2013 Indianapolis MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone:

Championship resumes in Indianapolis after Summer break

After a three week break, the MotoGP World Championship restarts this weekend at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are currently first and second respectively in the Championship standings and arrive in America refreshed and ready to resume the fight. For Dani in particular, this Summer break has been gratefully received. Dani suffered a big crash in Germany in mid-July and the doctors would not allow him to race. However, he rode to a courageous 5th place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Seca just before the break. Having had three weeks to rest and recuperate, Dani is now almost back to 100% and will be hoping to return to the podium at a circuit where he's won twice in MotoGP class (2012 and 2010).

Teammate Marc, inspired after his back-to-back GP wins in Germany and Laguna Seca, will be looking for another fine performance in Indianapolis where he has been victorious the past two seasons in the Moto2 class.

Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 163 points

"After a good break, where I've managed to relax a little and also do some training, I'm looking forward to getting back on track! It's been good to have this time off to think about my first few months in MotoGP and reflect on my performances and what I've learnt but now I'm ready to get back on the bike! I like the Indianapolis track and I'm interested to see how the grip is on the Bridgestone tyres because it seems this has been an issue in the past. As usual, we will take our time in FP1 and try to find our feeling on the bike at this track and also after this Summer break, and hope for a good weekend!"

Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 2nd - 147 points

"It's been a good Summer break and I'm feeling much stronger physically. I've had time to relax with some friends and also have lots of physiotherapy on my shoulder to prepare myself for this second part of the season. I've had a medical check in the last days and we can see the bone getting stronger. It still needs a few more weeks to recover completely but my feeling is already much better than in Laguna. It's important to remain focused, especially now as we have three races in a row. I've had good results at Indy in the past few years, I enjoy riding there and now I am eager to get back on the bike and ride at my best!"

Yamaha Returns to the USA for the Indianapolis GP

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 14th August 2013

As the MotoGP summer break comes to an end, Yamaha Factory Racing heads back across the Atlantic to the USA for the third American round of the season this weekend, the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The break has been a short one for the Team with an early return to work for a private test at the Brno circuit last week. The test was a successful one with another step being made in the set up of the YZR-M1 that should help both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi as they challenge the remainder of the season.

The Indianapolis Grand Prix is a relative newcomer to the MotoGP calendar with the first race in 2008. Both Lorenzo and Rossi can claim one premier class victory each at the US circuit, Rossi’s in 2008 and Lorenzo’s one year later in 2009. With the exception of a fourth place finish in 2011, reigning World Champion Lorenzo has always finished on the podium. The Mallorcan has been training hard but is still not expected to be at 100% fitness for the weekend.

Jorge Lorenzo

“We are returning to the USA and beginning the second half of the year, which may be the toughest. I was able to rest for some days after Laguna Seca and then we went to Brno to make a private test with Yamaha. Those two days gave me an opportunity to check my physical condition. I’m a bit tired, especially because after two crashes in Assen and Sachsenring I couldn’t recover so much and now we have to manage a long period with three races in a row. I feel better obviously than in Laguna but still need time to recover to 100% and it is not going to be easy because the calendar is so busy and also we have to fight not to lose points. In any case, we go to Indy to give everything despite the circumstances.”

Valentino Rossi

"I have great memories of Indianapolis and I'm happy to be back there on my M1, although that's not one of my favorite tracks. I needed these holidays to recharge my batteries, even if we had two days of testing right in the middle. Indianapolis will be the first one of three consecutive races and it will be very important to do good results everywhere. My Team and I still have much work to do on the M1 therefore they will be three very demanding weeks but we feel ready for the challenge.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

“We were able to enjoy a little break but not so much because we did a mini test at Brno to check some issues. The test was not so bad, first because both riders were happy with the results and secondly, from our side, Jorge did a good job. The first day he struggled a bit to find the rhythm but on the second day he improved a lot and was able to get the pace. This test was really important for Jorge to check his fitness after a tough month where he had managed two serious injuries in the collarbone with two surgeries in ten days. Jorge has got more confidence after the test and now we travel back to the USA with positive feelings. The track is not one of Yamaha’s favourites but we hope all the work we made in either Motorland and Brno will be useful to fight in the second part of the season.”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

“I think we are going to Indy in a good shape. After the test in Brno we made another improvement with the base set up which was very positive. In the past we have suffered at Indy but I think this year is going to be different. Both riders made a good test so we are really optimistic. Jorge is not 100% but he is feeling much better now so he can compete with the others in a good shape. We are really looking forward to getting on track on Friday and starting the first practice.”

