INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July
8, 2014) - MotoGP World Champion Marc Márquez will serve as Grand Marshal of
the 2014 Indy Mile
AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National, which returns to the Indiana
State Fairgrounds on Friday, August 8. After winning Grand Prix road racing's
premier-class title by just four points in his rookie year, the 21-year-old
Repsol Honda rider has been unstoppable, standing on the top spot of the podium
at every round thus far this season.
Like the thousands of motorcycle
racing fans that will be in Indianapolis for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand
Prix August 8-10, Márquez, who also has 125cc GP and Moto2 world titles to his
credit, has a love for the handlebar-to-handlebar, sideways-sliding thrills of
the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship. Following the teachings of
three-time 500cc World Champion and 1975 Indy Mile-winner Kenny Roberts,
Márquez believes dirt-track is the best training for MotoGP bike control.
This past January, the Spanish
road racing sensation squared off with 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National
Champion Brad "The Bullet" Baker at the "Superprestigio,"
an invitational indoor all-star race held at the Palau Sant Jordi Olympic
Stadium in Barcelona. In the "Super Final," Baker, who is just one
day younger than Márquez, picked up the win after the pair collided and Márquez
fell in the closing laps of the event. In spite of the tight competition, the
two became good friends.
Márquez and Baker will
participate in a special champions question-and-answer session before the crowd
during opening ceremonies at the 2014 Indy Mile. Plans also call for video
footage of the Márquez and Baker Barcelona duel to be shown on the Jumbotron
screens in front of the main grandstand as the riders talk about the
"I am so excited about this
opportunity," Márquez said. "I love dirt-track, and it will be my
second time watching it on the circuit. I looking forward to being there with
all of the American fans during Indy GP."
"I always get excited every
year for the Indy Mile/GP weekend," Baker said. "This year is extra
special for me after meeting a lot of the GP riders and experiencing the mutual
respect between the two sports. Marc is a super-cool guy and an amazing
motorcycle rider on the pavement as well as the dirt. I'm really looking
forward to visiting with him again."
"We know the demands on the
time of an international superstar like Marc Márquez and feel fortunate to have
him spend some time with the fans at the 2014 Indy Mile," Mike Moore,
president of Indy Mile producers The Promotion Company, Inc.- Family Events, said.
"I think it says a lot about the respect that the world's best racers have
for AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship racing. We welcome Marc
Márquez and Team Repsol Honda to the Indy Mile and thank them for joining us.
It should be a real treat for all the fans."
The Indy Mile will be held from
2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. Practice
and qualifying will run from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and there will be a rider
autograph session in the cold pit area from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Opening
ceremonies will commence at 7:00 p.m. followed by heat races at 7:30 p.m. and
the AMA Pro Grand National Expert Twins Main Event at 9:30 p.m.
Ticket are on-sale now at www.IndyMile.com or by
calling 317-236-6518. Event information and directions to the Indiana State
Fairgrounds, as well as a double-disc DVD set of the 2013 Indy Mile, are
available at www.IndyMile.com.