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Aug 30, 2010

More From The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

Simon Corsi (3).
There were many emotions at the Indianapolis circuit for Team JiR and its riders. Simone Corsi for the first time this season took a front-row start, but by the third corner was taken out in a crash that was not his fault. The red-flag is a good chance for him for another start, while his MotoBI is already loaded on the service truck. Corsi obtains to have it unloaded and get back to the box, but this took time away from the team who had to replace parts on the bike, including the right handlebar, footpeg, the seat and fairing plastics. Despite a sterling effort by technicians, Simone had to start from the back of the grid. This was not going to stop Simone, and he pushed hard in an amazing fight-back that took him to 5th place, just behind Andrea Iannone. Both rider and the team's expectations for this race were higher, but considering what happened it can be considered a very good result.

Simone Corsi
"I hoped I could get back to Europe with a better result, considering also the progress we made over the weekend, but at the green light I didn't start well and I got stuck in the pack and got caught up in the crash. I saw the red flag and convinced the marshals to give my bike back so I could get back to the pits. The guys in the team worked hard to fix the machine but I had to start from last position. Considering what happened 5th place is a good result, but we must and can do better and I hope that the Misano race in just one week will be the good chance I need."

It was also an unlucky weekend for the team's second rider, Yusuke Teshima, who after the problems he had in practice ended his race on the third lap after being hit by Spanish rider Cardus.

Indianapolis GP final classification:
1. T. Elias
2. J. Simon
3. S. Redding
4. A. Iannone
5. S. Corsi

World Rider Championship classification:
1. T. Elias - 186
2. A. Iannone - 119
3. T. Luthi - 108
4. J. Simon - 108
5. S. Corsi - 84

More, from a press release issued by Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas Racing:

Kenny Noyes struggles at scorching and slippery Indianapolis

Kenny Noyes' home race at Indianapolis saw a typically gutsy performance from the Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas Racing rider, as the American struggled with the heat, the track conditions and an uncooperative bike. After making steady improvements throughout practice, a difficult qualifying session saw Noyes start back from 30th on the grid.

The usual mayhem of a 40-bike Moto2 start saw Kenny get caught up in one of the two crashes at Turn two, but luck ran his way when the wreckage could not be cleared fast enough and the race was red-flagged. The American got a much better start in the shortened second race, and Noyes set about his usual job of forging his way forward through the pack. A few passes on the brakes and a couple of crashes saw almost make his way into the points. But at the end of the race, the heat and lack of grip meant that the American rider was not able to make up in braking what he was losing in acceleration off the corner, and Kenny crossed the line in 19th place.

Noyes and his Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas team had a long technical meeting after the race to discuss where they can improve the Promoharris machine to fix the problems going into next weekend's race at Misano. But the hard work of the weekend was relieved by a visit to the legendary Indy Mile flat track race on Saturday night, where Noyes caught up with some old friends and former rivals he raced against in his dirt track days, and introduced Spanish TV viewers to the sport in a feature for the Spanish national broadcaster TVE.

Kenny Noyes
19th, fast lap 1'48.024

Kenny said: "On the one hand, we lucked out with the red flag. I was involved in the crash at the start. Someone clipped me on the right-hand side and pushed me into Roger. I got away better in the second start and could race. I really like this track, it's flat, it's bumpy, it's scrappy, it kinda suits my style."

"The grip was terrible because of the the heat, but that was the same for everybody. I was doing what I could to hold people off on the brakes, but we were fading towards the end. We were losing out in acceleration, and I just couldn't make up for it in the braking zone at the end. We're in a difficult situation. The bike is improving a little bit, but we need a big step forward to be able to compete. The team are working real hard, but we're not where we want to be."

"It was great to get out to the Indy Mile, and catch up with some old flat track friends, the guys I used to race against. It was nice to see all the old legends and big names, like Gary Nixon, Chris Carr and Kenny Coolbeth. And it was great to watch Byron Smith win the main, as he was the guy I beat to the Singles championship when I was racing flat track!"

