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[COVERAGE] Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 20th, 2013 by Elusive Media

What a weekend at the Famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ben Spies returns to his Ignite Pramac Racing Team after being out since RD2 in Austin, TX and is fully fit! Engery TI Pramac Racing Andrea Iannone also returns from being injured as well, But Friday was just the start of the Marquez weekend. To Start off, Marquez picks off Pedrosa by one tenth of a second at 1’39.502 after a day of free practices, while Bradl (despite a fall during FP2), finishes ahead of Lorenzo. Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi finish off the top six times of the day.

On Saturday Marquez continues to conquer the field and taking his forth pole of the season. In return, Marc Marquez beats the previous pole record by eight tenths of a second(1’37.958), while half a second back is Lorenzo and Pedrosa to finish the front row. For his home race, Nicky Hayden claims a spot on the second row in sixth place. Bradl having a great weekend up until a crashes in T1 and the best he can pull out is 8th qualifying time. Valentino Rossi struggles with qualifying with a disappointing ninth(worst qualifying on a Yamaha since Valencia in 2008) and will have plenty of work to do during race day. Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso finishes off the top 10. Ben Spies which looked strong after missing seven races this year crashed in FP with a highside in T4, which ended his weekend. We wish him a quick recovery and home to see him back out soon!

Race Day is here and Marc Marquez, which so far hasn’t had the best starts continues that by getting behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa out of the gate. While both(Lorenzo and Pedrosa) are still recovering from their injuries, it doesn’t take Marquez long to get past his rival and teammate. He ultimately takes victor after the 27 Lap race and dominates all 3 US GPs, which also marks his third consecutive win! Valentino Rossi finds his rhythm and battles his way past Monster Yamaha’s Tech3′s Crutchlow and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bautista on the final laps and clinches 4th all the way back from 9th. Stephen Bradl Finishes seventh on his LCR Honda, while a controversial final turn overtake by Hayden sends both Ducati Teammates jumping out of line and allowing Smith’s Tech3 Yamaha to beat them to the finish! Besides Ben Spies, Karel Abraham as also unable to start the race due to injury on the first day and hope for a quick recovery for his home race on the following round!

With this Win from Marquez, he now leads the championship by 21 points(188 Total) from Pedrosa and 35 points behind is now Lorenzo. It should be an interesting second half of the championship. As both Pedrosa and Lorenzo become fully fit. Will Marquez still be able to keep up with the wins? Lets hope both of them can put some pressure on Marquez and keep the Championship exciting!

On to IMS News: There was rumors that this would of been Indianapolis’s last year, despite one year left on the contract. But during race weekend, it was officially released that MotoGP would be returning to the IMS Raceway! There is also talks of a reconfiguration of the track for next year, which would include a fresh coat of tarmac on all infield. Will this be enough to extend IMS past next year? Look forward to see what happens in the next following months. Til then See you next year!!!

For further news on everything MotoGP, check out www.motogp.com

Enjoy the photos from MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3!

Date: August 16-18th, 2013
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

April 27th, 2013 by Elusive Media

A weekend of firsts, broken records, and great racing at the world-class Circuit of the Americas(COTA). If your not familiar with COTA, its located in Austin, TX and it’s the 1st purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States. Besides MotoGP, Formula 1(F1), V8 Supercars, Rolex Sports Car Series & American Le Mans Series, make the journey to Circuit of the Americas for one of their rounds. COTA consists of 20 turns, elevation change of 133ft, & .62 mile back straight that makes up the 3.4 mile track.

