This just in from Honda:
MotoGP returns after a midseason break with the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the tenth round of a World Championship season that thus far has had one winner: Marc Marquez has taken all nine wins available to date. He is seconded by his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, as the Repsol Honda team are once again favourites to win at Indy due to their brilliant record there; between the two riders they hold 5 wins and two podiums from the last four visits to Indianapolis. This season the track has been resurfaced and some variations have been made.
The Repsol riders in the lower cylinder class also return to action in America. Alex Marquez, second in the Moto3 overall classification, will try to continue a positive run which has taken him to within 19 points of the lead. Teammate Alex Rins is fifth overall and only 5 points behind third place. Rins will be chasing a podium in the US, and also aiming to repeat his win at Indianapolis from last year -now fully recovered from a foot injury. Marquez placed second in the 2013 race.
"It's been a great Summer break, which has combined some important time off to recharge the batteries, and also training to ensure I'm ready for the second half of the season. I've had time to reflect on what an amazing first nine races we've had and now I'm really eager to get back on the bike in Indianapolis! I've always liked the track and it will be interesting to see the changes that they've made, so we'll need to pay attention from the first practice session and get back into our rhythm as quickly as possible!"
"I'm feeling relaxed and ready for this second half of the season. The strong race in Germany and confirming my contract before the Summer break was the perfect way to end the first half of the season. Indy is a track I've had good results at in the past few years so my aim is to arrive there and fight again for the victory. Obviously we have new track layout to look at so it will be important to take some time with my team to examine these changes and be prepared for the race."
Bridgestone MotoGP? Preview - Round 10: Indianapolis
Tuesday, August 5 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Round ten of the 2014 season sees MotoGP? return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway although this year, the home of American motorsport unveils a new layout to kick-off the second half of the championship.
The revised Indianapolis MotoGP course is 4.170 kilometres in length and features a re-surfaced infield section which should yield more consistent grip levels for the riders. Three sections of the track has had modifications made to the layout; turns 2-4, turns 7-9 and turns 15-16. The overall effect is that some of the tighter corners have been opened up with the aim of improving rider safety, as well as the quality of racing at this famous venue. Indianapolis is one of the few circuits on the calendar that is run in a counter-clockwise direction, and features ten left-hand turns compared to six right-hand turns so asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder are supplied here.
The Indianapolis circuit is quite severe on rear tyres and in particular, the section of left-handers through turns twelve to fourteen generates very high rear tyre temperatures. The circuit features a ?stop-and-go' layout with slow corners separated by short straight sections which place an emphasis on good rear traction and braking stability.
Rear slick options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders are the medium and hard compound, while the Ducati and Open-class riders are allocated the soft and medium compound rear slicks. Front slick compounds for all riders at Indianapolis are the soft, medium and hard compounds. The main wet tyre for Indianapolis is the soft compound, although every rider will be able to also select up to two front and rear wet tyres in the alternative, hard compound option.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"After a four week break from racing, there is no better place to get the second half of the MotoGP season started than Indianapolis; a venue steeped in history, in a city that holds motorsport very close to its heart. There is always a great atmosphere throughout the whole of Indianapolis when MotoGP comes to town and it's always a pleasure visiting here. The circuit has been re-surfaced and the layout has changed slightly and this will hopefully make things easier for riders at what is a tight, but technical circuit. Indianapolis is also the venue for our annual Bridgestone Golf Performance Challenge and I once again look forward to welcoming the riders and media attending this event, which is an enjoyable way to get back into the swing of the Grand Prix season."
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"A recent re-surfacing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway means that there's only a single type of tarmac on the infield section, whereas in previous years there were a few different types of tarmac which caused variable grip levels for riders. The circuit has also had some corners modified for this year, but overall the circuit still retains its usual character with many low-speed corners. The layout of the circuit puts greater stress on the left shoulder of the tyres and the run from turns twelve to fourteen generates very high temperatures on the left shoulder of the rear tyre. To ensure adequate temperature resistance and durability, we supply asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder at this circuit. The front slick compounds for Indianapolis are from the harder end of our compound range for maximum durability and braking stability at what is a ?stop-and-go' circuit."