As everyone knows, MotoGP is my “fix”. I watch FP1,2,3 & Quali for all MotoGP races … i’d even watch moto2/125 FPs and Quali if sleep didn’t get in the way! This year was a bit different for travel arrangements, instead of driving in the day before, we flew from Newark, NJ to Indy Friday morning. If all went well, we would have a few hours to make it to the track before the first FP would start. Of course, this wasn’t the case. After a few hours delay with our first plane, the airline decided to give us a new plane. About 2.5 hrs later, we were on our way to the Indianapolis. As we entered Indianapolis airspace, i look at the window and i see the speedway, with 125cc already on the track, dang! Not off to a good start, but we made it safe, and I’m ready to take some photos!
Besides this being the last year for 125cc(moto3 next year), Indianapolis Speedway resurfaced the entire infield of the track a few months prior to the start of race weekend. This was done because many of the riders complained about bumps around the course, but the downside of doing this without anyone riding on the track before was grip. The new problem for the weekend, was of course tire grip. As the weekend progressed and the more rides took to the track, the more rubber that was laid down to give some better grip to the riders. Thankfully the weekend was full of sun with no chance of rain to hit during race weekend.
Stoner’s dominance continues with his seventh pole position setting him up for another win at one of the tracks he’s never won at before. The Ducati team with tire wear and front end feel with both the GP11/11.1 model has hindered both riders to start higher on the grid. The Yamaha team on the the other hand, Lorenzo and Spies qualified 2nd and 3rd, which was their first first double Yamaha front row of the year.
Race day is here and like the whole weekend, the sun is out and is heating up the asphalt to a scorching 51c/123f. Stoner, Lorenzo, & Pedrosa take a charging start, and Pedrosa hoping to do a repeat of last year, but after 7 laps Stoner over takes Lorenzo then Pedrosa and stay ahead for the remainder of the race. Even though Spies starts 2nd on the grid, him and Dovi, touch going into turn one which send him out wide. Marco Simoncelli and Nicky Hayden starts off strong but tire wear slowly start cutting back their times, and eventually Nicky has to pit to change tires to finish the race and still able to get a few points. While Rossi has is own problem worth front end feel and tire wear pushes him back to the end of the pack; At one point Rossi was in 17th to work his way back up to 10th. Despite the bad start for Spies, he works his way back up to 3rd place by lap 16 but too far off to catch Pedrosa. Randy De Puniet ends up finishing 8th, which is his best finish of the season on his Pramac Ducati.
For a first for this year, AMA XR1200 had a race after the MotoGP races were completed. It wasn’t something i was all that up-to-date with, but it was a great bonus the crowed go to enjoy.
For more information, check out motogp.com!
With the last few year’s GP, you never know what kinda weather you will get at Indy. For one, the first year it rained throughout the whole weekend and the leftovers from a hurricane ended the races early. This year, we had quite the opposite, clear blue skies, excellent racing weather! Qualifying is always an exciting time to see who will grasp the pole position. Jorge Lorenzo has been dominating this year poles and podiums. This weekend the American fans were treated to not only Ben Spies getting his first ever pole position in the premier class, but Nicky Hayden grabbing his first front row on the Ducati. It was one special moment for both in front of their home crowd.
Race Day is here and all rides start off strong, but after a strong FP1/2/Qualifying, Nicky Hayden has some issues with grip, catches a grain cover, which rips off his knee slider, because of this he wasn’t able to ride at his maximum, ending in a 6th position. Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa took over the front where Ben tried to hold of Dani, but in the end Dani took him in the straight. Ben Spies tries to fight back, but can’t keep up with Dani’s pace. Despite losing Dani, Ben keeps a good grab between Jorge Lorenzo and finishes 2nd, which is the highest podium he has finished in the premier class. Jorge Lorenzo finishes 3rd, not happy with the ride, but happy to add some points to extend toward his first world championship in MotoGP.
Congrats to all riders! and for more news and exclusive video from this weekends race, visit motogp.com!!
Date: August 28-30, 2009
Photos: Erik & Scott
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Day 1: FP1
Dry weather for 125cc, but rain returns for the MotoGP & 250cc class.
Day 2: A dry track and sun returns for FP2 and Qualifying.
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Day 3: Race Day!
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^^ Rossi & Lorenzo battling it out.
^^ Lorenzo climbing the fence after winning the race!
Pits / Downtown
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^^Ducati fashion show
^^ James Toseland’s band…and they actually were pretty damn good!
^^keeping the crowd amped!
^^thousands of bikes fill the streets; Over 8 blocks closed for bikes only!
^^ anyone hungry?
^^ Red Bull going out all…downtown was a BLAST… along with free drinks all night!
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“The inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP will take place Sept. 12-14 on a new 2.621-mile road course built for the event at IMS. It is the first motorcycle race at the Speedway in 99 years, as the initial motor race at the fabled facility was a bike event Aug. 14, 1909.Single-day general admission tickets will be available at the gate Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The one-day tickets are $10 each Friday and $20 each Saturday. These tickets only can be purchased at the gates with cash.
Activity Friday includes practice for the elite MotoGP class, with practice and qualifying for the 250cc, 125cc and Red Bull Rookies Cup divisions. On Saturday, qualifying will take place for MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc, with a race for the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup class.
Three-day reserved and general admission tickets, which include admission for Race Day, Sunday, Sept. 14, are available.”