Round 10 of 18: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Photos and Captions by Kurt Bauer/www.dirtbauer.com
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, AUG. 10, 2014
The MotoGP series has 65 years of history, but the first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was more than 100 year ago: motorcycles racing on the 2.5-mile oval of bricks on August 14, 1909.
IMS’s new track configuration for 2014 has 16 turns is 2.591 miles long, using the front stretch of the famed oval, and it has the riders’ approval. It has a better flow to it than the original track at the 2008 inaugural race, which consisted of three different types of asphalt.
This year’s American riders were Nicky Hayden, who hails from nearby Kentucky, and the “Texas Tornado,” Colin Edwards. Hayden would have to sit out this race due to a wrist injury that required surgery. Edwards would be riding his last MotoGP race in the States, as he is retiring this year and only racing select races to end his MotoGP career of 12 years.
Marc Marquez captured the pole on Saturday, with Andrea Dovizioso just two-hundred-twenty-five-thousandths of a second behind, and Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row. Marquez was looking to win his 10th race after winning the first nine races of the year.
Marquez got a bad start and ended up in fourth place after the first lap, but soon he was battling Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi for the lead. Lorenzo finished ahead of his Yamaha teammate Rossi for second place, while the 21-year-old Spaniard Marquez took the victory – making it four in a row at Indy for Marquez, as he was victorious in moto two in 2011 and 2012 and won as a rookie in MotoGP in 2013.
Here are some photographic highlights from round 10…