Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix is Next
The knights of the winding-circuits will be heading to next week’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix looking to feel the excitement and energy of a victory of winning a MotoGP competition. Preparation for the next venue on the MotoGP circuit has begun. Monday’s post Czech GP testing went pretty well for all concerned, with Fiat Yamaha’s pair of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi once again the top competitors in testing. Jorge Lorenzo’s morning session time of 1’56.171 seconds was the best for the day, just ahead of Rossi’s time of 1’56.747 seconds, which he achieved in the rain shortened afternoon session. Jorge Lorenzo is trying to recover his confidence after his second straight DNF while Valentino Rossi has been the steady, calm and under control through the first part of the MotoGP season. We’re coming to the part of the MotoGP season that’s going to determine the champion for 2010, and the racers, teams and fans can feel the excitement building. The racers are all feeling the physical strain of the competitions by this point in the season and many are nursing injuries that are a nagging reminder to each racer of how well they have done or not done this season.
Jorge Lorenzo has been the darling of both Ducati and Yamaha lately, fielding offers for a new contract with both, but he hasn’t stated what his plans are for next year and beyond. It’s expected that he will make an announcement sometime soon, maybe just before or after the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Lorenzo had actually considered a move to Honda machinery but decided recently to cut his choices down to staying with Yamaha or taking a chance with Ducati.
Rain was the main talk of the afternoon session as it put a hold on testing for awhile as they waited for the track to dry. Around six p.m. they were able to get the racers back onto the track to continue testing but nobody was able to best Jorge Lorenzo’s best time from the morning session. The top ten in day’s testing sessions was rounded out by Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso in third and fifth, while Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi squeezed in between them for fourth. Tony Elias had the sixth best time of the day, Vermeulen was seventh, Hayden eighth, Melandri ninth, and Kallio tenth.
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