2012 Indianapolis Moto3 FP3 Result: Cortese Leads Red Bull KTM Clean Sweep

The Red Bull KTMs continue to dominate at Indianapolis, Sandro Cortese setting the fastest time in the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class, finishing over a third of a second ahead of his teammate Danny Kent. Maverick Vinales leads the FTR Honda charge, finishing a tenth off the pace of Kent, but nearly half a second slower than Cortese, while Alex Rins continues his impressive debut at Indianapolis with the 4th fastest time.

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2012 Indianapolis MotoGP Friday Notes: The Love-Hate Relationship For Indy, And How Hondas Love Going Left

MotoGP has a love-hate relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: most of the paddock love the place, the rest hate it. The way those feelings are divided is what is really interesting, though: the admirers of the track include most of the media, the teams and many, many fans. Those that hate the track are a small but well-defined group: anyone either wielding a camera or a racing a motorcycle have very few kind words for IMS. 

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2012 Indianapolis MotoGP Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Indianapolis:


Spies Shines on Day One in Indianapolis

Local hero Ben Spies was quick to find his form today in the first practice sessions for Sunday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix. The Texan Yamaha Factory rider was second fastest at the end of the day, 0.295 seconds behind leader Dani Pedrosa and nearly half a second faster than team mate Jorge Lorenzo. The day started slowly with a dirty track but times soon started to drop in the afternoon as more fresh rubber was laid down.

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2012 Indianapolis Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Indianapolis:


Holiday time over for Moto3 at Indianapolis

Repsol riders make good start to weekend. Oliveira ends day one third, Viñales fourth and Rins sixth. Álex Márquez returns to World Championship competition and places seventeenth, less than two seconds off the fastest time.

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2012 Indianapolis Moto2 FP2 Result: Espargaro Dominates In Indy

Pol Espargaro took charge of the Moto2 session on Friday afternoon at Indianapolis, responding to his chief title rival Marc Marquez by grabbing the fastest time by well over half a second. Marquez had launched a late attack on Espargaro's top slot, but his tenure at the top would be only brief. Espargaro responded, putting a big chunk of time into his rival, and leaving Marquez half a second adrift.

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Hector Barbera Out Of Indy After Fracturing Vertebrae, In Doubt For Brno

Hector Barbera will be forced to miss the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, after suffering a back injury during the morning session of free practice for the MotoGP class. Barbera suffered a nasty highside at Turn 16, his rear wheel appearing to catch on a section of track which appeared still to be dirty, and in the ensuing crash, Barbera landed on his neck and fractured three dorsal vertebrae, D5, D6 and D8. He was taken to the local Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, and has been ruled unfit to race.

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2012 Indianapolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa And Spies Control The Session

Dani Pedrosa has taken a commanding lead at Indianapolis, topping the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class in the afternoon, and smashing the race lap record along the way. Pedrosa led by over a second for much of the session, with Ben Spies the only rider to get within half a second at the end of FP2. Factory Yamaha teammate and current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was 3rd fastest, just ahead of Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso, though both men were over seven tenths slower than Pedrosa.

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2012 Indianapolis Moto3 FP2 Result: Cortese Leads Kent In KTM 1-2

Sandro Cortese picked up the pace in the second session of practice for the Moto3 class, heading up FP2 on Friday afternoon. Cortese took over from his Red Bull KTM teammate Danny Kent, who topped the morning session, while Miguel Oliveira took 3rd, fractionally ahead of Maverick Vinales on the FTR Honda.

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2012 Indianapolis Moto2 FP1 Result: Espargaro Holds Off Marquez

Pol Espargaro topped the first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Indianpolis, snatching top spot from Marc Marquez right at the very end of the session, Espargaro and Marquez had swapped fastest times for much of FP1, with Espargaro's teammate Tito Rabat taking over a couple of times during the session, but in the end, Espargaro took a clear lead over Marquez, with Andrea Iannone squeezing ahead of Rabat to take 3rd.

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2012 Indianapolis MotoGP FP1 Result: Hondas Lead Hayden On Tricky Track

Casey Stoner has topped the first session of free practice at Indianapolis for the MotoGP class, leapfrogging over his teammate Dani Pedrosa to make it a one-two for the Repsol Hondas in FP1. Stoner and Pedrosa swapped fastest times for most of the session, while Ducati's Nicky Hayden got his home GP off to a strong start to take 3rd spot. 

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2012 Indianapolis Moto3 FP1 Result: Kent Edges Miller And Folger

Danny Kent was the fastest man of the first session of practice at Indianapolis, topping the Moto3 timesheets after heavy rain had fallen overnight. The young Briton just held off the Australian Jack Miller, while Jonas Folger made a strong debut on the Kalex KTM, taking 3rd spot some four tenths off the pace of Kent. Folger switched from the IODA to join the Mapfre Aspar after Mugello, and the difference is immediately obvious.

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IMS Press Release: 2012 Indianapolis MotoGP Pre-Event Press Conference - Lorenzo, Stoner, Hayden, Bradl And Rossi Speak

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway issued the following press release, containing a full transcript of the pre-event press conference. In it, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo react to the news that they will be teammates at Yamaha next year, Casey Stoner clarifies the interview that appeared recently containing comments on Rossi's time at Ducati, and Nicky Hayden talks about the possibility of having Andrea Dovizioso as his new teammate.


2012 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP PRESS CONFERENCE

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Rossi, Ducati And Yamaha: And The Winner Is...

So what are we to make of Valentino Rossi's not-so-shock decision to leave Ducati and go back to Yamaha? The initial reaction from fans and media was that the biggest losers from the move are Ducati as a manufacturer and Rossi's reputation as miracle worker when it comes to bike development. There is some merit in both those arguments, but perhaps it is not quite so clear cut as that. Rossi's two years at Ducati have done a lot of damage to both parties - as well as to MotoGP's popularity and TV income - but in the end, this move could have some very positive long-term repercussions.

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WSBK News: Liberty Racing Confirms Moscow Absence

In the soap opera that is Liberty Racing's World Superbike season, the team has confirmed that they will be missing the Moscow round, as suspected yesterday, but they stated that they are commited to racing at the following round at the Nürburgring. In what looks like focussing all their efforts on as many resources as possible for next year, it looks like they are writing this year off. 

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IMS Press Release: Ten Minutes With Ben Spies

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway public relations office, unquestionably among the best in the world, are hard at it promoting this weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis GP. As part of their efforts, they today issued a press release interview with Yamaha Factory rider Ben Spies. The Texan talks about his season so far, his decision to leave Yamaha, and his interests outside of motorcycle racing. The interview appears below:


TEN MINUTES WITH ... BEN SPIES

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