MotoGP bringin' it back to Indy 'til 2014
Anyone who read Eatmyink's coverage of the MotoGP in Indy this year knows that: A) Indy's contract with Dorna was up and B) there were manny reasons for and against the race returning to the Brickyard. Well thankfully for fans east of the Mississippi, MotoGP WILL return to Indy. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race will continue at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 2012-14 through an agreement reached between officials from IMS and Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP. The fifth annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for August 17-19, 2012, a week earlier than this year.
"We're happy to welcome back the exciting action and colorful, daring riders of MotoGP to IMS," wrote some PR hack representing Jeff Belskus, IMS president and chief executive officer. Belskus went to the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit in order to meet with Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to seal the deal. "This event brings a unique international flavor and style of racing to the Speedway that has become a solid, new tradition on our annual schedule. We're excited about the event's potential for continued growth into the future."
MotoGP fans will see new machinery in the premier class in 2012. Riders will compete on 1000cc prototype motorcycles, with more speed and power than the 800cc machines used since 2007. There also will be at least three Americans on the MotoGP starting grid for the fifth consecutive year at IMS: 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies and Colin Edwards. Hayden and Spies each are two-time podium finishers in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, and Spies won the pole for the 2010 race.
"It's great news to hear that Indianapolis is going to stay on the calendar for another three years," Spies said. "As every rider knows, there's nothing more special than coming to a home race and putting it all on the line in front of your fans. I've had pretty exciting races there so far in GP, and there's so much history at the Brickyard, it's a pleasure to be a part of it. I hope it continues to be a platform to bring MotoGP to a bigger American audience."
World Championship support classes Moto2 and the new Moto3 will return to IMS in 2012. Other support classes will be announced in the future.
courtesy of MotoGP and Indianapolis Motor Speedway