The Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office issued the following press release, containing the full transcript of the opening press conference ahead of this weekend's MotoGP race at Indianapolis.
If you were worried about filling your time at Indianapolis between the on-track action, you have no need for concern. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway today issued a press release with a full list of activities during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, and it is a very full list indeed. Apart from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series takes to the track, where riders race specially prepared XR1200s against one another. Alongside the bellowing twins of the XR1200 racing, the futuristic whine of the FIM eRoadRacing series can also be heard, with the electric bikes taking to the track for another round of their world championship.
As is their custom, the industrious Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office organized a teleconference with Marc Marquez ahead of this weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race. As all these occasions were, it was highly informative and wide ranging, with Marquez being asked about a host of different subjects. The Repsol Honda rookie was asked about his unexpectedly strong start to his MotoGP career, about Casey Stoner developing the 2014 MotoGP bike, training on a dirt track bike, what he still has left to learn in MotoGP and the legendary 125cc race at Estoril in 2010, when Marquez crashed the bike on the sighting lap, but still went on to win the race. A great read, as ever:
Marc Marquez, Aug. 12, 2013
THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone. Today our guest is current MotoGP World Championship leader, Marc Marquez.
Just a little background about Marc. Marc is from Spain. He is, as I said, leading the World Championship standings. He has a 16-point lead over his teammate and two time Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Dani Pedrosa and a 26-point lead over reigning world champion and 2009 Indianapolis winner, Jorge Lorenzo.
Marc has won three races this season, including the last two heading into the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, and he also has won twice here in Indianapolis winning in Moto2 the last two years.
Marc, thank you very much for taking the time to join us.
MARC MARQUEZ: Thank you.
THE MODERATOR: You've won here twice at Indianapolis, but on the Moto2 bikes. What is it about this circuit that suits your style? What do you like about this circuit?
MARC MARQUEZ: You know, generally, I like the American style also, and we go in another circuit that's in America, I feel so good.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway issued the following press release after the one-day test held by American wild cards James Rispoli and Blake Young ahead of next weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis Gra
With MotoGP back on US soil, Ben Spies was once again at the racetrack.
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Ben Spies' absence due to his shoulder injury will extend to Laguna Seca. The Texan is still going through physical rehab to get the shoulder he injured at Sepang last year up to strength, and he hopes to be back to full fitness for the final US round of MotoGP at Indianapolis at the end of August.
With Spies still out for two more races, the Ignite Pramac team needs a replacement. Michele Pirro will take Spies' place at the Sachsenring in just under two week's time, but Ducati's official test rider is not available for Laguna, as he has more testing scheduled that week at Misano in Italy. As a result, Pramac has asked Alex De Angelis to step in for the Laguna Seca round, as the lack of a Moto2 round at Laguna means the NGM Forward rider is availabe to take Spies' seat at the California circuit. De Angelis already has MotoGP experience, having raced two seasons for the Gresini Honda team in 2008 and 2009, and having replaced Hiroshi Aoyama for three rounds in 2010.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office organized a teleconference with Factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden last week. Naturally, the journalists were keen to hear what Hayden had to report from the first two tests at Sepang, but they were also interested in hearing his thoughts on the debut of Marc Marquez, how the departure of Valentino Rossi affects the Italian factory, and the changes in the structure of Ducati since it was taken over by Audi.
The press conference transcript follows below, courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office:
2013 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP TELECONFERENCE
Nicky Hayden, March 14, 2013
MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP teleconference. Our guest today is 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden. Nicky is from Owensboro, Kentucky, and is entering his 11th season of MotoGP, and he is starting his fifth consecutive season with the iconic Ducati team. Nicky, thanks for joining us today.
NICKY HAYDEN: All right, thanks for having me.
MODERATOR: Nicky, you guys have tested already twice in Sepang and you made some really good progress it seemed like in the second test. The bike seemed to come alive and you got closer to the pace set by the Honda's and the Yamaha's. Was there a real breakthrough or was there a evolution in the GP13?
AMA Superbike runner-up Blake Young will ride the Attack Performance CRT machine at all three US MotoGP rounds this year. The former Yoshimura Suzuki rider has signed with Attack Performance owner Richard Stanboli to race at the Austin, Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds of MotoGP, aboard the Kawasaki-powered CRT machine designed and built by Stanboli and his team.
The FIM today issued a revised version of the 2013 MotoGP calendar. The new calendar is only a minor update to the initial calendar issued on September 21st, with only one real change, the switching of the Sachsenring to a week earlier. That move was forced on the FIM, as Formula One had scheduled the Grand Prix of Germany at the Nurburgring for the same date. Holding an F1 race and a MotoGP race in the same country and on the same date was not a viable situation, and so the Sachsenring race was moved.
The other update to the calendar was not a change, but a confirmation. The Grand Prix of the Americas has been confirmed as taking place on April 21st, at the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. That had been widely expected, but could not be confirmed until contracts were signed. The continuing dispute between the Circuit of the Americas and Kevin Schwantz over the rights to organize the Austin round of MotoGP will not affect the scheduling of the race.