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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pre Race Review:

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the second to only two racing circuits in the United States to host the MotoGP every season and heads off the twelfth round of the Championship weekend.

Built in 1909, this 2.6 mile track became famous for its legendary oval shape and actually presented the fans with a motorcycle race as its first official competition, but did not introduce the GP venue until 2008.

This unique Midwestern circuit is considered one of the largest spectator sporting facilities in the world, housing 257,000 seats; incorporating 10 left and 6 right turns with the popular Brickyard in turns 1 and 2 of the oval. Under scrutiny last year from several disgruntled GP riders complaining of unsafe track surfaces, especially at turn 6, Indy had a make-over and was resurfaced at the infield (turns 5-16). The new look has regained the confidence with the majority of the premiere teams and has redeemed a more positive outlook to the riders for 2011.

The Repsol Honda riders are clearly running the show through out the season with Casey Stoner at the top of the Standing with 218 points and 32 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, in second place. The solemn spirited Aussie has seen better days since his last visit to Indy with a record of only racing there twice in his entire GP career. Casey missed 2009 with health issues, just bypassed the podium in 2008, taking fourth and crashed in 2010. Time for some pay back…again!

Casey Stoner:
“In the past seasons the track at Indy has been extremely bumpy and also slightly dangerous so I’m looking forward to going there and riding the new surface. I’ve only ridden the circuit in 2008 and 2010 and we were pretty competitive there last year, but then I lost the front in the race, so it will be good to get there, test the new surface and get to work on the set up on my RC212V.”

Teammate Andrea Dovizioso has been cruising at a nice consistent pace throughout the season and has every intention to continue his plight in adding another podium result to his five after Brno.

Andrea Dovizioso:
“We arrive in Indy after a podium finish in Brno and I hope we can continue this momentum. The Indianapolis racetrack is a typical American venue with great facilities and huge grandstands, the track is not particularly interesting but all in all it’s a very nice event. This year the track has been resurfaced in some parts so for sure it will be much more fun to ride as in the past it was very bumpy and there were different kind of asphalt.

Although the comeback kid, Dani Pedrosa, had a surprising set back with his low side in the first lap at Brno, the Spaniard has every intention of reclaiming his driving force and doing a repeat of last year in attaining another victory at Indianapolis!

Dani Pedrosa:
“I’m heading to Indianapolis and really looking forward to the race. Last year we had a good race there and I hope I can repeat this again. The asphalt has changed, so we will have to adapt to the new surface, check how the tyres are working there and look for the best race setup possible. Physically I’m improving little by little; already in Brno I felt better than in the past months, so I hope I can be in good shape for the race. Obviously the last race result was very disappointing for me and my team after such a good weekend, but we take the positive things from it and move forward.”

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies both had good results at Indy last year, despite the high atmospheric track temperatures. Reigning World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo squeezed into the last position in third after launching off the grid in the second row just behind Spies. Jorge also conquered podium wins in 2008 and 2009.

Jorge Lorenzo:
“Indy is a track I really enjoy. I treasure wonderful moments like the podiums in 2008 and 2010, and my victory in 2009 wearing Captain America’s helmet. I am now in good shape and am ready to regain the ground we lost in Brno, where a mistake put a distance between Casey and I. I hope the good energy I feel in this track will still help us to fight for the title. I am really looking forward to going back to the US and riding my M1.”

Coming in second just in front of future teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies had one of his most successful races for 2010. The good-looking Texan is still dealing with numbness in his arm, but can’t wait to take on Indy as a Factory rider. The Yamaha duo will be once again sporting Yamaha’s 50th anniversary red and white livery to continue the racing celebration.

Ben Spies:
“I’m really hoping to be completely fit for this weekend. I’ve still got some numbness in the arm but it is better than it was at Brno. We’ve been working hard to get it right and we will of course give it 100% as always. I’ve been looking forward to this race all year; it was pretty crazy last year as a rookie to take pole and a second in the race. We’re going to put on a good show for all the home fans and see what we can do.”

