Motorcycles on Meridian
From 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17, Monument Circle and South Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis will be a flurry of engine roars and leather. Motorcyclists will gather to share interests and celebrate the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway introduced the inaugural Motorcycles on Meridian in 2008. The streets of downtown Indianapolis were an ocean of bikes and people, moving in waves. The event is for people with and without bikes. Interested parties with no steel horse of their own are welcome to walk around at this free event and marvel at the impressive choppers and sport bikes. On these two nights in August, the motorcycle culture of Indianapolis is open for everyone to enjoy.
The entrance for the 2013 Motorcycles on Meridian is through Monument Circle; cyclists should enter the route from Monument Circle and continue onto Meridian. View map of downtown Indianapolis for entrances and locations of events for the Motorcycles on Meridian.
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend is jam-packed with activities. For three days, all three classes of the MotoGP World Championship practice, qualify and then race. Motorcycle riders, fans of events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and hardcore MotoGP fans enjoy the highest level of motorcycle racing on the most impressive race bikes in the world at the track, and check out the many cool scenes and events around town away from the track.
Here are some of the other great events taking place around Indianapolis during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend that make it a race unlike any other at IMS.
AMA Flat Track Racing
Glorious memories of the Indy Mile go back for decades. Top riders always have coveted a win at this race, long considered the "Crown Jewel" of AMA Pro Racing's oldest and most tradition-rich professional racing series, the Flat Track Grand National series. After a hiatus that began in 1999, the race returned to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2008 to record-breaking crowds. In 2009, a near-capacity crowd again returned to witness another night of sliding, drafting, handlebar-to-handlebar duels, with 140-mph straightaway speeds and inches-close finishes. As a special treat in 2009, motorcycle racing legend "King" Kenny Roberts electrified the crowd with a no-holds barred, high-revving, three-lap curtain call on the infamous Yamaha TZ-750 he rode to victory in 1975. It was another "Indy Mile Moment" to be savored by fans for years to come. Valentino Rossi and other top MotoGP riders cheered on Roberts while marveling at the guts and skill of today's Flat Track stars.
2012 XDL Championship Series
Since its inception in 2006 the XDL Championship Series has built a global following in places as far off as Japan, Australia, France, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Eastern Europe, and in the process emerged as the fastest growing action sport in America. In fact XDL made its X Games debut on 7/29/10 with a demonstration at the LA Memorial Coliseum.
For 2012, the Indy event has moved to the middle of the season and we are packing it with new content so make sure to get your tickets early. You won’t want to miss the Drift Battle we are adding to the line up this year! Drifting is taking motorcycling by storm and we are going to bring it to you. Aside from XDL Round 3, we’re hoping to confirm a trials demo, an XDL photo zone, a kid’s zone, vendors, a bike show, display’s and demos rides as well as a beer garden. New for this year we are adding the XDL Open House on Thursday night from 6pm to 8pm. You’ll be able to come down and watch the guys practice, grab some BBQ and hang out. Admission is free to the Open House. All you need to do is get yourself a complimentary ticket from our ticket site. Friday we kick it off at 5pm and go into the night. Saturday is the main event, and it’ll be packed as always. If you’ve been to XDL Indy before, you’ll know that we always have reserved seating in the grand stands. This year we are making it easier and offering open seating so make sure to get there early to grab the best spot.
Last year we sold out on Saturday so don't miss out and get your tickets online at www.xdlshow.com
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