2008 Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2008 Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix was the fourteenth round of the 2008 MotoGP Championship. It took place on the weekend of September 12–14, 2008 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the first time the circuit has hosted a major motorcycle racing event since its first year of operation in 1909. As there was a United States Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier in 2008, this marks the championship's second visit to the United States in 2008, the first time this has ever happened. Unlike the Laguna Seca round, the meeting features the supporting 125cc and 250cc classes, marking their first visit to North America since 1994.

United States  2008 Indianapolis Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 18 races in the
2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Indianapolis Moto GP.svg
DateSeptember 14, 2008
Official nameRed Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationIndianapolis Motor Speedway
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.216 km (2.620 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 1:40.776
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 1:49.668
Podium
First Italy Valentino Rossi
Second United States Nicky Hayden
Third Spain Jorge Lorenzo
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Italy Marco Simoncelli
Time 1:45.168
Fastest lap
Rider Race cancelled
Podium
First Race cancelled
Second Race cancelled
Third Race cancelled
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Pol Espargaró
Time 1:50.475
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Stefan Bradl
Time 1:50.460
Podium
First Spain Nicolás Terol
Second Spain Pol Espargaró
Third Germany Stefan Bradl

The layout of the circuit is similar to the setup used for the United States Grand Prix Formula One events at the circuit between 2000 and 2007, but not identical. It has been reversed to a counterclockwise layout, with a new Snake Pit complex just after the start-finish line, meaning that the bikes do not use any of the banked oval corners. The double-hairpin at the Hulman Straight was replaced with a traditional esses.

The event was heavily affected by the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Ike on Indiana; the race day the weather was overcast and cold, with a 100% chance of rain during the event. The 125cc class started with dry track however, and went on until rain began to fall, with 7 laps to go. However, since two-thirds of the scheduled distance had been run, the race was declared over and full points were given. The intensity of the rain then led the organizers to postpone the 250cc race after the MotoGP race, hoping the winds and rain would stop.

The MotoGP race was started at the scheduled time, with a very wet track but little rain, and it went on until lap 21, when strong winds began again to blow. Fearing for the safety of the riders, the stewards red-flagged the race, which was declared over, and full World Championship points were given. The winds did not stop after the race, and safety concerns led to the final cancellation of the 250cc race.

MotoGP classificationEdit

 
The front row for the MotoGP class. From bottom to top, pole sitter Valentino Rossi, 2nd place starter Casey Stoner, and 3rd place starter Jorge Lorenzo.
 
The red flag is displayed at lap 21.
Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46   Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 20 37:20.095 1 25
2 69   Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda 20 +5.972 4 20
3 48   Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 20 +7.858 3 16
4 1   Casey Stoner Ducati Team Ducati 20 +28.162 2 13
5 4   Andrea Dovizioso JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda 20 +28.824 7 11
6 11   Ben Spies Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 20 +29.645 5 10
7 50   Sylvain Guintoli Alice Team Ducati 20 +36.223 14 9
8 2   Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 20 +37.258 8 8
9 7   Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 20 +38.442 15 7
10 15   Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 20 +42.437 12 6
11 13   Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 20 +47.179 19 5
12 24   Toni Elías Alice Team Ducati 20 +55.962 9 4
13 14   Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 20 +57.366 6 3
14 21   John Hopkins Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 20 +58.353 16 2
15 5   Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 20 +1:00.613 11 1
16 65   Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 20 +1:05.620 13
17 56   Shinya Nakano San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 20 +1:05.854 17
18 52   James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 20 +1:07.968 10
19 33   Marco Melandri Ducati Team Ducati 20 +1:21.023 18
Sources: [4][5][6]

125cc classificationEdit

 
Terol celebrates with members of his crew, as Espargaró and Bradl shake hands.
Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18   Nicolás Terol Aprilia 16 29:51.350 6 25
2 44   Pol Espargaró Derbi 16 +1.708 1 20
3 17   Stefan Bradl Aprilia 16 +3.984 3 16
4 45   Scott Redding Aprilia 16 +4.277 9 13
5 11   Sandro Cortese Aprilia 16 +4.413 10 11
6 93   Marc Márquez KTM 16 +4.454 13 10
7 24   Simone Corsi Aprilia 16 +6.261 7 9
8 38   Bradley Smith Aprilia 16 +7.782 11 8
9 51   Stevie Bonsey Aprilia 16 +12.035 15 7
10 63   Mike Di Meglio Derbi 16 +12.251 2 6
11 77   Dominique Aegerter Derbi 16 +15.465 8 5
12 6   Joan Olivé Derbi 16 +18.312 12 4
13 35   Raffaele De Rosa KTM 16 +20.137 17 3
14 1   Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 16 +24.651 16 2
15 99   Danny Webb Aprilia 16 +27.592 4 1
16 16   Jules Cluzel Loncin 16 +35.432 31
17 21   Robin Lässer Aprilia 16 +37.082 22
18 33   Sergio Gadea Aprilia 16 +38.549 23
19 71   Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM 16 +38.571 18
20 7   Efrén Vázquez Aprilia 16 +40.991 24
21 56   Hugo van den Berg Aprilia 16 +1:06.197 30
22 54   PJ Jacobsen Aprilia 16 +1:06.327 25
23 48   Bastien Chesaux Aprilia 16 +1:07.067 34
24 94   Jonas Folger KTM 16 +1:14.709 29
25 95   Robert Mureșan Aprilia 16 +1:20.413 32
26 5   Alexis Masbou Loncin 16 +1:21.880 27
27 74   Davide Stirpe KTM 16 +1:22.026 33
28 36   Cyril Carrillo Honda 16 +1:22.159 35
29 90   Kristian Lee Turner Aprilia 16 +2:11.524 36
Ret 8   Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 12 Retirement 28
Ret 72   Marco Ravaioli Aprilia 9 Accident 26
Ret 22   Pablo Nieto KTM 8 Retirement 20
Ret 60   Michael Ranseder Aprilia 6 Accident 19
Ret 73   Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 5 Accident 14
Ret 29   Andrea Iannone Aprilia 4 Retirement 5
Ret 12   Esteve Rabat KTM 1 Accident 21
OFFICIAL 125cc REPORT

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round fourteen has concluded.[7]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2008 Indianapolis MotoGP". Motorpsortmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "2008 MotoGP Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Indianapolis Motor Speedway - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "2008 Indianapolis MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Classification" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008.
  6. ^ "motogp.com · RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX · MotoGP Race Classification 2008". www.motogp.com.
  7. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008. Retrieved 2019-08-23.


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