2006 MotoGP World Champion Hayden To Ride April 7 At IMS

2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time Monday, April 7 as he prepares for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, Sept. 14.

Hayden will ride a restored Indian motorcycle, which competed Aug. 14,1909 in the first motorized race at IMS, around the new infield road course at 10:30 a.m. It will be the first lap by a motorcycle around the new 16-turn, 2.620-mile circuit that also incorporates part of the famed IMS oval.

After the historic first lap on the Indian, Hayden will ride a Honda production bike around the course, be available for photos on the famous Yard of Bricks and speak with the media in the Economaki Trackside Conference Room.

Hayden, a native of Owensboro, Ky., is one of three American riders competing this season in MotoGP. He races for the Repsol Honda Team.

Media wishing to attend should reply to Suzi Elliott at (317) 492-6780 or selliott@brickyard.com. Media should enter the IMS grounds at Gate 2, the main gate/tunnel entrance off 16th Street, and follow the direction of IMS Safety personnel.

MotoGP World Champion takes first lap on new IMS road course

Nicky Hayden

10:30 a.m., Monday, April 7

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Suzi Elliott, IMS PR, (317) 492-6780, selliott@brickyard.com