Following Monday's announcement of a second Grand Prix in the United States on the 2008 MotoGP calendar, reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden and his compatriots Colin Edwards, John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts Snr reacted positively to the exciting news.
Following Monday's announcement of a second US Grand Prix on the 2008 MotoGP calendar, reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden and his compatriots Colin Edwards, John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts Snr reacted positively to the exciting news.
In the build up to this weekend's Laguna Seca race it has been announced that MotoGP will visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday September 14th, 2008, much to the delight of The Kentucky Kid and his fellow Americans…
(Repsol Honda, 2006 World Champion, native of Owensboro, Kentucky):
"I'm really excited about this race. It is great that Red Bull is committed to the growth of MotoGP in America, and coming to such an historic track like Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be really special to me. It's like my home race. I'm sure all of Owensboro will make the drive up north!"
(Fiat Yamaha, native of Houston, Texas):
"For the U.S. fans, it's definitely an exciting time. MotoGP is really starting to take off over there, and now with two races we'll get a lot more exposure. I'm definitely looking forward to it. It's the Brickyard, and it's got racing history for as far back as you can remember! It has so many famous car races there that it's definitely time we got two wheels on the track."
(Rizla Suzuki, native of Ramona, California):
"It's awesome that we will be having a second race in the U.S., and I can't wait for it to happen! Indianapolis is the home of motorsport in America, and the Brickyard is one of the most famous tracks in the world, I'm sure it will be a monster event. Having a race on the East Coast will be great for all the bike fans that can't get to Laguna and will open a whole new group of spectators to MotoGP. I've never been to the circuit so I'll have to buy the latest video game so I can learn my way around before I get there!"
Kenny Roberts Snr
(Owner of Team Roberts MotoGP team, three-time premier class World Champion, native of Modesto, California):
"Great news. Who wouldn't want to be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Indy for a motorcyclist, I was quite shocked. This thing (MotoGP) is going straight up and has for a long time. In America, it means a lot. Just going to Indy is kind of exciting. Now to be a participant, because I grew up with people talking about the month of Indy, all the car guys we used to bump into."
"I ran around with Mario Andretti because he was in Europe around the same time I won the championship. Indy is a big part of history, as far as being a racer goes. MotoGP coming to Indy is a huge benefit. Now it's at Indy, it's going to be a big shot in the arm for getting us in the front door of where we need to be."