Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix

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Indianapolis Grand Prix
Indianapolis Moto GP.svg
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Venue Indianapolis Motor Speedway
First race 2008
Most wins (rider) Marc Márquez (4)
Most wins (manufacturer) Honda (6)

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.

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, the Snake Pit section, known as such because of its location in the section where notorious revelry took place during the oval races in the 1970s. 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. Furthermore, the motorcycles use the acceleration lanes in the South Chutes (between oval Turn 1 and 2) for the short straight between the Snake Pit and the Museum curves that enter into the infield.

The circuit was reprofiled in 2014, with three new motorcycle-only sections—one in the Snake Pit (which has become a prime overtaking spot), a more open entrance to Hulman Straight, and the final esses leading to the pit straight was changed to be more open and flowing.

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 two-stroke 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.

Motorcycles on Meridian rally[edit]

The race has become part of a major motorcycle event organised by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Motorcycles on Meridian motorcycle rally, held in Meridian Street near Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, attracting c. 10,000 cyclists each night.[2] Also featured is an AMA Grand National Championship race held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during the weekend, which has become analogous to midget car racing's "Night Before the 500" held during the Indianapolis 500, often drawing star MotoGP riders in attendance.

Winners of the Indianapolis Grand Prix[edit]

Multiple winners (riders)[edit]

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
4 Spain Marc Márquez MotoGP 2013, 2014
Moto2 2011, 2012
3 Spain Nicolás Terol 125 cc 2008, 2010, 2011
2 Spain Dani Pedrosa MotoGP 2010, 2012

Multiple winners (manufacturers)[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
6 Japan Honda MotoGP 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Moto3 2014
3 Italy Aprilia 125 cc 2008, 2010, 2011
Germany Kalex Moto2 2013, 2014
Moto3 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
2014 Indianapolis Spain Efren Vazquez Honda Finland Mika Kallio Kalex Spain Marc Márquez Honda Report
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
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
2009 Indianapolis Spain Pol Espargaró Derbi Italy Marco Simoncelli Gilera Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2008 Indianapolis Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia Cancelled - Hurricane Ike [note 1] Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report

NOTE: Moto3 was known as the 125cc class until 2011, when the FIM changed the formula from 125cc two-stroke engines to 250cc four-stroke engines. Moto2 was known as the 250cc class until 2009, when the FIM changed the formula from 250cc two-stroke engines to a one-make 600cc four-stroke Honda engine class (chassis are open competition), with the FIM planning in 2016 to open the 600cc engines to multiple manufacturers.

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]

  1. ^ http://www.indianareflections.com/index.asp
  2. ^ Gamers and bikers take over Downtown, Indianapolis Downtown Inc., 2014, retrieved 2014-08-14