More, from a press release issued by Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

Pedrosa beats heat for victory; American Spies finishes career-best second

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 Spaniard Dani Pedrosa spoiled the American riders' party on a hot day Aug. 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race for the first time at the Speedway's 2.621-mile road course.

Ben Spies, of Longview, Texas, finished second after capturing his first career MotoGP pole.

Spies got a great jump on the field at the start and built a one-second lead by Lap 3. Pedrosa, who started fifth, moved to second on Lap 4 and gradually cut into Spies' lead until passing him on the inside on the main straightaway just before crossing the start-finish line to start Lap 7.

Pedrosa led the rest of the way on the No. 26 Repsol Honda Team entry and beat Spies to the finish line by 3.575 seconds.

MotoGP World Championship points leader Jorge Lorenzo finished third on the No. 99 Fiat Yamaha Team, one position of teammate Valentino Rossi. Andrea Dovizioso was fifth on the No. 4 Repsol Honda and Owensboro, Ky., native Nicky Hayden who started third finished sixth on the No. 69 Ducati.

Temperatures at the start of the MotoGP race were officially at 92 degrees (33C) with sunny skies, creating challenging track conditions for the premier class riders.

"It was very, very warm out there," Pedrosa said. "You didn't cool down the 45 minutes you're out there. But we did a good race. The track was slippery, but it was the same thing for everybody. (Spies) was pulling very, very strong. But I could pick up and get ahead of him. And finally I try to do my rhythm and I was able to escape and do a good pace."

Spies' second-place finish on the No. 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine wrapped up an impressive showing for the MotoGP rookie, with Saturday's surprise pole followed by his career-best finish and second podium finish of the season.

"We can't complain," Spies said. "We came in and did better than I thought we were going to do. We got the pole yesterday and got out and had a good start today and led some laps. Didn't set the world on fire, but we had a good pace.

"I'm happy for all the friends and family and fans that are here to get a second in the American Grand Prix for the first season."

Hayden did not finish on the podium at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP for the first time, after finishing second in 2008 and third in 2009. He lost the left knee slider puck from his racing leathers on the third lap, limiting his ability to aggressively dive into corners.

Fellow American rider Colin Edwards struggled with tire grip issues on the No. 5 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike, switching to a backup on Lap 11 and retiring from the race six laps later.

Three riders crashed out of the race and were unhurt: Marco Melandri, Casey Stoner and Mika Kallio.

In the other World Championship races, Nicolas Terol became a two-time winner at Indianapolis by winning the 125cc class race; he won the same event in 2008. Former MotoGP competitor Toni Elias won the Moto2 race by .405 of a second over polesitter Julian Simon.

The 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for Aug. 26-28.



INDIANAPOLIS Results of the 28-lap Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race, with position, rider, country, motorcycle, time behind winner. All riders on Bridgestone tires:
1. Dani Pedrosa Spain Honda
2. Ben Spies United States Yamaha +3.575
3. Jorge Lorenzo Spain Yamaha +6.812
4. Valentino Rossi Italy Yamaha +12.633
5. Andrea Dovizioso Italy Honda +21.885
6. Nicky Hayden United States Ducati +35.138
7. Marco Simoncelli Italy Honda +36.740
8. Alvaro Bautista Spain Suzuki +36.825
9. Aleix Espargaro Spain Ducati +44.905
10. Hector Barbera Spain Ducati +51.368
11. Loris Capirossi Italy Suzuki +55.386
12. Hiroshi Aoyama Japan Honda +57.903
13. Randy De Puniet France Honda +1:04.139
NC Mika Kallio Finland Ducati +10 laps
NC Colin Edwards United States Yamaha +12 laps
NC Casey Stoner Australia Ducati +21 laps
NC Marco Melandri Italy Honda +26 laps
NC Not classified
Fastest lap: Pedrosa, 1:40.896, Lap 11; Pole lap: Spies, 1:40.105



