Talented young riders from the United States and Canada will compete in a United States Grand Prix Racers Union (USGPRU) event during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 27-29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
USGPRU is the premier feeder series in North America for young riders aspiring to race professionally.
Riders aged 12 to 16 will race at Indianapolis in a special youth class, riding Moriwaki MD250H machines featuring Honda engines. Two rounds of the 13-race 2010 USGPRU schedule will be contested at Indianapolis, one each for East Coast Region and West Coast Region riders.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected to join the MotoGP community at Indianapolis for this year’s event," said USGPRU Chief Steward Stewart Aitken-Cade.
"It’s a tremendous opportunity for our young racers to get out there on the world stage and give everyone a glimpse at what great young talent America has coming up through the ranks.
"We are equally pleased to be able to showcase these racers aboard the Moriwaki MD250H powered by Honda. Over the past two years, this bike has been a solid platform that has reliably provided some of the closest and most exciting races every weekend they race. Hopefully the MotoGP fans will enjoy the show the USGPRU brings to Indy."
The addition of USGPRU races adds even more excitement to the on-track schedule for fans at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. USGPRU joins the three World Championship classes – MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc – in action at IMS.
Moriwaki MD250H machinery for USGPRU riders incorporates a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine built by Honda and sourced from Honda’s CRF250X motorcycle. The USGPRU’s MD250H class provides an excellent means for young racers to gain first-hand exposure to grand prix-style racing.
"American Honda’s support of this class through purpose-built machinery and excellent contingency rewards – $180,000 on the season – represent direct efforts to support and expand road racing at the grassroots level," said Keith Dowdle, assistant manager, Honda Rider’s Club of America.
"The addition of this new round of MD250H racing to the USGPRU schedule means that these young racers will now have the opportunity to compete at one of the most storied tracks in the United States during one of the most prestigious motorcycle racing events in the nation, before a huge crowd – quite an adventure for these young competitors!"
"All of which makes the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix an even more compelling race date than ever before."