Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the IndyCar Series event, see Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Grand Prix
Indianapolis Moto GP.svg
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Venue Indianapolis Motor Speedway
First race 2008
Most wins (rider) Nicolás Terol (3)
Most wins (manufacturer) Aprilia, Honda (3)

The Indianapolis Grand Prix is a motorcycling event held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, United States as part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Its first edition took place on September 14, 2008 and was sponsored by Red Bull. The race was held again on August 30, 2009 and was sponsored by Red Bull again. It is the only full-card (MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3) United States round on the MotoGP calendar, as the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round is MotoGP only. When Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas opens for the 2013 season, that will also be a full-card race.

The layout is similar to the setup used for the Formula One United States Grand Prix between 2000 and 2007, but not identical. It has been reversed to a counterclockwise layout, with a new complex of corners just after the start-finish line, inside Turn 1 of the oval. This means that the bikes do not use any of the banked oval corners. The double-hairpin at the Hulman Straight was replaced with the traditional esses.

History[edit]

The inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP took place 99 years after the previous motorcycle race at the track, in 1909.

The first motorsports event at the track consisted of 7 motorcycle races, sanctioned by the Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM), on August 14, 1909.[1] This was originally planned as a two-day, 15-race program, but ended before the first day was completed, due to concerns over suitability of the track surface for motorcycle use.The Rider with most victories at this grand prix is Nicolas Terol with three victories in the 125cc class, followed by Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez with two victories each. and all the others have only one victory.This grand prix has been won only by Spanish, Italian and Australian riders.

Winners of the Indianapolis Grand Prix[edit]

Multiple winners (riders)[edit]

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
3 Spain Nicolás Terol 125 cc 2008, 2010, 2011
2 Spain Dani Pedrosa MotoGP 2010, 2012
Spain Marc Márquez Moto2 2011, 2012

Multiple winners (manufacturers)[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
3 Italy Aprilia 125 cc 2008, 2010, 2011
Japan Honda MotoGP 2010, 2011, 2012
2 Japan Yamaha MotoGP 2008, 2009
Switzerland Suter Moto2 2011, 2012

By year[edit]

Year Track Moto3 Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2013 Indianapolis Spain Álex Rins KTM Spain Esteve Rabat Kalex Spain Marc Márquez Honda Report
2012 Indianapolis Spain Luis Salom Kalex Spain Marc Márquez Suter Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda Report
Year Track 125 cc Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2011 Indianapolis Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia Spain Marc Márquez Suter Australia Casey Stoner Honda Report
2010 Indianapolis Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia Spain Toni Elías Moriwaki Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2009 Indianapolis Spain Pol Espargaró Derbi Italy Marco Simoncelli Gilera Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2008 Indianapolis Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia Race cancelled [note 1] Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 2008 250cc race was initially postponed after the MotoGP race due to torrential rain & winds caused by Hurricane Ike just before the start of the race, it was subsequently cancelled for the same reason.

References[edit]