Resurfacing of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been completed, well ahead of this year's MotoGP event on August 26-28.
Crews repaved 1.5 miles of the circuit from Turn 5 through Turn 16.
The existing asphalt was ground and then repaved with fresh asphalt to create a surface consistent with the other sections of the course.
"It's always great when the track is investing and making the surface better for the riders," said American MotoGP star Ben Spies. "I'm much happier that it's been repaved, and I'm very much appreciative of Indy doing that. It will make it a little more consistent for us riders."
FIM Road Racing Commission President Claude Danis praised the new asphalt.
"It looks very, very good," Danis said. "I see a very big improvement compared to years before. The track is fast, and the grip looks good. I'm very happy with the work they did."
The resurfacing is a clear sign that Indianapolis intends to keep MotoGP beyond the end of its present contract, which expires after this year's event.
Turns 1 to 4 of the 2.621-mile circuit were created in 2008 for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP and were not repaved.