Thursday, August 11, 2011

MotoGP Rider Nicky Hayden Predicts Faster Race this August at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS ? Smoother, faster and safer.

Those attributes, said Nicky Hayden, should apply to the Aug. 27-29 running of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, thanks to the repaved infield.

?It was awesome,? the MotoGP Ducati Team rider from Owensboro, Ky, said after conducting a tire test Friday for Pirelli. ?It?s pool-table smooth. We wanted smooth, and we got smooth.?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials, acting on suggestions from riders after last year?s race, resurfaced 1.5 miles of the course, beginning with Turn 5 and running through Turn 16. Basically, they repaved everything but the 2.5-mile oval.

?We were concerned about two corners,? Hayden said, referring to Turns 6 and 11. Turn 6 is a sweeping left-hander off the oval?s Turn 2; Turn 11 is a right-handed horseshoe turn the riders negotiate shortly before heading back onto the oval.

?We wanted those corners redone,? Hayden continued. ?But Indy does what it does ? they paved the whole infield.?

The resurfacing on the counter-clockwise road course began June 9.
?With the grip we get when we get rubber down, we should get a new record,? Hayden said.

Spain?s Jorge Lorenzo established the track record of 1:40.152 in 2009.
?The course is smoother, faster and safer,? said Hayden, who?s seventh in MotoGP points. ?I?m looking forward to the race. This is it for me. ... It?s Indy.?

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David Stern George Bodenheimer Bud Selig Brian France Dick Ebersol

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