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 six podiums in the first seven years of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Dani Pedrosa is second with four podiums and Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies are 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 216.9 mph set by Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in 2014.
  • Riders in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP can lean their bikes as much as 64 degrees in corners, with the tire contact patch with the asphalt only equaling the size of a credit card.
  • Marc Marquez holds the MotoGP track record in Indianapolis. Marquez clocked a lap at 1 minute, 31.619 seconds on his factory Repsol Honda during qualifying for 2014.
  • Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are the only two riders to win multiple Red Bull Indianapolis GP's. Pedrosa won the premier class in 2010 and 2012 with Marquez winning in 2013 and 2014. They are also the only riders 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.