When you mention Indianapolis Motor Speedway to any race enthusiast they get a sparkle in their eyes, and a shiver runs down their spine. This past weekend The Indianapolis Motor Speedway welcomed The Red Bull Moto GP to town for 3 days of fast-paced competition. Not only were fans treated to the main event – Moto GP, but they could also see Moto 2, 125cc class, and the XR1200 class races making this a weekend to remember for race fans. In the main event the checkered flag went to Dani Pedrosa aboard The Repsol Honda with a total time for the 28 laps of 46’39.631, almost 11 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. This year proved to be quite exciting for Pedrosa, not only did he get the win , he also set a track record (1’38.813) during qualifications to net him the pole, best lap time (1’39.088) during the race, as well as became the first rider in the events history to garner 2 1st place victories. A true 4 star win for Dani Pedrosa – Congratulations from K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com)!
Moto GP results:
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 46’39.631 151.796
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 46’50.454 151.211 10.823
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 46’56.941 150.863 17.310
Moto 2 Results:
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol SUTER 45’13.763 145.413
2 20 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti KALEX 45’19.618 145.100 5.855
3 16 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia SUTER 45’23.157 144.911 9.394
Moto 3 Results:
1 25 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP KALEX KTM 42’14.300 137.744
2 20 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 42’14.356 137.741 0.056
3 16 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 KALEX KTM 42’17.240 137.584 2.940
MotoGP Fun Facts
- Alex de Angelis became the first rider to exceed 200 mph on a motorcycle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, recording a top speed of 201.3 mph in the speed trap in the 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
- Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden are the only two MotoGP riders to finish on the podium in each of the first two Red Bull Indianapolis GP races. Lorenzo finished third in 2008 and first in 2009; Hayden finished second in 2008 and third in 2009.
- The inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP, in 2008, took place 99 years after the previous motorcycle race at the track, in 1909. That was the first motorized event in IMS history.
- The combined area of front and rear tire contact patches on a MotoGP motorcycle is equal to about the size of two credit cards.
- Riders in MotoGP lean their motorcycles approximately 60 degrees in some turns.
- Riders in all three MotoGP classes – MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc – compete rain or shine. Their bikes are equipped with grooved rain tires in wet conditions.
For those that couldn’t make it to The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the high speed show, an event called “Motorcycles on Meridian” was held downtown around Monument Circle inviting motorcycles, motorcyclists, and race fans to come out and celebrate everything motorcycles. A sea of motorcycles descended on the downtown area offering something for everyone’s taste. Whether you fancy a showroom stock ride, a mild custom with accessories added to make it yours, a wild custom destined for the pages of a magazine, or something in between, it was in downtown Indianapolis this past weekend. With next years dates to be announced soon, it looks like Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and The Red Bull Moto GP may have found the chemistry to offer a full throttle experience for everyone to enjoy.