MotoGP Takes the Riders Back to the States

The MotoGP riders will be continuing their battle stateside at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP this weekend for round twelve. But this race promises to be an interesting one beyond just the intense battles for championship positions.

If you tuned in to the race last year, you must remember the unusual heat that plagued the racers and the track on race day. With degrees hitting fifty degrees over qualifying, even the best of bike set ups had a hard time getting a good contact with the track. And let's face it, Indianapolis already had a rough enough track surface. Riders are relieved to find out that they'll be returning to Indianapolis to race on a newly resurfaced track this weekend.

With the conditions of the track having been updated, there's no doubt that the battle for championship positions will continue this weekend at full throttle. The last race at the Brno circuit saw champion title holder Jorge Lorenzo hand over a few more points to leader Casey Stoner who won the race comfortably after pole position holder Dani Perdrosa crashed out early on. Lorenzo won the title last year with amazing grace but is finding his recent results to be less than gratifying. And fans are finding his lack of first place celebration shenanigans to be disappointing. Instead, Casey is becoming more and more comfortable as the leader in points as the gap continues to grow.

This weekend, Lorenzo will try to put the disappointment of last weekend behind him and try to steal a few points back from Casey. But with confidence on Casey's side, it won't be an easy task. Plus Lorenzo will be needing to watch his back as Andrea Dovizioso continues to give consistency that landed him in second last race; cutting down on the gap between the two riders in standings. But, while Dovizioso has always snagged a top five finish at Indianapolis, the rider has never stood on the podium there. Dovizioso will need to stand where he has never before stood in order to continue to gain on Lorenzo and keep Pedrosa and now Rossi off of his back.

Pedrosa had looked to have promise last weekend after securing his first pole position of the season and easily taking the lead at the beginning of the race. That promise was extremely short lived, however, when Pedrosa took a dive and crashed out of the race after only three measly laps. His inability to score points allowed for Valentino Rossi to jump up above him in the standings after placing sixth in the race. Now, Pedrosa will need to get back on the proverbial horse in order to take back the points standing.

While sixth place may have been a lackluster performance from Rossi and his seemingly cursed Ducati compared to his nine championship titles, the race did show to be an improvement for the Italian who managed to close the gap between him and Stoner to thirteen seconds rather than the thirty second gap from the previous race. And after a long test day on the Monday following the race at Brno, Rossi is hoping to show that the improvement was not a fluke.

But Ben Spies isn't too far off in points and took home fifth place from Brno, just above Rossi and Nicky Hayden right on his rear tire, with the hometown advantage at Indianapolis, both Spies and Hayden will put up a serious fight to continue to keep Rossi from climbing back up the ranks.

Last weekend also proved to be a huge win for Marco Simoncelli who stood on the podium for the first time during his premier racing career. While the rider is only eighth in the series standings, the Italian will surely be pumped full of confidence this weekend at Indianapolis.

Everyone is surely looking forward to the races once again hitting U.S. soil and taking place at the world's largest sporting venue. With just over a quarter of a million permanent seats that rarely ever go empty, this event promises to be massive. And, as if having a MotoGP race stacked up isn't enough, the EnduroCross Championship will be joining in on the fun on Friday night for the second round of the series. With the X Games having kicked off the season, EnduroCross has already proven to be an intense season.

The weekend promises to be a exciting and interesting one with nothing lacking. Polish up on the MotoGP Riders and the EnduroCross Riders and check out's MotoGP gear.

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