First of all let me apologize for the lack of daily updates as promised. For reasons I won’t dive into it just didn’t happen.
First off, the weather was the best it’s been for this event as far as the weekend as a whole. As Friday practice got underway the riders found a dirty surface that offered little traction in the FP1 sessions as heavy rains had moved through the area the previous evening. Casey Stoner, Pol Espargaro and Danny Kent adapted best to the tricky conditions to lead their respective sessions.
Saturday brought more great weather. In the afternoon qualifying sessions Sandro Cortese took the top spot in Moto3 while Pol Espargaro bested the rest of the Moto2 field. MotoGP qualifying was the most eventful of the sessions which saw three huge crashes, first for Casey Stoner followed by Ben Spies (on what was probably a pole lap) and lastly Nicky Hayden who was knocked unconscious for a brief time. All of these crashes happened in the same part of the track and only intensified some rider complaints about the track surface. Unfortunately Hayden’s injuries ruled him out of the race on Sunday due to a broken hand and concussion. Dani Pedrosa held off Jorge Lorenzo for pole with Andrea Dovisioso taking the final spot on the front row. Despite his misfortune Ben Spies best time prior to his crash still managed to secure him the fourth spot on the grid.
Race day was once again mild and sunny. The first race of the day turned out to be the best. The Moto3 race came down to a three man battle that saw Luis Salom stalk the leaders until the last lap when Maverick Vinales and Sandro Cortese got caught up racing each other hard for the lead allowing Salom to sneak up the inside of both to take his first GP win. Vinales crashed thus seriously hurting his championship hopes of catching Cortese for the title.
The Moto2 race saw Marc Marquez come from several spots back during the opening laps to take the lead and immediately set sail from the rest of the field. Pol Espargaro finished 2nd with Julian Simon rounding out the podium.
As the MotoGP race got underway Dani Pedrosa pulled the whole-shot but by turn two Ben Spies made the pass for the lead much to the delight of the partisan American crowd. A few laps later Pedrosa moved back into the lead while Spies looked to be in good shape until his engine expired in a huge plume of smoke down the front straight away. This left Pedrosa with a comfortable lead that Jorge Lorenzo was never able to close in on. The battle for the final podium spot was a case of Dovisioso wearing down Casey Stoner as the Australian was bravely riding with a seriously injured ankle from his ugly qualifying crash from the previous day. Pedrosa became the first two-time winner in the MotoGP class at the Brickyard with Lorenzo and Dovi rounding out the podium. Although the racing at Indy has for the most part not been that close since the event began in 2008 there’s something about the facility and the city that makes for a great weekend for fans and competitors alike.