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Aug 26, 2010

Updated: The Final Round Of Previews Of The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

(Indianapolis, Indiana) - USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H powered by Honda national championship points leader Peter Lenz, age 13, is heading to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP this coming weekend.

As part of the IndyGP, the USGPRU's Moriwaki MD250H spec class will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The class is an opportunity for young talent to race at the Brickyard on nearly identical race motorcycles for the first time.

Lenz, who hails from Fort Vancouver, Washington, commented, "I have been working all year to win the national championship. The races are going to be good ones. I can't wait to get out there and race at the Brickyard!"

Lenz will have a well-prepared machine under him. EDR Performance in Portland went through the machine from top to bottom, ensuring it was in top condition within the spec rules in place for the class. Veteran racer and mechanic Ed Sorbo will work as Lenz's crew chief on the ground at Indy.

Keep an eye out this weekend for the red and white #45 California Superbike School Moriwaki MD250H powered by Honda piloted by the young but determined Lenz.

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More, from a press release issued by FTR MOTO:


FTR MOTO's World Championship aces will be looking to improve on their current positions in the Moto2 points standings in Sunday's 10th race in the 17-round Championship at Indianapolis, USA.

Andrea Iannone sits in second place in the World Championship on his Speed Up FTR and is looking to close the 56-point gap to leader Toni Elias and challenge for the inaugural World title in the final eight races of 2010.

His team-mate, Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi can improve on his ninth place in the standings as can Alex Debon, currently in 11th place, on his Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team FTR machine.

Cardion AB Motoracing Team M210 rider Karel Abraham will be looking to make amends after a disappointing home round two weeks ago by improving on his current 14th place in the World Championship, a table that has 34 point-scoring riders from 16 different countries.

FTR sits fourth in the 14-strong Constructors' World Championship with the Speed Up-labelled representative in third.

And Indianapolis will feature a fifth FTR M210 as wild card Jason DiSalvo challenges for glory on the FOGI Racing machine, run by the GPtech team.

"We are well and truly into the second half of the season now and I think all of the FTR riders are fired up to build on some pretty impressive performances already this year," said FTR's Steve Bones. "The Indianapolis circuit offers a new challenge once again for Moto2 but, so far, the FTR riders have all reported how adaptable the M210 has been to a new race track."

Bones continued: "I'd like to think that all four of the FTR riders could finish in the top 10 of what is obviously an extremely competitive Championship. And we are effectively third in the

Constructors Championship, Speed Up have their commercial reasons for their representation but overall we're pleased to be sat near the top of the table."

More, from a press release issued by JiR Moto2 Team:

GP of Indianapolis: preview

Team JiR Moto2 flies abroad for the next round of the World Championship that will take place this Sunday, August 29th, in Indianapolis, USA. The Championship re-started in Brno after the summer break and both riders, Simone Corsi and Yusuke Teshima, are expecting to do great things in the States. The technical evolutions brought forward on the two MotoBI machines after the break gave good responses and now what is missing for challenging the leaders is perhaps just a little luck.

Simone Corsi is already in the USA, taking a small holiday and ensuring that he doesn't suffer any effects of jet-lag.

Simone Corsi
"I'm happy to race in Indianapolis because I like this track. It is very technical and we also run on the old, historical circuit in two corners. It's characterized by many changes of Tarmac, so we'll have to concentrate precisely on the set-up. During the last races I saw some improvements from the technical development side of things, our objective now is to sharpen our weapons and become even more effective from this race."

Making his debut in Indianapolis is Yusuke Teshima, who will be bringing on the precious development work with his MotoBI.

Yusuke Teshima
"My adventure in Moto2 continues and I can't help being proud of myself for this. Since Aragon's test we have brought on the development of the bike and we got some good results. Indianapolis will be perfect for testing some new changes and get ready for the return to Europe, as immediately after we will be racing in Misano. I'm determined in giving the Team back the trust they've invested in me by gaining some good results and get into the points."

More, from a press release issued by Dorna Communications:

He may be the winner of the last two MotoGP races on American soil, but Jorge Lorenzo continued to insist during today's pre-event press conference that he wasn't necessarily looking for his eighth win of the season this weekend at Indianapolis, but only to finish and add to his already impressive championship points tally.

Having heard the 23-year-old Mallorcan say the same thing at Brno, before going on to dominate the race and take his seventh win of the season, Ben Spies, Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama, who were also present at the press conference, could be forgiven for looking sceptical.

Lorenzo won here at Indianapolis last year, complete with Captain America helmet, and, despite his protestations, few would bet against a repeat performance from the Fiat Yamaha rider this time around. Captain America has been retired, replaced by a new Iron Man helmet, but Lorenzo's aim remains the same this weekend, to extend the 77-point advantage he holds over Dani Pedrosa in the championship standings.

