Result and summary of the 250cc race at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Indianapolis:
Results of the morning warm up session for the MotoGP class:
Results of the 250cc Warm Up Session:
Results of the 125cc Warm Up Session:
MotoGP's biggest problem right now is the number of bikes on the grid. The withdrawal of Kawasaki, leaving just a single bike in the Hayate team cut the grid down to 18 bikes, and once Sete Gibernau's Grupo Francisco Hernando team pulled out, the field was cut just to 17. With Kawasaki almost certain to withdraw the last remaining bike from the Hayate team next year and the return of the extra Ducati for the Aspar team, the grid is likely to stay at 17, though it could increase to 18 if Honda does add an extra bike, as HRC has hinted it might.
To deal with this problem, and drastically reduce the costs of participation, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta suggested that the rules be altered to allow production-based 1000cc engines in prototype chassis to run against the existing 800cc full prototypes. As a serious suggestion, it was almost certainly doomed from the start, but as a bargaining gambit, it has been a stroke of genius. The suggestion immediately jolted MSMA into action, and at the Sachsenring, the manufacturers organization offered a counter proposal to lease just 800cc prototype engines on their own, rather than entire bikes. They asked the Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP's rulemaking body, for some time to come up with a more detailed proposal, which they promised to present at the meeting scheduled for this weekend at Indianapolis.
That proposal was presented this morning to the Grand Prix Commission - sort of. After the Grand Prix Commission met, the press release issued contained only a few minor detail changes to the 2009 tire regulations, so MotoGPMatters.com tracked down Herve Poncharal, boss of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team and IRTA's representative inside the Grand Prix Commission and asked him just what the MSMA's proposal had consisted of. The answer, it appears, is a little more complicated than just a straight proposal.
Result and summary of the 250cc qualifying practice at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class:
Results and summary of the 125cc qualifying practice:
The clouds are disappearing here at Indianapolis, and the sun is starting to warm the track up nicely, meaning the second session of free practice for the250cc class was run under vastly better conditions than yesterday's rain-soaked first session. The sun agreed with Marco Simoncelli, for the Italian was the fastest in FP2, beating Hector Barbera by a fraction. The 3rd fastest man in the morning was Mike di Meglio, who finished ahead of a surprising Ratthapark Wilairot. Of the title rivals, Alvaro Bautista finished 5th, with Hiroshi Aoyama - who had led early - in 7th and Mattia Pasini in 8th.
Dani Pedrosa obviously likes it in the US. After his relatively easy victory at Laguna Seca, he has come to Indianapolis and dominated. He was comfortably fastest in the rain yesterday, and during this morning's second free practice session, he completely blew away the rest of the field, smashing last year's pole record - set on qualifiers - leaving 2nd place man Jorge Lorenzo over a second behind.
Lorenzo was the first of a very tight group, ahead of surprise runner Alex de Angelis, Lorenzo's Fiat Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi and Tech 3's Colin Edwards, all four men separated by less than two tenths. Another couple of tenths separate that group from Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden in 6th and 7th. Another surprise waits in 8th place, Niccolo Canepa much happier here, at a track that he knows and has ridden before. Canepa finished ahead of Mika Kallio, on the other factory Ducati.
James Toseland had a crash early in the session, sliding off unhurt. He rejoined the session, but could fare no better than 16th place.
The day started overcast and cool this morning at Indianapolis, more like a morning at Donington than the heat of a Midwestern summer. Britain's Bradley Smith obviously felt right at home, going fastest in the second session of free practice for the 125 class. Spaniard Pol Espargaro was 2nd quickest, having led early on in the session, ahead of yesterday's fastest man Nicolas Terol. Championship leader Julian Simon, who had finished yesterday a lowly 9th, picked up the pace to set the 4th fastest time of the morning on Saturday.
If Smith had felt at home in the conditions, fellow Britons Scott Redding and Danny Webb were less quick to excel, posting a 9th and 13th time respectively. Of the Americans, Cameron Beaubier could manage only the 23rd fastest time, hampered by a crash late in the session which saw his fairing trashed and discarded and Beaubier heading back to the pits on a frankly beautiful looking naked 125cc KTM. American wildcards Miles Thornton and Ben Young finished as they did yesterday, Thornton ahead of Young, the latter failing to make the qualification cut off time.