Riders: Lorenzo 251, Pedrosa 183, Dovizioso 126, Stoner 119, Rossi 114, Spies 110, N. Hayden 109, De Puniet 78, Simoncelli 63, Melandri 61, Edwards 57, Barbera 54, Capirossi 41, Espargaro 39, Bautista 33, Kallio 31, Aoyama 22, Alex De Angelis 11, Roger Lee Hayden 5, Kousuke Akiyoshi 4, Wataru Yoshikawa 1.

Manufacturers: Yamaha 260, Honda 220, Ducati 159, Suzuki 56.



DANI PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team Honda/Bridgestone, winner): "I'm really happy with this win, and it was an especially tough one because of the heat today. I didn't make the perfect start, but I was quite quick through the first few tight corners and stayed close to the leaders. My rhythm was good today, and even though Spies was strong in front, I was able to close him down and make the pass. I'm really pleased with the performance of my bike because it was fast on the straights and also was working well in the corners. When I was out in front, it was quite hard to stay focused, and at the end of the race I was really tired. But I'm very happy because last year I crashed when I could have won, and now I have made up for it. There were many crashes this weekend, and it would have been easy to make a mistake in the race. You only need to go a little off line and you can be on the ground immediately."

BEN SPIES (Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha/Bridgestone, second): "I'm really happy to have got my best result in MotoGP in front of the American crowd and at a track as famous as Indianapolis. I always said I wanted my best result in my home race, so it's mission accomplished. After the pole position I got a great start, and it felt good to be out front for the first time in MotoGP. But I didn't have the pace for Dani today, and he rode a great race. I'm happy because I didn't make too many mistakes when I was out in front, and I was consistent for the whole race. When Dani passed me, I knew I couldn't follow him, so I let him go and concentrated on keeping a gap to Jorge in third, and that's what I achieved. I can't complain because it was a great weekend, and to be top Yamaha rider when you look at who else is on that bike is pretty satisfying. It hasn't sunk in yet that I've finished second in my home race. But I'll enjoy it before I hop on a plane and try and do it again in Misano next weekend."

JORGE LORENZO (Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha/Bridgestone, third): "Of course, I shouldn't be disappointed with third place, but at the same time I'm not happy with my race today. I didn't ride as well as I could have, and I didn't get a good start. The conditions were incredibly hard, and I simply didn't have the physical strength to push as hard or do the same times I did in practice. It was like a race in Malaysia! The track was so slippery and it was very difficult to use the tires as you wanted to. I think honestly I'm quite lucky to have finished third today. The good thing is we took some points, and now I have to concentrate on recovering before Misano because we don't have much time."



NICKY HAYDEN (Ducati Team Ducati/Bridgestone, sixth): "I still can't believe what happened. I am so disappointed. I was being careful over the first few laps because in that heat, the track was very greasy. I lost the front slightly on the third lap and caught my left knee on a drain cover on one of the kerbs, right where the knee slider attaches to the Velcro. There are so many left-hand corners here "¦ from that point on, I had to take it really steady. I couldn't push anywhere and finished up with a huge hole in my leathers. I am incredibly disappointed because we had to the pace to put in a performance today."

COLIN EDWARDS (Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha/Bridgestone, not classified): "I went for the hard tire because I'd done a (1:) 41.6 on that tire on Friday and felt pretty comfortable and confident. I'd not been able to make the soft tire last close to race distance. I'd started to have a problem after eight or nine laps with it, so with the temperature and humidity coming up I was getting excited about using the hard tire. But I had a problem with edge grip from the start, and I was having an issue turning. I was riding on the limit but way off the pace so I pulled in for the softer tire and did a few laps, and my lap times were immediately better. The tire choice cost me today, but congratulations to Ben. He's just riding at an amazing level, and second in this field is something to be proud of."



