Posts Tagged ‘indianapolis gp’

Suddenly Casey Stoner is The Man

June 30, 2008

Winner of two straight, all of a sudden Casey Stoner is back.  Back in contention to repeat his 2007 championship.  Heading to Germany on July 13, and Laguna Seca on July 20.  It’s starting to get interesting.

Dani Pedrosa, who finished second at Assen, now leads the series.  Valentino Rossi fell on lap 1 and still sits in 2nd place, followed by Stoner.  Jorge Lorenzo and American Colin Edwards round out the top 5.

Edwards and Nicki Hayden finished 3rd and 4th, the strongest American showing of the year.  They are undoubtedly looking forward to late July in California.  If it’s not on fire by then.  😦

As Rossi showed this past week, anything can happen in MotoGP.  The race at Laguna Seca on July 20 will be a the last race before a 4 week vacation.  They come back in the Czech Republic on August 17, then to fabulous San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, for God’s sake, on August 31.

No wonder people don’t know about it.  Where the heck is Riviera di Rimini?

Whatever.  On September 14 it’s happening in Indianapolis in what promises to be the largest stop on the MotoGP tour.  Riders from 32 states will make the trip to Circle City, supported by a cast of thousands.  An AMA Flat Track race at the Fairgrounds,  Kenny Chesney at the new stadium, X-Fest at Verizon Music Center.  Broad Ripple, the Arts District, the circle, Fountain Square, 16th & Georgetown will be jumping.  Exhibition riding competition at the War Memorial.  Something for every taste and budget, as it were.

This just in:

NBC will offer live coverage of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 14th at 3-4pm ET.

Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment will coordinate production of the race with NBC.

Assen Results

Pos. Rider Nation Team Total time
1 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 42’12.337
2 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 11.310
3 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 17.125
4 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 20.477
5 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 27.346
6 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 28.608

Pos.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Rider

Nation

STANDINGS

Team

Points

1

Dani PEDROSA

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

171

2

Valentino ROSSI

ITA

Fiat Yamaha Team

167

3

Casey STONER

AUS

Ducati Marlboro Team

142

4

Jorge LORENZO

SPA

Fiat Yamaha Team

114

5

Colin EDWARDS

USA

Tech 3 Yamaha

98

Race Weekend Event Schedule

June 27, 2008

September 2008 Calendar – Indianapolis

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Official MotoGP Indianapolis GP Schedule at The Motor Speedway.

Friday, September 12

125cc Practice #1 8:45-9:45 a.m.

MotoGP Practice #1 10-11 a.m.

250cc Practice #1 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

125cc Qualifying #1 1:05-1:35 p.m.

MotoGP Practice #2 1:50-2:50 p.m.

250cc Qualifying #1 3:05-3:50 p.m.

MotoGP Practice #3 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Red Bull Riders Cup Practice 5:30-6 p.m.

Red Bull Riders Cup Qualifying #1 6:30-7 p.m.

Saturday, September 13

125cc Practice 2 9-9:45 a.m.

MotoGP Practice #4 10-11 a.m.

250cc Practice #2 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

125cc Qualifying :2 1:05-1:35 p.m.

MotoGP Qualifying 1:50-2:50 p.m.

250cc Qualifying #2 3:05-3:50 p.m.

Red Bull Riders Cup Qualifying #2 4-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 14 Race Day

125cc warm-up 8:40-9 a.m.

250cc warm-up 9:10-9:30 a.m.

MotoGP warm-up 9:40-10:05 a.m.

Red Bull Riders Cup Race 10:25 a.m.

125cc Race (23 laps) Noon

250cc Race (26 laps) 1:15 p.m.

Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP Race (28 laps) 3 p.m.

Official Event Schedule for AMA Flat Track Championship Series at the Indiana Fairgrounds Saturday, September 13

Practice & Qualifying          4:00 pm

Rider Autograph Session     5:30 pm

Opening Ceremonies          7:00 pm

Heat Races Begin              7:30 pm

National Finals Begins        9:30 pm

Since We’ve Been Gone: Rossi, Pedrosa and Stoner Win

June 23, 2008

Stoner Winning at Donington

Casey Stoner winning at Donington.  Photo courtesy of motogp.com

Old news:  Rossi won his third race in a row at Mugello in Italy.  Pedrosa stopped the win streak at 3 by winning at Catalunya in Spain.  Stoner on his Ducati broke through for his first win since Round 1 by winning the Great Britain GP at Donington, sharing the podium with the usual suspects, Rossi and Pedrosa.

MotoGP World Standings After Round 8

1   Valentino ROSSI   ITA   Fiat Yamaha Team   162

2   Dani PEDROSA   SPA   Repsol Honda Team   151

3   Casey STONER   AUS   Ducati Marlboro Team   117

4   Jorge LORENZO   SPA   Fiat Yamaha Team   104

5   Colin EDWARDS   USA   Tech 3 Yamaha   82

6   Andrea DOVIZIOSO   ITA   JiR Team Scot MotoGP   68

7   Nicky HAYDEN   USA   Repsol Honda Team   57

8   James TOSELAND   GBR   Tech 3 Yamaha   53

So far this season, here’s what we know.

Yamaha and Honda own 7 of the top 8 spots.  The top riders include two Spaniards, two Italians, two Americans, a Briton and an Australian.  More than half of the season remains, and it’s a four man race.  The top four riders are the only ones to have won a race this season.   Lorenzo is hanging in after crashing in practice at Catalunya.  Colin Edwards hasn’t given Americans much to cheer about, and 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden hasn’t been seen on a podium yet.

In most sports, that would be it for the season.  MotoGP, by being contested on two wheels and at, like, 12,000 rpms, has plenty of potential for drivers to drop out of races.  As Mr. Berra remarked, it ain’t over until it’s over.

Stoner, the reigning world champion on his badass Ducati, has put himself in contention after a 6 race drought.  Rossi, in the midst of another great season, leads in points; he and Pedrosa have been on the podium in every race this year, a pretty remarkable feat in itself.

On to Assen this week.