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2010 Indianapolis Moto2 FP1 Result - Redding Edges Out Championship Leaders

The first session of free practice for the Moto2 class saw a surprise name at the top of the timesheets: A flying lap at the end of practice saw Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding set the fastest time, just sneaking ahead of championship leader Toni Elias and Elias' main rival Andrea Iannone. The Gresini rider and the FIMMCO Speed Up man had led for most of the session, fighting for top spot with JIR's Simone Corsi, but all three were  pipped by Redding in the final minutes.

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Indianapolis GP Confirmed For 2011 - But Not Back-To-Back With Laguna Seca

Dorna and Indianapolis Motor Speedway have just confirmed that MotoGP is to be back at Indy for 2011. The deal sees MotoGP returning for a single year in 2011, with a review to take place in light of the changes due to happen from 2012 onwards. The renewal sees the Indy GP scheduled for the same weekend next year as this year, with the race to be run on August 28th.

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2010 Indianapolis MotoGP FP1 Result - New Forks Give Stoner Fresh Hope

Casey Stoner's gamble on using the 2011 spec Ohlins forks looks to have paid off, the Marlboro Ducati rider getting off to a strong start at Indianapolis by topping the timesheets with nearly a quarter of a second advantage over Jorge Lorenzo. The Fiat Yamaha rider had dominated the early part of the session, picking up where he left off at Brno. But once Stoner got the new forks dialed in, there was no stopping him, the Australian the only rider to dip into the 1'40 bracket.

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2010 Indianapolis125cc FP1 Result - Marquez Edges Espargaro

Marc Marquez appears to have recovered well from the dislocated shoulder he suffered two weeks ago at Brno, the Red Bull Ajo Derbi rider topping the timesheets in the first session of practice for the 125cc class at Indianapolis. Marquez edged out Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro for the top spot, with Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol finishing the session in 3rd. Marquez' Ajo Derbi teammate Sandro Cortese ended up in 4th spot, ahead of Terol's teammate Bradley Smith.

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Whatever The Opposite Is Of Bombshell: Ben Spies Confirmed As Factory Yamaha Rider For 2011

As we predicted yesterday, the second-worst-kept secret in MotoGP was revealed today at Indianapolis, with the official confirmation that Ben Spies is to join the factory Yamaha team for 2011. The press release issued by Yamaha held very few surprises, though one or two interesting little details are available by reading between the lines. The first is that Spies is likely to take his American crew with him to the factory team, with Spies' reference to "his mechanics" almost certainly referring to crew chief Tom Houseworth and mechanic Greg Wood.

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Indianapolis MotoGP Pre-Event Press Conference Transcript

MODERATOR: We said all the things, Jorge, 77 points, wins at Laguna, Indianapolis. You come here in very, very good shape.

JORGE LORENZO: Yes, I come here in very good shape. You know, all the things are going so well this year. There was sort of -- I got second position, so I couldn't ask for anything more. And we come here in a track that I love. In 2008 with a lot of rain and very hard conditions, I made my first podium in rain in my career, and last year I won. So it's always very positive that MotoGP comes here in America, and I'm happy for that.

MODERATOR: And just walking into the Motor Speedway is a special place, an iconic place, isn't it?

LORENZO: Yeah, very special with a lot of history and a lot of races here in the past. And obviously we are -- we want that this continues for long years, but I don't know whether it's going to happen for the next years.

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Spies And Hayden 2011 Contracts To Be Confirmed At Indianapolis

If Valentino Rossi's move to Ducati was the worst-kept secret in motorcycle racing, then his replacement at Yamaha was probably the second worst. Rumors of Ben Spies moving up to the Fiat Yamaha team should either Rossi or teammate Jorge Lorenzo leave started before Spies had even wrapped up the 2009 World Superbike title, and now that Rossi's departure has been confirmed, those rumors have move far beyond the realm of speculation.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Close To Extending MotoGP Deal

MotoGP's history at Indianapolis got off to a tempestuous start, quite literally. The inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in 2008 took place in the shadow of Hurricane Ike, but despite the storm, and the global financial meltdown, the race has had a fairly strong attendance for the past two years, with 91,000 paying customers in '08, dropping to just over 75,000 last year, in the midst of the global recession. 2010, however, is the last year of Indianapolis' three-year contract to stage a MotoGP event, and as yet, no announcements about the future of the race have been made.

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The All-Encompassing List Of Things To Do At Indy

Should you be considering heading to Indianapolis for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, but are still undecided as to whether to go or not, here's news that may help you make up your mind. Obviously the visceral roar of MotoGP engines, combined with the thrilling spectacle of 41 Moto2 bikes heading into the first corner together is the main attraction of the weekend, but if you were worried about being bored outside the track, you need worry no more. For Indianapolis Motor Speedway has just released a comprehensive list of all activities taking place over the weekend, both on and off track. There's something for just about everyone here, and visitors to the race should be more worried about fitting everything in than finding things to do.

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