Moto2: Toni Elias, Spain, Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki Honda. American wild-card riders Jason DiSalvo and Roger Lee Hayden finished ninth and 17th, respectively. American Kenny Noyes finished 19th. He is 21st in the season point standings.

125cc: Nicolas Terol, Spain, Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia.

USGPRU Moriwaki MD250: Garrett Gerloff, Trussville, Ala.



Grand Prix of San Marino, Misano World Circuit, Sept. 3-5. Round 12 of 18.


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More, from a press release issued by Team Tuned:

Team Tuned - Indy GP Day 3 - Race 2 Review

The third and final day of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix lived up to all expectations of those participants involved. The USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H Classification had one final race scheduled for 10:20AM following the practice sessions of the MotoGP Championship Classes. The weather in Indianapolis was slightly cooler in temperature compared to the prior days of the event which provided a bit of relief to the riders.

Cody Sousa-Saints and Bruce Degrilla Jr. gridded up for the second race of the event in 18th and 22 respectively based on their qualifying positions during Friday afternoons sessions. The start of the race was delayed due to an accident on the warm-up lap of the race. The riders were held on the grid whilst the 2 riders involved were attended to and the track cleared for racing. Due to the delayed start the race distance was reduced to 11 Laps on the 2.6 mile circuit. The riders were given an additional warm-up lap prior to the start of the race.

Cody and Bruce made ideal starts making up ground on the riders in front of them in the first 2 sections of the prestigious Indianapolis Speedway. Bruce made up several positions to move up to 19th behind his team mate Cody on Lap 1 of the event. On Lap 2 Bruce continued his progression forward up to position 18 moving his teammate Cody and an American rider back a spot. Cody continued to challenge and keep his teammate in sight. Unfortunately Bruce was forced off track on Lap 3 in an attempt to avoid a rider crashed in front of him. Cody continued to progress through the field unaffected by the crash. Bruce remounted the race in 19th spot and set his goal on making up the ground he lost due the crashed rider.

In the end Cody completed his second international event in 17th positions just ahead of his teammate Bruce in 18th by a margin of 0.015 of a second. The result follows their first race finishes of 20th and 21st in race one; a noticeable improvement.

Race 2 Results:

Cody Sousa-Saints - Position 17 - Fastest Lap: 2:05.131

Bruce Degrilla Jr - Position 18 - Fastest Lap: 2:04.198

Race Winner - Garret Gerloff - Fastest Lap: 1:57.517 (new circuit record)

Manager's Review

Cyril H. Whitter III, Manager, says "I am very proud of the accomplishments of Cody and Bruce during the participation in the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Traveling from Bermuda to compete in this event was golden opportunity for both of these young men. The event was hosted by MotoGP which is the highest level of motorcycle racing competition in the world. The USGPRU scheduled the Moriwaki MD250H classification to race as a support class for the event provided kids age 12-16 with the opportunity to race alongside MotoGP. This is any racers dream!!"

"Bruce and Cody showed major progression over the weekend. Their performances can be measured by their constant improvement of their lap times over the weekend. We have 2 more races in the United States scheduled by the USGPRU. Bruce and Cody's next event will be at the New Jersey Motor Sports Park in New Jersey on September 10-11th."

Team Tuned Motorcycle Racing would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes and prayers to the family of Peter Lenz who passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010. Peter was taking part in the USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H Classification at Indianapolis and it was a great pleasure befriending Peter at our first USGPRU event. He will truly be missed.

More, from a press release issued by Moriwaki Engineering:

Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, MORIWAKI MD600 race result:

Toni Elias took 3 consecutive win which was his 5th GP wins in the season!

We welcomed a wildcard entry MD600 from American Honda, Roger Lee Hayden joined the Indy GP along side with regular 6 MD600s.

