This photo shows a WERA National Endurance race at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in June of 1986. Kevin Rentzell (No. 48), on the Jam-Up Racing Yamaha FZ600, leads the U-2 Racing Yamaha FZ750 of Adam Smith (No. 41) and the Team Hammer Suzuki GSXR1100 ridden by Doug Toland (No. 11) early in the race. These were the top three finishers of the day with Hammer’s Toland and David Sadowski winning the race over Jam-Up and U-2.
Hayden, Spies, Edwards, Rapp, Yates to take on world in Red Bull Indianapolis GP
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – Five Americans will be among the 23 MotoGP riders – both event records – on the grid for the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
MotoGP stars Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards are joined by American wild-card riders Steve Rapp and Aaron Yates on the provisional entry list for the fifth annual MotoGP World Championship event at IMS.
The previous record for Americans in the MotoGP field and bikes on the grid at Indy were four and 19, respectively, in the inaugural event in 2008. There were just three Americans – Hayden, Spies and Edwards – and 17 bikes in the MotoGP field last year at IMS.
Practice starts Friday, Aug. 17, with practice and qualifying Saturday, Aug. 18 and the race Sunday, Aug. 19 on the 16-turn, 2.621-mile MotoGP circuit at IMS.
Competition also will take place in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes of the World Championship and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. American Tommy Aquino will race a wild-card entry in Moto2.
Hayden and Spies both will ride 1000cc MotoGP factory prototypes at IMS.
2006 World Champion Hayden, from Owensboro, Ky., is in his third season with the Ducati Team. He has finished in the top-three podium spots twice at IMS, second in 2008 and third in 2009.
Spies, from Longview, Texas, rides for Yamaha Factory Racing. He won the pole and finished second in 2010 in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Edwards, from Houston, is in his first season with the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team, which fields a Suter-BMW under the new Claiming Rules Team regulations that allow teams and riders to compete in the premier class with lower-cost, production-based bikes.
AMA Pro Racing veterans Rapp and Yates also will ride CRT bikes at Indianapolis.
2007 Daytona 200 Formula Xtreme winner Rapp, 40, from Hawthorne, Calif., will race an entry fielded by Attack Performance. The 1000cc machine will feature an aluminum-framed chassis built by Attack Performance in its shop in Huntington Beach, Calif., powered by a heavily modified Kawasaki ZX-10R engine.
This will be the second time Rapp has raced at IMS. He competed in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races last August, finishing second in both races.
Yates, 38, from Milledgeville, Ga., will race an entry fielded by GPTech, based in Hickory Corners, Mich. The chassis was designed by BCL Motorsports, with technical partner MCJ Motorsports assisting with the engine development.
Four-time AMA National Champion Yates is returning to action after suffering severe leg fractures in a crash at an AMA Superbike race in 2010 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
GPTech is moving up to the premier class at Indianapolis after fielding a Moto2 wild-card entry at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2010 and 2011.
The MotoGP entry list features all four previous winners at Indianapolis – Valentino Rossi (2008), Jorge Lorenzo (2009), Dani Pedrosa (2010) and Casey Stoner (2011).
Four riders who have combined to win the 11 premier-class World Championships will be on the starting grid at Indy: Rossi (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009), Stoner (2007, 2011), Hayden (2006) and Lorenzo (2010). Stoner will race at IMS for the final time, as he is retiring as a rider after this season.
In Moto2, AMA SportBike veteran Aquino, 20, from Saugus, Calif., will ride an FTR-Honda fielded by Fogi Racing, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Aquino, 20, is racing this season in the CEV Spanish Moto2 Championship.
Moto2 World Championship bikes feature standard 600cc Honda engines and prototype chassis.
2012 tickets: Tickets for the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event, scheduled for Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are on sale now at www.imstix.com, by calling (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at www.imstix.com. Hotel package information can be found at www.visitindy.com/redbull.
Charly Buse leads a WERA C Superstock, or possibly C Superbike race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in June of 1991. Buse was very good at Blackhawk and won dozens of races there over the years. On this weekend, riding his Honda CBR600F2, he won the C Superstock race over Al Hall and Gaines Desloge. He finished second to Doug Henry in the C Superbike class. You can see Henry in the background on bike No. 5. I’m not sure who No. 211 is, but No. 917 is David Marchino, who won the C Production Novice class.
Fans attending the Mid-Ohio race will get the opportunity to meet GEICO Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas, M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki’s Chris Ulrich and Dane Westby and Suzuki SportBikeTrackGear.com’s Elena Myers at an event sponsored by Broaster Chicken. The event , will be held at Chugz in Mansfield, Ohio, located at the corner of State Route 42 and Diamond St., and is scheduled to run from from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 12, 2012. Chugz is a new, state of the art convenience store.
In addition to meeting the riders, fans can win tickets to the races, gas cards, and free chicken dinners. Y105 FM will also be broadcasting on location.
“Thursday, July 12, we will bring together Broaster Chicken, the riders and the fans for an evening of fun and food,” said Kirk Reuille of Broaster Sales and Service, one of the largest distributors of Broaster Chicken equipment and food products, which are featured in over 5000 foodservice operations around the world. “We are excited to give fans an opportunity to meet the riders, get autographs, enjoy the best Broaster Chicken in Ohio and get ready for a great Superbike weekend, all at Chugz in Mansfield.”
“I always get excited when we go back to Mid-Ohio because we’ve had a lot of success there,” said Chris Ulrich. “Going to Chugz, supporting Broaster Chicken and getting the opportunity to rub elbows with the fans sounds like a lot of fun. Martin Cardenas, Dane Westby and Elena Myers will be there too, and we’re all looking forward to it!”