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Yamaha Bringing MotoGP Rider Fan Session, Toseland's Band To Indy

Yamaha is bringing three exciting, fan-focused events to Indianapolis during Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, including a rider chat with Yamaha MotoGP superstars, and two concerts featuring Yamaha WSBK star and classically trained pianist James Toseland, accompanied by his pop-rock band Crash.

Red Bull Indianapolis GP winners Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and American stars Ben Spies and Colin Edwards will participate in a special rider chat from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 on the SPEED Stage in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield. The event will be emceed by renowned MotoGP commentators Nick Harris and Gavin Emmett. It should be quite a treat for the fans as all four riders answer questions and provide sure-to-be-memorable quotes.

Seven-time MotoGP World Champion Rossi and current MotoGP points leader Lorenzo are teammates on the Fiat Yamaha Team. Texans Spies and Edwards are teammates on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.

The chat is free to all Red Bull Indianapolis GP Saturday ticket holders.

Crash, the band led by former MotoGP and current Yamaha World Superbike rider James Toseland, will play two shows in Indianapolis, including one at IMS.

Toseland and his band will play will play at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 at Jackson and Meridian streets in downtown Indianapolis during Motorcycles on Meridian. Then, as a warm-up to the rider chat, Toseland and Crash will also play from 4:50-5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 on the SPEED Stage at IMS.

The downtown Meridian street show is free to the public, and the IMS show is free to all Red Bull Indianapolis GP Saturday ticket holders.

It’s the third consecutive year that Toseland will perform at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. He played with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and was joined on-stage by Crash last year.

Fans won’t want to miss this rare combination of motorcycles and music, two subjects that are near and dear to the hearts of Yamaha and its worldwide, faithful followers.

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IMS tickets: Tickets for the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP are on sale now. A new structure offers additional value and flexibility to fans attending the annual MotoGP event.

Among the highlights of the new ticket structure are lower prices and single-day reserved and general admission tickets for Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 29. Children 12 and under will be admitted free any day of the event if accompanied by an adult holding a general admission ticket.

Fans can order tickets online at www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

General admission tickets provide access to the grounds, viewing mounds along the infield section of the circuit and selected grandstands, which provide excellent angles to see the greatest riders in the world.

Fans can now print their tickets – three-day reserved seat and Race Day-only general admission and reserved seat tickets – with their printer after ordering tickets online at www.imstix.com. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

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