2010 Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

Classic Scene

| January/February 2011

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    The start of the Moto2 race, the 600cc support class for MotoGP.
    Photo by Vicki Smith
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    Photo by Vicki Smith
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    The museum is must see.
    Photo by Vicki Smith
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    A Ducati Cucciolo, fresh from an Italian swap meet.
    Photo by Vicki Smith
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    About 75 vehicles are on display at the Hall of Fame museum, including an exhibit of several vintage Indians.
    Photo by Vicki Smith
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    The evening scene in downtown Indianapolis on Meridian Street.
    Photo by Vicki Smith
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    The museum’s three-wheeled, single-cylinder 1897 Bollée.
    Photo by Vicki Smith
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    American MotoGP racer Nicky Hayden aboard his 200hp-plus 799cc Ducati Desmosedici GP10.
    Photo by Vicki Smith

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Most people think the racing at Indianapolis is all about cars, but they’re wrong, as it all started with bikes.

When MotoGP came to Indy, it was a return to a tradition that went back to 1909, when motorcycles were the first machines to race on the bricks. Now, 102 years later, the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP is an international scene with four days of motorcycle events that range from GPs to flat track racing, and it’s that diversity that draws bikes of every style, brand and vintage. The result is a unique scene where you’ll find vintage bikes kickstand to kickstand with the new ones.

View the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP Photo Gallery 

There’s plenty to do all day and well into the night, as this professional race town knows how to keep gearheads smiling, like renaming the streets after racers, including the old time greats. Where else could you find yourself on the corner of Valentino Rossi and Kenny Roberts?



Must do’s include checking out the Hall of Fame Museum and its section devoted to motorcycles. There’s the nightly downtown gathering on Meridian, where from Thursday night on it is two wheels only. Saturday night is the flat track racing; don’t be surprised if you bump into Nicky Hayden or Valentino Rossi in the paddock there, and that’s all before the big GP races on Sunday.

The classic Ducati scene is strong here. Old Italian beauties roll in from far and wide. The special section for rarely seen bikes on Ducati Island fills up early, and at the Ducati Club hotel you’ll find a 1940s Cucciolo and a 1950s 125 Sport in the hotel lobby and the front entrance ringed by a host of historic singles and twins.



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