Bourdais: “St. Pete could have been a very different weekend”

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As we noted in the immediate aftermath of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg two weeks ago, for KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, it was good to be disappointed with sixth.

Bourdais was consistently the biggest thorn from the Chevrolet camp in Team Penske’s side over the course of the weekend, but as the driver of the No. 11 Hydroxycut/Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet assessed, his weekend could have gone even better.

“It was good we were in the mix, but all four of them (Penske cars) were so strong at the front,” Bourdais told MotorSportsTalk heading into this weekend’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. “That’s not good news.

“We were third in Q2, and felt like there was some unfinished business in Q3. The last lap was going to be very strong. I was almost two tenths up by Turn 4, then the car bottomed out, hit a bump, and that was that. It could have been very close to pole, who knows, but from there it’s a very different weekend.”

Bourdais chronicled the race from there and how that altered the race complexion.

“If you’re not there you don’t get bansaied; you’re not top nine, you’re top three. We could have been in a different spot, then TK got the podium, and I got back to P6.

“On a personal note, I felt I should have done better, but on the team side, we were pretty pleased. It was a good points day. Was it optimal? No. But if a bad day for us is P6, then that’s a good thing.”

Bourdais noted his rookie teammate, Stefano Coletti in his debut race in IndyCar, fought through some initial weekend trials and tribulations before charging during the race itself until a late-race splash-and-dash for fuel.

“He had a bit of a tough weekend; he wasn’t happy with the car, and they found some things not right on each side. They got the setup proper on Sunday morning, and then he got much happier in warmup,” Bourdais said.

“In the race, he was very strong. They turned him loose all race, he looked strong, but the fuel saving strategies others had showed at the end. He was four laps short. But he was aggressive, and made great restarts.

“Hopefully it’s just start of the season blues. Hes got the talent. The good thing and we liked we’ve talked about before, the feedback between us is similar. For one side or the other, it’s a good starting point.”

Bourdais previewed this weekend’s inaugural race at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will follow in a separate post. Both he and Coletti will have different liveries for this weekend’s race, with Bourdais’ No. 11 KVSH entry now in the full green and white Mistic colors.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s