Cal Crutchlow powers his bike at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Major revisions to the infield road course are central to the future of the MotoGP race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Talks were being held in advance of Sunday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix for a contract extension, with the often-criticized infield layout at the Brickyard a central issue.
Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi and British star Cal Crutchlow echoed the thoughts of leading riders after qualifying for the 27-lap race.
Spanish young gun Marc Marquez, riding for the Repsol Honda team, took pole position with a record lap for the 4.2-kilometer Indy track.
Marquez’s time of 1:37.958 was almost one second faster than the previous pole record held by his teammate, Dani Pedrosa.
But lap times could be dramatically faster next if the Indy GP, with track changes, is confirmed on the MotoGP calendar.
Rossi confirmed that IMS wants to continue with the premier-class MotoGP event but is insistent that complete resurface of the road course is essential.
The issue was raised by riders at Friday evening’s Safety Commission meeting at the Brickyard.
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