News & Multimedia

MotoGP Race Preview: Red Bull Indianapolis GP

A preview of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP World Championship event Aug. 17-19:

Race:                           Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Date:                            Friday, Aug. 17-Sunday, Aug. 19
Round:                         Eleventh of 18 races in 2012
Circuit:                         Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Distance:                     28 laps on 16-turn, 2.621-mile circuit
2011 Winner:               Casey Stoner, Honda
2012 Points Leader:    Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha
U.S. Riders:                 Nicky Hayden, sixth (tie), 84 points; Ben Spies, 10th, 66; Colin Edwards, 17th, 11; Steve Rapp and Aaron Yates, wild cards.
TV:                               MotoGP: 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 19, SPEED. Moto2: 1 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Aug. 19, SPEED. Moto3: Noon (ET) Sunday, Aug. 19, SPEED.
Web:                            www.motogp.com
Twitter:                        @MotoGP

LAST RACE

Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner earned his fourth victory of 2012, winning the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday, July 29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Stoner rode his Repsol Honda to a 3.249-second victory over championship leader Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha.

The victory came after a calculated risk paid off for Stoner. He chose a softer-compound rear tire that provided more grip but less durability, while his rivals Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa chose a harder, more durable rear tire. Stoner passed Lorenzo on Lap 22 of the 32-lap race and managed his tire over the closing laps to pull away for victory.

Pedrosa finished third on a Repsol Honda. He is second in the World Championship, 23 points behind Lorenzo.

WHO’S HOT

Jorge Lorenzo: 2010 World Champion Lorenzo is marching toward a second MotoGP title with punishing consistency. He has finished in the top two in nine of 10 starts this season on his Yamaha Factory Racing machine, with five victories. He was crashed out of TT Assen by Alvaro Bautista in the first turn the first lap, the only race Lorenzo hasn’t finished this season.

Andrea Dovizioso: Italian Dovizioso has finished on the podium in three of the last four races on the Tech 3 Yamaha to stay in fourth place, the highest-ranking rider on a satellite (non-factory) bike. Dovizioso also is rumored to be in line for a two-year contract with the Ducati factory team starting next season, replacing Valentino Rossi, who is returning to Yamaha.

WHO’S NOT

Alvaro Bautista: San Carlo Gresini Honda rider Bautista hasn’t been the same since finishing a career-best fourth in the British Grand Prix in June. At the next race, TT Assen, he caused a furor by crashing out 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on the first lap. Bautista has finished seventh, 10th and eighth in three races since that incident.

Nico Terol: Spaniard Terol has won the 125cc race three times at this event, in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He could become just the eighth competitor – and first motorcycle racer – to win at least four races at the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway since it opened in 1909 if he is victorious Sunday. But earning his fourth victory at Indy won’t be easy. Terol is tied for 21st in the standings in his first Moto2 season, with a best finish of 13th on his Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter-Honda.

NEWS and NUMBERS


American Motorcyclist Association veterans Steve Rapp and Aaron Yates will ride as MotoGP wild cards on production-based Claiming Rule Teams machines at this event. Rapp will ride a bike built and fielded by California team Attack Performance, while Yates will ride a machine built and fielded by Michigan-based GPTech … There will be five Americans among the 23 riders on the MotoGP grid at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, both all-time highs for this event … An American rider has finished on the MotoGP podium in each of its first four years. Nicky Hayden finished second in 2008 and third in 2009, while Ben Spies was second in 2010 and third in 2011 … There has been a different MotoGP winner every year of this event since its debut in 2008 – Valentino Rossi (2008), Jorge Lorenzo (2009), Dani Pedrosa (2010) and Casey Stoner (2011) … Jorge Lorenzo has finished on the MotoGP podium three times at this event, more than any other rider … Yamaha announced Aug. 10 that seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year deal to return to the team starting next season. Rossi won four World Championships between 2004-10 with Yamaha before leaving for Ducati, where he has been winless the last two seasons … Seven riders active this season in MotoGP have started in all four prior Red Bull Indianapolis GP races: Jorge Lorenzo, Randy de Puniet, Andrea Dovizioso, Colin Edwards, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP Race Report: Grand Prix of Catalunya
 
MotoGP Race Preview: Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner earned his fourth victory of 2012, winning the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday, July 29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Stoner rode his Repsol Honda to a 3.249-second victory over championship leader Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha.
Read More
Related Media
Robert Wickens
 
Wickens Joins Hinchcliffe at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for 2018 IndyCar Season
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced its lineup for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe has renewed his contract with the Indianapolis-based team in a multi-year extension, and the 2011 IndyCar Rookie of the Year’s teammate will be countryman and friend Robert Wickens, a native of Guelph. The duo marks the first all-Canadian lineup in North American open-wheel racing since 2004 (Champ Car; Forsythe Racing: Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier).
Read More
Takuma Sato
 
Sato Shines with Gratitude during Unveiling of Likeness on Borg-Warner Trophy
Sato repeated what he had told sculptor Will Behrends when examining a clay likeness during a visit to the artist’s workshop in Tryon, N.C.: “He’s actually a better guy.” It’s the 28th likeness Behrends has sculpted.
Read More
Yoshihide Muroya and Takuma Sato
 
Sato Inspires Muroya, Shares in Japanese Joy of Red Bull Air Race World Title
An emotionally overwhelmed Yoshihide Muroya wiped away tears of joy as the reality started to sink in. A jubilant Takuma Sato raised his arms as if vicariously reliving his own euphoric, career-defining moment.
Read More
Melanie Astles
 
Challenger Cup Pilots Bergér and Astles Clinch Historic Firsts in Indianapolis
History was made twice at the Red Bull Air Race season finale on Sunday, 15 October 2017, when Challenger Class pilot Mélanie Astles of France became the first woman to claim a major motorsport win of any kind at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Germany’s Florian Bergér became the first pilot ever to win back-to-back Challenger Cup season championships.
Read More
Martin Sonka
 
Sonka Keeps Cool As World Championship Showdown Looms on Race Day
Martin Sonka doesn’t even want to think about the obvious, let alone discuss it. But there’s only so much reality he can block out. Sonka, the Master Class points-leading pilot from the Czech Republic, can claim his first World Championship with a victory in the Red Bull Air Race on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,796
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact IMS Sales Department at (317) 492-8739 or email at hospitalitysales@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
It's Pole day on @CrownRoyal Armed Forces Weekend & we can't wait to see you! Check out details on the day: https://t.co/yKQ6Db3YRK
May 21