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MotoGP: Red Bull Indy GP Happenings

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Here’s a guick guide to just a few of the events happening at Indy next weekend for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Round 11 of the MotoGP Championship.

Gear check

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway once again will provide multiple gear check locations for Red Bull Indianapolis GP fans to check helmets, leathers and any other motorcycle gear at the track.

Fans can visit any of the five locations on the IMS grounds and place any gear in plastic bags to be securely stored and picked up upon exiting the facility for the day.

Gear check locations will operate from when public gates open until one hour after gates close all three days of the event. A total of five gear check locations include two operations for backstretch motorcycle parking, Lot 3 Pavement, Lot 8 and the Vendor Marketplace in Gasoline Alley.

The service is free and available all three days of the Aug. 27-29 event, with ABATE of Indiana members working for tips for their assistance.

Pit Walkabout

The Pit Walkabout on Friday morning, Aug. 27 during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is one of the best deals in motorsports, as any number of children 12 and under will be admitted free with an adult.

Adult general admission for the day is just $10, and kids of all ages can participate in the Pit Walkabout. The Walkabout takes place from 9-10:45 a.m. Fans must enter and exit the Walkabout at the south end of Gasoline Alley.

Fans can stand adjacent to the open garages, getting a clear view of the 800cc prototype machines upon which MotoGP stars such as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Americans Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards will compete during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 27-29.

Many teams in all three classes continue extensive preparation work on their bikes, giving fans photo opportunities and an unparalleled look at the most sophisticated motorcycles on Earth, which exceed 200 mph on the front straightaway at IMS.

Teams in the Moto2 and 125cc classes also will have their garages open and bikes on display.

Live Music from Toseland’s ‘Crash’

Crash, the pop-rock band led by former MotoGP rider James Toseland, will play two shows in Indianapolis during Red Bull Indianapolis GP race weekend, including one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Toseland and his band will play from 11 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 29 on the SPEED Stage at IMS. Toseland and Crash also will play at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 at Jackson and Meridian streets in downtown Indianapolis during Motorcycles on Meridian.

It’s the third consecutive year that classically trained pianist Toseland, who is racing for Yamaha in the Superbike World Championship this season, will perform at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. He played with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2008, and he played with Crash last year.

Kickoff the race downtown

Fans are invited to the official kick-start of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP event weekend, a celebration at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.

MotoGP riders will participate in the celebration, and numerous rising young stars from the USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda series that will compete at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will sign autographs for fans.

Noted local and Indianapolis Motor Speedway dignitaries will speak, and Red Bull will be on hand to bring its unique style to the event. The celebration is free.

Special gates for print-at-home tickets

Fans who print at home their tickets for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP must enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through Gates 1, 6 and 9 only.

Three-day reserved seat and Race Day-only general admission and reserved seat tickets can be printed at home after the tickets are ordered online at Simply order tickets and follow the instructions contained in the ticket-ordering process.

IMS tickets

Tickets for the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP are on sale now. A new structure offers additional value and flexibility to fans attending the annual MotoGP event.

Among the highlights of the new ticket structure are lower prices and single-day reserved and general admission tickets for Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 29. Children 12 and under will be admitted free any day of the event if accompanied by an adult holding a general admission ticket.

Fans can order tickets online at, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

General admission tickets provide access to the grounds, viewing mounds along the infield section of the circuit and selected grandstands, which provide excellent angles to see the greatest riders in the world.

Fans can now print their tickets – three-day reserved seat and Race Day-only general admission and reserved seat tickets – with their printer after ordering tickets online at

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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