For the always-fun cultural event preceding the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted a baseball clinic at Victory Field in downtown Indy. Last year, it was football at Lucas Oil Stadium. This year, eleven MotoGP racers learned the basics of hitting, catching and throwing. Watch the vid and scroll thru the following pics for more!

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Custom Indianapolis Indians jerseys and hats awaited each rider.

Doesn’t sound too complicated does it? Throw, catch, hit. Only Ben Spies, the American rider, had played organized baseball as a kid. For the rest of the riders, the term “choke up” wasn’t a familiar suggestion for holding a bat properly.

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Andrea Iannone, Ben Spies, and Marc Marquez.

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Rowdie rocks.

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Dudes! On yer toes! These guys were sharing shortstop duties.

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Former professional ballplayers Dallas Williams, Alex Graman, Mike Farrell and Dustin Glant helped shed light on body positioning and mechanics. They also wisely and considerately advised their pupils that they should keep their minds on what they’re in town for: the race on Sunday. “Don’t get hurt.”

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Thankfully, no one was hit with a bat during the event (or a baseball for that matter).

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

That’s a pretty good “I’m-about-to-hit-a-baseball” face for a European fella.

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Keep those “elbowz” up. Ben had a smooth swing and great follow-through.

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Dani Pedrosa’s dramatic leap for the ball. He may or may not have caught it.

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

LeeAnne Looney, IMS Brand Manager for Red Bull Indianapolis GP, stands on deck holding an air bat.

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

No joke: Before Dani swung the bat, he pointed to the outfield fence like Babe Ruth. He was a good sport and all-smiles.

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Stefan Bradl juggled this baseball quite a few times. Let’s see those American baseball players do that. :)

 

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Thankfully there were enough gloves in the lost n’ found for all the players to use.

 

Riders included 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Dani Pedrosa, 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Ben Spies, Moto2 points leader Marc Marquez and Moto3 points leader Sandro Cortese. Other participating riders were MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, Moto2′s Pol Espargaro, Andrea Iannone, Scott Redding, and Moto3′s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Luis Salom and Maverick Vinales.

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

We’re looking forward to next year’s cultural event put on by the folks at IMS and who’ll be participating. It’s all part of an incredible motorcycle weekend in Indianapolis. If you haven’t ventured into the Circle City for MotoGP and the all the events surrounding it, you still have some years to plan for it! Of course, as we’re writing this, there’s still time to join in the fun for 2012. We’ll see you at the track or on the streets!

Baseball Clinic for MotoGP Riders in Indianapolis

 

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