Ducati Team returns to America for Indianapolis GP

With the MotoGP teams and riders having enjoyed a well-deserved summer break, the 2013 season is set to embark on its second half, which kicks off in the same country where the first half finished: the USA, this time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event will mark MotoGP’s third and final visit this year to American soil, and it will also be the first leg of a tripleheader, as trips to the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom follow in short order.

Indiana’s capital city enjoys mythical status in the motorsports world, due in large part to its annual hosting of the legendary Indianapolis 500 auto race. Since 2008, the massive facility has welcomed MotoGP to its unique road race track, which comprises a portion of the car circuit’s oval along with an infield section.

The Indianapolis GP is an important race for Nicky Hayden, whose home is just a three-and-a-half-hour drive south in Owensboro, Kentucky. Hayden, who celebrated his 32nd birthday during the summer pause, earned his first podium with Ducati at Indy in 2009, one year after finishing runner-up at the track aboard a Honda. Meanwhile, Andrea Dovizioso finished third at the Indianapolis round last season, and he hopes to have a solid showing there in this, his debut season with the Ducati Team.

Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team

“The Indianapolis track is a bit strange, with asphalt that changes from corner to corner, and it’s difficult for all of the riders. In fact, there were a lot of crashes there last year. I’m not sure how it will be with the Ducati, not having ridden it there. I’ve never had good luck there in the past, although I did make the podium last year.”

Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team

“It was nice to get rested up for a couple weeks, but I’m looking forward to the second half of the season, which I hope will bring us some better results than the first half did. I’ll be happy to be back in the garage with my bike and my team. I don’t have to tell anyone how special Indy is to me, as that should be pretty obvious with it being my true home race. The support I had from the Laguna crowd was incredible, and I’m expecting nothing less at Indy. I think the track might be a little better for us than the last couple were. It’s a tricky little circuit with a couple of technical corners. We’ll try to come out of the gate strong on Friday, have a solid weekend, and have some fun.”

Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager

“After three straight races that took place on tracks with very short straightaways, we return to a fast circuit. For Nicky, the Indy track is really his home race, and we know that he wants to do well, but Andrea is also very motivated because he wants to redeem himself after his race at Laguna. This is a very important tripleheader, and it will take place on three real tracks—Indianapolis, Brno, and Silverstone—so at this point in the season, it will be important for us to be able to do well.”


Indianapolis, 15 August: Following a well-deserved break, the MotoGP field reunite this weekend at the famous Brickyard for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix which will see the LCR racer Stefan Bradl taking the track tomorrow on a Red Bull branded Honda RCV for the popular second American round of the calendar. The first pole position and the podium achieved at the U.S.GP in Laguna Seca some weeks ago and the renewed cooperation with Honda HRC and LCR for 2014 season officially announced today, give the 23-year-old an extra motivation to perform well in the second part of the season.

“I can say that I will continue with LCR next year, with good support from HRC which is most important, It’s good for me and good for the team. I’m very happy with that. It is also good news for the second half of this season, going at the best speed we can from tomorrow and just trying to do the best job possible…everything is sorted now and it’s a great feeling, so let’s jump on the bike. Even this year I am branded with Red Bull colors and the bike looks fantastic so I must thank Red Bull Management for their great cooperation”.


The MotoGP World Championship returns from a three-week summer break this weekend as the paddock continues on American soil but moves east from Laguna Seca, California, to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The tenth round of the season for the top class also sees the return to action of the Moto3 and Moto2 categories after they skipped the Laguna round, with the riders' batteries fully recharged for the decisive second half of the season. Results at Laguna provided a timely confidence boost for Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista, whose strong podium challenge has raised motivation and determination in the team ahead of a packed schedule over the next three months. Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini's hard work alongside technical partners Showa and Nissin is finally starting to bear fruit and the high performance level of the Honda RC213V is giving Alvaro Bautista the opportunity to battle at the sharp end of the field. The Spaniard now faces another weekend of hard work as he looks to adapt his machine setting to the demands of Indianapolis and mount another serious challenge for the rostrum champagne. It is another new circuit for rookie Bryan Staring to try and learn after an encouraging weekend at Laguna Seca. It has not been an easy process of adaptation to MotoGP for the Australian but he continues to work with courage and determination, which will again be the key to progress at Indianapolis.

