Ron LiebackAllAboutBikes Staff Writer
On August 30, you’ll be able to get within distance of Valentino Rossi’s dominating YZR-M1 at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). But besides us two-wheeled racing fans celebrating the second year of another stateside MotoGP event besides Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, IMS is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Although IMS’s heritage is based around automobiles, its history begins with motorcycles. The first motorsport event ever held at the facility in 1909 consisted of seven motorcycle races, sanctioned by the Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM). This was originally planned as a two-day, 15-race program, but ended before the first day was completed, due to concerns over the suitability of the track surface for motorcycle use. Remember, back then Indiana had no paved streets, and the lack of experience with track surfaces led to the laying of somewhat inadequate riding material.
Olaf WolffAllAboutBikes Staff Writer
Does an older brother relentlessly out muscling his younger siblings for the last flaky dinner biscuit inspire them to move quicker? Will family competition for mom and dad’s pat-on-the-helmet produce faster lap times? Beats me. All I can say for certain, and statistics are with me on this, is that keeping it all in the family creates a fertile environment for growing Superbike champions.
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