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MOTO GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway September 2008
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STATE OF INDIANA PRESENTS MotoGP CHAMPION HAYDEN WITH AWARD
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 - 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden earned the Executive Director's Award presented by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) for his dedication and service to the Indiana Motorcycle Safety and Awareness campaign.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Senior Vice President Mel Harder accepted the award on Hayden's behalf from ICJI Executive Director T. Neil Moore at the 16th annual Operation Pull Over Awards Banquet on Nov. 19 in Carmel, Ind. The ICJI and Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving played host to the banquet.
"I'm honored to receive this award," Hayden said. "It's been great to work with everyone from the ICJI on this project. I know how great riding motorcycles can be when done the right way, and I'm happy to help increase awareness of safety for all riders in Indiana and everywhere."
Ducati Team star Hayden lent his time and talent to endorse safe, sober riding by all motorcyclists across Indiana. He was featured in many radio and television spots warning against drinking and riding and speeding, and promoting motorist awareness and the use of a helmet and other safety gear. Hayden also was featured in the outdoor and print advertising portion of the popular campaign.
Hayden's sincerity and enthusiasm helped the radio and TV spots from the campaign earn worldwide recognition by winning a Bronze Medal Award and Honorable Mention in several categories this fall at the 2010 International Safety Media Awards.
Hayden, from Owensboro, Ky., has produced two top-three finishes in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race since the event started in 2008 at IMS
2010 INDIANAPOLIS GP NOTEBOOK
SCHWANTZ, ROGER HAYDEN TEAM UP WITH HONDA FOR Moto2 AT INDY
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 – Grand Prix motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz will lead the American Honda Moto2 wild-card effort at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 27-29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with fellow American Roger Lee Hayden riding the Honda-powered Moriwaki MD600.
Schwantz, from Houston, won 25 races and the 1993 500cc World Championship during his illustrious Grand Prix career. Since retiring in 1995, Schwantz has run the Schwantz School, a motorcycle riding school based at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama that features sessions Aug. 19-20 and 21-22 at IMS.
“It’s an honor for me to be chosen as team manager,” Schwantz said. “We’ve been using CBR600RRs for some time now at our schools, and I’ve ridden a Moto2 bike and it’s very good. I watched the first three Moto2 races, and I expect the racing to be just as good at Indy.”
Hayden, 27, from Owensboro, Ky., will make his Moto2 debut at the same event in which his older brother, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, will attempt to record his third consecutive Red Bull Indianapolis GP podium finish. Nicky Hayden finished second for Repsol Honda in 2008 and third for the Ducati Team in 2009 in the MotoGP class at IMS.
Roger Lee Hayden is competing this season in the Superbike World Championship. He has a solid history with American Honda, and a string of 12 national road race victories on 600cc machines en route to the 2007 AMA Supersport championship.
“This is a great opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd at a MotoGP event,” Hayden said. “The Moto2 class is really competitive, and I’m looking forward to jumping in the middle of it.”
Moto2 is a new class introduced this year, replacing 250cc as the final stepping stone to the premier MotoGP class. Moto2 riders compete on machines with 600cc Honda engines and Dunlop control tires. Competition has been intense this season in the class, with 40 or more riders in each race, including American rookie Kenny Noyes and former MotoGP standouts Toni Elias and 2008 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP runner-up Alex De Angelis.
The Honda Moto2 team at IMS will be staffed by Erion Racing technicians, led by Kevin Erion. Erion Racing has been American Honda’s premier support team for more than 15 years, winning 16 national championships.
The American Honda Indy GP Moto2 team will also benefit the Ride for Kids program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation through special fund-raising activities. At Indy, Schwantz will lead the Lap of Champions, where 300 participants will join him in a lap around the track in a special fundraiser that benefits the PBTF by raising funds to promote childhood brain tumor research.
IMS tickets: Tickets for the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP are on sale now. A new structure offers additional value and flexibility to fans attending the annual MotoGP event.
Among the highlights of the new ticket structure are lower prices and single-day reserved and general admission tickets for Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 29.
Fans can order tickets online at www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
General admission tickets provide access to the grounds and to the viewing mounds along the infield section of the circuit, which provide excellent angles to see the greatest riders in the world.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
Freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Lusk dies
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP)—Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross rider, died of head injuries Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.
Jorge Ramirez, chief of the intensive care unit at Calderon Hospital where Lusk was taken, said the motocross racer suffered severe brain damage and a possible spinal cord injury.
