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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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MotoGP in Indianapolis in 2008

I just read this. This is great for this sport in the USA.

MotoGP confirms Red Bull Indianapolis GP for 2008

Motorcycle racing will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in nearly a century with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 for MotoGP, the world’s premier motorcycle road racing series.

Officials from IMS and Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP, have reached a multi-year agreement to stage motorcycle racing at the Speedway for the first time since an event on the 2.5-mile oval on Aug. 14, 1909, the year the facility opened.

The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will take place on a new 16-turn, 2.601-mile (4.186 km) motorcycle road course at IMS that will feature the riders travelling counter-clockwise, the same direction as the facility’s oval events.

“We welcome the excitement and passion of MotoGP racing and its fans to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP,” said Joie Chitwood, IMS president and chief operating officer. “The very first motorized race at IMS was on two wheels, so it’s only fitting that motorcycles are returning as we approach the 100th anniversary of the track.

“Fans of MotoGP know just how thrilling this form of racing is, and our new road-course configuration will create even more side-by-side action and passing opportunities for the skilled riders.”

The inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP will feature three days of on-track action starting Friday, Sept. 12. The 125cc and 250cc classes also will compete as support series during the event.

“We are very happy to be able to add this event to the MotoGP calendar because tradition and history play such a big part in our sport, and nowhere in the world has as much motorsport history as Indianapolis,” said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.
“The U.S. is obviously a very important market to us, and when we returned to Laguna Seca a couple of years ago for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, it was an instant success. The next step was to come to Indianapolis, and now to be able to say we have two MotoGP events in the United States shows just how far our sport has come in recent years. We hope that the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will be another success story, and we are already looking forward to next year’s first event with anticipation.”

MotoGP is the most sophisticated, prestigious motorcycle racing series in the world. Riders compete on prototype, 800cc machines from major manufacturers, including Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha. MotoGP bikes, which create nearly 250 horsepower despite weighing only approximately 330 pounds (148kg), can reach speeds of nearly 210 mph.

The 2007 series schedule features 18 races in 15 countries around the globe.

Defending World Champion Nicky Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, is one of five Americans who have scored points the 2007 MotoGP season. The others are 2000 World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr., Colin Edwards, John Hopkins and Kurtis Roberts.

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I hope they test tires there unlike F1 which is part of the reason it has flopped.They never rebounded from 2 years ago when they had the huge tire issue. Moto GP I hope has learned from that.
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Question 2008 calender

Turkey and Indianapolis are both currently out of my range to travel to by bike, so I am not too fussed as to which apears in the calender. However for somebody so short it is interesting to note the length of the shadow cast by Bernie Ecclestone. He owns the circuit in Turkey, MotoGP don't go back. He announces that F1 wont go back to Indianapolis, MotoGP are allowed in - there has to be a connection.
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Bernie can eat crap and bark at the moon. If Bernie doesn't like it then it has to be good. He ruined the race in Istanbul. The track that he now owns in Istanbul costs 75,000 euros a day to rent and everybody that was using it has told them forget it. Now a great facility just sits there being wasted. I hope he chokes on it. I can't wait to get to Indy for the race.
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Oh hometown. Its going to be good time in Indy 2008.
Look out for a 35' RV parked at the track as a MV Agusta home base.

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