News & Multimedia

MotoGP: Australian Grand Prix Storylines

The 2013 MotoGP World Championship continues Oct. 16-18 with the Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island Circuit, with action in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

The 18-round World Championship included the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 16-18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Here’s a look at three storylines for the Australian Grand Prix:

Marquez Can Clinch: Marc Marquez will get his first chance this weekend to become the first rookie to win the premier-class title since American legend Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Repsol Honda rider Marquez leads Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo by 43 points in the standings and needs to score eight points more than Lorenzo to clinch the World Championship with two races remaining.

Reigning World Champion Lorenzo isn’t fading without a fight. He was quickest in practice Friday while 2013 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Marquez was second overall despite escaping injury in a crash at the tricky Lukey Heights corner.

Somebody New: The Australian Grand Prix is guaranteed to produce a unique finish because this will be the first year since 2006 that Casey Stoner has not stood atop the podium as the winner.
Stoner won his home event for six consecutive years – from 2007-12 – before retiring after last season.

Seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is the only rider in the field this weekend who has won a premier-class race in Australia. He won five consecutive races from 2001-05 at Phillip Island.

Power Problems For Hayden?: American Nicky Hayden could be forced to start this race – or one of the final two races, at Japan and Spain – from the pit lane due to exhausting his allowed allocation of five engines this season for his Ducati.

Hayden’s last – and freshest – Desmosedici engine expired in a cloud of smoke during the Grand Prix of Malaysia on Oct. 13.

Ducati will try to mix and match the remaining four engines in a mechanical patchwork quilt to get Hayden through to the checkered flag next month at Valencia. But Ducati technical officials admit there’s a chance 2006 World Champion Hayden may need to start from pit lane at Phillip Island, Motegi or Valencia as a penalty for the team bolting a sixth engine into his GP13 frame.

Hayden’s disappointing five-year tenure with the Ducati factory team will end after this season. He just signed with the privateer Aspar team to ride a Honda RCV1000R “customer” prototype in MotoGP in 2014 and 2015, returning him to the manufacturer with which he spent the first six years of his MotoGP career and won the 2006 World Championship.

RACE DETAILS:

Race:             Australian Grand Prix
Date:            Sunday, Oct. 20
Round:                Sixteenth of 18 races in 2013
Circuit:         Phillip Island Circuit, Phillip Island, Australia
Distance:         27 laps on 12-turn, 2.764-mile circuit
2012 Winner:        Casey Stoner, Honda
U.S. Riders:            Nicky Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Ducati Team; Colin Edwards, Houston, NGM Mobile Forward Racing.
TV:                     MotoGP: 9 a.m. (ET), Sunday, Oct. 20, FOX Sports 1. Moto2: 9 p.m. (ET) Monday, Oct. 21, FOX Sports 2. Moto3: 10 p.m. (ET), Monday, Oct. 21, FOX Sports 2.
Web:            www.motogp.com
Twitter:        @MotoGP


***


2014 tickets: Tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP will go on sale Monday, Nov. 4 by visiting www.ims.com/tickets, calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 or visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at www.ims.com/tickets. Hotel package information can be found at visitindy.com/redbullhotels.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP: Australian Grand Prix Storylines
 
MotoGP: Australian Grand Prix Storylines
The 2013 MotoGP World Championship continues Oct. 16-18 with the Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island Circuit, with action in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.
Read More
Related Media
Red Bull Indianapolis GP
 
MotoGP Title Battle Set to Recommence at Indianapolis
The iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway will play host to its eighth Red Bull Indianapolis GP this Sunday as riders and teams return from the summer break well-rested and prepared to do battle once more in what is turning into an epic MotoGP World Championship title scrap. The passionate American fans will be hoping for more of the same as last year’s race saw an incredible opening few laps with Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso all involved in a brilliant fight, before Marquez went on to secure the win by 1.8 seconds.
Read More
Graham Rahal
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Rahal Thrills Ohio Fans, Inches Closer to Montoya
Rahal's surge in the second half of the Verizon IndyCar Series season continued with his second win in five weeks. Rahal, who started 13th in the 90-lap race in the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, closed to nine points of Verizon IndyCar Series championship front-runner Juan Pablo Montoya with two races left in the season. There are 10 entries mathematically eligible for the title.
Read More
Colin Edwards
 
Colin Edwards to Lap Indy on Yamaha 60th Anniversary YZR-M1
Fans attending the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will get a special treat on Sunday morning, August 9. Two-time Superbike World Champion Colin Edwards will lap the 16-turn, 2.591-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course aboard a special Yamaha YZR-M1 featuring yellow-and-black, 60th Anniversary livery.
Read More
Josef Newgarden
 
Newgarden Looks to Continue Upward Mobility at Mid-Ohio
Josef Newgarden made a lot of new fans last year at Mid-Ohio. The third-year IndyCar driver came tantalizingly close to earning his first Verizon IndyCar Series win, and if it weren’t for a problematic final pit stop, the Tennessee native could have gone on to victory for the upstart Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team.
Read More
Aaron Colton
 
Wide Range of Activities on Tap for Red Bull Indianapolis GP Weekend
From high-flying Red Bull skydivers to a bustling marketplace to the fastest two-wheeled athletes in the world, the eighth Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 7-9 is shaping up to be the best yet.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,005
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 Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
.@jakezemke Will Race Ducati Superbike @RedBullIndy #IndyGP! http://t.co/pb8IkwOAz5 Photo by: Brian J. Nelson http://t.co/eKax50E9gb
about 40 minutes ago