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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Ready to Restart the Season Stateside
After a three-week summer break, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP return to the United States leading the standings and are keen to take on the competition this weekend at round ten of the MotoGP World Championship.
Indianapolis (USA), 5th August 2015
After a three week MotoGP drought, this week the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team will be back in action at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway as they defend their top spot in the championship standings.
Last year‘s Indianapolis Grand Prix saw a brilliant scrap at the front that resulted in teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo taking a double podium finish.
As with last year, Rossi has enjoyed a very successful first half of the season. He has finished on the podium at every round so far, led the standings from start to date and claimed a GP win in Qatar, Argentina and the Netherlands. Having been able to fully recharge during his holiday, the Doctor returns to the scene ready for action and aims to extend his championship lead over the coming nine rounds.
Teammate Lorenzo had a challenging start to the season, but made a sensational comeback at Jerez. This home race victory marked the beginning of a stunning four GP winning streak that lasted until Assen. The summer break not only gave the Spaniard time to unwind but also allowed him to get his physique up to a new level, leaving him ready to give his all during the rest of the season.
Thanks to his strong start to the season, Rossi leads the championship with a 179 point total and a 13 point gap to Lorenzo in second place. Both riders are eager to climb onto Indianapolis Motor Speedway‘s podium again this weekend.
Though originally constructed in 1909 it wasn‘t until 2008 that MotoGP arrived at the ’brickyard‘. Rossi conquered the first Indianapolis GP when he bravely withstood the remnants of Hurricane Ike to take the chequered flag in brutal conditions. One year later it was Lorenzo‘s turn to claim the win and he returned to the podium four more times over the next five years.
Though both riders admit that Indianapolis is not their favourite circuit, they like the layout that consists of 16 turns and an incorporated main straight of the famous oval. Last year‘s resurfacing of the 4.170 m long track has also improved the grip level considerably for the riders, which gives the fans plenty of overtaking action to look forward to.
"I'm ready to start racing again during the second part of the season. I had a few days of rest, I went on holiday with my friends and I also trained. After nine races, this stop was very important so I could recharge myself. Now there are another nine races waiting for us and each of these will be very important for the championship. The first part went very well with nine podiums in nine races and I hope that the second part of this season will go just as well. Some of the tracks we‘re going to I really like, I have to be defensive at others. We start with Indianapolis, not one of my favourite circuits but there‘s always a great atmosphere here and the circuit is very nice. I'm ready to go!"
“The summer break was a good chance to rest and recharge our batteries for the second half of the season. I was able to enjoy some sunny days at the beach but I also trained a lot in California and Brazil, where I spent many days before Indy. I feel great, I‘m in a very good shape and ready to face the important second part of the season. The first half was not so bad considering the beginning, so we are feeling very positive and hopefully we can fight in the best way possible with Valentino and Marc. Usually Indy is not one of my favourite tracks but I‘ve won there in the past. Last year the tarmac improved a lot but its layout is different to that of other circuits. I think we can contend for the podium again so we need to be very focused during the whole weekend to try to gain valuable points.”
“We are returning from our holidays well-rested and with recharged batteries and arrive at Indianapolis in a good shape. It‘s always exciting to come to this iconic circuit and I think we are ready to challenge at the front again in the second half of the season. We are leading the championship with Vale and also have Jorge on strong form, which is important. Having been able to rest, they now have renewed energy and are looking forward to getting back on track, so I‘m confident they will give it their 100% again this weekend as they always do.”
Re-energized after Summer break, Marquez and Pedrosa look to pick up where they left off
After a two-week Summer holiday since the Misano Test, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to the famous Brickyard for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, where Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will be hoping to repeat their perfect 1-2 finish in Germany before the break.
The famous circuit – Home of the Indy 500 – is one of the most famous circuits in motorsport, ‘The Brickyard’ became an official MotoGP venue for the first time in 2008 following some modifications and homologation by the FIM. The layout of the track, which is 4.170km in length and has 16 turns (ten left turns and six rights), incorporates the main straight of the famous oval circuit including the Brickyard and an area between turns 1 and 2 of the oval, before meandering through the vast interior of the IMS.
Both Marc and Dani have enjoyed fantastic success here in the past few years, with Marc winning on four occasions – 2011 and 2012 in Moto2, 2013 and 2014 in MotoGP – and Dani on two occasions – 2010, 2012 – and taking second in 2011 and 2012. Honda have celebrated ten consecutive wins on American soil (since Indianapolis 2010).
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 4TH - 114 POINTS
"It’s been great to have some time off to recuperate and recharge the batteries ready for the second half of the season. After the Misano test I went to Ibiza with some friends for a week which was fantastic, and much needed! Then we resumed our training schedule in order to prepare for the coming races. Now we are on our way to America for the Indianapolis GP. I love racing on American soil and appreciate the enthusiasm of all the fans. I like the Indy track it can be tricky with the changes in asphalt but as always we will work hard from Friday, and get back into our rhythm as quickly as possible!"
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 7TH - 67 POINTS
"I feel relaxed and ready for the second half of the season after this brief Summer break. We enjoyed a good end to the first half of the season with a good race in Germany and then a productive test in Misano. Then I headed home and enjoyed some time on Lake Geneva with some friends, taking some important time away from it all. Even though I’ve been relaxing I’ve been continuing my recuperation on my arm and then started to get back into my training to be ready for Indy this week. I’ve had pretty good results at Indy in the past so my aim is to arrive there and fight again for the victory. It can be difficult to setup the bike here with the varying grip levels so we will have to pay attention to this."
