Among the current pilots, the most suitable to inaugurate the Indianapolis track, which will host the Red Bull Indianapolis GP of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship, was Nicky Hayden. Born in Kentucky, America’s national pride who has earned his first premier league title in 2006 didn’t wanted to miss the opportunity of being the first to cross the gates of the new Indy dedicated to MotoGP and so it didn’t.
Even more, he has done it in the true American early style wearing a leather helmet, aviator glasses and riding a wonderful Indian made in 1909. It so proved its respect for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and had a damn good time, as the pictures attached show us.
The MotoGP star has made some laps along the 2620 miles and 16 curves of the renewed American circuit, the first on an Indian who ran in the first race back in 1909, and afterwards on a 2008 Honda CBR1000RR.
Let’s see what he has to say:
"It was something unique for me as well as an honor to be the first guy to put feet on the new circuit of this mythical Speedway. It has been particularry exciting to be in it. "
"I want to give my contribution to ensure that this match will be a great succes. MotoGP and Road Racing in general, are a wonderful sport, and it is a great oportunity for us to be able to show people. There are a lot of racing fans, but also to sport, in this area, and I am sure that they show a form of motorsport that comes from the usual patterns USA will be a great oportunity for this sport."