There has been no shortage of MotoGP spectacle since the first half of the season ended at Laguna Seca, with the excitement coming in the form of off-track announcements. It is now time for Part 2 of this thrilling contest to resume on the circuit itself, beginning with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Scouring the world motorsport scene, one will struggle to find many locations steeped in as much history as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. MotoGP has been visiting the iconic venue since 2008 and this year it once again plays host to the first Grand Prix on the later side of the traditional mid-season break. Nine races down, nine to go, a rookie heading the standings and a huge 225 points still left on offer.
Bearing in mind the sheer amount of surprises and U-turns the championship battle has already witnessed between the Qatar and United States events, just imagine what could lie in store between this weekend and the Valencia finale on 10th November. It promises to be a mind-boggling mix of raw speed, staying fit and the all-important psychological battle. Can Marc Marquez handle the pressure of Repsol Honda Team partner Dani Pedrosa and reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, both now in better shape following their bruising few weeks on the run-up to the summer interval?Indianapolis GP, Marc Marquez, MotoGP
Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. has announced that production in Stuttgart, Germany has commenced on the 2014 Porsche 911 GT America, a race car based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The car is designed exclusively for the new United Sports Car Racing series GT Daytona class for 2014.
The new car will be delivered starting in October, 2013 and be offered for sale to those teams committed to running the entire 2014 USCR season.
Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, is pleased that the factory has been able to move so quickly to create this endurance racecar – and build it to the upcoming 2014 USCR GT Daytona rules – so teams will have adequate time to attend all the winter test sessions in advance of the season debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.Porsche, Sports Cars, USCR
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, descended upon central New York’s historic Unadilla MX on Saturday for the annual Built Ford Tough Unadilla National. New Berlin’s scenic property hosted the tenth round of the 13-race championship, marking the series’ final stop on the East coast before heading west for the last two rounds of competition.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took another step toward capturing the 450 Class Championship after sweeping both motos at Unadilla. It was a flawless day for Villopoto, beginning with his impressive performance in the morning’s timed qualifying session where he laid down the fastest lap time in the 450 Class.AMA Motocross, Lucas Oil, Motocross, Ryan Villopoto, Supercross
Young American riders Blake Young and James Rispoli prepared for the spotlight on the world’s biggest motorcycle stage – the MotoGP World Championship – by testing Friday, Aug. 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Both riders – standouts in AMA competition – will race as wild card entries for small American teams against the best, highest-budget teams and riders in the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing series during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 16-18 at IMS.
Two-time AMA Superbike runner-up Young, from Madison, Wis., will make his third wild card appearance of the year on a 1000cc bike in the premier MotoGP category for California-based Attack Performance. Two-time AMA SuperSport champion Rispoli, from Daytona Beach, Fla., will make his World Championship debut in the intermediate Moto2 on a 600cc machine for Michigan-based GPTech.Blake Young, Indianapolis, James Rispoli