Behind the Barriers - Indianapolis Friday debut

Timing and scoring reports at the US MotoGP leave little to be desired. One report, titled "Chronological Analysis of Performance," lists each rider by name, team and nationality. Laps times are given for each individual lap along with four split...

Timing and scoring reports at the US MotoGP leave little to be desired. One report, titled "Chronological Analysis of Performance," lists each rider by name, team and nationality. Laps times are given for each individual lap along with four split times from each lap. The number of runs during the session is listed along with the number of complete laps and total laps.

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Several detailed maps are available to participants this weekend, including maps of the metropolitan Indianapolis area and the racing circuit. The map designating garage space is an actual IMS mechanical drawing of the paddock area, from the Flag lot to Turn one.

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IndyCar Series driver and Tissot ambassador Danica Patrick is slated to present the Tissot Pole Award Watch on Saturday afternoon. Tissot is the Official Timekeeper of MotoGP.

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Casey Stoner will be looking for his eighth consecutive pole this weekend. His current streak of poles is the longest sequence of successive poles on a four-stroke MotoGP machine. Mick Doohan started from the pole 12 successive times in 1997.

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Accompanying the rider statistics sheet provided to the media is a frequency distribution in bar graph form listing the rider's nationality. Spain tops the list in 125 cc and 250 cc classes with 8 rider sin 125 cc and 7 in 250 cc. Italy is second on the list with 6 riders in each class. In MotoGP there are four riders from the United States and four from Italy. Spain has three riders in MotoGP this weekend.

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The four US MotoGP riders from the United States this weekend are:

Colin Edwards, Houston -- Tech 3 Yamaha
Ben Spies, Longview, Texas -- Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
John Hopkins, Ramona, Calif. -- Kawasaki Racing Team
Nicky Hayden, Owenboro, Ky. -- Repsol Honda Team

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Valentino Rossi's 68th victory two weeks ago at Misano tied him on the all time win list with Giacomo Agostini. Rossi earned his 68th victory in his 145th start while Agostini earned the distinction in 119 starts. The feat took Rossi 8 years and 53 days while Agostini's winning career spanned 11 years and 7 days. Rossi scored 110 (75.9%) podium finishes to Agostini's 88 (73.9%).

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Since this is MotoGP's first visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday morning's opening practice session was extended 30 minutes for team's to gather setup data and according to a San Carlo Honda Gresini press release gain "confidence."

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Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa will switch to Bridgestone tire for the remainder of the season. Pedrosa's teammate Nicky Hayden will continue to compete on Michelin tires.

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Ben Spies is making his third wild card appearance in MotoGP this year. He's scored points for the Rizla Suzuki in each race. He earned two points in his MotoGp debut at Donnigton in England in June and added another eight points at Laguna Seca.

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The Indianapolis Grand Prix will be televised live by NBC with color commentary from 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz. The IMS Radio Network will broadcast live with multiple AMA Champion and 1997 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Jeff Ward adding color commentary.

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This is the 13th motorcycle Grand Prix hosted by the United States. The first two races, in 1964 and '65, were held in Daytona. Laguna Seca has hosted ten races with the first in 1988. Races were also held at Laguna Seca from 1989-'91, '93-'94 and 2005 to present.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Kevin Schwantz , Nicky Hayden , Jeff Ward , Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , John Hopkins , Ben Spies , Giacomo Agostini , Mick Doohan , Casey Stoner , Danica Patrick , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team