SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) – Tim Agars and his wife were fueled-up and Speedway-bound Sunday morning.
“We took three days to get here,” he said as he put his helmet on for the last leg of his trip to 16th Street and Georgetown Road. The two were here for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP
“Moto GP,” he said proudly. “Best riders in the world. Best bikes in the world. I haven’t gotten to see them before so this is a first for me.”
Local hotels downtown were booked Saturday night as motorcycle racing fans descended on the circle city for Sunday’s race.
“Watching the guys get down and dirty on the track. That’s unbelievable!” said racing fan Ken Ford.
The events surrounding the race itself were back this year to attract the whole family – including the “Moto Midway” with the IMS kids zone and a chance for young ones like little 2-year-old Lucas to ride a motorcycle for the first time..
“We love it!” said his mom, Stephanie. “It’s awesome. it really gets them interested in the sport and its fun.”
And new this year was something for both fans and racers: a new track surface that was originally improved in time for the Grand Prix race in May. It meant five reconfigured turns for the GP race and quicker times. Track officials have been working on ways to increase attendance.
“The track improvements and the crowd have been phenomenal,” said Danny Walker of Colorado.
Moto G-P’s stay in Speedway isn’t a guarantee but it’s something president Doug Boles has said is worth the investment. The reconfigured course cost $5-million.