For the Ducati team, it’s all systems go in the paddock! Both Factory riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi will be piloting the new and improved GP11.1 this weekend. The all American dreamboat to his fans is looking forward to riding his home track and will do his best to earn another podium at Indy, from 2009. Despite Nicky’s consistent vocal disappointment in his performance this year, he comes to the stateside track with a positive outlook for his team, as well as himself.

Nicky Hayden:
“We’re going to Indy, and we’ll see what the new track surface does. I’ve ridden it, and the bumps are definitely gone, although I’d say it will take some time on Friday to clean it up and get some rubber down. I’m looking forward to this event. I always enjoy racing at home in front of friends and family, but I need to go there and focus on my job. I want to try to do a good result while also having fun and enjoying the weekend. The team has worked really hard to get me the opportunity to ride this new bike, and now it’s up to me to try to pay them back with a good result.”

Teammate, Valentino Rossi won at the oval circuit in his debut in 2008, but does not rank the track as one of his favorites, even with his large attending fan base. The jubilant Italian is feeling the loss this week with the passing of a dear friend and mentor, Claudio Castiglioni.

Valentino Rossi:
“Indy is a difficult circuit, and although it’s not exactly one of my favorites, we’ll see how we perform there with the Ducati. Racing in America is always nice for me, as I enjoy both the atmosphere and the fans, who are always very passionate. On the other hand, I’m very sorry that we’ll be missing someone who undoubtedly followed our sport, though not at the track: Claudio Castiglioni was very passionate and he did a lot for the motorcycle world, and for me in particular when he helped me get started in racing in Sport Production 125 when I was 14.”

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards is excited to be racing for his home based fans once again and hopes to stay strong in his goal to sit within the top six finishes as a non Factory rider this year. The joyful Texan can’t wait to check out the new refinished track and feel the ambiance of the historic mega track.

Teammate, Cal Crutchlow, has been on a low ebb for far too long on race day, but hopefully, after a more flourishing test experience at Brno, the British rider will come out on top, or at least upright on Sunday this weekend.

Another Satellite team that looks to be ultimately scoring some podium potential is the San Carlo Honda Grisini team with Marco Simoncelli finally making his way to the podium this season coming in third at Brno. The relieved Italian feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders, despite his hefty mane! He can now go into this weekend with a new-found confidence and set some new records since his days in the 250cc class.

Marco Simoncelli:
“A weight was lifted off my shoulders at Brno with my first ever podium in MotoGP and my 30th podium in all categories. It was a huge source of satisfaction because we have been chasing it since the opening race of the season and didn’t quite manage it for various reasons. We needed it and I am happy for myself, the team, Honda and everybody who has believed in me. That kind of cloud is no longer hanging over us and hopefully that will make everything easier in the second half of the season.

Teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama displayed some drastic improvements at Brno, coming in under the top ten umbrella in ninth place. Indianapolis was his first race after his return to the track when he sustained a severe back injury last year, putting him out of six races.

Rizla Suzuki’s solo rider, Alvaro Bautista has been the rider to watch in the last several weeks, showing vast improvements in his ability to work up the line on race day. The frosty haired Spaniard just needs to keep it under control when it comes down to the wire with his recent crashes. If he does, he has a good shot at finishing in the top five in the 2011 season.

On the Thursday, to kick off the GP race weekend, AMA supersport Champion rider, 17 year-old Elena Myers will be doing laps on Alvaro Bautista’s Suzuki GSV-R prototype at the track. Possibly the first female to ever ride an official GP machine, if not the youngest!

Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera, LCR Honda’s Toni Elias, Cardio AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham and Pramac’s Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet have been training hard to make improvements their bike set ups and matching it in their ability to fight for a top ten position. Gotta pull it together boys and fast!

All the race action will be commencing this Friday, August 26 starting with the first free practice round at 10:10am(GMT-4)

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MotoGP World Standings 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 218
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 186
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 163
4 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 118
5 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 110
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 109
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 103
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 76
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 75
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 70
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 62
12 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 46
13 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 43
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 39
15 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 34
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 29
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 19
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 3
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August 25, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Brno, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Elena Myers, girlracer, Hector Barbera, history of MotoGP, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jorge Lorenzo, Laguna Seca, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, Nicky Hayden, Randy De Puniet, Red Bull, toni elais, Valentino Rossi

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