Lusk won a gold medal at the 2008 X Games. He was injured Saturday night when he failed to complete a full rotation while attempting a Hart Attack backflip and slammed headfirst into the dirt. Lusk crashed in almost identical fashion in the freestyle semifinals at the 2007 X Games but was not hurt.
He had a successful 2008 season, winning Freestyle gold at the X Games and silver in Best Trick when he landed the first double-grab Hart Attack backflip. He won a bronze helmet in Freestyle at the Moto X World Championships in his hometown of San Diego.
Ramirez said Lusk died with his parents and his wife, Lauren, at his side.
“He was in a medicine-induced coma as a protective measure, and the medicine was being reduced to see how his body responded,” he said. “That didn’t mean he was going to wake up. He was in shock and that got worse last night, until he stopped responding and entered into cardiac and respiratory failure.”Lusk lived in Temecula, Calif.
A trust has been set up in his memory, and donations can be made through the Athlete Recovery Fund, www.athleterecoveryfund.com
Cycle World International Motorcycle Show takes Chicago by Storm
New Models..Fuel Efficiency..New Rider Guides...Motorcycle Trails Stunt Show, Custom Choppers, Scooters and more...
Chicago, Illinois.. The Cycle World International Motorcycle Show presented by Toyota rolled into the Donald E Stephens Convention Center on Friday February 6, 2009... This time a week prior to the Chicago Auto Show. A great move that will bring stronger crowds this year, and it was evident Friday Night. The Chicago event is just one-stop on the 13 city Nationwide Tour.
This Motorcycle extravaganza is an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling with hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, race bikes and ATV's for both new and experianced riders.
Several Manufacturers offered show goers an up-close look at the latest in fuel effcient transportation with hundreds of bikes that get 50-plus miles per gallon... there may never be a better time tp ride!!
From a thrilling motorcycle trials stunt show to the Scooter Pavilion presented by Geico Powersports, The 2009 Edition of the Cycle World International Motorcycle show has something for everyone!
Exciting new events at this year’s show:
Scooter Pavilion Presented by GEICO Powersports
From the Piaggio MP3 three-wheeler to the all-electric Vectrix scooter, this is the place to see and learn about all the latest high mileage transportation options available. Compare more than twenty models from Aprilia, CF Moto, Genuine, Honda, KYMCO, Piaggio, Suzuki, Vetrix, Vespa, Yamaha and more!
Orange County Choppers Designed DieHard Motorcycle
The DieHard Chopper designed by Orange County Choppers will dazzle the Chicago audience. This cool, custom chopper has appeared on The Learning Channel (TLC) program “American Chopper.”
Jason Britton and Ricky Gadson Autograph Signing
Two of Kawasaki’s star riders ar on hand all weekend to sign autographs and meet the fans. Eight-time AMA Drag Racing Champion Rickey Gadson and stunt rider Jason Britton—host of SPEED TV’s Superbikes show will be at the Kawasaki display.
Motorcycle Trials Action
Motorcycle trials fans—prepare to be thrilled by exciting performances from two-time World Champion Tommi Ahvala. Performing gymnastics on two wheels, Ahvala will fly through a monstrous obstacle course without ever touching his feet to the ground—putting his balance and riding precision to the test!
Valentino Rossi Wins Inaugural MOTO GP at the Brickyard
Valentino Rossi became the winningest rider in MotoGP history with his victory at the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sept. 14 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The victory, which came under tough wind and rain conditions due to the passing remnants of Hurricane Ike, gave five-time MotoGP World Champion Rossi his 69th win in the premier class, one more than fellow Italian legend Giacomo Agostini.
Rossi, rider of the No. 46 Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha/Bridgestone, said he appreciates the significance of victory at Indianapolis.
"So it was, for sure, very difficult. And it was a pity because it was a normal race, you know. They did I think a great job on the track. They throw up all the water and is possible to ride the bike in quite good speed and with quite good angle. So at the beginning was quite scared, but anyway, a good race, a good battle. I go in front, I need some lap for overtaking Nicky because at the same point I lose a bit. When I go in front, I was a bit faster. But from that moment, the condition becoming very bad and start to rain strong. So the amount of water going up on the racetrack, but the bigger problem was the wind and become all dark like in the night, all the beer cans, glass pass in front of the bike in the circuit or the grass, also. Was very, very bad, especially because the wind was so unconstant and very strong. You never know what's happen. In the straight you take all the straight from left to right for try to go straight."