Alvaro Bautista “I feel sure that we are in our best form of the season so far after a good result at Laguna Seca. We were competitive there and in terms of my feeling with the bike over the course of the weekend it was probably the best I have ever had in MotoGP. Thanks to the hard work of the team we had a great bike that I was able to really enjoy riding and even though we had the chance to finish on the podium at the end I was still very happy with the result. After Laguna Seca we were able to get a few days off and I took the opportunity to head for the beach with some friends and switch my mind off r acing. After a few days I got back into training hard for the second half of the championship and spent a few days at my friend Colin Edwards' bootcamp and had great fun riding with him and working on my riding. Now I am ready and looking forward to three races in as many weekends. Indianapolis is a strange circuit and it's different to most of the places we go to because amongst other things it runs anticlockwise. There are three different kinds of track surface and that also makes it hard but we fought for the podium there last year and after such a good weekend at Laguna last time out I am hoping for better this year. Me and the team are feeling very confident that we can fight for a top result.”

Bryan Staring “I was quite happy after Laguna Seca, which went better than we expected. Overall it was a good weekend for us, especially after coming off the back of a disastrous German Grand Prix. Now I am convinced we can take another step forward at Indy. It looks like a strange track but I am curious to see it for myself and I am certainly highly motivated. The break was definitely a welcome one and it was a good chance to recharge the batteries. I spent a bit of time in the USA after Laguna Seca with my girlfriend Emma, which was great fun. Now I am ready to get back on track and have a good second half to the championshi p. I am determined to take another big step forward and I am sure that with the help of my team I can do it.”

Fausto Gresini “Alvaro Bautista's result at Laguna Seca definitely gave the whole team a lift going into the second half of the season. The bike has improved a lot and the work that has been done between our engineers and the guys from Showa and Nissin is starting to pay off as we hoped. We have been able to give Alvaro a bike that he can enjoy riding fast and we are in the right shape to be consistent frontrunners, as we expected to be from the start of the season. Indianapolis is not an easy track but the platform is there for us to have another strong weekend. I am also sure that Laguna Seca gave Bryan a boost and after a disappointing weekend at Sachsenring he has got some confidence back, which will be crucial for him in the second half of the championship.”


Aleix Espargaró aims to continue form as Randy De Puniet hopes for better luck in the second half of the season

After a hard-earned summer break for the MotoGP teams and riders it is time to get back to work this weekend as the season resumes in the same country it left off. The United States hosts the world's premier motorcycle racing series for the third time this year after races at Circuit of the Americas and Laguna Seca, as the Grand Prix of Indianapolis kicks off an intense second half to the season. The legendary circuit, home of the world famous Indy 500, sees Marc Márquez arrive on top of the rider standings with a 16-point advantage over Dani Pedrosa and 26 over Jorge Lorenzo, both of whom should both now be fully recovered from their respective injuries as they aim to get their own title challenges back on track.

Both POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar riders began their summer holidays in the USA and both ended them there too with a visit to Texas and the home of fellow rider Colin Edwards and his now famous Bootcamp, where they were able to have fun and hone their dirt-track riding skills. Aleix Espargaró and Randy De Puniet may have enjoyed differing fortunes over the first half of the 2013 season but the Spaniard and the Frenchman are equally motivated for part two. Aleix is eager to continue his dominance of the CRT field, which he leads by some distance on 52 points, whilst Randy's goal is to close that gap with some better fortunes in the remaining nine races.

