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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Going to Indy motoGP?

I plan on riding down to Indy this August and I'm a noob to motoGP in every sense of the word. I've never been to a race and I'm assuming plenty of you guys have. Anything I should make sure I don't miss? Type of ticket to buy? I heard there's a specific ticket type that lets do a lap on the track? I'm thinking to get the three day general admission and camp while there. If anybody else will be there that weekend and wants to ride down let me know.
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Go to the Indy mile race too. Get to see all the Moto GP riders hanging out in person. Plus it's awesome. Book your hotel now. You'll be walking a lot, so I wouldn't be too concerned about specific seats. Others may have a better idea where to sit.
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We got general admission for race day a couple years back and sat right across from the museum up at the very top. We could see the guys make the first turn off the straight, then the sweeping right in front of the scoreboard and the left to get back onto the oval and then disappear into the infield. Got to see some good passes around the big righthander.

As it is with all sports today, your best view is on a TV screen. You always get the details and get to see everything, including replays. I will say that no TV is able to give you that full effect of the angry swarm of bees that are motoGP bikes. It's a wonderful sound that makes it worth going.

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I just watched that documentary "Fastest" and now I'm kinda hooked.

Has anyone camped there? Or done the lap?
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I've done the lap 2 years running. Twice both years actually.

Its a cool view, and if your CR type guy is good, he'll let you rip it up a bit. They say the speed limit is 30, but i saw 100 on one of the laps. If not, its kinda lame, but still cool to see all of the seats, etc like the GP guys would.

We just kinda sat wherever we wanted to be honest. It's not usually particularly full there.

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Going to Indy motoGP?

Interested in going to. Never been
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Going to Indy motoGP?

I'm going to try and go this year if I can get off work.


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Its a good time. Book the hotel now (anywhere within 10 miles is fine, but closer to downtown is best).

Bring comfortable shoes; there is a LOT of walking. General Admission is cool, but if you want top flight views, expect to pay $175 for the best seats.
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I'm only going on my personal experience and opinion. I had a terrible experience at the first Indy Moto GP and have not been back since. I would rather get my road race jones filled by the AMA Pro races and the AHRMA Vintage races at Road America and The mile at Springfield is FAR SUPEIOR to watching the tops of helmets flash by over the fence at the Indy mile.
HOWEVER...I do understand that MotoGP has a draw to it all it's own and that the best in the world will be racing in MotoGP................That's why I've decided I'm going to try to go to Austin Texas to check out the new track and MotoGP round there in April.
I hope anyone that goes to Indy has a better experience than I had but I still say even if you DO go to Indy, do the at least one of Springfield miles as well...At the Indy Mile you'll hear some great racing...at Springfield you'll see the best motorcycle racing you'll ever see anywhere!

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I typically do a day trip from Chicago and go down and up the same day. Lawn tickets FTW! Ping me closer to the event... I've gone almost every year... Yeah I know I can watch it on TV but hearing those bike rev at 19K RPM and the atmosphere is something else. At least go once is what I'd say.

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Last year was a blast and the weather was perfect (compared to the first year I went). Also went to the Indy mile and that was off the hook. My first dirt track race did not dissapoint.
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I'll be going for sure...
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If you haven't gone, go. This will be the last year at Indy (the contract ends after 2014 and Indy has the option to skip 2014).

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I've got my fingers crossed for next year. I'm having spinal fusion surgery and there's no way I'll make it this time round.
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