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MotoGP rolls into Indy for American extravaganza

MotoGP rolls into Indy for American extravaganza

Italian star Valentino Rossi, Americans Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards and Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Toni Elías all appeared in the Thursday Indianapolis press conference.

The second ever staging of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix takes place this weekend and Thursday’s preliminary proceedings the twelfth round of the season saw Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa and Toni Elías all addressing the press in The Brickyard’s state of the art media centre.

Rossi, last year’s winner of the first ever Indy MotoGP race, which was affected by Hurricane Ike, stated, “It is very good to be back here, especially with some better weather and of course this place is full of history. I was on the track having another look today and it is a good circuit. We have some important data from last year, when we were fast in the dry and the wet, so we are ready to start our hard work on Friday.”

Referring to this week’s decision of his team-mate and championship rival Jorge Lorenzo to remain with Fiat Yamaha in 2010, Rossi said, “I think he has made the right choice because our bike is very good. It is not the fastest on the straight, but it is very good on corners and it is very well balanced, we have good settings and in the end he has made the correct decision.”

When Hayden took to the microphone he spoke of his pride in riding the Ducati for the first time at his true home event, which is a three hour drive from his Kentucky home. The former World Champion also joked about speculation that Lorenzo had been on the verge of joining Ducati, when he said of his own future in MotoGP, “The biggest news is that Jorge is not taking my bike! The due date is next week for our 2010 decision so maybe we'll know something more then.”

Edwards revealed his own desire to remain with his current team Monster Yamaha Tech 3 for another year, whilst saying of the Indianapolis experience, “To come here and race motorcycles is something really special. To run over the famous bricks is amazing and the track configuration has worked out well even though this is just such a huge stadium arena.”

Elías for his part mentioned his intention to remain in MotoGP next season as he continues to search for a new team, though it was his compatriot and fellow Honda rider Pedrosa who caused a stir when he explained that he remains in discussions with HRC to stay in the Repsol Honda team but admitted to also having had discussions with Ducati.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX

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