Aleix Espargaró: “The first half of the season was exceptional for us, I had a lot of fun on the bike and the results were better than we expected. We have had a slightly longer summer break this year so I made the most of the first couple of weeks to switch off before getting back into my normal gym routine to make sure that we're ready for Indianapolis. We have been performing to a high level but myself and the team need to continue working hard to get the best out of this bike and improve wherever we can. The race at Indy last year was a good one for us even though we didn't manage to finish as the top CRT. I am already looking forward to getting back to work and trying to repeat the results we have had in the first half of the season. Indianapolis is a track with a lot of variables, different kinds of asphalt and some very slippery sections. It's a nice track though and I always enjoy riding there. We had a good weekend last year so hopefully this weekend can be the same.”

Randy De Puniet: “I have been able to get some rest over the summer after a difficult first half to the season, although I have also been training quite a bit and this week before heading to Indianapolis I am spending some time at Colin Edwards' Bootcamp with Aleix and Gino [Borsoi]. It's a good way to have fun and get back into riding again so that we start the second half of the season strongly. We had a mechanical problem at Laguna Seca so the first thing we have to do when we get to Indianapolis is to look into that and try to make sure we start the weekend off on the right foot. The first nine races of the season have not been easy so it is time to turn the page and work just as hard again to get the right feeling with this bike. I have a lot of faith in the work of the team and I know that sooner or later we will be very competitive again. Indianapolis is an interesting circuit and I had a good feeling there last year so hopefully it's the same again this weekend.”

The Indianapolis MotoGP World Championship re-starts at Indianapolis

After the usual and well-deserved summer break, the MotoGP championship and its 24 riders return to action to compete in the 10th round of the Championship, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, marking the beginning of the second half of the season. The upcoming calendar sees a concentration of nine races in just three months, including two “tripleheaders” separated by a pair of individual races, and then the usual ending in Valencia. Riders and team members are preparing for the fast pace that awaits them, and which could require even more effort and concentration than before.

The Ignite Pramac Racing Team warmly welcomes the recovered Ben Spies, who has been out of action since May, after the Italian GP, due to a required extension of the physiotherapy program that he underwent following the disastrous accident suffered near the end of last season, at the Sepang circuit. The American, who was already present at Laguna Seca as a "special spectator," is now ready to get on track and resume racing. This second half of the season will be tough and demanding, as the American will need to regain pace and speed while competing against rivals who have already taken part in many tests and races. The grit and determination that has characterized his career will also help in this challenge.

The circuit, where Ben finished second and third in front of his home crowd in 2010 and 2011, respectively, is one of the world's best known, and certainly the most famous “oval.” Built in 1909, the first motorsports event it hosted was a motorcycle race, followed two years later by the first Indianapolis 500 auto race. It has hosted a MotoGP round annually since 2008. Originally, the track was covered with a mixture of crushed stone and tar, but after the first sporting events of 1909, the surface was changed using 3.2 million bricks, earning the facility its “Brickyard” nickname. In 1937, it was almost completely covered with more-suitable asphalt, apart from a portion in the start-finish line that still uses the traditional bricks.

Ben Spies – Ignite Pramac Racing Team

“It’s been a rough year to say the least. It feels good to finally be back, and now it’s more like I can get back on the bike and ride, and not tell the little white lies I said to journalists at the beginning of the season, like that we were ready to ride when clearly we were never close to 100%. But now we can get on with the business and a kind of start the season. I’m looking forward to it, as it’s been too much of a break. I haven’t ridden a motorcycle since Mugello, and it’s really been since last year that we’ve been fast on a bike, so we need to get back in form and slowly get there. It’s a good track to come back at, and I have good memories here. I’m just looking forward to getting back on, trying to get faster and faster each session, and seeing where we can end up on Sunday. Then we’ll go from there in the next couple of weeks. The start of the season for me was just nothing. It was like riding a bike in a situation where you just can’t hold on to it. It was horrible, and we ended up doing more damage and setting ourselves too far back. It’s typical of athletes to try to come back too soon, but now I can say we’re ready to ride. We just have to get back up to speed, which might take a little bit but not too long, and we’ll see how it goes.”

The MotoGP World Championship re-starts at Indianapolis

After the usual and well-deserved summer break, the MotoGP championship and its 24 riders return to action to compete in the 10th round of the Championship, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, marking the beginning of the second half of the season. The upcoming calendar sees a concentration of nine races in just three months, including two “tripleheaders” separated by a pair of individual races, and then the usual ending in Valencia. Riders and team members are preparing for the fast pace that awaits them, and which could require even more effort and concentration than before.

The Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team welcomes back Andrea Iannone aboard his Desmosedici GP13 “lab” bike. The Italian was forced to sit out at Laguna Seca as a result of the injury suffered during practice at the Sachsenring GP. The total rest he was able to have during the first two weeks of this break allowed Andrea to recover quite well, and the rider has recovered much of his arm strength.

The circuit is one of the world's best known, and certainly the most famous “oval.” Built in 1909, the first motorsports event it hosted was a motorcycle race, followed two years later by the first Indianapolis 500 auto race. It has hosted a MotoGP round annually since 2008. Originally, the track was covered with a mixture of crushed stone and tar, but after the first sporting events of 1909, the surface was changed using 3.2 million bricks, earning the facility its “Brickyard” nickname. In 1937, it was almost completely covered with more-suitable asphalt, apart from a portion in the start-finish line that still uses the traditional bricks.

Andrea Iannone - Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“I feel pretty good in general, but the shoulder is obviously not 100%. It was unthinkable to be in shape after such a short time, and at the moment I don’t have an idea of how things will go. Tomorrow I’ll get on the bike and we’ll see what happens. The movements that I normally do on the bike aren’t the same as what I do every day. For sure the Mobile Clinic will help me to find the best treatment to help me get well; maybe I’ll need painkillers and taping, but we'll see. I regretted not being able to go to Laguna Seca, but I needed those days to recover. Now we start the second part of the season. I hope to not suffer other injuries, that I’ll be prepared to face the three consecutive races, and that the shoulder allows me to ride well.”

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 10: Indianapolis

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)

The third and final MotoGP™ round to be held in the United States this year takes place at the historic Indianapolis Motorspeedway; a circuit steeped in history that was introduced to the calendar in 2008.

The Indianapolis MotoGP course is 4.216 kilometres in length and incorporates three different elements which give it a unique flavour among the championship’s venues. The track incorporates part of the famous oval course, an infield section that was used when Formula 1 raced here, and also a short stretch of tarmac that was created for MotoGP. Overall, the circuit is tight and twisty which places an emphasis for good rear grip for accelerating out of the many slow corners.

The circuit runs in a counter-clockwise direction and there are ten left-hand turns compared to six right-hand turns, so asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder are supplied at Indianapolis. The final section of the circuit through turns twelve to fourteen is a sequence of fast left-handers which generate very high rear tyre temperatures. To manage this extreme demand on the rear tyres, all rear slick options for this race are in Bridgestone’s heat-resistant construction.

Front slick compounds for Indianapolis are the soft and hard compounds. The soft compound offers greater edge grip on a track surface that can be quite slippery in places, while the hard compound option is designed for use when ambient and track temperatures reach high levels, which is a common occurrence at this circuit. The main wet tyre for Indianapolis is the soft compound option.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“After the paddock enjoyed its Summer break, it is great to get the second half of the MotoGP season underway this weekend at such an iconic venue as the Indianapolis MotorSpeedway. The championship is delicately poised and with three back-to-back races coming up, the next few weeks will be a major factor in deciding who will be this year’s MotoGP World Champion. Despite the lack of racing in the past few weeks, it has been a busy time for Bridgestone as after our latest success at the Suzuka 8hours a couple of weeks ago, we have been supporting MotoGP tests both in Japan and Europe. At Indianapolis we will also be holding our second Bridgestone Golf Performance Challenge with MotoGP riders, IndyCar drivers and other racing personalities taking part in the event which will help raise funds for Riders for Health, so there will be a lot happening both on and off the track.”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Indianapolis is comprised of three distinct parts, with an opening section that was designed specifically for MotoGP, the infield section that was used when Formula One raced here, while another part takes in the famous oval course. This characteristic creates different grip levels across the circuit, though a recent resurfacing of the track has taken place to try and make the tarmac more consistent. The layout of the circuit puts greater stress on the left shoulder of the tyres and in particular the section from turns twelve to fourteen generates very high temperatures on the left shoulder of the rear tyre. For this reason we supply asymmetric rear slick with harder rubber on the left shoulder to manage the character of this circuit. The rear slicks for Indianapolis are also in our heat-resistant construction to help manage the high tyre temperatures.”

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