For those of us not fortunate enough to make it to Indianapolis today and tomorrow, to watch the official MotoGP tire test being held at the circuit, there is still hope. Usually at such events, we have to wait around for times to be posted by local journalists to find out what's happening, but not this time. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is showing that it is ahead of its time, by displaying live timing from the test on its website.
This is extremely unusual, and very pleasing. Normally, only the official preseason IRTA test at Jerez features live timing, and even then, usually only of the "official qualifying session", usually referred to as the shootout for the BMW sports coupe. But by featuring live timing of the current test, Indianapolis is raising the profile of the event, and generating excitement about the Indianapolis GP due to be hosted there in mid September.
As the test is officially a tire test, none of the permanent riders on the GP grid are taking part, with the field mostly consisting of the various factories' official test riders. But there is one prominent participant, and that's Ben Spies, riding the Rizla Suzuki. Currently the reigning AMA Superbike champion is leading the field, but he is only 0.13 seconds ahead of Ducati's Niccolo Canepa. And although Indy's long front straight promised extremely high top speeds, so far, the riders are only hitting around 185 mph, or some 300 kmh.
You can find the test times here:
And you can find out more about the Indianapolis GP at the event's official website.
You can also see pictures from the event in the galleries at the official website
The list of riders taking part is:
Ben Spies - Suzuki
Nobuatsu Aoki - Suzuki
Niccolo Canepa - Ducati
Olivier Jacque - Kawasaki
William Costes - Yamaha
Wataru Yoshikawa - Yamaha
Erwan Nigon - Honda