Ducati Team arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the USA
Following the short summer break, the MotoGP World Championship kicks back into gear this coming weekend at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the tenth round of the year. The second event on US soil, following the round at Austin in April, will mark the start of a tough period of races for the MotoGP protagonists, with three in the space of four weeks. The Indianapolis GP will be followed one week later by the GP of the Czech Republic at Brno, and then the British Round at Silverstone at the end of the month.
The capital of the state of Indiana is famous in the motorsport world, above all due to its International Speedway circuit, nicknamed "The Brickyard", where every year at the end of May the Indycar 500 Miles race is held. Since 2008 the impressive Indy oval has been the venue for a MotoGP race, which uses a section of the high-speed banked track together with a succession of slow, twisty curves situated in the infield.
Last year Andrea Dovizioso started from the front row of the grid with second quickest time in qualifying, and he finished the race in seventh place, while the Italian’s other important results here were in 2012 when he took the third podium place, and in 2008, 2010 and 2011 when he finished fifth. In his two MotoGP races at the Indiana oval, Andrea Iannone has not yet stepped onto the podium, the Italian picking up a DNF in 2014 and an eleventh place finish in 2013.
The Indianapolis weekend schedule starts on Friday morning with the first free practice session at 09.55 (15.55 CET) while the 27-lap race starts on Sunday at 14.00 (20.00 CET).
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 3rd (118 points)
“The Indianapolis track is an interesting one, and last year I went quite well. Unfortunately in the race we had a few too many problems, but our overall performance wasn’t bad. This year I think I can do a good race with the GP15: I am always positive and this year I have more reasons to be so, in particular because I am third in the championship. I hope I can be quick right away and get closer to our opponents than in the previous races.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 5th (87 points)
“Indianapolis will be an important weekend: it’s a circuit that in our opinion should be more favourable to our GP15, and it will be useful to see how fast we are at this point of the season. The tests at Misano were very important for us because we were able to work in total relax, without the pressure of a race weekend, and do a lot of back-to-back tests. I hope to bring a halt to my negative run in recent races with a good performance at Indy and to get a good result on a track where last year we went quite well.”
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The first motorsport race to take place at Indy was a motorcycle one on August 14th 1909, on the 2.5 mile oval circuit, but despite its 100-year history it was not until 2008 that MotoGP arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To celebrate the event an intense modification of the layout was undertaken, but without affecting the legendary oval. The layout of the track, which is 4.170km in length and has 16 turns, incorporates the main straight of the famous oval circuit including the Brickyard before meandering through the vast interior of the IMS.
Circuit Record: Marquez (Honda - 2014), 1’32.831 (161.7 km/h)
Fastest Lap: Marquez (Honda – 2014), 1’31.619 (163.8 km/h)
Top Speed: Dovizioso (Ducati – 2014), 345.7 km/h
Track Length: 4.2 km
Race Distance: 27 laps (112.6 km)
Corners: 16 (10 left, 6 right)
Race Start: 14:00 (20.00 CET)
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR RETURNS TO RACING AT INDY
Team Suzuki Press Office – August 5.
Holiday time is over for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Viñales who are ready and excited to get back on their GSX-RR machines and begin the second half of the 2015 season this weekend.
The team has arrived in the US, where the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a circuit that is world-reknowned for the famous 500 mile race, takes place on Sunday. In fact, a part of the oval circuit that hosts the Indy car race is included in the track that the MotoGP™ machines will use.
The two factory GSX-RRs will take to the track of Indianapolis dressed-up in the same iconic colours that debuted at the last GP at Sachsering as a tribute to the long-winning history of the GSX-R model, and which is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.
Espargarò and Viñales both come from an intense training program that kept them busy during the summer break with the objective of keeping their physical condition at the very maximum for the demanding effort that a MotoGP™ machine requires. Their holiday started after the Misano test in mid-July, where they further investigated the GSX-RR’s potential and found new set-up options for the machines during the grand prix weekends.
The International Motor Speedway has a history that dates back to 1909 for the first car event, raced on the original oval track, while MotoGP™ only arrived at Indy for the first time in 2008.
The layout of the track for MotoGP™ is 4.170km (2.59 miles) in length, has 16 turns and incorporates the main straight of the famous oval circuit including the yard of bricks from where the track gets its nickname ‘The Brickyard.’ From there, between turns 1 and 2, the course uses part of the oval, before meandering through the vast interior of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The MotoGP™ riders will race on Sunday over a distance of 26 laps (112.6 km - 69.9 miles) and the circuit record lap is 1'32.831s.
“The race in Indy will be fascinating becasue of the long history that goes with the circuit, but it won't be that easy for us. The layout worries me a little because of the long straight, but at the same time I'm excited to get back to racing after the positive tests we did in Misano before the break. We had the chance of veryfing and developing many things and at the end we collected much data for all the forthcoming races. We are half-way through the season and we have made big improvements since the beginning, the team is working hard and I am focused on getting some good results. My position in the championship doesn't reflect the effort that we are putting in and the improvements that we have made, we need a little more luck for the upcoming races and I'm sure that we will have even better results.”
