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The night before the race, BW and I rode our bikes
downtown.  Joy and Allison rode along with us.  Meridian
Street was closed to cars.  There was lots of traffic as we
putted around downtown trying to get parked on Meridian.  
We finally did and then went walking.  

Red Bull had a tent setup and a fenced off area for trick

We saw lots of cool bikes.  I was surprised we didn't see
any accidents with all the traffic.  There was a crowd of
twenty African-Americans standing around on one corner
and we saw a couple girls from the group spill out onto the
street as they got into a fight.  The crowd followed and
The Red Bull MotoGP
Grand Prix at Indianapolis
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Some guy painted this
mural and finished it as
I arrived.  
It says "100 Years"
as the first bike race at
IMS was 1909.  

While we both have bikes, Jerome went with
me today in my convertible.  $20 to park
directly across the street from our Stand J
seats.  Lots of people drive their bikes to the
We got to our seats in time to see the start of
the  250cc race.
Before the race ended, we hiked over to the
infield and watched the last few laps on the
infield straight.
We wandered around the displays in the infield
while we waited for the MotoGP race.  

Most of the bike manufacturers where there
with displays of their latest bikes and customs.
D.R. overslept and missed the first race, but
showed up and met us by the Honda tent.  

Honda has a new chopper called the Fury.  I
didn't take a photo of it though.
We went and sat in the Tower Terrace for the
start of the MotoGP race.
Mary Hulman George -

"Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!"
Warm-up Lap
And they're off!

After we watched them go around, we walked
back down to the sidewalk, by the fence.

Nothing is cooler at any race than spending
some time on the main straight, as close as
you can get.  These guys zoomed by so fast
(and LOUD) that it was unbelievable!!!
We left the Tower Terrace and headed to
the viewing hills in the infield.
D.R. had to pose
This foot bridge gets people across
the track.

The next photo was taken when I'd
reached the top.
another girl came out and kicked the girl that was
down and some guy pulled her away.  The light
changed and some mad motorist move into the
intersection and started honking which caused the
nearest baggy-pants boy to grab his crotch and
make some obscene
motions toward the
car.  Then the fight was
over and the people
retook the sidewalk.

[update: found out in
the next day's paper
that some kids in a car
crossed the median on
the way home from
downtown, hit a truck
and a 17 y/o boy died.  
Freakin' sad.  I
remember spinning out
across the median on
that same spot when I
was around 21.  Lucky
for me, no cars were
Miss America sang the national anthem.
MotoGP has grid girls just like in
Formula One.
Awaiting the starting signal....
The viewing hills were full.
It was a nice day!  

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won the race.

Traffic was a little slow getting out
of the town of Speedway Indiana.

You can read the news about the race