The fastest qualifier among MD600 riders were again Toni Elias, sat on 6th position, second-row start. Other MD600 riders: Fonsi Nieto 12th, Lukas Pesek 15th, Thomas Luthi 17th, Vladimir Ivanov 25th, Roger Lee Hayden 29th and Yannick Guerra 39th.

Unfortunately, Fonsi Nieto injured during the crash in the Qualify Practice session and had to withdraw from the race.

The race started on Sunday, the August 29th in dry. The mercury went up to 34C and ground temperature was 52C. There was a multiple crash involving 8 machines occurred at turn2 right after the race started and red-flagged. The race was rescheduled to start 30min later but with only 17Laps to complete.

Toni Elias showed superb start from 2nd-row and took a hole shot. Behind the leading group, Thomas Luthi was in the battle for 4th position. Elias was taken over but regained the top position at 6laps to go, passing Julian Simon at turn1. Elias strongly defended the lead and took his 5th and 3 consecutive win.

Thomas Luthi finished in 7th, adding 9points in the championship standing.

MORIWAKI extended the Constructor Championship lead as well as Elias in the riders championship standing. Luthi managed to keep the 3rd position in the ranking.


MD600 race results:
-- 1st: No.24 Toni Elias, Gresini Racing Moto2 (QP 6th, 1'46"368)
-- 7th: No.12 Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 (QP 17th, 1'47"004)
--17th: No.34 Roger Lee Hayden, American Honda (QP 29th, 1'47"390)
--20th: No.52 Lukas Pesek, Matteoni CP Racing (QP 15th, 1'46"959)
--24th: No. 88 Yannick Guerra, Holiday Gym G22 (QP 39th, 1'48"905)
Not Classified --No.61 Vladimir Ivanov, Gresini Racing Moto2 (QP 25th, 1'47"224)
Not starting --No.10 Fonsi Nieto, Holiday Gym G22 (QP 12th, 1'46"900)


World Championship Classification


1st / No.24 Toni Elias / 186point
3rd / No.12 Thomas Luthi / 108point
12th / No.10 Fonsi Nieto / 41point
27th / No.19 Xavier Simeon / 9point
31st / No.52 Lukas Pesek / 4point
33rd / No.61 Vladimir Ivanov / 2point


MotoGP official website:
MORIWAKI MD600 website: (Japanese only)

More, from a press release issued by FTR MOTO:


FTR MOTO continued its Moto2 World Championship success in round 10 at Indianapolis, USA on Sunday as the M210-mounted Speed Up riders Andrea Iannone and Gabor Talmacsi finished in fourth and eighth places respectively and wild card Jason DiSalvo took an impressive ninth place on his FOGI Racing FTR M210.

Ever-impressive Iannone started the race from 25th place on the grid after a crash in qualifying but the Italian was up to 13th place by the end of the first lap in a race restarted after two separate four-machine crashes at the second corner of the original 26-lap race.

The race was rescheduled for 17 laps of the 2.618-mile circuit and Iannone was quickly on the charge and into fourth place by the eighth lap, a position he held to the finish line for 13 valuable World Championship points to ensure the Italian retains second place in the points standings.

Iannone also set the fastest ever Moto2 lap of Indianapolis on his M210 in the raceday warm-up, 0.4s faster than Saturday's pole position time.

Talmacsi, continuing his season-long consistent form, was involved in the initial race crash but the tough Hungarian bounced back to finish in eighth and was as high as fourth place in the early stages. Determined wild card Jason DiSalvo captured the imagination of the partisan crowd as he battled from 26th place on the grid to finish in a superb ninth place.

DiSalvo riding the FOGI Racing Team M210 in an operation run by former racer Geoff Maloney's GPtech organisation impressed throughout the weekend and finished as the leading American rider, just 17 seconds behind race winner and Championship leader Toni Elias.

Luckless Alex Debon, on the Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team FTR machine, was taken out by Ukranian Vladimir Ivanov on lap two while Cardion AB Motoracing Team M210 rider Karel Abraham suffered further effects from his heavy Brno fall two weeks ago and opted to sit out the event.