Seriously, I have to, I think I have to raise my hand before, but I was in front and I say -- I see that my advantage remain good and going up. So I try to go and every lap I wait for the red flag, red flag, and after arrive I think is the right decision because like this is too dangerous."
It was just a little doubt. You thought you won the race, everything was fine, then there was a little doubt, the result wasn't confirmed, was it, you might have to go out there again. I could see people were thinking, 'Oh, my God, we'd never be able to do it.'
"Yes, for sure. In my mind, I think when I see the red flag, no way to restart, especially because the wind remain very strong. So the condition was very bad. And restart for eight laps all together with this condition is like when you put one bullet in the gun and you make, "trrrrr," like this, and you try, you know. It was dangerous; I think it was the right decision. (Laughter)
One big moment, I think you got the tire onto the white line at one point.
"Ever some slide for sure, especially at the beginning. Because the condition of Friday was very bad in the wet. Today I think is better but, you know, if you make one mistake in the race, the race is over, so I try to understand the limit. When the wind start to be very strong, I have a wheelie exit from Turn 9, I go a bit wide, I cross the white line and lose control of the bike. I was quite lucky, also, yes."
Good lead in the championship, we go to Motegi in two weeks time, on the Yamaha, home of Honda. You could clinch the title there, couldn't you?
"Yes. Now we have 87-point advantage, and we have the first match point in Motegi in two weeks. In 2005, I have the match point in Motegi for the championship, but unfortunately I make a mistake, and they take Melandri and we crash. So I have a bad memory of this. But I am able to arrive behind Stoner and lose also 11 points. So it is important and also because we lose the championship last year in Motegi. So it is good, and we try, for sure. "
Apart from the weather, Indianapolis, they've done us proud, haven't they? It's been a very, very special weekend.
"Yes, I love this track because I make the hat trick; pole position, fast effort lap and victory. I was very fast in the dry and the wet. So I like. It is a good track; it is a good place. Unfortunately today the weather is very bad, and I hope for the next year is better weather and more crowd."
Local favorite Nicky Hayden keeps Wet crowd on its feet.
Hayden, from nearby Owensboro, Ky., finished second on his No. 69 Repsol Honda Team Honda/Michelin in the shortened race, his first podium finish since August 2007.
Nicky Hayden, his first podium this season. What a place to do it on the Repsol Honda. You dug deep for that, Nicky.
"Yes, it felt good to be out front. It's been a long time since I've been near the front, much less led a race. Man, it felt really good to be in the lead. Felt quite good and comfortable there. And I was thinking, you know, this only happens in the movies, you know, your home race with missing the last two to come back and win in the rain. But I was able to stay focused, but Valentino came past and had a little bit more speed than me, especially through Section 3. But then when he touched the line on the back straight away and I think: 'You know what? Maybe I'm OK,' and I was able to make up a little more ground. Then when it started raining heavy, I was in trouble because when it dried, I used a lot of tire and I had no tread left on part of the left side of the tire. When it started to rain heavy again, it was so gnarly. But I held on. Sure, home race, you think, sure, you dream about winning but, honestly I shouldn't be too greedy with how things have went, take this second and enjoy it. A big thanks to my team, all my guys, my friends, my family, everybody who sticked with me and through tough times, and that's important. We came here, and I gave the maximum. I can't say I left much on the table today. That's how it's supposed to be. All in all, I need to try to enjoy this one."
There's no way you could have gone out there again, was there?
"Well, no -- well, because the air fence, no. It was pretty treacherous. Part of me thought, hey, let's line back up and try again because in the beginning when it was really wet, I'm not leading the championship, so I don't have nothing to worry. I thought, you know, just give one more try at it. But it was the right thing to do. It was really tough conditions, especially with the wind. Because you would be on a dry line and all of a sudden it would hit you and blow you off onto the wet spot. It was tough, I think that's why you see three world champions or four of them in the top four when things get tough.
Big thanks to the fans, we only had to be out in the wet for an hour, they've been out there a lot of them since Thursday, and for everybody for making this thing happen, Indy, Red Bull. A lot of people worked really hard and for me to be able to race so close to home is a great feeling. I enjoyed it."
Indianapolis has done a tremendous job for MotoGP, haven't they?
