Ben Spies was the fastest man out of the box during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The factory Yamaha rider went to the top of the timesheets shortly after the halfway mark, holding off challenges from Marco Simoncelli, and then later Colin Edwards and Casey Stoner to end the session on top. Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner ended the session in 2nd, while Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards got his weekend off to a flying start by setting the 3rd fastest time of the first session, and featuring near the front throughout.
With the Japanese round of MotoGP at Motegi now just five weeks away, it is getting close to crunch time for the riders to decide whether they are going to race at the circuit or not. The report on the radiation situation at Motegi commissioned by Dorna has been presented to the riders and the teams, and everyone has had some time to digest the report.
The incredibly industrious and efficient press office at Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided the following transcript of the pre-event press conference held on Thursday afternoon, featuring Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa and Marco Simoncelli:
2011 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP
Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa, Marco Simoncelli
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011
Another press release from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with things to do in Indy on the GP weekend. Hang out downtown with other bikers on the Meridian, and plan your way to the track on Sunday, making sure you get in and out in one piece:
RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP FANS: PLAN AHEAD FOR RACE DAY TRAFFIC
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are encouraging fans to plan ahead for their trip to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Press release previews from the 125cc and Moto2 teams ahead of the Indianapolis Grand Prix:
FTR MOTO LOOKING TO INDIANAPOLIS FOR SUCCESS
FTR MOTO goes in search of further podium finishes in the Moto2 World Championship in Sunday's 11th round of the series at the Indianapolis circuit in America.
The last of the previews from the MotoGP teams: from Pramac Ducati for Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet, and Cardion AB for Karel Abraham:
SECOND APPOINTMENT OF THE SEASON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR MOTOGP. INDIANAPOLIS IS HERE
As MotoGP heads into the final stretch of the season, with just over a third of the races left to go, it's time to have another look at the engine situation in MotoGP. With each rider now well into their allocation of 6 engines to last the season, the trends are becoming clear. So who is in trouble, who has engines to spare and which manufacturer has done the best job of producing an engine that works. Below is a run down of each factory, subdivided by team and rider.
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.