On Monday, the industrious press office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held another one of their telephone conference calls interviewing top American riders, ahead of this weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. This time, it was the turn of Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards to face a string of questions from the press. Hayden, naturally, was asked about the difference between the Ducati and Japanese bikes, his upcoming switch to the Ducati GP11.1, and about racing at his home MotoGP round.
Press release previews of the upcoming Red Bull Indianapolis GP from the MotoGP teams:
Bautista ready to take on the ‘Brickyard'
Publish Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Rizla Suzuki is on its way Stateside for the 12th round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship which will be held at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America.
With the fuel restriction of just 21 liters for a 110 kilometer race in place, the importance of fuel in MotoGP cannot be overstated, as HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto explained last week at the Brno test. Yesterday, the Repsol Media service issued a press release containing an interview with Nakamoto-san, in which the HRC boss discussed the subject further. The press release containing his insights into the role that fuel plays in MotoGP is below:
The challenge for HRC and Repsol: more power, less consumption
The deal which will see Bridgepoint Capital, the parent company of MotoGP series owner Dorna, take over Infront Sports and Media, the owners of the World Superbike series, is nearing completion. It is widely expected that Bridgepoint will finalize the purchase of Infront by the end of this month, though the contracts have yet to be signed.
The Brno MotoGP test gave journalists the rare opportunity to speak at length with two of the driving figures behind MotoGP. As well as Ducati's Filippo Prezioso (the transcript of which you can read here), we also got the chance to question HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto. Nakamoto fielded questions on a number of subjects, sometimes with a healthy dose of humor.
If you are worried about filling your time at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix this weekend, think again. What follows is a selection of press releases from the IMS staff documenting an exhaustive list of fun and interesting things to do at Indy. And that's without the downtown partying that goes on in the Hoosier capital. Here's what's going on:
RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP PACKED WITH EXCITEMENT ON, OFF TRACK
IMS After Dark will provide ultimate late-summer party with live music, food, drink
There are a lot of reasons to go to the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP round, but one of the highlights is surely to take in the Indy Mile flat track race at the Indiana State Fairground. One of the most visceral experiences you can have as a motorcycle racing fan is to stand at the side of the track as a pack of rumbling V twins thunder past at high speed, and the event is a huge favorite with both the fans and the MotoGP riders and team members.
Ever since Valentino Rossi ended the first Valencia MotoGP test in lowly 15th place on the Ducati Desmosedici, one-and-three-quarter seconds behind fastest man and former teammate Jorge Lorenzo, there have been calls for radical changes to Ducati's MotoGP machine. Those calls have only intensified as the season has progressed, the switch from the GP11 to the GP11.1, the destroked version of Ducati's 2012 MotoGP machine, having brought little improvement until a few key parts were introduced at Brno.
Bridgestone issued their usual post-race press release, wrapping up the race and the test which followed on Monday. The press release had plenty to cover this time, as the new tire regulations were introduced (complete with a third choice of front tire), and a new, less stiff tire for 2012 was tested on Monday. The press release follows below:
Czech Republic Grand Prix and Official test debrief with Tohru Ubukata
Round 11: Czech Republic GP – Post-race debrief
Automotodrom Brno, Tuesday 16 August 2011
Shortly after lunchtime at the MotoGP test at Brno, journalists were given an opportunity to talk to Filippo Preziosi, Director General of Ducati Corse and the engineering genius behind Ducati's MotoGP project. Naturally, the question of a traditional twin spar chassis came up, as well as what Ducati was testing on Monday, both questions that Preziosi deflected rather gracefully. But he also talked about the role of the Bridgestone tires in development, and why he would dearly love to be able to race a twin in MotoGP.
We'd been waiting for it for a long time - longer than we had initially hoped for, after the planned 1000cc test at Mugello morphed into an 800cc test, the Brno test taking its place - but finally, we got to see the 2012 MotoGP bikes out on track, in public and undisguised. Honda and Yamaha pitted their latest creations against one another in full view of the public, and the results were not quite as expected beforehand.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the test of the 1000cc and 800cc MotoGP bikes at Brno:
Yamaha Factory Racing Complete Positive Test at Brno
Casey Stoner was the fastest of the 1000cc riders at the end of the one-day test at Brno, the Repsol Honda rider putting in a fast lap at the end of the day to get close to the pole record of the circuit, but coming just a couple of hundredths short. Stoner was expected to be fast - this is his third day of testing on the 2012 Honda RC213V - but the big surprise came from the Yamahas, both Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies getting within a couple of tenths of Stoner's time on their first outing on Yamaha's 1000cc MotoGP machine.