Second Annual Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is going to see some great professional motorcycle action this weekend, when MotoGP mounts their grand finale in its last United States destination. Speedway is a suburb of Indianapolis, capital of Indiana.

The MotoGP is one of three classes of premier class motorcycle racing, the other two are the 125cc and the 250 cc (soon to be replaced by the Moto2 and the 600cc classes). Grand Prix motorcycle racing, in contrast to other motorcycle competitions like the Superbike World Championship, restricts the motorcycles that race to machines built solely for that purpose, bikes that are not for sale on the public marketplace and cannot legitimately be used on public thoroughfares.

The first MotoGP event convened in 2008, also at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on a freshly-prepared track. This Second Annual Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP will undoubtedly be even better-attended. Last year, the famous Brickyard was swamped by rain, but the forecast for this year’s MotoGP weekend looks sunny.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway tickets cover a wide price range and a variety of spectator packages, including credentials for one, two or all three days’ activities, paddock passes, hospitality passes with catering, camping and parking passes.

Nuts and Bolts

A shuttle service for $20 and parking pass for $5 will be offered during this event, providing easy transportation from the Indianapolis downtown sector to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The seventeen MotoGP riders include superstars Colin Edwards, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa.

Friday, August 28, 2009
Qualifying Day


    9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Interact with motorcycle racing legends in a question and answer session
    Sixth Street Stage, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Riders for Health Charity Auction
    Sixth Street Stage, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • 9:45 am
    Pit Walkabout
    See the machines close-up
  • 12:40 on
    Qualifying and Practice riding on the track
  • After dark
    XDL Sportbike Freestyle, Round 5
    Indiana War Memorial
  • Meridian Street party
    Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis restaurants in the downtown cordoned-off areas will be serving for this giant street party, and there will be dancing in the streets to live Indianapolis music, with local Indianapolis bands and out-of-town guest artists.

Motorcycles on Meridian

A related concurrent event, called Motorcycles on Meridian Street, will be a hot Indianapolis attraction too, this weekend. The main streets in busy downtown Indianapolis are closed to all traffic except motorcycles. Some call it “Mardi Gras on wheels.”

In the renowned Indianapolis Wholesale District, one of six Indianapolis cultural districts, street signs will bear the names of all the American World Champions in the MotoGP. When the pack of the world’s most legendary motorcycle riders arrive in downtown Indy, they will be greeted by this silent yet eloquent honor.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

  • Morning
    Practice sessions
  • Afternoon
    Qualifing rides
  • Evening
    The Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Grand National
    Dirt-track racing in the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • 4:30 pm concert with rock band “Crash,” featuring James Toseland, MotoGP star
    Sixth Street Stage, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Meridian Street party
    One big party with dancing on the streets and all-you-can-drink Red Bull beer.

Sunday, August 30, 2009
Race Day

  • 7 am
    Stunt show
  • Morning
  • Noon
    Racing begins
  • 3 pm
    MotoGP race begins

Also check out the Ducati Island booth, between Turns one and two on the infield for giveaways, models, a gear giveaways contest and magazine stuff, and look for the Ducati Museum, exhibiting famous racing and street bikes.

For Indianapoils sports fans, especially wheels enthusiasts, it doesn’t all just stop in May with the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP
August 28-30, 2009

Conner Prairie Living History Museum is located in Fishers, Indiana, near IndianapolisConner Prairie Living History Museum
13400 Allisonville Rd
Fishers, IN 46038

More details at the event website

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