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2013 Indianpolis MotoGP Friday Round Up: The New King Kenny, Yamaha's Seamless Gearbox, And Returning Next Year?

There's something about America. Especially if your name is Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda Rookie led both sessions on the opening day of the Indianapolis Grand Prix (the last one? Too early to say) going quickest both in the tricky morning, when there was very little grip, and in the afternoon, once the bikes had laid down some rubber. Marquez has won both US rounds so far, dominating at Austin and winning comfortably at Laguna Seca, and he has picked up at Indy where he left off before the summer break.

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2013 Indianpolis Moto2 FP2 Result: Corsi Climbs The Ladder

Simon Corsi rose from fourth in the first practice to the top spot in FP2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday afternoon.  Championship leader Scott Redding, in a late charge, managed a second place just two-tenths off first. And Esteve Rabat put his Kalex into third just another one-tenth back. As it always in the hyper-competitive Moto2 class, less than a second separates the top 13 riders.

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2013 Indianpolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Is Marquez The New Captain America?

Early on in FP2, it seemed as if former Indy race winners Jorge Lorenzo (2010) and Dani Pedrosa (2009, 2012) would establish their spots at the top of the order. After all, the long break gave the veteran riders time to heal from injuries and reclaim lost speed.  And both looked fast early in FP2.

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2013 Indianpolis Moto3 FP2 Result: Vinales Takes Charge

Maverick Vinales reestablished order during the second free practice as the temperature climbed and lap times dropped. Vinales’ 1’48.502 was only four-hundredths faster than second-place Romano Fenati but it was two seconds faster than the top time in FP1.

Alex Marquez, younger brother to MotoGP championship leader Marc, placed third at 1'48.609, a tenth back from rival Vinales. (And for those counting inconsequential details, it is eight seconds slower than his older brother's best Indy lap on a full MotoGP bike.)

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2013 Indianpolis Moto2 FP1 Result: Nakagami Quickest; Redding Off Pace

Takaaki Nakagami bolstered his hopes that he's returning to early-season form with the top time in Moto2 FP1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nakagami's 1'44.518 is two-tenths clear of seond-fastest Mattia Pasini who, in turn, is another two-tenths ahead of Dominique Aegerter. Nakagami has struggled in recent races after a strong start to the season. Championship points leader Scott Redding couldn't shake off the cobwebs from the month-long break and finished ninth, seven-tenths off the pace.

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2013 Indianpolis MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez At The Top of The Class After Summer Recess

MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez, picking up where he left off before the summer break, led the first free practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a time of 1’40.781.  Cal Crutchlow put his satellite Yamaha into second, three-tenths adrift of Marquez.

Current world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who led much of FP1, finished third.  Stefan Bradl continued his good form with a fourth-fastest time and Valentino Rossi put in a fast final lap to grab fifth place. Rossi had dropped as low as eighth in the late stages of practice before putting in his best lap as time expired.

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2013 Indianpolis Moto3 FP1 Result: Folger Begins On Top

In mixed conditions, Jonas Folger ended the month-long summer break at the top of the timesheets with a 1’50.379 at the Indianapolis Speedway Friday. Folger, the third-place finisher last year, put his KTM five-tenths clear of the field.  Isaac Vinales and Alex Rins rounded out the top three.

The lap times, well off last year’s pace, likely are the result of the long break and off-and-on rain during the session.

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2013 Indianapolis MotoGP Preview: Honda vs Yamaha In The Heart Of American Racing

It's been a long summer break. Three consecutive weekends without racing - four, for the returning Moto2 and Moto3 classes - means that the MotoGP riders return well-rested and raring to get back on to a bike again. Some, of course, have already spent some time on a bike over the summer, with both Yamaha and Ducati testing (more of which later), but for the most part, they have had an all too brief vacation cut short by a return to training. Training never stops for a motorcycle racer.

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