"Yeah, they have. It's not something that just happened. A lot of people worked hard to make it happen. The fans came out and supported it. Sure, maybe we can make some things better but actually, I like the track. In those conditions earlier, it didn't matter where we was at, we wasn't going to be able to start the race. You know, it was just too much water. But yeah, maybe sure, work on the draining and a few things to improve. But, yeah, big thanks to everybody who made this happen."
Four more races for you with Honda. I think you showed today whatever happens at the end of the season, you're going to be riding very hard indeed until the change comes.
"Oh, yeah. I mean, no doubt about that. I think anybody who knows me knows that. I'm not going to give up. I mean, I would just be hurting myself. It's not like, like I said the other day, I'm planning on finishing the season strong. You know, I owe it to Honda. They have been a big part of my career, and I've been with them for a long time, especially my mechanics. I mean, I think they certainly have not given up on me one bit, know what I've done. It would be real easy for them to slack off early and get on out of here, you know, pretty quick after the session, hurry up, hurry through the bikes and go for a cold beer. But they've just worked as hard now as they did in the middle of 2006. I'm really grateful for that."
Moto GP Photo Gallery 2008
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 2008
Niccolo Canepa & Suzuki's Spies 1-2 Again As MotoGP Testing Ends
Ducati rider Niccolo Canepa edged into the top spot late in the day during MotoGP testing July 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting a fast lap of 1 minute, 43.0069 seconds for the best overall time of the two-day test.
"This morning we had some problems with the bike, so we went slower and did not do a lot of setup. This evening I tried to do a long run on a full tank of fuel. I did a very good lap time on the first lap with full fuel. I'm really happy like yesterday, but a little tired now. I want to come back soon because I like the track and the whole USA." (About making changes from yesterday): "We had some problems today, so we weren't able to make the changes they wanted to do." (About his final thoughts on the IMS): "This is a very good organization, and everybody did everything possible to make it the best. This is very important for the race and MotoGP. We had a problem yesterday with the grip, but today the track was a little better. I like it, and I'm happy with the job everyone has done here."
Niccolo Canepa age 20, 2007 FIM Superstock 1000 Champion riding a Ducati motorcyle
American rider Ben Spies held the top spot most of the day but settled for second place on the speed charts for the second consecutive day with a lap of 1:43.0912 on the No. 11 Suzuki. Erwan Nigon was third on a Honda at 1:43.6276, Olivier Jacque was fourth at 1:43.8188 on a Kawasaki, William Costes was fifth at 1:44.0680 and Wataru Yoshikawa was sixth for the day at 1:44.2975, both on Yamaha bikes.
Ben Spies, 23 from longview Texas... 2006-07 AMA Superbike Champion made his MotoGP debut at the British Grand Prix for Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team on June 22, finishing 14th
Every rider improved their lap times Wednesday. Canepa led Tuesday at 1:44.1756.
Two-time AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies conducted a media availability during the afternoon and answered questions on a number of topics. Spies will compete in the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sept. 12-14 as a wild-card rider for Suzuki.
On his first impressions of IMS, as a facility, first impressions of the road course, and if he has been at the track before: "No, I haven't. As a facility, it's an awesome facility. It's huge. I didn't know it was this big. To be honest, on the first time out, I really wasn't too happy about how the track was (with grip) and some spots, but it is getting better every time out. It's just a lack of grip in a certain section of the track just because there haven't been any bikes on it, but it is getting better. There's a couple of little changes once we come back here, but it's really just going to be reference points. It's just hard when we only have six bikes out there trying to lay down rubber, but it is getting better and better. Now I'm actually comfortable and having fun out there. Once we get more bikes on the track when we're back here, obviously the 250s and the 125 will be out on the track, so the grip will be back to normal in September."
On the significance of motorcycles, let alone MotoGP, coming to IMS: "This has always been a car track. I never thought the motorcycles would be here. I think it's good for the city and this part of the U.S. This region has quite a large number of motorcycle sales. Having a lot of fans and a lot of motorcycle people around helps. I think the track is going to be a work in progress, and it's only going to get better. Everybody here is really positive on doing that. For the U.S., I think it's a great area, and there's no better place to go when it comes down to racing. I think it's going to be good come September and a lot of people show up."
