Taking a two-day testing session at The Brickyard, American riders Roger Lee Hayden, Jason DiSalvo, Kenny Noyes, Robertino Pietri (US Resident) had an opportunity to lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the Moto2 race held during the Indy GP this coming weekend. The first riders to take to the 2.6 mile, 16 corner course since MotoGP visited The Brickyard last year, the four riders were given 90 minutes each day to setup and practice for Sunday’s race.
Roger Lee Hayden lead the testing sessions, finishing with an unofficial 1’47.600 as his best lap time for the two days on his American Honda sponsored Moriwaki MD600. This session was the third practice the team has had since forming earlier this year. Hayden is piloting the one-off GP campaign by American, which is getting support from Honda racing experts Erion Racing, and being lead by Kevin Schwantz. The opportunity has lead Schwantz to consider getting involved again with motorcycle racing at a managerial level.
For Jason DiSalvo this was the second test the American has had on the GP Tech FTR M210 Moto2 race bike. DiSalvo has been without a ride this year, after quitting the Parkingo Triumph World Supersport team. For his efforts DiSalvo booked an unofficial best time of 1’48.200, with AMA Pro Racing technical director Al Ludington serving as DiSalvo’s crew chief…yes, that Al Ludington.
Spanish-born American Kenny Noyes showed good pace at the testing session, using a borrowed Kawasaki ZX-6R from Gene Burcham. Noyes lapped a best time of 1’51 on the superstock-spec race bike with Dunlop N-Tec tires. For Sunday’s race, Noyes & Company are looking for times in the 1’46’s.
Venezuelan & US Resident Robertino Pietri rounded out the testing group, and was at the testing sessions with no support staff. Leasing a GSX-600R from a local racer, Pietri took the most laps out of all the riders, learning The Brickyard circuit. With all the riders battling with the dirty infield, Pietri finished with a lap time of 1’55.
Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Photo: Chris Jones