Spaniard Dani Pedrosa led the first day of MotoGP practice at the 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Friday, Aug. 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, turning a top lap of 1 minute, 51.507 seconds in wet conditions on the No. 3 Repsol Honda Team entry.
Nicky Hayden, of nearby Owensboro, Ky., was second-quickest at 1:51.662 on the No. 69 Ducati Team bike, and defending Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Valentino Rossi was third at 1:51.814 on the No. 46 Fiat Yamaha Team MotoGP entry on the Speedway’s 16-turn, 2.621-mile road course.
Crash, the rock band fronted by MotoGP star James Toseland, will perform live Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
The performance will start at 4:30 p.m. on the 6th Street Stage in the IMS infield. Toseland, from Great Britain, plays keyboards and is a vocalist for the four-man band.
Valentino Rossi’s victory last year at Laguna Seca was his fi rst ever win at the American circuit. His only other podium at the USA Grand Prix was 3rd in the fi rst visit to Laguna Seca in 2005. He retired from the race with technical problems in 2006, and in 2007 was the first Michelin rider home in 4th place in a race dominated by riders using Bridgestone tyres.
Jorge Lorenzo qualified 4th last year on his debut at Laguna Seca but crashed out on the first lap of the race and suffered fractures in his right foot.
Yamaha Motor Corporation and it financial services partner GE Commercial Finance, are proud to once again bring MotoGP fans exciting rock and roll entertainment for Saturday evening, July 4th following the scheduled afternoon MotoGP qualifying session at this year’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
This year’s entertainment will see Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Factory rider James Toseland and his band Crash return to the stage located conveniently for all race attendees in the Yamaha Marketplace.
As they approach their home race this weekend at the Grand Prix de France the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team this season celebrate 20 years of World Championship participation.
The team is of course run by Frenchman Hervé Poncharal, one of the most respected and recognisable figures in the MotoGP paddock, who also acts as the President of the International Road-Racing Teams Association (IRTA).
Like the factory Yamaha garage, the satellite team’s Grand Prix base is divided by a wall in 2009. Unlike the main squad, however, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 have just one man overseeing both riders. Said Team Principal is Herve Poncharal, who has seen mixed results from his charges over the course of the opening three races of the year.
Top ten efforts from Colin Edwards have contrasted with early difficulties for James Toseland, and Poncharal has the task of spurring both on to better things in the forthcoming races.
On another problematic weekend for James Toseland at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España the satellite Yamaha rider came away with just three points having qualified 13th and finishing in the same position.
Toseland’s supporters, and indeed his team, were expecting him to kick on in his second MotoGP season, after he learned the majority of the tracks on the calendar last year, so his early 2009 season results have been a major disappointment with just one top ten finish so far.