August 04, 2014 | By IMS
2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP Storylines
Motorcycles descend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP returns for a seventh year with a full slate of racing from Aug. 8-10.
Indianapolis is the 10th round in the MotoGP World Championship and marks the start of the second half of the season. MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes will take the track all three days along with the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series.
The following is a list of storylines for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP:
The MotoGP World Championship returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a reconfigured road course. The new course is slightly shorter at 2.591 miles (4.170 km) but retains its 16-turn layout, with turns 3, 4, 7, 15 and 16 having been reconfigured and the entire infield section of the circuit having been repaved.
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez has won three years in a row at IMS – in Moto2 in 2011-12 and MotoGP last year. At the midway point of this season the Spaniard leads the points with a perfect record, having won all nine MotoGP races. Another win on Sunday would continue his streak and tie Australian legend Mick Doohan for the most consecutive wins (10) in a season in the modern era. Marquez, 21, won the title last year as a rookie – the first rookie champion since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Texas native Colin Edwards is retiring at season’s end and will make his last U.S. MotoGP start at Indianapolis. His best finish at IMS is a fifth in 2009. A “Farewell to the Texas Tornado” live event featuring several MotoGP riders will take place on the Moto Midway stage in the IMS infield at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Spain’s Dani Pedrosa, Marquez’s teammate with Repsol Honda, is second in the standings and has great history at Indy with wins in 2010 and 2012.
Italian legend Valentino Rossi, a nine-time world champion and winner of the inaugural MotoGP in Indy in 2008, sits third in points and has runner-up finishes in four of nine starts.
Jeremy McWilliams, a former MotoGP rider, returns to chase another win in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. He won the first of two 10-lap races at IMS last year by 0.039 of a second and will ride again this year for Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, Ind.
The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series features specially modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles and will stage 10-lap races on Saturday and Sunday. The series began during Red Bull Indianapolis GP week in 2011, marking the return of Harley-Davidsons to IMS for the first time since 1909 when the world-famous facility first hosted a motorcycle event.
In Moto2, Esteve Rabat of Spain returns to defend his title and extend his points lead. Fellow countryman Alex Rins won Moto3 last season at IMS but is still looking for his first win in 2014.
American Josh Herrin (Glendale, Calif.) will compete in Moto2 for AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing. The 24-year-old will make his eighth start of the season, having missed a race in late April after breaking his collarbone.
Owensboro, Ky., native Nicky Hayden will not be riding in MotoGP due to recovery from wrist surgery but will be at IMS throughout the weekend to support his replacement and teammate, Britain’s Leon Camier, and take part in a number of off-track activities.
Off-track action on the Moto Midway and the Vendor Marketplace sponsored by Westfield Powersports will include concerts, XDL Street Jam, Red Bull Trials stunt performances by 10-time champion Geoff Aaron, shopping and interactive fun.
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will hit the streets of downtown Indianapolis after the gates close at IMS on Friday and Saturday nights for “Motorcycles on Meridian,” a free event celebrating motorcycle culture.
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will be the second event at IMS since the addition of a new scoring pylon. The third-generation pylon, residing on the main straightaway just south of the entrance to Gasoline Alley, features full LED panels on all four sides providing improved messaging capabilities including animation and video.
2014 Ticket information: To buy reserved and general admission tickets for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, visit www.ims.com/tickets, call the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at 317-492-6700 or 800-822-INDY, or visit the ticket office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis. Ticket office hours are 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.
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