The inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP took place 99 years after the previous motorcycle race at the track, in 1909. Since then, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been to home to many significant motorcycle moments. Here are just a few of our favorites!
With Hurricane Ike making an appearance in 2008 for the inaugural Red Bull Indy GP, cold temperatures, heavy winds and rain added to the intensity of the race. As Valentino Rossi began to pull away from Nicky Hayden, heavy winds began to blow and the race was ended with Rossi leading. It was this win that allowed Rossi to surpass Giacomo Agostini for the most in the MotoGP class.
Ducati has had only ONE podium here at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix and this is all thanks to Kentucky native Nicky Hayden. In 2009, Nicky Hayden did the Ducati Team proud when he placed third at the Indy GP for its first and only podium at IMS.
Marc Marquez is without a doubt a MotoGP star at IMS. Marquez has won four in a row at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway between Moto2 (2011 and 2012) and MotoGP (2013 and 2014). Just last year, Marquez tied for the record of most consecutive wins with 10 wins, going 10-for-10 to start the season. The last person to do this was Australian Mick Doohan in 1997.