New to here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Danica Patrick admires riders on Indianapolis MotoGP visit

Danica Patrick admires riders on Indianapolis MotoGP visit

American motorsport idol and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick was impressed by MotoGP when she visited the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix paddock on Saturday.

Speaking to exclusively on Saturday at the Brickyard, IndyCar star and first woman to win a race in the series Danica Patrick was clearly highly impressed by her MotoGP experience.

The 26 year-old from Wisconsin watched qualifying closely, before commenting, `I like to see anything go around the Speedway! Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a cool place and I am glad that everybody gets to feel a bit of the flavour. It is pretty impressive how fast they go down that front straight, especially considering how little tyre there is underneath them. It is always impressive to me, the bikes, I definitely think that they are crazy!´

As to whether she rides bikes regularly herself Patrick joked, `I can only be mildly trusted with a scooter. No-one rides with me because they don´t trust me and I kind of understand as I didn´t ride scooters until a year ago. I am not to be trusted on two-wheels, I need four wheels.´

`That is why I am so impressed with them though, because it takes a certain amount of bravery and a special talent to handle a bike and to have fun with a bike. This stuff (MotoGP) is obviously a whole other level to regular bikes.´

Tissot brand ambassador Patrick presented Valentino Rossi with his pole position timepiece from the Swiss watchmakers after qualifying and also exchanged signature watches with home hero and fellow American Nicky Hayden – who also endorses Tissot and has his own special edition range.

On the specifics of MotoGP qualifying Patrick added, `It has been really cool, just trying to get an understanding for how their weekend goes. Learning how qualifying is all about the last couple of minutes and the softer tyres they put on, which is different to anything I know. In IndyCar we have one type of tyre and not many of them so we don´t have that option and it was interesting to see how it unfolds.´

Patrick was the 2005 IndyCar series Rookie of the Year and her victory in Motegi earlier this year was the first win for a female driver in the competition.


Other updates you may be interested in ›