The MotoGP World Championship is in Indianapolis this week for the eighth annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This represents the 10th round in the MotoGP season, with the last race, the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland in Germany, having been won by Marc Marquez.
Marquez also won last year’s Indy GP.
Here’s a look at some of the storylines entering Sunday’s race.
- Two-time defending world champion Marc Marquez has won four years in a row at IMS – in Moto2 in 2011 and 2012 and MotoGP in 2013 and 2014. With his MotoGP win at IMS last year, Marquez tied Australian legend Mick Doohan for the most consecutive wins (10) in a season in the modern era. He started on the pole the following week on his Repsol Honda at Brno, Czech Republic, but his streak ended when he finished fourth as Dani Pedrosa won the race. Marquez enters this weekend’s action at IMS in fourth place in the MotoGP standings.
- Italian legend Valentino Rossi, a nine-time world champion and winner of the inaugural
Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2008, has enjoyed an amazing season on his Movistar Yamaha, entering this week’s race as the points leader. Rossi, who finished second in the 2014 standings to Marquez, has been on the podium in each round this year with wins in Qatar, Argentina and Assen. Rossi will be looking for his second win at Indianapolis.
- Two-time world champion and 2009 Indianapolis winner Jorge Lorenzo of Spain enters this week’s action in second place in the MotoGP standings, trailing his teammate Rossi by 13 points. Earlier this year, Lorenzo won in front of his home crowd in Jerez, which was followed up by triumphs in Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona.
- Spain’s Dani Pedrosa, Marquez’s teammate with Repsol Honda, is the only other returning rider who has won the MotoGP race at Indianapolis (2010 and 2012). Pedrosa missed three races earlier this season due to injury, but reemerged to step on the podium with a third-place finish in front of his home crowd in Catalunya, and finished as the runner-up at Sachsenring. Pedrosa is in seventh place in the 2015 MotoGP standings.