Kenny Roberts’ 1978 feat and become only the second rookie ever to win the premier class title in his first season.

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