The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an immensely successful motorsports venue, but its very success worked against it on the first day of practice. After complaints last year that the track was too bumpy and the kerbs were raised too much, the infield part of the circuit was completely resurfaced and many of the bumps were removed. The MotoGP riders were almost unanimously impressed by the effort put in by Indy, and the change was universally appreciated as a sign that IMS was keen on keeping MotoGP at the facility for the immediate future.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after practice on Friday at Indianapolis:
The Repsol Honda Team begins to adapt to the new asphalt in Indianapolis
The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix kicked off this morning at the legendary Motor Speedway with Casey Stoner in second position on the time sheets, Andrea Dovizioso, seventh, and Dani Pedrosa, tenth, after the first free practice.
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after Friday at Indianapolis:
Binder meets GP racing
Brad Binders first encounter with 125cc Grand Prix has been a rather mixed experience. The 16-year-old South African is very enthusiastic about the Aprilia he rode for the first time, but he also made twice already acquainted with the asphalt on the circuit of Indianapolis. Binder, who usually races in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, replaces the injured Luis Salom for RW Racing GP in Indianapolis. The contest in America is his GP debut.
It's been an unimaginably tough season for Ducati in 2011. The arrival of Valentino Rossi has served only to prove that the design of the Desmosedici has some fundamental design flaws that only a particular talent can ride around, and the factory Ducatis have spent all this year circulating in mid-pack. Right now, the focus in Bologna has shifted completely towards 2012, with this season being used to gather data to help build next year's bike.
Casey Stoner has taken control of the timesheets in the second session of practice for the MotoGP class, the Repsol Honda rider edging out a very strong Ben Spies with just under five minutes in the session left. After some very bitter and rather lurid complaints about the slipperiness of the newly resurfaced track in the morning session - Dani Pedrosa said that whoever had done the resurfacing had done "the deal of the century" - the track condition improved enormously, the heat and the fact that 38 Moto2 bikes had spent 45 minutes cleaning the track making a huge difference.
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.