“This summer break has been very positive for me, I could train a lot and get ready for the second-half of the season, but we also made the tests in Misano and the outcome was really important. We could learn a lot about the machine and find new directions to follow for its set-up. We know that we need to be more effective from the very beginning of the race weekend and be immediately competitive in order to develop the bike and be fast in qualifying, therefore improving our start position. This is crucial in all races. Indy will be fascinating, as it is such an historic circuit, but it will also require us to make a big effort to be competitive, thanks to its layout. After the first half of the season I feel that the team is giving me every support and this summer break has meant that I could train hard, so I’m feeling in good shape to get back riding.”
MOTOGP RESUMES WITH THE INDIANAPOLIS ROUND
Stefan Bradl makes his debut on the Aprilia RS-GP alongside Alvaro Bautista
Indianapolis (USA), 4 August 2015 - After the three week summer break the MotoGP engines roar to life for the Indianapolis GP. But even during the holidays there were changes afoot: German rider Stefan Bradl will make his début on the Aprilia RS-GP for the American round. Bradl will then continue throughout the season on the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini alongside Alvaro Bautista.
At exactly the midway point of the season Bradl's contribution could be decisive in continuing the project development process which is Aprilia's primary goal in this rookie year of MotoGP. This is a progressive job that Bautista has been carrying out perfectly from the start of the championship, managing to consistently battle for points and, with the tenth place finish at Barcelona, bringing home a very encouraging result for the entire team's work.
ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)
“Stefan is a young rider with a lot of important experience and he's fast, having won the Moto2 world championship title and taking home some good placements in MotoGP in recent years. We are expecting an important contribution from him in developing the RS-GP, working alongside Alvaro Bautista who has done a truly excellent job thus far. I would like to thank Michael Laverty for his efforts and professionalism during the German GP.”
FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)
“After a three week break we are anxious to get back onto the track. Up to now we have been able to do a lot of work on the RS-GP and with Bautista we have also brought home a few satisfying results, like the tenth place finish in Barcelona and the other five finishes in the points. Now we are ready to get back to work with even more enthusiasm. We are sure that with the arrival of a fast and expert rider like Stefan Bradl alongside Alvaro our progress on the technical front will move along even quicker.”
“During the summer break unfortunately I didn't have much time to relax. I would have liked to have spent some time on the beach, but it just wasn't to be. In fact, after the Sachsenring race, my right forearm which had been operated on for compartment syndrome swelled up so I had to do physical therapy and undergo various medical checks. In any case, I'll be going to Indianapolis very focused and intent on picking up on the development work carried out in the first half of the championship: Indianapolis is a very particular track since it was made to be raced on in the opposite direction, but we want to continue gathering important data here as well in order to define next year's bike. I'd also like to welcome Bradl to the team: being able to count on a competitive team mate is definitely positive and I hope that together we'll be able to move forward more quickly on developing the RS-GP.”
“I can't wait to get to Indianapolis and start this new, great adventure. It obviously won't be easy at the beginning. I'll need to get used to a new team and a new bike, so my main goal in this first Grand Prix is to begin getting to know my mechanics and familiarising myself with the way the bike performs. As for my injured right wrist, the situation is good: I am very pleased because my hand is no longer giving me problems and lately I have been able to do the same training programme that I did before my injury. During the summer break the healing process went well and on Monday the doctors gave me the all-clear to race at Indy. Recently I have also been Motocross training to check my sensations on a bike. I still don't know how I'll feel astride a MotoGP bike, but I think that by the time I arrive at Indianapolis I'll already be close to 100% fitness.”
Smith and Espargaro full of confidence ahead of the return to the Brickyard
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro look optimistically towards the Indianapolis Grand Prix this weekend, where they will battle for two top tier results after the MotoGP summer break. Both riders are feeling confident after winning together in the legendary Suzuka 8 Hour race for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team as they clinched a superb hat trick including pole position, the fastest race lap and the victory. This performance leaves them primed for a successful second half of the 2015 season and they will look to battle as close as possible to the factory MotoGP bikes in America at the famous brickyard circuit.
Britain’s Bradley Smith undertook a highly successful run in the opening nine rounds and currently sits in joint 5th position in this year’s World Championship standings as he leads the MotoGP satellite battle by 21 points. The 24 year old rider will intend to improve on his result of 6th from last year, at the 10th race of the season. On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team garage, Pol Espargaro will aim to bolt forward when the lights go out in Sunday’s 27 lap sprint and fight for a top finish aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. The young Spaniard has fond memories of the GP after finishing last year’s event in 5th and will seek to kick start the second half of the year with a strong showing.
Championship : 6th Points : 87
"It’s time to go back to work and jump on the Yamaha at the Indy circuit which is a track with such a huge amount of history and it’s always fun to go racing there. The summer break was great for me, although there wasn’t a lot of rest! Pol and I contested in the Suzuka 8 hour race which we were able to win after the special support from Yamaha. It was a dream come true, although not just to compete in it, but to also finish first! The whole thing really fills me with confidence for the second part of the year in MotoGP and I am certain that I can continue my strong form from the opening nine rounds where I finished no lower than 8th in all of the races. In my first year in the premier class, I completed this GP in 8th and then last year, 6th and I hope to go one step further this year! Our base setting has worked really well at all of the races so far, therefore hopefully we will have a good start and get everything ready for the main event on Sunday, even if it’s quite a tricky circuit to master. However, I am ready for the battle and can’t wait to speed over the bricks on my Yamaha in Indianapolis."