"After a mixed bag of injuries, crashes and bad luck in practice and qualifying the Indianapolis race worked out well for us in the end," said FTR's Steve Bones. "Andrea Iannone once more confirmed his ability and determination despite injury and Jason DiSalvo's wild card finish was great.

"I think the GPtech and FOGI Racing guys did a great job with our machine and Jason's ride was as good as any wild card I can remember this year. It was disappointing for Alex Debon and Karel Abraham but I'm sure they've both still got 2010 podium finishes within them."

More, from a press release issued by Marc VDS Racing Team:


Scott Redding secured his, and the Marc VDS Racing Team's, first ever podium in the all-new Moto2 class with an impressive ride to third place in today's Indianapolis Grand Prix. Hector Faubel was also running at the front of the field until a crash brought his race to a premature end.

Both Redding and Faubel started today's race from the front row of the grid, but were forced to do it all again when the race was stopped as a result of two separate crashes at turn two on the opening lap. Both Marc VDS riders got away from the line with the leading group from the restart, with Redding slotting into second place behind championship leader, Toni Elias.

Faubel was pushing hard in the fight for fifth place when a big slide threw the 27-year-old Spaniard over the highside. The Marc VDS rider was uninjured in the crash, but was unable to rejoin the race because of damage to the bike, which was leaking fuel that then ignited in spectacular fashion.

Redding, along with Elias and reigning 125cc World Champion, Julian Simon, had managed to escape at the front of the field by this time, building up a gap of more than two seconds over their pursuers. The 17-year-old Briton tried a number of times to squeeze past his more experienced rivals, but started to struggle with rear traction as his tyres started to go off. After a couple of big slides, the Marc VDS rider was left with no option but to back off, play it safe, and bring the bike home for his, and the Marc VDS Racing Team's, first podium finish in the hotly contested Moto2 class.

Scott Redding #45: 3rd Position
"I got away from the line in second place at the restart and I had no problem matching the pace of Elias and Simon during the early stages of the race. They were both taking some time out of me on the straight, but I was able to get this back through the first part of the track. I thought I could maybe get past the two of them at midrace distance, but then I started to struggle a little with rear grip and, after a couple of big warning slides, decided it was better to take third place than end the race in the gravel trap! It's a good result for me, and also for the team. Everyone in the team has worked so hard to get us up to the front of the race and this result was definitely a real team effort. I can't wait to go to Misano now, where I hope we can repeat our Indianapolis success."

Hector Faubel #55: DNF
"I'm very disappointed. I didn't get such a good start the first time, because the bike tried to wheelie away from the line. The restart was much better, but I had to push hard to stay with the group I was battling with. The rear of the bike came round with no warning really and there was nothing I could do to save it. I knew I wasn't going to be able to rejoin, as I saw a big sheet of flame coming out of the bike as it slid down the track. It's disappointing, but the bike was good, my feeling was good and, up until the crash, everything was going well. This gives me a lot of confidence going into Misano, where I'm obviously hoping for a better result."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"I'm sorry for Hector because he's had a great weekend here in Indianapolis and he deserved a good result today. He can take a lot of positives away from this weekend and I'm sure he'll be on the pace once again at Misano in a weeks time. Scott has also had a great weekend, consistently topping the timesheets throughout practice. His race today showed just how far he's come since the beginning of the season, as he battled it out with two very experienced riders at the front of the race. He had some problems with grip towards the end and very sensibly decided to let the battle for the lead go and settle for third place. This is his first Moto2 podium, but it's also the first for the Marc VDS Racing Team. Obviously I'm very happy, but I'm also a little sad that Marc van der Straten wasn't here at the track to see it, as we wouldn't even be here without him. I hope that he will be able to join us at the racetrack for our next podium finish, which I'm sure will come very soon."