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Moto2 #StatAttack: Indianapolis GP

Moto2 #StatAttack: Indianapolis GP

All of the most useful Moto2™ facts and figures you need to prepare yourself for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Moto2™ race consists of 25 laps around the 4.2km Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and is due to start at 12:20 local time on Sunday:

  • Although the first World Championship event at Indianapolis was staged in 2008, the first intermediate class race did not come until one year later, as the 2008 edition of the 250cc race was delayed and eventually cancelled as the remnants of Hurricane Ike hit the Speedway.

  • At Indianapolis last year the red flag was shown on the fourth lap of the Moto2™ race due to a four-rider crash involving Mattia Pasini, Randy Krummenacher, Anthony West and Azlan Shah. The race was re-started over a reduced distance of sixteen laps.

  • Johann Zarco’s best result at Indianapolis in the Moto2™ class is 8th in 2013. Last year in Indianapolis Zarco qualified in fourth place on the grid, but dropped back through the race to finish 10th. Zarco’s current total of 179 points is the highest points total achieved after nine races in the intermediate-class of grand prix racing since Dani Pedrosa had accumulated 181 points from the first nine 250cc races of 2005.

  • Tito Rabat has twice been on the podium in the Moto2™ class in Indianapolis; 3rd in 2011 and a race win two years ago. Last year he finished fourth at Indianapolis, one of only four occasions in 2014 that he did not stand on the podium.

  • Last year in Indianapolis, Sam Lowes ran off the circuit into the gravel on the seventh lap when running in 11th place. He re-joined in 26th place and finally finished the race in 24th.  Lowes took his first grand prix win in Austin earlier this year and he will be aiming to become the first rider to win two Moto2™ races in the USA in one season.

  • Mika Kallio started on pole last year at the Indianapolis grand prix and led across the line at the end of every lap. This was his first podium finish at the Indianapolis circuit and it is the last time that he has stood on the top step of the podium.

  • In addition to Rabat and Kallio mentioned above, other riders currently competing in the Moto2™ class who have won in Indianapolis are: Luis Salom (Moto3™/2012) and Alex Rins (Moto3™/2013).

  • Luis Salom will celebrate his 24th birthday on the first day of practice in Indianapolis.

  • Following his win in Germany, Xavier Simeon could become the first-ever Belgian rider to take back-to-back grand prix wins.


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