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Hayden ready for Indianapolis lap

Hayden ready for Indianapolis lap

Having inaugurated the newly-configured road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April, Nicky Hayden will ride another lap at the famous venue this weekend ahead of the Indy 500 race.

This weekend will see 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden ride on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval shortly before the start of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, demonstrating to the huge crowd the MotoGP machinery that will run at IMS for the first time this September.

Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, and the rest of the 2008 MotoGP grid are set to race in the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on September 14th, on a newly created 2.620-mile road course at IMS.

The Repsol Honda rider, who already has two GP wins on American soil to his name courtesy of victories at Laguna Seca in 2005 and 2006, will take in the first three corners of the newly laid MotoGP circuit on Sunday and then complete a full circuit of the oval at Indianapolis on his Honda RC212V Grand Prix racebike, approximately one hour before the start of the race.

With 250,000 fans expected this Sunday for the world's biggest motorsports event, Hayden is understandably buzzing with excitement, commenting, `It is a great opportunity for the sport, my sponsors and most of all, for me. This is going to be cool, to do a lap in front of such a huge audience live and on TV, on what is arguably the most famous track in the whole world.´

It will be Hayden´s second appearance at IMS in as many months as the USA´s most recent MotoGP World Champion proudly undertook the first lap of the newly-configured road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April, lapping the circuit on a 1909 Indian motorcycle, before turning laps on a Honda CBR1000 production bike.

The first ever Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will be the 14th round of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship and will take place over the weekend of 12th-14th September.

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MotoGP, 2008, Nicky Hayden

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