• Jul 16th 2007 at 4:09PM
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By now most have heard that F1 will not hold a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2008, meaning that the fate of F1 in the U.S. is in question. Don't shed a tear for Indy, though, as it's just been announced that MotoGP will bring the new Red Bull indianapolis GP to the Brickyard on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. Incredibly, this will be the first time in almost 100 years that motorcycles have raced at Indy. The last time was August 14th, 1909, according to Indy.

For the event, Indy is constructing a new 16-turn, 2.601-mile motorcycle road course on which riders will travel counter-clockwise, which is rare for a road course event at Indy. The event organizers promise lots of passing and side-by-side racing, as well. Like any big motorsport event, the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will be a three-day affair with supporting races and qualifying that begin on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.

Together with the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix that's held at Laguna Seca, MotoGP now hosts two big races in the U.S. The current defending champion, Nicky Hayden, is also from the U.S., Owensboro, KY to be specific, so MotoGP's arrival at Indy is both appropriate for the motorsport and extremely exciting. While losing F1's USGP was a hit to Indianapolis, the storied track has recovered nicely with the announcement of MotoGP's pending arrival, and we'll be eager to see how it goes.

Thanks for the tip, Thor!

[Source: IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Motogp is huge in Europe, a normal race will usually draws about 70k ppl attend. For example, there were more than 90k ppl attended the race in Italy this year. In addition, there are billion of ppl watch motogp broadcast globally.

      The sad thing is not as many ppl pay attention to it in the US. ppl farther watch cars that only make left turns for hrs instead of watch one hr of motogp race that full of excitement and surprise.

      One thing I like motogp better than F1 is that you normally dont see drivers pass each other in F1, driver who took pole positions are mostly predicted to win the race, but in motogp you will see riders take over leading position back and fore, or leading rider crashing their bikes. Especially rider like Valentino Rossi, which dont like to take pole position but he can actually advanced his position from 7 to being No.1 . It's truely amazing races!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seems MotoGP owners have more foresight in creating 2 UIS based races in 2008 than FOM which moves to zero. I bet the MotoGP manufacturers are a happy lot and the F1 manufacturers an unhappy lot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is great news! I absolutely love MotoGP; you'd be hard pressed to find any sort of motorsport that's more exciting.

      I believe this will pull in a bigger draw than F1 because there are FIVE Americans in MotoGP (and they're actually doing well) as opposed to one in F1.

      The comment about the 'redneck' and how it's 'un-american' to not smoke is rather hilarious and just shows the ignorance of some people. I'm in France for work right now and tons more people smoke here than back in the states. Well, I guess if you never leave the trailer park....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boo that F1 is gone!
      WooHOO that MotoGP is here!

      MotoGP has a massive following, with most races bringing in 90K-100K fans. Can't imagine what the parking lots are going to look like with nothing but bikes every where.... Its going to be insane for sure. Also, I am very happy to see that they have added more turns to the track. Its going to be quite an interesting race for sure. Hopefully Michelin will bring the correct tires, lol.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am a super motogp fan, this is indeed great news! I hope more ppl in the US pay attention to this sport now.

      by the way, Motogp in Laguna Seca is on July 22-23. make sure you watch it live on Speed TV from 4pm - 5pm or replay on ABC on July 30 1pm - 2pm.

      Go Nicky Hayden, Rossi and Colin Edward!
        • 8 Years Ago
        Don't forget Hopkins!! You will definitely see me there next year! Count me in!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow... if they're going to build a whole new area of track to get this, that's pretty crazy. I wonder if they'd be able to use this course layout for other events though...
      • 8 Years Ago
      MotoGP attendances are only limited from how many people can fit around the track, I've watched every race this year and can't think of any time where it wasn't completed sold out. The first race (in Spain from what I remember) could get over 150,000 people in to watch the race. And that's an actual race track, not just some oval with seating all around.
        • 8 Years Ago
        USGP attendance was 200,000+. So I hope MotoGP can bring more then 150,000. They also say that the F1 fans spent more money around town then the broke (average) NASCAR fans did.

        It's a shame I couldn't make it up to IMS to see the V10s and now it's a bigger shame I will never even get to see the V8s at IMS. I guess I will have to tuck it all the way to Canada. Canada has a better track layout anyways.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm personally not very familiar with MotoGP. Does anybody have any idea how big MotoGP is worldwide, compared to F1? Does this have the potential to draw in the amount of people that came for F1?
      • 8 Years Ago
      F1 at Bristol, anyone?
      • 8 Years Ago
      well hey at least we still have NASCAR and IRL racing there guys, don't fret! (threw up a little in my mouth while i typed that)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, F1 wasn't such a hit, esp post 9/11 in our red state since a majority of my fellow hoosiers have don't really care for any foreigners.

      Sucks though, since the people that blew into town every year for the race spent a lot more than the fans for the other races, and were a good time to hang out with.

      Oddly, this track woul've been more exciting to watch the F1 race on... the first turn always took out a few cars on the first lap, and the last two turns were worthless (caused the high speeds that in turn caused the tire debacle)

      If F1 were to return, it would be a lot better to watch on this track.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sad to lose the USGP, but I never really liked it at Indy. I don't like the layout. I hope MotoGP does well though.

      I think MotoGP will do better than F1 per expectations.
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