Ahead of this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Price race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a pair of Hondas went head to head in a one-lap race, displaying two different types of open-wheel racing. MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa and his Repsol Honda took on Marco Andretti in his Honda-powered Indy car, and the good news is that no IndyCars were flipped in the making of this video.

In the orange corner, wearing two wheels and weighing in at just about 350 pounds, Pedrosa’s Honda RC213V is powered by a 1,000 cc V-4 rated at 240 horsepower. In the yellow-and-blue corner, wearing four wheels and weighing in at less than 1,600 pounds, Andretti’s IndyCar uses a turbocharged Honda 2.2-liter V-6 pumping out close to 700 horsepower.

The “race” was obviously staged purely for show, but Andretti sells it well by sliding his car through the S-curves of Indy’s rain-soaked road course. It would have been nice to see both vehicles really go all out to see which is faster around the 2.6-mile, 16-turn course, though.

Still, it is still incredibly entertaining to watch the juxtaposition of the two totally different race vehicles on the track at the same time. Being a promo for the MotoGP event, the result is no surprise, but you’ll have to watch it to find out for yourself.


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