If anyone was in any doubt about the pivotal role that the spec Bridgestone tires play in MotoGP, this year will have made their significance abundantly clear. The stiff tires offer unbelievable levels of grip, but only once up to temperature, feeling vague and distant while still cold. That presents riders with a paradox: to go fast, the tires have to be warm, but to get heat into the Bridgestones - the front especially - you have to push it hard to make it work.
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after the race at Indianapolis:
Brad Binder makes excellent debut
16 year old Brad Binder has made a very promising start of his 125cc GP career. The young South African finished his first ever race in seventeenth position at the Indianapolis track.
Two-thirds of the way through the 2011 season and this is the point where decisive blows are struck in title fights. Indianapolis was no different: though the championships in all three classes are a long way from settled, the three leaders each have a race in hand after Indy. Nico Terol leads the 125cc championship by 26 points, Stefan Bradl has a lead of 28 points in Moto2, and Casey Stoner holds a comfortable 44-point advantage over Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP class.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race at Indianapolis:
Another 1-2 for Stoner and Pedrosa
The Australian of the Repsol Honda Team achieves his seventh victory of the season at the Indianapolis circuit, Dani Pedrosa gets on the podium with him and Andrea Dovizioso is fifth
The ever-industrious Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided press releases containing transcripts of the press conferences after all three races held at IMS today. They follow below:
2011 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP MotoGP POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011
Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Ben Spies
MODERATOR: Here we go, ladies and gentlemen, in third place Ben Spies, of course, riding the Yamaha. (Applause)
In second place, Dani Pedrosa riding the Repsol Honda.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Indianapolis:
Casey Stoner has taken a virtually unchallenged win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his 7th victory of the season and the 30th of his career, extending his championship lead to a sovereign 44 points over 2010 champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Indianapolis:
Marc Marquez has won the Moto2 race at Indianapolis in convincing style, dominating the contest from the early laps and controlling the race to close down his gap to championship leader Stefan Bradl. Bradl, starting from 22nd after a big crash in practice, rode a brilliant race to charge through the field and salvage a lot of points, limiting the damage.
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Indianapolis:
HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto does not address the press collectively very often, and so when he does, he faces a lot of questions. Nakamoto-san held a press conference on the afternoon of the Brno MotoGP test, on the Monday after the race, convened to discuss Honda's RC213V MotoGP bike for next season, as it was being tested at that moment by Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa at the Brno circuit. Naturally, journalists took the opportunity to quiz Nakamoto on the situation around Motegi.