Championship : 9th Points : 64
"I am really excited to get on the M1 in America and start fighting in MotoGP once again. It was amazing to not only participate in the Suzuka 8 Hour race, but also grab pole position, set the lap record and win the event! Yet, this weekend it will be time to switch to MotoGP mode and put my Monster Yamaha Tech3 leathers back on which I am primed for. I am feeling optimistic of repeating last year’s result of 5th and we know we can run close to the factory bikes, which is what I will be aiming for. In terms of the track itself, it’s a bit challenging with ten left corners and six right, but coming out of that last corner and speeding down the famous straight is awesome! For sure, it will be a long event on Sunday but if we do our homework and get my Yamaha setup in the right way as soon as possible, then I know we can achieve a solid qualifying position and run well in the race. I am looking forward to putting on a good show for the superb American crowd as well as to seeing my Monster Yamaha Tech3 team again."
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :
"Next up is Indianapolis, a circuit that we all look forward to visiting. I’m sure that riding the famous oval on a MotoGP bike is an amazing feeling and the fans really do get excited about the event there. The summer break gave everyone in the team a chance to relax, unwind and get ready for the second half of the year. However, both Brad and Pol were in Japan and represented Yamaha at the Suzuka 8 Hour race. The result was fantastic for them and gave Yamaha their first victory in 19 years, so hopefully they can transfer some of that success over to MotoGP and get a great double result this weekend. Last year went well for Pol and Brad as we finished in 5th and 6th. The level of competition has risen this season, but both riders are intending to do the same and fight to be the leading satellite bike. We must all work together in order to give them the best package, but we are very confident that they can both have a good weekend in America before we head to Brno.”
Avintia Racing back on track at Indianapolis
03/08/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP Grand Prix of Indianapolis PREVIEW
The MotoGP World Championship resumes this weekend at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a long summer break. Hector Barbera heads to the United States leading the Open Class and determined to improve in the second half of the season. He has been training hard in the last weeks and he wants to repeat what he had archived in four of the nine first races of the season; to be the best Open Class rider on Saturday’s qualifying and, of course, on Sunday race.
His Avintia Racing teammate Mike Di Meglio, heads into the second half of the season looking forward to get more point-scoring finishes. He got his best ever result in MotoGP last year at Indy, so the French rider hopes to improve it this season with Ducati.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / @HectorBarbera
I didn’t like too much Indianapolis but last year they made some changes on the layout and I think this would be good for our Ducati. During the last weeks I’ve been relaxing on the beach, but combining it with my physical training. I did lot of miles with the bicycle and I head the second part of the season very strong, physically and also mentally. In Germany we went back to the place we should be, so I think is possible to be the best Open bike in every race and maybe try to fight with the factory bikes.
MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 / @Mikejpp63
I really like Indianapolis. Last year I made mi best result in MotoGP with the Avintia bike, so I’m really curious to see who we’ll do with the Ducati, this is a very powerful bike and this could be and advantage for us in the long straights of this track. During the summer break I recharged my batteries, the first week I just rest and relax myself, but during the last two weeks I’ve been working hard to be ready for the second half of the season. I’m very motivated, we just scored points one time this years and I’m really looking forward to finish the season with good results.
Redding raring to go at the Brickyard
Gosselies, Belgium – 4 August 2015: Scott Redding is keen to get the second half of the 2015 MotoGP season underway, as he heads to the United States for round ten of the championship at the world-renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider has endured a difficult start to his first season aboard the factory Honda RC213V but, having spent time reflecting on his performance during the summer break, he heads to Indianapolis quietly confident of improving his results during the second half of the season.
The Indianapolis circuit remains one of Redding’s favourites, especially since the changes to the layout last season, with the 22-year-old Briton having twice finished on the podium there in the Moto2 class previously.
“I really like the Indianapolis circuit, especially with the changes they’ve made to make it more flowing. It’s always been one of my favourites on the MotoGP calendar. The summer break has given us the opportunity to think about the first half of the season; it wasn’t the start we wanted, but at the Sachsenring we definitely made a step, so I hope in Indy we can start where we left off and continue to make improvements to the bike, my lap time and my consistency. I actually feel more confident now I’ve had some time away from the paddock, so I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Looking back, the first half of the season didn’t pan out as we were expecting, but we need to focus on the positives and look for an improvement in the second half. The team has worked tirelessly to get Scott more comfortable on the Honda RC213V, while Scott himself has had to significantly adapt his riding style to get the best from the bike. What we’re missing now is the consistency; the ability to run every lap at a similarly fast pace while building towards a fast flying lap in qualifying. We saw a step forward with consistency in Germany and, If we can continue to improve in this area then I think we will see an improvement in the results over the second half of the season.”
CRUTCHLOW EXCITED TO RETURN TO BUSINESS AT INDY
After a three-week hiatus following the last grand prix in Germany, the CWM LCR Honda Team and the whole MotoGP paddock reconvenes this weekend at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the USA to begin the second half of the 2015 world championship and the run-in to the end of the season.