With many strong rides this season, Dani Pedrosa, Cal Clutchlow, VR 46 Valentino Rossi(back to Yamaha), Marc Marquez (2012 Moto2 World Champion), and the reigning world champion, Jorge Lorenzo, we are excited to see how this season unfolds. After some great battles in Qatar, we are ready for some more action for Round 2 at Circuit of the Americas!! A forecast of sunny and low to mid 70s make it ideal temperature for the weekend. As the race weekend starts off, we are greeted with low 40f degree weather in the mornings, much cold than anyone expected. Combined with a 8-15mph wind, the next few days would make morning practices a bit more of a challenge. As expected race times drastically reduce in the afternoon, where the Rookie, Marc Marquez comes in the fastest by just over a half-a-second faster than his teammate Dani Pedrosa. As the weekend progresses, Saturday conditions are in line with yesterday, and still after the 4th Free Practice, Marc Marquez comes on top with a 2:03:779. Dani trails behind by a small gap, were Lorenzo is nearly a full second behind Marquez’s time. We start seeing that the Honda’s favor this track over the Yamaha’s. After we finish up Q1 and on our way to Q2, Dovisiozo tops his teammate Nicky Hayden for 6th and also top Ducati. The top 5, in order are Bradl, Crutchlow, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, and Marquez. This is Marc’s first pole position and also breaks a long time record held by Freddie Spencer all the way back in 1982. Spencer at the age of 20 years and 196 days, while Marquez at the age of 20 years and 63 days. We had a feeling he would be breaking this record, but no one knew he would break in only his 2nd top class race.

Race day is finally here, and its the best conditions we’ve had all weekend. As all 26 rides take off from the grid, Pedrosa with a great start takes the lead into turn one. Marquez falls back to 3rd while quickly overtaking Bradl in the first lap and stays close to Pedrosa. Lorenzo does all he can to keep up with both Hondas, but slowly falls back after taking 3rd place from Bradl. With 13 laps down, Marquez finally makes his move and passes his teammate Pedrosa. Dani tries to keep up, but Marquez keeps pushing all the way to the checkered flag with a 1.5 second lead ahead of Dani. We now witness another record held by Freddie Spencer broken by Marquez in his first MotoGP win! Lorenzo finishes 3rd while crutchlow works his way up the back after making a mistake for a impressive 4th place. Nicky Hayden is the top American(9th) and Ben Spies finished 13th, dispute strong pain from a previous injury that has not completely healed. Wild Card Rider Blake Young finished 1 lap down in 21st and local boy(man) Colin Edwards completes nearly half the race after having major issues with his CRT machine.
Moto2′s race was won by Nico Torel and Moto3′s race was won by Alex Rins both first time winners in their class. If all those records and first weren’t enough, the Red Bull Rookie Cup had its first race in the United States, which included a race on Saturday and another on Sunday. It was a packed weekend of records and firsts, with over 131,000 in attendance during the race weekend, we will all be talking about this until we start it all over again next year!

Date: April 19-21st, 2013
Location: Austin, TX
By: Erik
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24. Dani Pedrosa soaking up some Texas sun after a long weekend!

[COVERAGE] Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 22nd, 2012 by Elusive Media

The sun is out and not a drop of rain is set for Indianapolis Motor speedway, Round10 of MotoGP Championship was set for a great weekend of racing! Over the years, rides from all classes have complained of bumpy track, so at the end of last year’s race, IMS repaved the entire inside track. Even with race weekend being rain free, Thursday the 16th, a massive thunderstorm came through the city, soaking the track and leaving the track dirty, but with the sun beating down on the fresh tarmac, fans and rides were eager to see what each rider could put down for a lap time. Rides quickly learned, even with a bump free track, MotoGP was the first to ever go around the repaved track, which lead to a very slick surface. ISM this weekend took no prisoners. Héctor Barberá returns after being out on injury, while Toni Elías Stand By in case he need to fill in. We quickly learn it was a good thing, Barberá comes out of the last turn and loses traction and land on the top of his helmet, injuring his back. Stoner during qualifying takes a fast high side which throw him off the bike, where we later find out needs surgery, but even with a fracture and torn ligaments in his right ankle, Stoner continues to race on Sunday. Nicky Hayden also takes a high sides as well which renders him unconscious and injurers his hand. Medical steps in and see him unfit to race his home race on Sunday.
Now onto Race day, which isn’t done claiming rides. Spies goes out with engine issues, Crutchlow crashes out, Randy out with bad clutch, and Pirro out as well. Even with Stoner’s enjury he fought a hard battle to take 4th, a disapointing weekend for him, but good to pick up some much needed points in the Championship. Dovizioso finish again on the podium with 3rd, while Lorenzo couldn’t keep the blistering pace of Pedrosa, winning by nearly 10 seconds. For further stats and articles from all 3 classes, head over to motogp.com

Gallery includes photos from all 3 classes including AMA. Enjoy!!