On what it means, for his career, to compete in MotoGP races this year in the United States: "The first race that I was supposed to run was in the States (at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 20), and that would have been really cool. We ended up going to Donington and having our first race there, and I think it was better to do that because now I've been on the track with those guys. I've done the whole weekend, I've done the start, I've done everything, and I won't be nervous at Laguna. Even if Laguna would, for sure, be a better result than in Donington, the nerves would be there, and we got that out of the way at Donington. Now I can go to Laguna and then Indy, a track I know now, and go for some good results and try to put the bike up front. I think it was better to do that, and for the race two races that are in the States, I'm happy about it. We've got a lot of fans. Most of them will be Americans, and they'll be rooting for John (Hopkins), Nicky (Hayden), me and Colin (Edwards), and Laguna is a track that I know well, so I'm looking forward to it. My fellow AMA riders will be at Laguna, and they'll have my back, so it'll be fun. I'm looking forward to it."
William Costes of France Won the 24 Hours of LeMans Moto in 2000, 2005, 2007 & 2008
"I think this was a good idea to do the test because we were able to come back with a lot of information. We found a good solution for the race and I think it was a good day today." (About today's accident): "I crashed in the first right (turn) after the straight in the back of the circuit. I just lost the front." (About the difficulty with the wind today): "The wind was very fast today, and yesterday there was no wind. It was right in the face of us in the pit-lane straight. The beginning of the afternoon was more difficult." (About his final thoughts on IMS): "I would like to stay more because we have a lot of things to visit. The circuit is so famous, and it is a great moment for me to be here."
Olivier Jacque from France, Won 250cc World Championship in 2000 and has competed in MotoGP from 2001-03, 2005 & 2007.
"The wind was not a huge factor. The first part of the fourth turn was a bit tricky, and it took a couple of laps and a few days to get used to the grip. Otherwise, things went very well. At the race simulation at the end of the day, I had a good lap time with a full fuel tank, but we still need to work on the balance because the bike was quite heavy and it swung in the tight corners. We need to find a better grip in the rear because our biggest handicap was the slipping."
Erwan Nigon, 24 of France Vetran 250cc World Championship Rider
MotoGP TESTING NOTES:
FIM officials, riders happy with track: Officials from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme visited IMS during the two-day MotoGP test this week, and they were pleased with the layout and safety features of the new road course.
The 16-turn circuit was set up to testing specifications, but fine-tuning of various features will make the track race-ready for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sept. 12-14.
"The preparation of the track was very, very good," FIM Safety Director Claude Danis said. "Everything was according to what we decided on my last inspection. Of course, there are some small adjustments to be done."
Among those adjustments are the addition of artificial grass adjacent to Turns 1 and 16, installation of curbing, final sod work adjacent to the track, addition of road course striping and removal of some oval striping.
"I think the riders enjoyed the track," Danis said. "This track is very challenging, and I think it will be very good for MotoGP."
Suzuki rider Ben Spies also was happy with the circuit after turning more than 200 laps during his two days of testing.
"The run-off, every area is fine for me," Spies said. "The first turn, there's plenty of run-off. In the corner, if you're by yourself, I would say it's impossible to get into anything because when you start to turn, there's huge run-off. There's grass everywhere.
"On the front straightaway, yeah, you're between two walls, but with how everything is with the bikes, usually there's not too much going on in a straight line. But run-off in Turn 1, once you're actually in the turn, there's plenty. So it's fine."
IndyCar Series driver Townsend Bell and Aldo Andretti, brother of 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti and father of IndyCar Series driver John Andretti, were among the guests in the MotoGP paddock July 2.
Bell, who finished 10th in the 92nd Indianapolis 500 on May 25, owns a Ducati 1098 and is an avid rider.
"I ride a lot, so it's really cool to come and check this out," said Bell, a resident of San Luis Obispo, Calif. "I was really stoked when I heard they were having a race here. Unfortunately I can't come when the race happens, so I at least wanted to see the testing. I don't know any of the guys (test riders) here today, but I'm going to go drool at the machinery."
Bell got a taste of the personalities of MotoGP when 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden turned an exhibition lap at the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
"I met Nicky Hayden when he came to our garage before the '500' as part of a Red Bull thing with Buddy (Rice)," Bell said. "It was really cool to meet him because I have been a big fan of his for a really long time. I only wanted to talk about motorcycles, and all he wanted to talk about was Indy cars, so it was pretty funny."
Aldo Andretti walked the paddock at the end of the day after spending several hours walking around the track.
