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Recap 2010: Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

Recap 2010: Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

motogp.com’s comprehensive summary of the 11th round of the season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway offers you the chance to re-live the best of the action, with easy one-click access to video highlights.

Getting the weekend underway and setting the mood for the Round 11 Indy weekend in late August was a spot of basketball, as a group of MotoGP stars including Ben Spies took part in the pre-event. The American rider also pre-empted the official confirmation of his move to the factory Yamaha team for 2011, an announcement which was made the following day.

Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz was also a prominent figure in the paddock throughout the weekend, as he took on a Team Management role in American Honda’s Moto2 wild card entry with Roger Lee Hayden on board. British Moto2 star Scott Redding was on hand prior to the start of the action to give motogp.com guided lap tour of the Indy track.

When the action got underway it was Casey Stoner who was the fastest rider in both the first and second practice sessions, but home hero Spies stepped up in qualifying to take his first MotoGP pole position.

It was not just the Texan’s 2011 plans that were announced during the weekend however, as fellow American Nicky Hayden was also rewarded with a two-year extension of his contract with Ducati.

The 125cc class got race day underway and Nico Terol’s first back to back wins of his career saw the Bancaja Aspar rider move to within four points of Championship leader Marc Márquez, who finished tenth after being demoted for cutting the track late in the race.

Toni Elías’ fifth win of the season, his third in succession, in the Moto2 event handed the Gresini Racing man a 67-point lead in the standings.

In the MotoGP race pole man Spies led for the early part but a strong ride from Dani Pedrosa meant the Repsol Honda rider won his third race of the season, the first time he had won more than twice in a season in the premier class. Hiroshi Aoyama made his competitive comeback from injury, finishing in 12th having missed the previous six races.

Reviewing the race in the press conference were winner Pedrosa and fellow podium finishers Spies and Jorge Lorenzo, the latter of whom’s advantage at the top of the Championship stood at 68 points over Pedrosa following Round 11.

Added excitement was delivered by the OnBoard cameras, whilst the Paddock Girls took full advantage of the fine weather.

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