Date: August 17-19th, 2012
By: Erik
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[NEWS] Rossi heads back to Yamaha for 2013 on two-year contract

August 10th, 2012 by Elusive Media

Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 & 2005 and again in 2008 & 2009. He won 46 Grand Prix races with Yamaha over a 7-year period before leaving at the end of the 2010 MotoGP season.

Rossi, who is presently 8th in the Championship standings, will partner Jorge Lorenzo who currently leads the 2012 MotoGP World Championship by 23 points, having taken five victories from the first ten completed races of the 18 race series.

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing

“This announcement is once again excellent news for Yamaha. In June we were able to sign Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013-14 campaign and now we are able to confirm Valentino Rossi for the next two years. In doing so we have been able to put together the strongest possible team to challenge for victories and to promote the Yamaha brand.

We have run this ‘super team’ together in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and during that time we achieved the ‘triple crown’ titles with Rider, Manufacturer and Team World Championship victories for three consecutive years.

The target for the future is obvious and we will do our utmost to achieve our goals.

I have no doubt that with the experience, knowledge, skills and speed of these two great champion riders we will be able to challenge for many race wins and for the 2013 & 2014 World Championship titles.

The signing of Valentino completes our future planning for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team. Now that this is done we will put our 100% efforts into completing the job at hand and to supporting Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo in their search for race victories and for Jorge’s 2012 World Championship title challenge.”

Press release courtesy of Yamaha Factory Racing

Source: MotoGP.com

Ciao Marco Simoncelli.

October 28th, 2011 by Elusive Media

I’m still at a lose of words … Anyone that follows MotoGP, knows how excited it was to watch Marco race around the track, especially with all the drama he created over this season.   Marco always had a smile and was always willing to talk with his fans and sign autographs, Marco was truly a great guy.  At the age of 24, he was just getting started with only 2 years in the premier class. We all know #58 was on his way to fight for the championship, it was only a matter of time.  RIP Marco, you will be greatly missed on and off the track.. Thanks for the amazing ride.

For anyone looking to send condolence, please visit http://58marcosimoncelli.it/

Below are some of the photos I took of Marco Simoncelli(Super Sic) during 250CC(2008-2009) and MotoGP(2010-211). More photos are located in the gallery along withe larger resolutions of the photos below.

Date: October 28th, 2011
By: Erik
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Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 30th, 2011 by Elusive Media

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!

Date: August 26-28th, 2011
By: Erik
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Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 30th, 2010 by Elusive Media

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 27-29th, 2010
By: Erik
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Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

September 4th, 2009 by Elusive Media

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!


^^ amazing!


^^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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Stoner out of action for three races, Kallio to join Hayden in Ducati Marlboro team

August 10th, 2009 by Elusive Media
source: motogp.com

source: motogp.com

Casey Stoner will not take part in the next three Grands Prix, and will next return to action at the beginning of October for the Grand Prix of Portugal.

The Australian has suffered physical problems since the Catalunya GP, which have caused him severe fatigue during the last five races. Stoner took this difficult decision after having consulted with sports doctors who have looked after him for many years back home in Australia. At this challenging time, he has the full support of the team and the whole of Ducati who together with Stoner have enjoyed racing at the top of the sport for the last three seasons.

Mika Kallio will join Nicky Hayden in the Ducati Marlboro Team for the next three races, thanks to the great spirit of collaboration between Ducati and the satellite team owned by Paolo Campinoti. Kallio is in his debut season in MotoGP and has already proved to be very competitive on the GP9. For the Brno race, his place in the Pramac Team will be taken by Michel Fabrizio.