"I've followed these all along, and in fact if Mario and I hadn't taken up car racing, we would've been doing these things," he said. "I have such a passion for it. I have the utmost respect for these guys, and I think the show they're going to put on this fall is going to be incredible; in my opinion, it will surpass Formula One.
"I think it will gain in popularity as it goes on, because you see the way these guys run out there. Incredible speeds, it looks like they're so daring yet they're so safe. The Speedway's done a wonderful job. There's so much run-off area and so forth, and the view is gorgeous. I'm really amazed and glad I came out. I watched from different areas, and it's an incredible show."
"MotoGP 101" with 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz... was on hand to prep the media for the two-wheel invation at Indy
1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz participated in a "MotoGP 101" session with local, regional and national media July 2 at the track, discussing numerous aspects of the world of MotoGP, from event atmosphere to motorcycle technology. Schwantz now is rider coach for the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup. Selected comments:
On the atmosphere of Grand Prix weekends: "First and foremost, we are going to have three different classes here. Along with the Red Bull Rookies Cup, we are going to have the 125cc and 250cc and MotoGP. That's quite a variety of ages, riders, experience levels and speeds. Each class gets different lengths of practices Friday and Saturday, and then Saturday afternoon each group qualifies. They have a short 20-minute warm-up session Sunday morning, and then it's time to go racing."
On the stresses riders feels on their body: "It's somewhere close to 200 miles per hour on the front straightaway and then you sit up and come out of your aerodynamic tucked position, hanging on to the bars and having to support yourself. When the wind hits your chest at 200 miles per hour, it's quite a feat to hang on. You also have to stop the motorcycle, make some downshifts, and get the bike into Turn 1 here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The transition from side-to-side on a motorcycle calls for your lower body to be strong. You have to have strong legs to make those transitions as smooth as you possibly can. Besides having to be focused mentally, physically getting on the brakes is probably two or three g-forces, and maybe even more, trying to get the bike stopped in a straight line to a really slow portion of the racetrack off the back. It's very physical, that's for sure."
On his overall impressions of IMS: "I think the layout is great, and for the spectators to come here to the United States and see for the first time 125s, 250s and (MotoGP) all together here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the mecca of motorsports - is just great. We talk about racing inside an oval or at a speedway and it's typically not a very well laid-out venue, and this track has gone to all expenses and have cut no corners to try to make this the best possible motorcycle event here in the United States."
On where the passing will take place: "That's kind of the neat thing about motorcycles, is that it can happen anywhere. Typically what will happen is that you'll see someone set another rider up while they are driving in the corner, they'll pull right up and take the position. If someone is coming through the field with a lot better setup than the guy in front of him, he may be passing him on the brakes or down in the straightaway by getting a better run off the corner. The entrance into the first turn here is going to be a spot where guys are not necessarily going in and having to out-brake, but getting a drive and a bit of a draft and going up and taking that spot. Now the guy trapped on the outside is going to have to hold that line all the way around back to that first tight little right-hander that there is. Not to say that it can't be done, but it would take a brave man to try it."
1. Niccolo Canepa ITA Bridgestone/Ducati Test Rider (B) 1min 44.1756 secs (83 laps)
2. Ben Spies USA Suzuki Test Rider (B) 1min 44.2269 secs (100 laps)
3. Olivier Jacque FRA Kawasaki Test Rider (B) 1min 45.2738 secs (75 laps)
4. Erwan Nigon FRA Michelin/Honda Test Rider (M) 1min 45.2738 secs (79 laps)
5. Wataru Yoshikawa JPN Yamaha Test Rider (B) 1min 45.5916 secs (76 laps)
6. William Costes FRA Michelin/Yamaha Test Rider (M) 1min 46.1251 secs (75 laps)
7. Nobuatsu Aoki JPN Suzuki Test Rider (B) 1min 57.9687 secs (4 laps)
The highest top speed on Tuesday was 184.465mph (296.8676 km/h) set by Ducati test rider Niccolo Canepa, who was also the fastest rider on the opening day - by just 0.0513 secs from Spies.
2008 FORD HARLEY-DAVIDSON™ F-SERIES SUPER DUTY: HEAVY METAL EDITION POWERS 105-YEAR JOURNEY
The successful alliance between American icons Ford Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Motor Company rolls on with the launch the 2008 105th Anniversary Edition Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty.
