Race fans are invited to watch a Moto2 bike at speed today, Aug. 19 and Friday, Aug. 20, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as American Roger Lee Hayden prepares for his first Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Hayden will test from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday on the 2.621-mile road course.
Fans are welcome to view the test for free from adjacent to the Hall of Fame Museum in the IMS infield.
Hayden, from Owensboro, Ky., is riding as a wild-card entry for Team Honda/Moriwaki, managed by 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz. Hayden is the younger brother of Nicky Hayden, 2006 MotoGP World Champion and two-time Red Bull Indianapolis GP podium finisher.
Moto2 replaced the 250cc class this season. Riders compete on bikes with 600cc Honda engines and Dunlop tires, with the emphasis placed on lower costs and rider skill.
The new formula has attracted grids of 40 motorcycles or more at nearly every race. One of the most exciting moments of any MotoGP event weekend is watching at least 40 bikes pile-drive into Turn 1 on the first lap of the Moto2 race, with bikes sometimes spread five- and six-wide to get the edge into the first corner.