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MotoGP drivers hoping for better weather this year

If it rains at the track Friday afternoon, it won't pose too much of a problem. The real issue would be the hurricane-like conditions drivers ran into during last year's race.
/ Source: WTHR-TV

Indianapolis - Riders are gearing up for this Sunday's MotoGP. It's already drawing thousands of fans to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, many from out of town.

If it rains at the track Friday afternoon, it won't pose too much of a problem. The real issue would be the hurricane-like conditions drivers ran into during last year's race.

Motorcycles hit the track at 12:45 pm. Qualifying will be held Saturday.

Earlier Friday, hundreds of fans got to walk through the pits and check out the garages and motorcycles up close.

American rider Colin Edwards from Houston, Texas signed some autographs. Valentino Rossi comes back to Indianapolis as well. "The Doctor," who is defending champ at Indy, is closing in on another world championship. Rossi looks for a more competitive race with better weather for Sunday.

"For sure if Sunday has good weather, all the people, all the crowds will see another type of show. This track is great, especially because the surface has an incredible grip," Rossi said.

"To drive here just three and a half hours it's just too easy," said Nicky Hayden, another MotoGP rider. "I love being in Europe at the atmosphere there. But you know, with traveling and stuff I just forget how easy it is to drive up. But yeah, obviously I'm looking forward to the weekend. I like the track and I like the place and being in front of my home crowd is always worth a little something."