Henry Ford started his production models the same year that William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson began to produce motorcycles – and since 1903, both companies have been rolling out superstars. Now, for the first time, the twosome is producing Harley-Davidson ™ editions of the F-150 and Super Duty pickups in the same model year – and with the same design features.
“This is a great opportunity for Ford and Harley-Davidson – two American icons – to celebrate 105 years of shared passion for the open road,” said Tom Aubrey, marketing manager, Ford F-Series Super Duty. “Truck and motorcycle customers share the same values and dreams: they work hard, believe in genuine products and love experiencing the nation’s highways and byways.”
The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty is the 11th model to emerge from a Ford Harley-Davidson alliance that began in 1999. The co-branding of these two storied companies has proven to be a successful formula, with sales totaling more than 60,000 units.
Metal, Chrome and Leather
The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty draws its design theme from the special-edition 105 th Anniversary Harley-Davidson® motorcycle and its distinctive Vintage Copper paint. A special “105 th Anniversary Harley-Davidson F-Series Super Duty” badge adorns the exterior and interior of the truck. The unique paint options, graphic treatments and singular wheel design work together with Super Duty’s strong, distinctive looks to give the vehicle a bold attitude that unmistakably connects the truck to the rich history and tradition of Harley-Davidson ® motorcycles.
“The design of the side vent and grille on the Super Duty represents the heat stakes on a cylinder head of a Harley-Davidson® V-Twin engine,” said Brad Richards, design manager, Ford Harley-Davidson ™ trucks. “That was intentional as we wanted to thematically tie theses trucks directly to the bikes in ways that enthusiasts would appreciate.”
The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty offers a choice of black monochromatic exterior paint with a custom Vintage Copper stripe running along the beltline – or a black and Vintage Copper two-tone paint scheme.
The Vintage Copper color accents are carried through the interior as well, accenting specially designed leather seats. A unique instrument cluster and one-of-a-kind 105th Anniversary badge round out the interior.
“These trucks are pure customs – right from the factory,” said Pat Schiavone, design director, Ford trucks. “I’ve been involved with Harley-Davidson™ trucks since day one, and this is my favorite.”
Other unique special equipment includes:
Ford Truck Leadership
Since its debut in 1948, Ford has sold more than 32 million F-Series trucks. Today, there are more F-Series pickups on the road with 250,000 or more miles on them than any other brand. F-Series also is the best-selling truck in America for 30 years running and the best-selling vehicle for 25 years in a row.
The new 2008 Super Duty features the 6.4-liter Power Stroke V-8 Turbo Diesel – the most powerful, cleanest, and quietest Ford pickup diesel engine ever; a new exterior and interior design; and innovations including an industry-first Tailgate Step™ that allows easy access to the pickup box. In addition, the all-new F-450 pickup offers industry-leading towing capacity of 24,500 pounds and maximum payload of 6,120 pounds.
The Ford F-150 half-ton pickup, like the Super Duty, is the capability leader in its segment with best-in-class payload and towing capacities.
New for the 2008 model year, Ford has added to an unmatched lineup of more than 60 unique
F-Series offerings, including new F-150 Lariat Limited and SuperCrew XL models.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 260,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.fordvehicles.com.
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Buell Motorcycle Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight street, custom and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel and general merchandise. As a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Buell Motorcycle Company produces sport motorcycles in addition to motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. provides wholesale and retail financing and insurance programs to Harley-Davidson/Buell dealers and customers.
MotoGP COMING TO IMS IN SEPTEMBER 2008 FOR RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, July 16, 2007 –
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 Moto GP, 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 onthe 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
traveling 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-courseconfiguration 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 Moto GP 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 r eturned 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 Indy, and now to be able to say we have two Moto GP 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.”
Moto GP is the most sophisticated and prestigious
motorcycle racing series in the world.
Riders compete on prototype, 800 cc machines from major .manufacturers.........Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.
MotoGP bikes, which create nearly 250 horsepower despite weighing only approximately 330 pounds, 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, Ky., is one of five Americans who have scored points in the 2007 Moto GP season. The others are 2000 World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr., Colin Edwards, John Hopkins and Kurtis Roberts.
Inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP scheduled for Sept. 14, 2008 at IMS.
Other MotoGP superstars include five-time Moto GP World Champion Valentino Rossi of Italy, current points leader Casey Stoner of Australia, Alex Barros of Brazil, Marco Melandri of Italy, Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Chris Vermeulen of Australia.
