Where is the excitement, MotoGP has arrived at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway Circuit for the inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix
Iím excited, very excited, i have watched the Indy 500 before and canít wait to see how the bikes adapt to the circuit
Whatís the vibe in Indiana, are the streets aligned with publicity and excitement..
MotoGP Ľ Indianapolis Grand Prix - Preview.
Wednesday, 10th September 2008
MotoGP makes its Indianapolis debut this weekend, for round 14 of the 2008 world championship.
Although best known for its Indy 500 car race, the first event ever held at the 'Brickyard' was a motorcycle race in 1909. A new 2.618 mile road course, which includes the main straight of the oval circuit, has been designed to welcome the present breed of 800cc grand prix prototypes.
Leading the field into Indy will be MotoGP's biggest star, Valentino Rossi, who returns to the USA unbeaten since his magnificent victory in July's US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, handing the Italian a 75 point lead with just five rounds to go.
Rossi's shock victory over reigning champion Casey Stoner in California was the focal point of the season. The seven time world champion won the next two races in Brno and Misano, after Stoner fell from the lead at both events.
Stoner and Ducati Marlboro have to win on Sunday to keep the slimmest of title chances alive, but the young Australian will be riding through the pain of an old scaphoid injury and is also coming under pressure from third placed Dani Pedrosa.
The Repsol Honda rider caused a great stir after the race in Misano when he announced he would be switching to Bridgestone tyres from Michelin for the last five races of the season. Pedrosa trails Stoner by just two points in the championship but may take time to adjust to his new rubber despite a successful test in Misano on the Monday after the race.
Reigning double 250cc world champion Jorge Lorenzo will definitely be sticking to Michelin tyres on his Fiat Yamaha and finished a superb second behind team-mate Rossi in Misano to re-ignite his season. The 21-year-old Spaniard is fourth in the championship and is aiming to end the season as he started it, battling for victory.