Saturday, July 05, 2008

Smoked Turkey Legs - Indy MotoGP Test - Go Ben

Just a small update, I'll post some pictures to my site after the weekend.

This week I went to cover the MotoGP test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The last time I was there was for Formula 1 (with Emily) and so it was with quite a lot of excitement that I was traveling there once again. When I was there last, as a spectator, it seemed so much bigger, so maybe having worked in motorsport for the last few years has made these places seem so much less imposing. Some of the old F1 track is there, however, where the last turn onto the start finish used to be, has been totally removed and is now turn one which takes you into the infield, not totally dissimilar to the "in and out" or turn 1 at Daytona.

The test included riders from Yamaha, Ducati, Honda and of course Suzuki, with current AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies putting in an immaculate performance during the test. Obviously, circuits (or as they're affectionately known over here as "rovals" - ROad courses on OVALS such as this are nothing new for Ben, racing on similar rovals such as Daytona and the California Speedway in Fontana.Fortunately during the two day test for the MotoGP teams the weather cooperated...however, on Thursday, rain made quite an appearance for the Red Bull Rookie test at the speedway.That's all from me for now...we'll see you at Laguna Seca for the Red Bull USGP in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, here's a little G9 video vignette of the track for your viewing pleasure.

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