The Moto2 grid was quickly up to speed during Saturday’s qualifying for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. The top-18 riders were within a second of each other, with Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins on top.The rookie set a new lap record at the 2.591-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit, posting a 1:36.549. He beat the previous record set my Mika Kallio last year (1:36.883). Joining Rins on the front row at Indy Moto2 Qualifying 2015 are Estrella Galicia 0,0 Kalex’s Tito Rabat (-0.137) and Italtrans Racing Team’s Kallio, who was 0.316 of a second off the pace.
As for the reigning Moto2 Champion Rabat, he will seek top results to close in on the current Moto2 points leader Johann Zarco, who earned eighth during Indy Moto2 Qualifying 2015. After nine of 18 rounds, Zarco leads Rabat by 65 points.Heading up row two is Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi (-0.337), who qualified ahead of AGR Team’s Jonas Folger (-0.456) and Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami (-0.473).Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes will have to start from seventh after crashing at turn 7 with 20 minutes left and missing a big chunk of the session. He finished ahead of Zarco, who posted his worst qualifying position since Jerez, where he qualified ninth.Rounding out the top 10 in Indy Moto2 qualifying 2015 are Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top 10. Sachsenring Moto2 race winner, Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), qualified in 16th.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!