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Hayden to open new Indy track

America's World Champ to get first laps of the new GP circuit.

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 19, 2008
The 2006 MotoGP champion, Nicky Hayden, will open the new MotoGP track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway riding a restored 1909 Indian motorcycle.

The Repsol Honda team racer will be the first to take a lap of the new track on April 7. The 16-turn, 2.6-mile circuit, which includes part of the famous IMS oval, is the newest stop on the MotoGP series, hosting the inaugural Indianapolis MotoGP on Sept. 14.

In a nod to the storied history of Indy, Hayden will be riding a restored Indian motorcycle that competed in the first motorized race at IMS on Aug. 14, 1909. Following the opening lap, Hayden will switch to a Honda production bike for a few more laps at the Brickyard.

Kentucky native Hayden is one of three Americans competing in the MotoGP this season. The Indianapolis Grand Prix will be the second US stop on the MotoGP series, joining the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca which debuted last year.

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