Cal Crutchlow currently lies in eighth place in the series, just a point behind his factory colleague Dani Pedrosa, and so will be hoping to score some good points this weekend as he aims to cash in on Honda’s recent upturn in fortune. The British rider has enjoyed time back home on the Isle of Man as well as at his base in Tuscany, where he has been training hard over the summer break to prepare for this weekend’s tenth round of the championship.
Cal Crutchlow #35
“This is a really important grand prix for us, and I am really looking forward to getting back on the bike after three weeks away from our sport. Everybody deserved a bit of a break and some down-time. It's good for me, and good for the whole paddock, but it's nice to regroup with the team and get ready for the second half of the year.”
“Honda have been working hard even in the break so I am really looking forward to the next races. Two races back to back is a nice start to the second part of the season especially on these two circuits (Indy and Brno)."
MILLER AIMS HIGH AT INDIANAPOLIS
Jack Miller has enjoyed an up and down first half to his rookie MotoGP campaign, but the CWM LCR Honda rider is excited about picking up the baton once more as the championship heads to Indianapolis in the USA for round ten and the start of the second half.
The Australian finished as top Open Honda rider last time out in Germany, and will hope to continue that kind of form at a track at which he took pole position and finished on the podium last year in Moto3.
Jack Miller #43
“I am looking forward to starting this second half of the season. I really like Indianapolis and also Brno so I am looking forward to the next two races. I like the fact that they are really close together too, because it means we can get a lot of ‘playtime’ in a short amount of time!”
“The bike should be more or less what we left off in Sachsenring and it is going to be quite interesting after a decent result there. So I am eager to start the practice tomorrow and with rain today, hopefully the weather can be a little bit better.”
Back to work as the second half of the season kicks off at Indianapolis
POWER ELECTRONICS pair excited to return to action after summer break; Nicky Hayden ready for his second home race of the season
Nine races down, nine to go in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship and after a timely three-week summer break the action resumes this weekend at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Despite recent changes to the track it remains technical and tricky, with more than one section of asphalt that can easily catch the riders out. With the unique atmosphere that always accompanies big motorsport events in the USA, this weekend's MotoGP promises to be a high-octane affair with everything still to be decided as the championship heads into its crucial second half.
The summer break was a welcome opportunity for the two POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar riders to rest up and prepare for a gruelling schedule between now and the end of the season although neither Nicky Hayden or Eugene Laverty enjoy being away from their motorcycles for too long. The pair know that they are capable of more than they have been able to show in the first half of the campaign and for Hayden this weekend holds extra significance as Indianapolis is just a few hours' drive from his home in Kentucky. As the only American currently in the series, Hayden is determined to fly the flag with pride in Sunday's race.
Nicky Hayden: “I am excited to race at Indianapolis, my true home Grand Prix, which is really close to where I live. Unfortunately I had to miss it last year and it was tough to be there watching without being able to take part. It also means I haven't had chance to evaluate the changes to the track myself yet although the feedback from the other riders was generally positive, so I'm looking forward to riding. We will be competing alongside the MotoAmerica boys, who will be riding from Thursday so there should be some rubber laid down for when we go out on Friday, which is good. It is no secret that the first half of the season has not gone as well as we'd hoped. I have had chance to rest up a little over the last three weeks and also get some training done. I am sure we will return at a higher level for the second half of the season.”
Eugene Laverty: “I feel 100% ready for the second half of the season. My body really needed some time to recover from a few big crashes lately so the time off was a welcome break. I enjoyed one week of holiday to recharge and prepare myself for the remaining nine races. I've learned a lot during the first half of my rookie season which ought to set us up for a strong end to the year. Things have been up and down but I'm confident that our speed is there to challenge regularly for Open class honours from here on. Indianapolis kicks off the second half of the season and the track looks fun to ride. I'm excited to see my bike again after a month apart!"
Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 10: Indianapolis
Tuesday, August 4 2015
Bridgestone slick options: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre options: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Round ten of the 2015 season sees MotoGP™ return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the second half of an enthralling championship gets underway on American soil.
The Indianapolis circuit is 4.170 kilometres in length and features a ‘stop-and-go’ layout with slow corners separated by short straight sections which place an emphasis on good rear traction and braking stability. The circuit is run in a counter-clockwise direction, with ten left-hand turns compared to six right-hand turns.
The sequence of corners from T12 to T14 Indianapolis generate very high temperatures in the left shoulder of the rear tyres, making asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder a necessity at this circuit. Last year, the circuit was re-surfaced and had several corners modified, resulting in lap times improving by approximately six seconds compared to the old layout. As a result, the severity of the Indianapolis circuit has increased significantly and overall, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the more severe circuits on Bridgestone’s rear tyres.
