The Repsol Honda Team enjoys a strong start in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Grand Prix

MotoGP Round 12 : Indianapolis circuit, 26-28 August

**Date **: 26/08/2011
**Weather **: Dry
**Temperature **: Air: 31 degrees, Ground: 51 degrees
**Humidity **: 29%

The Repsol Honda riders were back on track today for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at the famous Motorsport Speedway, which has undergone substantial resurfacing since last years race.

In this morning's first session, all three riders complained with the lack of grip that this new surface suffers from. Conditions improved slightly for the afternoon session after more rubber had been laid on track from the other classes. Lap times dropped consistently and Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner lapped three seconds faster than his morning lap time. Casey ended the day at the top of the times sheets with an impressive 1'40.724, only six tenths slower than the circuit record lap of 1'40.152 (Lorenzo, 2009). Dani Pedrosa focused on adapting to the new track conditions, working on the set up of his RC212V and found more grip claiming the third fastest time of the day, improving his morning lap times by four seconds.

Team mate Andrea Dovizioso finished fifth at the end of the first day. Andrea struggled with tyre wear during the afternoon session. Tomorrow he will continue to work on the set up and try to understand how manage tyre wear.

CASEY STONER - 1st 1'40.724
"This afternoon the track was slightly better and of course the lap times improved with more bikes on track and cleaning it up, but I'm still not comfortable on this surface. It's incredibly slippery and the track is certainly my least favourite of the whole season. It's very tight, slippery and the new surface is pretty bad, it's not just the dirt on the surface but there seems to be something strange where the two surfaces join, some grease of some sort that creates more issues. With this said, we couldn't find too much with the bike, we made a small step this morning and a small step this afternoon but we're struggling to get a good feeling in the bike. We tried the harder front this afternoon which gave us good feedback and we were able to go a little bit faster, but in general the track needs to improve before we can know what direction to go in and I just hope the conditions improve for the race. My last few exits were slightly ruined from traffic on track and also wildlife! I saw something out the corner of my eye, I'm not sure what it was perhaps a gopher or something, I thought it was a part from someones bike, I'm just glad we both escaped from that situation unharmed!"

DANI PEDROSA - 3rd 1'41.205
"The track improved a little in the second practice session, at least on the racing line, but outside the line the surface is still very dirty and slippery. However, we made some better lap times; it's just about getting a good setup with the tyres and trying to take care of them. Let's hope that the conditions keep improving throughout the weekend and we can keep working step by step on the set up considering that the tyres will be the key point in this race. In general, I'm happier than this morning, we were able to improve by four seconds in just one session, but we have to keep focused and make another step forward tomorrow".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 5th 1'41.536
"The track improved a lot from the morning to the afternoon and in FP2 the lap times dropped by three seconds. With more rubber on track, the grip changed quickly and now the main issue is tyre wear. This is typical for new asphalt so we have to manage the tyres carefully, with special attention on the front tyre. The key point for the race will be managing the tyres. I hope that conditions will improve again tomorrow as with today's situation it's impossible to finish the race. I'm not worried with fifth position as when it was time to push, we weren't able to because we had to keep the tyres for tomorrow so I'm confident that we can be competitive here".

Practice Results

1 Casey Stoner 1'40.724 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Ben Spies 1'40.918 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 1'41.205 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Jorge Lorenzo 1'41.461 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Andrea Dovizioso 1'41.536 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Colin Edwards 1'41.699 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Marco Simoncelli 1'41.742 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Nicky Hayden 1'41.789 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
9 Alvaro Bautista 1'42.231 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
10 Randy De Puniet 1'42.339 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
12 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'42.673 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 Hector Barbera 1'42.920 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
14 Loris Capirossi 1'43.034 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Cal Crutchlow 1'43.085 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Toni Elias 1'43.230 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
17 Karel Abraham 1'43.528 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing

Circuit information

First race 2008
GPs held 3
Laps 28
Race distance 118.1km / 73.4miles
Track length 4.216km / 2.62miles
Track width 16m
Longest straight 0.644km / 0.4miles
Corners 16 (6 right, 10 left)
Pole position Left

4790 West 16th Street
Indianapolis
IN 46222

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Circuit records

Pole position 1m 39.730s (152.186 Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2009)
Race lap 1m 40.152 (151.545 Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2009)
Race time 47m 13.592 (149.976 Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2009)
MotoGP Wins 1 (Valentino Rossi 2008), 1 (Jorge Lorenzo 2009), 1 (Dani Pedrosa 2010)
2010 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)