"I come here in very good shape, to a track I love and things have been going very well for us this year," said Lorenzo. "Obviously I want to win, nobody in the world wants to lose, but I also have to be careful. Nobody knows what will happen in a crash; you could be okay or you could injure yourself. Like I said nobody knows, so I need to be a little careful."

Sixth in the championship, Nicky Hayden is the highest placed American rider going into the Indianapolis weekend. The track, which is only a few hours from Hayden's home in Kentucky, has been a happy hunting ground for the Ducati rider in the past. Hayden finished second at Indianapolis in 2008 and was third last year, but arrives for this year's race with a wrist injury from a qualifying crash two weeks ago in Brno.

Hayden, whose younger brother Roger will make his Moto2 debut this weekend, is still looking for his first podium of the season, but is unsure at the moment just how much of a handicap the wrist injury will prove to be this weekend.

"It's only ten days since I injured my wrist, but already it feels better than Brno," explained Hayden. "I've done a little dirt bike riding with my Dad the last week or so, with no problems, but braking on a MotoGP bike is a little different to riding up your drive, so we'll have to see how the wrist feels. Actually, we don't have time to be messing around with a sore wrist this weekend, so we'll see how it goes."

Just nine points behind his compatriot in the championship, Ben Spies could leapfrog Hayden to claim sixth place with a good result at Indianapolis, the track where he finished sixth on his MotoGP debut with Suzuki back in 2008.

Spies claimed his first MotoGP podium at Silverstone back in May, but makes no secret of the fact that a repeat in front of his home crowd this weekend would quite likely be the highlight of his first full season in the premier class.

"You always want your best result to come in front of your home crowd," stated Spies. "You hope everything goes well in practice, qualifying and the race, but I don't think you try any harder really. No matter which country we're in, we're racing as hard as we can for 45 minutes and it will be the same here at Indianapolis this weekend."

While his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate was been regularly running at the front, the first half of the season hasn't been so easy for Colin Edwards. The Texan has struggled to get to grips with the 2010 Yamaha M1 so far this year, leaving him down in a disappointing tenth place in the championship standings. This weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix marks Edwards' 130th start in the premier class.

"Those 130 races have been special, some of the best times of my life," declared Edwards. "This season has been difficult; after finishing fifth in the championship last season we thought things would be cool this year, but we've suffered with this six engine rule. We found something at Laguna, made the bike a bit quicker, and our best results of the season so far came there and at Brno. So, we're getting there."

Hiroshi Aoyama makes a welcome return to racing this weekend at Indianapolis, following a nine-week absence while recovering from a fractured vertebra sustained in his warm-up crash at Silverstone. The reigning 250cc World Champion tested the Interwetten Honda RC212V machine for the first time since the crash during the Brno test just two weeks ago and, as a result, has been passed fit to ride at Indianapolis this weekend.

"It's been a difficult few months," said Aoyama. "After the crash sometimes my legs were numb, which was pretty scary. It's hard to be off the bike for so long, but the feeling was quite good at Brno. My back is still not 100% so I will race with a support this weekend. At Brno I had to lay on the floor after ten laps but now, two weeks later, it is much better. I am happy to be racing again this weekend."

American MotoGP fans were treated to a glimpse of a host of home-grown talent earlier today, as premier class rookie Ben Spies, Moto2 riders Kenny Noyes and Roger Lee Hayden, and former World Champion Kevin Schwantz all appeared at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix.

Hayden, who rode as a substitute for Randy de Puniet in the premier class at Laguna Seca five weeks ago, was just as excited at the prospect of his Moto2 wildcard appearance this weekend. "It's really special to see all the fans here to meet us," he said, before turning his attentions to his expectations.

"We expect to do really well. Everybody has been working really hard and Kevin has helped me out a lot. We'd really like to get a top ten and we know it's going to be difficult against the best riders in the world."

This afternoon, Ben Spies joined Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez and Scott Redding at the Indiana Pacers NBA court, where former Pacers player, Rik Smits, taught the riders how to shoot hoops.

Having played basketball previously, both Spies and Pedrosa had something of an advantage over their fellow riders, but all five managed to score a few baskets during the course of the visit.

Scoring got a lot harder, however, when Smits - who towered over everyone at 2.24 metres (7'4") tall - decided to defend the basket. Despite his size, and his skills, Marquez still managed to squeeze past the NBA player and score, much to everyone's amazement.

"I've had a lot of fun and it's been great being able to meet Rik Smits, who was a great player back in the day." said Spies. "It's one of the great perks we get to do before the race and business starts tomorrow."