Rear slick options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders are the medium and hard compound, while the Aprilia, Ducati, Suzuki and Open-class riders are allocated the soft and medium compound rear slicks. Front slick compounds for all riders at Indianapolis are the soft, medium and hard compounds while the main wet tyre is the soft compound, with the hard compound wet tyre being the alternative option.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“The summer break has been a busy period for Bridgestone Motorsport as we were supporting teams at the Suzuka 8 Hours race, where we secured our tenth consecutive win. Now, our focus is back on MotoGP as the second half of the season gets underway and so it’s a pleasure to come to Indianapolis as the whole city gets behind the Grand Prix and there is a great atmosphere every time we visit. We’ve had a very interesting championship so far and I am looking forward to seeing the battle for title supremacy between Valentino and Jorge resume, and to see whether any rider can break Repsol Honda’s run of five straight victories at this event. This Thursday before the Grand Prix weekend we will also be holding our fourth annual Bridgestone Golf Challenge at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course which is right next to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I look forward to welcoming Bradley, Jack, Maverick and Colin Edwards to the event as well as a host of local and international media.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“The recent re-surfacing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway means that there’s only a single type of tarmac on the infield section, so the old issues of having various levels of grip around the circuit are no longer. Although the layout of the circuit was also modified last year, the overall character of the track is one of many low-speed corners which place a strong emphasis on good acceleration. The layout of the circuit puts greater stress on the left shoulder of the tyres, mainly due to the sequence of corners from T12 to T14 which generates very high temperatures. Therefore, to ensure adequate temperature resistance and durability, we supply asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder at this circuit. The front slick compounds for Indianapolis are from the harder end of our compound range for maximum durability and braking stability at this ‘stop-and-go’ circuit.”
ROUND TEN 2015 MotoGP™ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST
SMITH RETURNS TO THE FRAY BUOYED BY SUZUKA SUCCESS
Bradley Smith flies to America to start the second half of his superb MotoGP™ season buoyed by his success at the prestigious Suzuka Eight Hour race in Japan last week. The 24 year old Monster Tech3 Yamaha rider arrives at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway determined to carry on where he left off at Suzuka and in the first half of the MotoGP season.
He lies joint fifth in the world championship and is the leading satellite factory and British rider after nine rounds of the 18 round championship. Together with team-mate Pol Espargaro they helped Yamaha win the Suzuka Eight Hour race and is confident of continuing the run in the 27 lap Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on the 2.59 miles infield circuit surrounded by the legendary Indy Oval.
Smith lies joint fifth in the championship with factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso and is 21 points in front of Isle of Man – based midlander Cal Crutchlow. After three non-finishes on the CWM LCR Honda Crutchlow has fought back in the last two rounds with sixth and seventh places respectively and will mount a strong challenge in the second half of a difficult season so far.
Gloucestershire’s Scott Redding will be looking for a change of fortune in the second half after a tough opening on the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS RC213V Honda. A first lap crash at the previous round did little to help his confidence but he will return to Indianapolis where he took Moto2 pole and third place a couple of years ago ready to start turning the season round.
Eugene Laverty makes his Indy debut on the Aspar Honda but his brother Michael misses out on the Aprilia after replacing Marco Melandri in Germany.
Lincolnshire’s Sam Lowes is hot property at the moment but will concentrate his efforts in the Moto2™ Championship after a superb first half of his second season. Riding the Speed Up machine, he lies third in the championship after three podium finishes including victory in the last American round at Austin. He is just seven points behind world champion Tito Rabat in second and four in front of fourth placed Alex Rins.
Twenty – one year old Wiltshire rider Danny Kent enjoyed his summer break more than most. The Leopard Racing Honda rider could become the first British Grand Prix World Champion since the legendary Barry Sheene in 1977 after an amazing first half of the very competitive Moto3™ season. After five wins he holds a commanding 66 points lead in the championship with nine rounds remaining. Kent has the ability to win under any circumstances and there is no reason why that should not continue in the 23 lap race on Sunday.
It’s not been such an easy ride for Scotsman John McPhee after a promising start to the season on the Racing Steps Foundation supported SaxoPrint RTG Honda. He’s 13th in the championship and needs a good result on Sunday to kick off his second half of the year.
HOSTILITIES RESUME AT INDIANAPOLIS
Fresh from the summer break, the MotoGP™ gladiators return to commence the second half of this momentous season at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in America on Sunday.
A refreshed nine times world champion Valentino Rossi returns on the Movistar Yamaha after winning three of those opening nine rounds to lead team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by 13 points in the title chase. Both have won around the 2.59 mile infield circuit surrounded by the world famous Indianapolis oval, but that was a long time ago. Since Lorenzo’s victory in 2009 Honda have dominated the proceedings with world champion Marc Marquez winning from pole in the last two years. The Spanish Repsol Honda rider has experienced plenty of ups and downs this season but looked back to his best when he comfortably won the last round in Germany. His team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who won the 2012 Indy race, was second and the Honda pair will be a massive threat to Rossi and Lorenzo in the 27 lap race. Marquez chases his fifth successive Indy victory after two Moto2™ wins before his MotoGP success.
Marquez moved into fourth place in the championship and trails the consistent Andrea Iannone in third place by just four points but is still 65 points adrift of leader Rossi. Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati team-mate to Iannone, started the season brilliantly on the brand new GP15 machine but has been off the podium since Le Mans and now shares fifth place in the championship with the impressive Bradley Smith.
The Monster Tech3 Yamaha rider is the leading Satellite factory rider and arrives in America fresh from an impressive victory with team-mate Pol Espargaro in the prestigious Japanese Suzuka Eight Hour race. Pedrosa, who missed three races following an arm pump operation, is 20 points adrift in seventh with Cal Crutchlow, riding the CWM LCR Honda just a single point behind and in turn only two points in front of Pol Espargaro.
The Ecstar Suzuki team have made an impressive return to MotoGP with debutant Maverick Vinales in tenth place and Barcelona pole setter Aleix Espargaro in 12th sandwiched between the Octo Pramac Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Yonny Hernandez.
