Ricciardo satisfied with ‘lonely’ fourth in Bahrain after early clash

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Daniel Ricciardo believes that fourth place was the most that Red Bull could expect from Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix after he sustained damage to his front wing and floor early on.

Ricciardo gained a position before the start after Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure en route to the grid, leaving the Australian to follow Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton home.

“I saw some smoke out of Seb’s car on the warmup lap, and I knew that was his race done,” Ricciardo told NBCSN after the race.

“So it put us in fifth to fourth, and we finished fourth.”

Ricciardo got tangled up in an incident at the first corner that saw him suffer damage to his front wing and floor, but he managed to continue.

“Quite a bit went on in the first lap,” Ricciardo said. “We got tangled up and damaged the front wing, A big sort of part flew off.

“But we carried on and made the most of it. Fourth was a bit lonely at times but we couldn’t expect much more.”

Ricciardo’s closest rival was Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who ran an aggressive three-stop strategy en route to finishing fifth.

Despite passing Ricciardo on track, Grosjean eventually dropped behind in the final stint as he was forced to run the soft tire as per the sporting regulations.

“I think so far we’ve had two races, having an extra set of tires, for me has made it really exciting,” Ricciardo said of Pirelli’s new tire rule for 2016.

“Things change. For the race you can go for different strategies, different variables. I saw [Grosjean] coming and was a bit surprised by pace, but I saw the strategy, I knew fourth was still on for us.”

Ricciardo sits third in the drivers’ championship after two races, trailing the runaway Mercedes duo of Rosberg and Hamilton ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info


The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event


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FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


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