“I’m really excited about this race,” Hayden said. “It is great that Red Bull is committed to the growth of Moto GP in America, and coming to such an historic track like Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be really special to me. It’s like my home race. I’m sure all of Owensboro will make the drive up north!”
IMS opened in 1909, and the first Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was conducted in 1911.
The 2008 Indianapolis 500 will take place Sunday, May 25, 2008 and will be the 92nd running.
The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, was added to the IMS schedule in 1994.
The 14th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, 2007. The two races are the two largest- attended single- day sporting events in the world.
Formula One also competed at IMS from 2000-07 in the United States Grand Prix. IMS is the only facility in the world to play host annually to these three major circuit-racing series in the world:
IndyCar Series, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and now Moto GP
NEW IMS MOTORCYCLE CIRCUIT DESIGN TO CHALLENGE RIDERS
Riders in the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sept. 14, 2008 will race on a new Indianapolis Motor Speedway motorcycle road circuit.
The motorcycle circuit is 2.601 miles (4.186 km) long and will feature 16 turns (10 left, six right). The initial IMS road-course configuration, unveiled in 2000, had 13 turns in its 2.605mile (4.192 km) layout. All three classes competing at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP – MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc – will race on the new circuit.
As motorcycles cross the “Yard of Bricks” to start a lap, they will be traveling counterclockwise, the same direction as cars in the two IMS oval events, the
Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Cars in previous road-course events at IMS traveled clockwise.
Construction has started on parts of the circuit. Paving of an estimated 13,300 tons of asphalt is scheduled to be completed by this fall, and the entire project is scheduled to be finished before Opening Day of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in May 2008, said Kevin Forbes, IMS director of engineering and construction.
“This is like doing delicate surgery as opposed to massive reconstruction,” Forbes said. The major features of the new motorcycle circuit come adjacent to Turn 1 of the oval and in the infield.
A four-turn complex is being built inside Turn 1 of the oval and will comprise the first four turns of the new road circuit. The entrance of this new complex is situated at the end of the front straightaway. This will create nearly 800 feet of runoff area for riders.
The sweeping, left-handed Turn 1 is followed by a short straightaway into the 90-degree, right-handed Turn 2. Another short straight follows that into the tight, right-handed Turn 3, which leads almost immediately into the sharp, left-handed Turn 4. That turn leads riders onto the short chute between Turns 1 and 2 of the oval.
Riders then re-enter the infield at Turn 5, a sweeping, fast left-hander just before Turn 2 of the oval. Turn 6 is a 90-degree left-hander leading into a short straightaway.
Turn 7, a quick right-hander, flows into a short straightaway connecting to the left- handed Turn 8. Another short straight leads to the 90-degree, right-handed Turn 9, from which riders begin to power down the back straight adjacent to Hulman Boulevard in the center of the IMS infield.
Riders then will brake heavily at the end of the back straightaway into the curling, left-handed Turn 10, which after a short straightaway leads to the flowing, 180-degree right-handed Turn 11.
Another short straight leads into the quick, left-handed Turn 12, with a short straight running parallel to the nearby Hulman Boulevard leading into the sharp, left-handed Turn 13.
New motorcycle road circuit at IMS features 16 turns
Turn 14 is a sweeping left-hander in which riders will gain speed into the short straightaway leading into Turn 15, a 90-degree right-hander. Riders then will flick their
motorcycles to the left almost immediately, skimming their left knees just above the asphalt, for the 90-degree, left-handed Turn 16 that exits onto the famed front straightaway at IMS.
MotoGP riders then will accelerate to full power and cross the “Yard of Bricks” at approximately 200 mph to complete a lap.
Other changes to the circuit will enhance safety for all IMS events, oval and road course. The guardrail inside Turns 1 and 2 of the oval is being removed, which will create more run-off area for motorcycle racers on the road circuit and auto racers on the oval.
The ditch carrying the creek inside of Turn 1 of the oval is being filled and re-routed further into the infield of the track to accommodate the new four-turn complex and eliminate a possible safety hazard.
“It’s going to improve safety, creating all of that new run-off area for oval race vehicles,” Forbes said. “I think it’s a great thing that we’re not only making this for use as a motorcycle circuit, but we’re improving the safety and the aesthetics of the oval.”
Other facets of the construction project involve some excavation in the infield and relocation of spectator mounds adjacent to the infield portion of the new road circuit. The number of spectator mounds will remain unchanged.
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