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Early start in wet conditions on historic Indy weekend

Early start in wet conditions on historic Indy weekend

An early commencement to proceedings on an historic day at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix saw the riders greeted by rain at the new MotoGP layout.

A momentous day in the history of the World Championship began with wet conditions as forecast on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the 125cc riders took to the new MotoGP venue for the first time.

A day which will see the first competitive laps of the legendary circuit on two wheels for the first time since 1909 - when a motorcycle race was run in the year the venue was first opened - the rain which has followed the MotoGP World Championship during the 2008 season added to the task of the riders in learning the new track.

The 125cc class competitors made an early start with their customary 45-minute first free practice session at 8.30am local time, in order to accommodate an extended 90 minute run for MotoGP at 9.30am and a 75 minute session for the 250cc category at 11.15am. Saturday morning will see the 125cc participants start with their own extended hour long session.

In that opening MotoGP outing there will be plenty of interest in the newly partitioned Repsol Honda box, in particular, as Dani Pedrosa emerges on his new Bridgestone tyres on the updated pneumatic-valve powered RC212V and local hero Nicky Hayden tests his fitness as he comes back from the foot injury which has prevented him racing since Laguna Seca.


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