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2014 Indianapolis Moto2 FP1 Result: Rabat Tops The Timesheet

Championship points leader Tito Rabat set the top time Friday in the first Moto2 practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday. Rabat grabbed he lead toward the end of the practice session with a 1’38.060 — good for four-hundredths of a second clear of second place.

Dominique Aegerter, who led for most of FP1, finished second in the initial session with Sam Lowes just a touch back in third. Sandro Cortese (4th) and Simone Corsi (5th) rounded out the top five.

Mika Kallio, second in the championship was well off the pace in 12th, over a second back.

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2014 Indianapolis MotoGP FP1 Result: New Surface Suits Rossi Fine

Valentino Rossi found something to like at the first free practice on the newly resurfaced Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday morning. Rossi’s 1’34.535 put him three-hundredths clear of Bradley Smith who, like Rossi, saved his fastest lap for the end of the humid session. Andrea Iannone, who had topped the timesheet with one minute to go, was relegated to third in the tightly bunched field

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2014 Indianapolis Moto3 FP1 Result: Miller Finds the Fast Way Around

Australian Jack Miller picked up right where he left off at the previous round with the fastest time in the first free practice at Round 10 of the Moto3 World Championship. Miller’s 1’45.824 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday morning left him three-tenths of a second clear of Isaac Vinales (2nd) and nearly three-quarters of a second faster than Alessandro Tonucci.

Luca Grunwald (4th) and Efren Vasquez (5th) rounded out the top five, both more than a second shy of Miller's time.

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2014 Indianapolis MotoGP Preview: A New Surface, Beating Marquez, And Silly Season Resuming

There are few motorsports venues more iconic than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Of the places I've visited, only Monza comes close: you can feel the ghosts of all the men and women who have raced there. With its massive grandstands and historic racing museum, the vast facility is breathtaking. It is a magic place.

Sadly, the magic is all around the 4 kilometer rectangular oval on which the Indy 500 is held, and not so much around the road course used by MotoGP. The rather tight, artificial infield road circuit feels very much like an afterthought, something retrofitted to allow a greater range of activities at the facility. If the oval layout is spectacular, the road course is positively pedestrian.

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Lorenzo Confirmed At Movistar Yamaha Through 2016

Jorge Lorenzo has signed a new two-year deal with Yamaha. The 2010 and 2012 world champion will stay with the factory Movistar Yamaha team in MotoGP for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The deal had been widely expected, as the two sides have been in serious negotiation since Assen. With both the Repsol Honda and factory Ducati full up, Lorenzo had few other options, and it was simply a matter of contract details between Yamaha and the Spaniard. It was widely rumored that Lorenzo was looking for a single-year deal, or an option to leave early, but the announcement makes no mention of that. However, Spanish media are reporting that a compromise was reached in the form of an option for both sides to terminate the contract a year early, at the end of 2015.

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Leon Camier To Replace Nicky Hayden For Indianapolis And Brno MotoGP Rounds

After his seat in the IODA Racing team fell through due to a lack of funds, Leon Camier is to race in MotoGP in 2014 after all. The Englishman is to replace Nicky Hayden on the Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R for both the Indianapolis and Brno rounds of MotoGP. 

Hayden had surgery last week to remove a row of bones in his right hand, including the scaphoid he injured in a crash in 2011. On Tuesday, Hayden was examined for the first time after surgery, and although his recovery is going well, he will require an extended period of rehabilitation before he is ready to return to race. As a result, Hayden will be forced to skip both the Indianapolis and Brno rounds of MotoGP, in the hope of returning to action at Silverstone at the end of August.

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