CASEY STONER, Ducati Marlboro Team (3rd in the championship on 150 points)
“After five extremely difficult races due to my health, I returned to Australia to visit the sports doctors who have looked after me for many years. We have taken the difficult decision not to contest the next three rounds of the championship, to allow my body time to recover from the recent stress. The doctors believe that during the Barcelona race I was suffering from a virus, and, that I subsequently pushed my body too hard, leading to problems that have caused my fatigue since then. The doctors are continuing with many tests to try to understand these problems and make sure it does not happen again. I have spoken with Ducati and thank them for their understanding at this time. I feel very sorry for the factory, my team, my sponsors and the fans and I am also disappointed because the bike in the last races has been very competitive. I will be doing everything possible to come back at full strength for Portugal.

NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Marlboro Team (13th in the championship on 47 points)
“Last season I was unable to race at Brno because I was injured, but it’s a great track which was completely resurfaced last year so I expect it will be much better in terms of the lumps and bumps. At least this year I will find out, having spent the break at home in Kentucky preparing myself for the second half of the year, and not taking part in things like the “X Games”! I can’t wait to get back on track and score some results which will make my team happy. I hope Casey can get better over the next few weeks because we all know how quick he is when he is fit. In the meantime I need to try to make progress with the team and try to make sure that they don’t miss him too much.”

MIKA KALLIO, (15th in the championship on 34 points)
“When I took the call I could hardly believe it, but then I talked to my manager and I realised it was true. I am proud to be racing the next three events with the Ducati Marlboro Team. Obviously I’m not expecting to suddenly be a second quicker, because our bikes are very similar to the official machines, but I hope to be able to pick up some good results for the team. I would particularly like to thank Paolo Campinoti, who has allowed me to enjoy this incredible opportunity. It will be a real honour for me. Nonetheless I would like to send my best wishes to Casey, and I hope to see him back out on track as soon as possible.”

LIVIO SUPPO, MotoGP Project Director
“It’s obviously difficult for us to contemplate the next three races without Casey, but it’s clear that the most important thing at this time is his health. Since his debut with us in Qatar in 2007, Casey has won 18 times as well as taking countless podium finishes, becoming one of the top riders in the World Championship in the process. We have already overcome tough times together, like when he had to undergo surgery on his scaphoid towards the end of last season. We are united whether in times of success or in times of difficulty. We are confident that the doctors will help solve the issues that have affected him since early June and that Casey will be able to take part in the last races of the year in peak fitness. Then we can prepare for 2010 in the best way possible. A big thank you to Paolo Campinoti who as always has proved to be a great supporter and an ideal partner for Ducati, allowing Mika to ride with the Ducati Marlboro Team for the next three races. Mika is having a really positive debut year in MotoGP and we are delighted that he will be alongside Nicky in the official works team. In his place at Brno in the Pramac Team will be Michel Fabrizio, who I am certain will know how to give the right kind of performance on one of his preferred tracks.”


‘The Battle of Barcelona’: OnBoard and Unseen

June 16th, 2009 by Elusive Media

Special video footage from Sunday’s epic race available on motogp.com.

source: motopg.com

If it was exciting for fans watching the Barcelona battle between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo this past Sunday, one can only imagine what it was like for the riders themselves. motogp.com today offers the next best thing: OnBoard action from the cameras placed on the Fiat Yamaha teammates’ respective M1 machines.

The final three laps of the Catalonia clash are reviewed in three distinct OnBoard videos today (Tuesday). ‘OnBoard with Lorenzo in Barcelona’ follows the final trio of laps from the perspective of the Spanish star, whilst ‘OnBoard with Rossi in Barcelona’ goes close-up for the same series of laps until the chequered flag. A final video entitled ‘Rossi v.s. Lorenzo: OnBoard Battle’ mixes the two in a special cut.

The tussle between Rossi and Lorenzo will be reviewed all week on MotoGP.com, with new shots, unseen footage and opinions from the epic race. To view the video content, buy a VideoPass here and enjoy the action.