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Indianapolis preliminaries see excitement building

Indianapolis preliminaries see excitement building

On the eve of the historic first Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit was bathed in sunshine on Thursday morning.

Although there was beautiful sunshine over the new MotoGP track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on Thursday the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend at the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix is for clouds and rain.

Tricky conditions have presented themselves throughout the season for the World Championship participants but they will hope for a decent amount of dry time on Friday and Saturday as they try to get to grips with an entirely new circuit.

Whatever lies ahead in terms of weather will not dampen the spirits on Thursday, however, with all this weekend´s 19 premier class competitors all playing a part in the preliminary activities.

Each MotoGP rider is scheduled to make a 15 minute appearance on the IMS `Plaza´ stage for a Q & A session with the fans, as the ambience builds in this exciting new chapter of Grand Prix history.

Just before the customary afternoon press conference the entire MotoGP field will gather together for a group photograph, at the IMS´ famous Yard of Bricks site, the first time they have grouped together collectively in such a fashion since the opening round of the season in Qatar.

In the pre-event press meeting, in the impressive IMS media centre, World Championship front runners Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa - who is certain to be asked about his sensational switch to Bridgestone tyres - will be joined by American stars Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards in previewing what promises to be an enthralling weekend.

Yamaha Tech 3´s James Toseland will round off a busy afternoon with one of his virtuoso musical performances on the `Plaza´ stage, shortly before 6pm local time.

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MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX

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