MotoGP Fun Facts

  • Seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi won the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2008.
  • Jorge Lorenzo has earned the most podium (top three) finishes in the MotoGP class scoring four podiums in the first five years of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Dani Pedrosa is second with three podiums and Americans Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies tied with two apiece.
  • Alex de Angelis became the first motorcycle rider to top 200 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, reaching a top velocity of 201.3 mph during the 2009 race. The current motorcycle top speed record at Indianapolis is 208.6 mph set by Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in 2012.
  • Riders in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP can lean their bikes as much as 60 degrees in corners, with the tire contact patch with the asphalt only equaling the size of a credit card.
  • Dani Pedrosa holds the MotoGP track record in Indianapolis. Pedrosa clocked a lap at one minute, 38.813 seconds on his factory Honda during qualifying in 2012.
  • Dani Pedrosa is the only rider to win multiple Red Bull Indianapolis GPs. Pedrosa won the premier class in 2010 and 2012. Pedrosa is also the only rider to earn multiple pole positions (two) in the MotoGP class in Indianapolis.
  • The very first motorized race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a motorcycle event Aug. 14, 1909.