Moto GP Motorcycle Racing 101, Circa April 2008

In 2006 Nicky Hayden, riding for Honda, won the World Moto GP championship. In 2007, Casey Stoner, riding for Ducati, took the crown. Both of these guys are in the process of becoming world famous rock star types. Thus far this year, after 3 races, Jorge Lorenzo, riding for Yamaha, and Dani Pedrosa, riding for Honda, share the point lead. Stoner, riding again for Ducati, won the season opener in beautiful Qatar. 3 weeks later, Pedrosa won in Spain. On April 20, Lorenzo won in Portugal, putting him in a tie with Pedrosa for the world title, with most of the season yet to go. Event #4 is this week in Shanghai. (Just what that country needs at this precise moment in time. C’est la guerre.)

There are 19 races worldwide in 2008, including Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on July 20 and Indianapolis on September 14. Monterey is race #11, and Indianapolis is #14 of the season.

Around 250,000 people have attended at Laguna Seca each year since its inception in 2005. Indianapolis could easily see 300,000 for its inaugural race. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce, approximately 1.8 million motorcycles are registered within an easy day’s ride of Indianapolis. They are geeked about this race. If only one out of twelve attends, roughly 8%, there’s your 150,000 motorcycles in Indianapolis for the weekend.

Amazing. Can’t wait. It’s going to be epic.

2008 Moto GP International Schedule

………Event……………………………………..Winner

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March 9 Losail Qatar…………………………..Stoner

March 30 Jerez Spain………………………….Pedrosa

April 20 Estoril Portugal………………………Lorenzo

May 4 China Shanghai…………………………Rossi

May 18 Le Mans France

June 1 Mugello Italy

June 8 Catalunya Catalunya

June 22 Donington Great Britain

June 28 Assen Holland

July 13 Sachsenring Germany

July 20 Laguna Seca USA

August 17 Brno Czech Republic

August 31 Misano San Marino & Riviera di Rimini?

September 14 Indianapolis USA

September 28 Phillip Island Australia

October 5 Motegi Japan

October 19 Sepang Malaysia

October 28 Estoril Portugal

November 2 Ricardo Torma Valencia

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