New surface remains top Indianapolis debate among Moto GP riders

You'd think he'd be the last to raise any kind of a stink.

But with the knowlege of the particular of the machine to which he rides, Casey Stoner can find many a reason to find himself uncomfortable when navigating the 16-turn infield course.

"Very, very tight corners that you're not really pushing through any of them. You're kind of just rolling through some of the corners," said Stoner of the track. "So it doesn't give you a lot of enjoyment."

That's more the layout-there's a new issue that has arisen.

"The amount of dirt and dust that's on that circuit is quite amazing," remarked Stoner. "As soon as you go offline, it doesn't matter how fast you're going, it was very, very slippery."

Nevermind the fact that the Australian got around the track in record time on Saturday, breaking the record for qualifications by finshing one lap at 1:38.850 in Moto GP. Not to mention he is also the points leader for the series and looks like the dead on favorite to win the fourth Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday.

But in many ways Stoner is simply the top person reflecting the major issues that has been at hand during this Moto GP weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fresh off a new resurfacing over the summer, speedway officials believed the new surface could lend to faster speeds and better racing.

Instead, its kicked off a series of debates in which riders have been going both for an against it.

"Its been slowly improving, but I think we've kind of hit a plateau on the way the track is going to be," said American Ben Spies of the surface after qualifying second on Saturday. "We just have to see what the other riders do and see how the bikes react after 12, 13 laps with the tires.

"I think the race could be quite a bit different than qualifying."

The primary issue with the new surface was the lack of rubber that was on the track, which meant that the initial rides were very slippery and caused some issues with riders. That was somewhat to be expected considering that only a handful of machines had been on it since it was repaved.

Nicky Hayden, who tested the surface two weeks before the Moto GP arrived in Indianapolis, believes enough racing has occured during the past two days to improve conditions for the race.

"Now its so grippy that tire wear is a problem," said Hayden, who qualified eighth for Sunday's race. "We're wearing tires a lot, especially in the front. I went through a couple tires really quick this afternoon.

"Tomorrow should be interesting."

Fellow American rider Colin Edwards echoed those sentiments, saying that he expected a slick track early since it was so new and that its delivered since.

"Honestly every session its just gotten better and better, hats off to the Indianapolis crew, they've done a fantastic job repaving this thing," said Edwards of the track.

While Stoner might be on the opposite end of that argument, its not like he's gonna waste much time on it.

"We all have to race in the same conditions, and just because I don't like a circuit or I'm not really happy with the surface doesn't mean I'm going to let it affect me," said Stoner.

After all, its hasn't so far.

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