Two former Moto2 World Champions feature in line – up changes. Following the withdrawal of the Forward Racing Yamaha team, Stefan Bradl will join Alvaro Bautista in the Aprilia team for the remainder of the season. Spaniard Toni Elias, the very first Moto2 World Champion, MotoGP and Indy winner returns to replace the injured Karel Abraham in the Cardion AB Honda team.
Frenchman Johan Zarco is running away with the Moto2 World Championship. He has won three grands prix and only once been off the podium to build an impressive 65 points lead over world champion Tito Rabat. The Marc VDS rider was unlucky in the previous round being brought down on the final bend in Germany by Italian Franco Morbidelli. Both will be a big threat in the 25 lap race, together with Belgian Xavier Simeon following his first grand prix victory in Germany. Britain’s Sam Lowes’ consistency and victory in Austin puts him third but coming under pressure from Moto2 debutant Alex Rins who is just four points behind Lowes and four in front of Le Mans winner Tom Luthi. Xavi Vierge replaces Ricky Cardus at Tech3.
It’s a similar story in Moto3™ where Danny Kent leads the way by a massive 66 points following his fifth win of the season in Germany riding the Leopard Racing Honda. Seventeen year old Italian Enea Bastianini still chases that elusive first grand prix win in second place with Miguel Oliveira making a welcome return after missing the German GP when he broke a finger in practice. The Portuguese Red Bull Ajo KTM rider has already won in Mugello and Assen and is just three points in front of Le Mans winner Romano Fenati who in turn leads Kent’s team-mate and last year’s winner Efren Vazquez by three points.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta replaces Isaac Vinales in the Husqvarna Laglisse team who in turn replaces the injured Ana Carrasco on the RBA KTM.
This is the eighth successive year that a motorcycle grand prix event has been held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and below are some facts and statistics related to this event:
• This will be the 28th occasion that there has been a motorcycle grand prix held in the USA. The first two events in 1964 and 1965 were held at the famous Daytona circuit. Fifteen GP events have taken place at the Laguna Seca circuit, there have been seven held previously at Indianapolis and three in Austin.
• The first motorcycle grand prix event to be held at Indianapolis in 2008 was subjected to high winds and rain due to Hurricane Ike, resulting the MotoGP race being cut short and the 250cc race being cancelled.
• Yamaha riders won the MotoGP races on the first two visits to Indianapolis, Honda riders have won for the last five years.
• The last non-Honda rider to win the MotoGP race in Indianapolis was Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha in 2009.
• Nicky Hayden’s third place finish in 2009 is the only MotoGP podium by a Ducati rider at the Indianapolis circuit.
• The best results for Suzuki at the Indianapolis circuit are the sixth place finishes by Alvaro Bautista in 2011 and by Ben Spies in 2008 when he appeared as a wild-card.
• In the first four appearances of MotoGP in Indianapolis, one American rider finished on the podium each year: Nicky Hayden 2nd in 2008 & 3rd in 2009; Ben Spies 2nd in 2010 and 3rd in 2011. In the 2012 MotoGP race at Indianapolis, the first American rider across the line was Colin Edwards in 13th place, in 2013 it was Nicky Hayden in 9th. Last year the only American rider to start the MotoGP race in Indianapolis was Colin Edwards, who finished 13th
• Jorge Lorenzo’s six MotoGP podium finishes at the Indianapolis circuit is more than any other rider.
• Four of the riders who will be competing this year have taken part in all seven previous MotoGP races that have been staged at the Indianapolis circuit: Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.
• For each of the last two years in the MotoGP class at Indianapolis, Marc Marquez has qualified on pole, won the race and set the fastest lap.
• For the last four years, the rider qualifying on pole in the MotoGP class at Indianapolis has gone on to win the race.
• Ben Spies’ pole position at Indianapolis in 2010 is the last time that an American rider started from pole in MotoGP.
2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP Storylines
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 - The world's fastest motorcycle racers will descend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP returns for an eighth year with a full slate of racing from Aug. 7-9.
Indianapolis is the 10th round in the MotoGP World Championship and marks the start of the second half of the season. MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes will take the track all three days along with the new MotoAmerica series appearing at IMS for the first time.
The following is a list of storylines for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP:
The MotoGP World Championship returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second time following a reconfiguration of the road course that was completed prior to last year's race. The current course is slightly shorter than the original circuit at 2.591 miles (4.170 km) but retains its 16-turn layout, with turns 3, 4, 7, 15 and 16 having been reconfigured and the entire infield section of the circuit having been repaved.
Two-time defending world champion Marc Marquez has won four years in a row at IMS - in Moto2 in 2011 and 2012 and MotoGP in 2013 and 2014. With his MotoGP win at IMS last year, Marquez tied Australian legend Mick Doohan for the most consecutive wins (10) in a season in the modern era. He started on the pole the following week on his Repsol Honda at Brno, Czech Republic, but his streak ended when he finished fourth as Dani Pedrosa won the race. Marquez enters this weekend's action at IMS in fourth place in the MotoGP standings.
Italian legend Valentino Rossi, a nine-time world champion and winner of the inaugural
Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2008, has enjoyed an amazing season on his Movistar Yamaha, entering this week's race as the points leader. Rossi, who finished second in the 2014 standings to Marquez, has been on the podium in each round this year with wins in Qatar, Argentina and Assen. Rossi will be looking for his second win at Indianapolis.
