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Bianchi crash casts pall over Sochi

The paddock at the Sochi Autodrom is not a happy place. Drivers' thoughts, reports ALAN BALDWIN, are more on fellow driver Jules Bianchi's condition than Friday's practice sessions.

Lorenzo to close gap at Indy?

2011-08-26 15:54

PLAYING CATCH-UP: Jorge Lorenzo hopes he'll be able to reel in Casey Stoner at the US motoGP on August 28.

 
World motorcycling champion Jorge Lorenzo hopes to make up lost ground as MotoGP heads to the US for the second time in 2011.

Lorenzo is 32 points behind leader Casey Stoner as MotoGP returns to the USA for the season's 12th race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Indy is a track I really enjoy. I treasure wonderful moments like the podiums in 2008 and 2010 and my victory in 2009 wearing my Captain America's helmet," said Lorenzo.

"I am now in good shape and am ready to regain the ground we lost in Brno, where a mistake put distance between Casey and I.

2010 RACE MARRED BY DEATH

The Indianapolis Grand Prix will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has a specially built 16-turn motorcycle circuit that includes part of the IndyCar oval.

Dani Pedrosa won the 2010 race when he held off a fierce challenge from Ben Spies in a weekend that was marred by the death of a 13-year-old rider.

Peter Lenz, who was competing in the US Grand Prix Racers Union junior event, died after falling off his bike during a warmup lap and before being struck by a 12-year-old racer who was not hurt.

It was the first death at the Indy track since IndyCar driver Tony Renna was killed in 2003.

NEW SURFACE

Sweltering conditions during the 2010 race raised grip issues, so in an attempt to make the track safer organizers put down a new surface.

Stoner, who finished second in the 2010 race, comes into Indianapolis on the back of a win in Brno and has six wins in 11 starts.

Spies also had a good feeling heading into race after he grabbed pole position and then placed second behind Pedrosa in 2010.

"I've been looking forward to this race all year. It was pretty crazy last year as a rookie to take pole and a second in the race. We're going to put on a good show for all the home fans and see what we can do," Spies said.

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