For 2014, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has reconfigured its infield track for its hosting of the Indianapolis GP for the MotoGP Championship — this much you should already know. I won’t rehash details, but the three-bullet primer to the changes afoot is that the track is slightly longer, has improved passing zones in three reworked areas (highlighted in yellow), and will be made of one consistent asphalt layer.

To the casual eye, the infield course at IMS looks pretty much the same, and for the most part it is; however, at the T2-T3-T4, T7-T8, & T15-T16 turn complexes, the track has been made to flow better for passing, and to improve rider safety (these turns were the main crash zones in previous Indy Grand Prix).

Still run counter-clockwise, opposite of the infield IndyCar course that runs a slightly different 14-turn configuration, the hope is that this new track layout (built with input from Dorna and GP riders) will be the final configuration change for Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield.

Indy has been quick to tell us though that if the new layout needs further adjustments or reworking, that effort will be considered and possibly undertaken, but we shouldn’t hold our breath for a ground-up redesign of the infield course. With one consistent type of asphalt throughout the infield though, MotoGP riders should be pretty pleased when they come to Indy next year.

Source: IMS

  • Gabe

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Arguably, this track cost Stoner a second championship with HRC. And up until this year, the racing has been blah in the top class.

    I remember corners where a lot of riders lose it, and also, a couple of missing knee pucks. I hope the Nascar fans enjoy the noise from the Pagoda though. When people talk about the fan experience…I am imagining that’s what they talk about.

    Laguna 4 ever

  • JoeD

    Still boring and definitely not the Belle of the Ball. Carolina Motorsports Park spanks Indy with layout. Barber would be better still. Austin. Miller. Shoot, my neighborhood has better flow. At least it gives the boys something to do on weekends.

  • Wolf

    Kudos for the effort.
    But not at all one of the stand out tracks.
    Leave it for Nascar etc.
    ps: Stoner cost Stoner the championship. He needs no help blaming anyone or anything for his loss. He does that fine alllll by himself.

  • Chaz Michael Michaels

    Indy is like Daytona–jigger it around all you like, the best it will ever be is below average. Long live Laguna!

    For the record: Marquez cost Stoner the championship…no wait, it wasn’t him… I mean, Lorenzo did…maybe Rossi did…no it was Dorna’s fault….

  • sideswipeasaurus

    I still say they truck that mountain of dirt in from CA and rebuild Laguna on the Indy infield.
    Just imagine: Laguna Seca at IMS. It would be a hit. Indy loves and supports motorsports gets an iconic track and the residents of the Monterrey CA hillsides gets to go back to their wine & cheese tastings in peace.

  • smiler

    Stop racing at a brilliant track, in a state that has many racing heros and put it on an amateur looking , frankly dull track in the middle of nowhere, with no tradition of creating international motorcycling racers.

    Did Dorna receive much money for this change?


  • kevin

    WOW! A state gives $100 million to a failed businessman in order to save his sorry ass and he keeps the golf course and tweeks a couple corners. F*&King brilliant. I like the Indy redo better than what they are offering MGP. I guess when you’re broke, like Dorna, looking for money from anywhere what you do is walk away from a legendary Motorcycle track and hunker down with a failure in a rusty old ghetto of Indianapolis. Speaking of rusy old ghettos, I wonder how much of that $100 million has to be spent outside the track facilities. Let’s hope at least $80 million of it.

    I won’t give props to Monterey for the jacked up prices and claims of non profit but then triple the cost for an event is what happens everywhere those of us who travel the series go. So Laguna, pound that chest about what a great location in the middle of an uber rich zip code your track is in and like Aspen, workers will be bused in from nearby towns and no one will show up because the audience isn’t the uber rich. Brilliant all around I’d say.

    So, those of us here in the U.S. who get a portion of the bikes Europe and the world get, will suffer thru another downfall in racing as it pertains to where the market is and we now have a track in Texas where other riders go to visit a few days for reason’s other than riding and Indy where a storied history of better days gone by for car racing is the best Dorna can do. Broke and getting broker all around.

    I guess Cali is only for the wintering of MotoGP riders who get sunny, warm weather, winter training and some surf in the deal.

  • I’ll take Indy any day! They like motorcyclists there. Great facility, you can sit right across the start-finish line in covered bleachers no additional expense, jumbo-trons every where, clean flush toilets every where, loud speakers every where. I have not missed a Moto GP in the USA. Laguna Seca is home to the most obnoxious coastal elites who are doing you a favor by letting you in. Circuit Of The Americas is cold and indifferent-good track once you’re past the hassles though.And a personal thanks to the volunteers who man the shuttles that haul my 72 year old self where ever I want to go!

  • crshnbrn

    @ sideswipeasaurus

    There is no need to truck dirt all of the way from CA. Just dig another pond on the golf course, or make an existing pond a little bigger. I would like to see a little elevation change somewhere between turns 7 and 12.

  • Norm G.

    re: “I’ll take Indy any day! They like motorcyclists there. Great facility, you can sit right across the start-finish line in covered bleachers no additional expense, jumbo-trons every where, clean flush toilets every where, loud speakers every where. I have not missed a Moto GP in the USA.”

    ground control to major tom, you’ve really made the grade…!!!

  • JD

    I got a new girlfriend shes hot and brilliant and hot..

    I like the story of how the corkscrew was made. After another great sunny mild day of bulldozing, the operators cut a path straight down the hill so they could get to their beer faster. They also got yelled at from the bosses. Goes to show some things have to develop in order to expose its greater purpose which may not be obvious in the beginning. Laguna is an awesome track but to be honest the best seat is on the couch. I remember when the chain link fence was free of banners and you could see the bikes and sidecars. I only see tips of helmets fly by. And the High school bleachers at the S/F line crack me up. Cant wait to go to Texas next year to “watch” and experience the race.

    did i mention my new girlfriend? Shes hot and smart and shes hot

  • Norm G.

    re: “Cant wait to go to Texas next year to “watch” and experience the race. ”

    and sell my soul to the devil.

  • jet

    I like but indy can kiss my ass until LAGUNA comes back….

  • Donny Elkins

    Laguna used to be a great place to go, and a group of us from NM used to plan our vacations around WSB and/or MotoGP each year. That ended with the traffic nightmares, the gouging by the local motels, and the overzealous law enforcement.

  • crshnbrn


    Truth be told, the best place to watch any sporting event is the couch, with the action captured from different angles and recorded for replays. But you go to the event for the experience. Events are more fun to watch when the crowds are large, but when an event you would normally watch from the couch comes to your neck of the woods, it is your turn to be a member of the crowd. I missed Indy for the first time this year, but I intend to be a member of the crowd again next year.

    One thing about Indy, they know how to handle motorcycle parking.