Two-time world champion and 2009 Indianapolis winner Jorge Lorenzo of Spain enters this week's action in second place in the MotoGP standings, trailing his teammate Rossi by 13 points. Earlier this year, Lorenzo won in front of his home crowd in Jerez, which was followed up by triumphs in Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona.
Spain's Dani Pedrosa, Marquez's teammate with Repsol Honda, is the only other returning rider who has won the MotoGP race at Indianapolis (2010 and 2012). Pedrosa missed three races earlier this season due to injury, but reemerged to step on the podium with a third-place finish in front of his home crowd in Catalunya, and finished as the runner-up at Sachsenring. Pedrosa is in seventh place in the 2015 MotoGP standings.
In Moto2, Mika Kallio of Finland - currently ninth in the 2015 standings - will return to defend his Indianapolis title. Efren Vasquez of Spain will attempt to win the Moto3 race for the second consecutive year at IMS on his Honda. Vasquez is currently fifth in the 2015 Moto3 standings.
MotoAmerica, the premier U.S.-based motorcycle road racing series, will race at IMS for the first time as part of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend. The first-year series has featured great racing across multiple divisions and IMS will be the eighth stop in a nine-round schedule. The premier class for the Moto America Championship is Superbike, and racing alongside the Superbikes (but scored separately) is the Superstock 1000 class. Additional classifications include Supersport, formerly known as AMA Daytona Sportbike, and Bazzaz Superstock 600, the former AMA Pro SuperSport Class. Multiple classes will compete over all three days of the weekend.
Owensboro, Kentucky, native Nicky Hayden will return to action at IMS after missing last year's MotoGP race while he was recovering from wrist surgery. The local favorite and 2006 MotoGP world champion has five starts at Indianapolis with a best finish of second in 2008. His younger brother, Roger, will compete in MotoAmerica's top Superbike class.
Colin Edwards, who retired as a rider from MotoGP competition following the 2014 season, will lap the 16-turn, 2.591-mile IMS road course on Sunday, Aug. 9, aboard a special Yamaha YZR-M1 that features yellow-and-black 60th anniversary livery. Always a colorful fan-favorite, Edwards --affectionately known as "The Texas Tornado" - is a Yamaha legend and a current MotoAmerica television personality.
Indiana-based Westfield Powersports is returning for a second year with its popular Vendor Marketplace held in the Gasoline Alley garages during the entire Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend. The Vendor Marketplace presented by Westfield Powersports is a popular display area for aftermarket products where motorcycle enthusiasts can see and purchase gear from top motorcycle equipment and accessory companies.
Off-track action on the IMS Moto Midway will include Red Bull Trials stunt performances by 10-time champion Geoff Aaron, along with stunt shows by Red Bull Flatland BMX Rider Terry Adams and Red Bull Street Freestyle Rider Aaron Colton.
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will hit the streets of downtown Indianapolis after the gates close at IMS on Friday, Aug. 7 (7 p.m.-midnight) and Saturday, Aug. 8 (4 p.m.-midnight) for "Motorcycles on Meridian," a free event celebrating motorcycle culture.
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP was named by MotoGP as the circuit's "Best Grand Prix" in 2014, the first North American race so honored. Selection criteria included venue, promotion and overall operations.
2015 Ticket Information: Fans can buy tickets for the 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP and apply for tickets to the 2016 Indianapolis 500, Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the Lilly Diabetes 250 and the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Heroes Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard.
Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.
Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.
AKRAPOVIC NEW TECHNICAL PARTNER FOR TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR
Team Suzuki Press Office – August 6.
The return to racing after the summer break will see Team SUZUKI ECSTAR benefit with a new Technical Partner in renowned exhaust systems producer Akrapovic.
The partnership will begin at the forthcoming GP of Indianapolis, where the two GSX-RRs ridden by Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales will be equipped with the first incarnation of a new exhaust system that will be constantly developed in future races.
The relationship between Suzuki and Akrapovic is not new in MotoGP™ racing history, as the two brands have already worked together in the past.
Toshiyuki Yamada – Group Manager, Motorcycle Race Group:
“We are happy to have on our side such an important partner as Akrapovic. They have a long winning history in racing and their technological knowledge is state-of-the-art in the motorcycle industry. We were looking for a partner that could share with us the ambitious project that we started last year with our comeback in MotoGP™ and I believe that they can bring fresh and new input to our development path. It is good to have this partner, back as we have already worked side-by-side with them and we know what they are capable of. At this stage we are facing a complex development project that is made-up of many different aspects that require maximum effort; it is important for us to have capable partners that can support us with performance improvements but also share our ambition in racing.”
Uroš Rosa, PhD – CEO Akrapovic d.d.:
“We are delighted to be entering into this new partnership with Suzuki, as it embarks on its latest chapter in Grand Prix racing. It does feel like renewing acquaintances with old friends, as we have previously worked alongside the Japanese company in MotoGP. This is a big challenge for all concerned, but it is certainly one that Akrapovic is pleased to be involved with, because it gives us another chance to perform on the biggest two-wheel stage in the world, especially with a race-bike that is very much in development mode. Suzuki is already setting high-standards with the new bike in 2015. They are challenging towards the front of the pack, and we are convinced we can bring increased performance to the Suzuki GSX-RR with our advanced exhaust system technology, to help push Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales on to greater success with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.”