Bourdais takes blame for Sato clash; both lose top-fives at Mid-Ohio

Sato lost top-five after contact. Photo: IndyCar
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Neither Takuma Sato nor Sebastien Bourdais had much to be happy about after qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200; Sato and Bourdais lined up 20th and 16th for the 12th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Yet with both drivers – and their respective strategists Larry Foyt (Sato’s No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Honda) and Jimmy Vasser (Bourdais’ No. 11 Team Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet) – calling their shots right during the race in terms of when to pit, they found themselves fourth and fifth with just five laps to go in the 90-lap race.

But what would have been great results for both of them went awry at Turn 4 on Lap 87, when Bourdais slid into the back of Sato, punting him off course and then following suit himself to get beached at “China Beach.”

Bourdais’ day was done but his car was left there, to only produce a local yellow.

Sato made it out of the contact in ninth place, a few spots lower than he figured he’d be, but still with his fifth finish of 11th or better in the last six races.

Bourdais was apologetic afterwards, taking the blame for the contact.

“Unfortunately, we got caught up behind with Takuma. He did a really good job at the restart, we bumped and was very aggressive. And then we got stuck behind him for the whole race,” Bourdais told NBC Sports post-race.

“I don’t know if I got growingly impatient or frustrated or lost my mind a little bit, but clearly I got into the back of him because I was trying to make something happen because I just felt like it was getting stupid to stay behind.

“I guess I just made a mistake, one way or another, we made contact and I was behind and so it was my bad. … We could have used the points and that finish. This is not the way you want to end a weekend.”

Sato explained the contact from his vantage point: “Heckuva day. Incredible job from the team. Larry called the perfect strategy even though it was a little bit optimistic when we came to pit. Later on we caught a good yellow and gained track position. Then we were fighting the whole field! It was like qualifying every lap. My ABC guys gave me a super pitstop to get me out on the last stop — then we were fighting for fourth.

“It’s a real shame what happened at the end (getting hit by Bourdais). We were able to salvage a ninth so still a good result for the second straight race. Looking forward to the last part of the season.”

Bourdais admitted as well he was happy it stayed as a local yellow, even though his mistake prevented anyone else from making a passing maneuver at one of the two best passing spots on the circuit.

“I wish they would do that more often, but in the meantime, if they were going to go retrieve the car, it wasn’t going to finish under green,” he said.

“Obviously, if you leave the car there and get me out of the seat, you wave double yellow flags and there’s nothing wrong with that. But obviously the only place where you can pass is neutralized. I think it was good fans got a green finish.”

The two also discussed the incident on Twitter after it happened, basically taking the above quotes and turning them into 140-character byte-sized messages.

Perhaps ironically the two of them are also next to each other in the points standings. Bourdais (283 points) and Sato (257) sit 14th and 15th in the championship, although both drivers have had better years than those positions would indicate.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

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. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


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


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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