Unfortunately, MotoGP's debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend could be a wet one, with showers (and possibly thunderstorms) currently predicted for all three days of the event.
The only previous MotoGP track time at the new Indianapolis road circuit was a two-day tyre test held in dry conditions in July.
"It is like three tracks in one with the new MotoGP section from turns 1-4, the old Formula One course, and the traditional Indy course, including the main straight," said Tohru Ubukata, Bridgestone Motorsport's manager of Race Tyre Development. "Because of this, there are different types of asphalt over the lap from very smooth to abrasive, so our tyres will have to cope with all variations."
Full time MotoGP riders were not allowed to take part in the test, although AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies, who has a wild-card seat with Rizla Suzuki this weekend, was present.
Unlike the four-wheel events which have made Indianapolis famous, the MotoGP race will go ahead wet or dry.