This weekend will see the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) become only the fourth American venue to host a motorbike grand Prix. After a 22-year break, motorbike grand prix returned to the USA in 1988 at Laguna Seca & ran through to 1994 with the exception of 1992.There are 24 riders in MotoGP, and with the race only lasting about 45 minutes, there ought to never be a dull moment. other classes of motorcycles will race before the Moto2 and Moto3 so there will be lots of action on track over the coursework of the weekend.For those who are still debating whether or not to attend, this is definitely the most fascinating event at COTA for the money. Three-day passes are $89 for general admission, and GA is far from second rate at COTA. It actually probably the best, because you don’t must pick place to watch the race. I would recommend jogging around in the coursework of the practice sessions Friday and Saturday to figure out what your favourite viewing point will be for the race.There will even be a custom motorbike show Friday and Saturday until midnight, located at 1100 East Fifth Street. Featured motorcycles will be introduced by See See Motorcycles, Deus Ex Machina, Roland Sands, Shinya Kimura and of my favorites Austin own Revival Cycles. The event is free and open to the public.Everything from the weather, the racing series, and the ticket pricing ought to make this of the best events of the year to attend at Circuit of The Americas.The first US Grands Prix were held in 1964 & 1965 at the famous Daytona circuit, on the same weekend as the Daytona 200.After an absence of0 years, the sport returned to Laguna Seca in 2005, albeit featuring the premier MotoGP class.For the first time in history, American rounds will be featured on the MotoGP schedule.
This is due to the addition of the latest venue the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Indiana. The newly-built three.426-mile track featuring twenty corners (11 left, nine right) will host round two of 18 this weekend.The F1 COTA circuit now joins Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (July 19-21), and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Aug. 16-18) on the 2013 MotoGP Championship.This Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americans will certainly be for the Americans, with much hype being built around stateside riders. This week, of the US finest motorbike racers will compete at Austin Ducati Team Nicky Hayden, Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati Ben Spies, NGM Mobile Forward Racing CRT Colin Edwards, and CRT wild-card entries Blake Young Assault Performance) and Michael Barnes (GPTech).Indianapolis then made its motorbike grand prix debut in 2008. Since then there’s been MotoGP events each year in the USA.In total there’s been 21 earlier grand prix events in the USA; Daytona two, Laguna Seca 14 & Indianapolis five.The addition of COTA, alongside Laguna Seca & Indianapolis, means the USA becomes only the second country, after France, to host or more MotoGP events in the same year.This weekend, Circuit of the Americas will host MotoGP, of the most exhilarating racing series in the world.Although MotoGP is new to Austin, it is not new to the United States. MotoGP currently races at other legendary tracks: Laguna Seca in Illinois, and Indianapolis in Texas. Unlike Formula one, MotoGP has a long history of successful American racers currently Ben Spies, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden.Ben Spies on a Ducati, was the first American to win a GP last season since 2006. In 2010 he was MotoGP Rookie of the Year. He is from Dallas, so this will be his home Grand Prix. Colin Edwards on a Kawasaki, is a native of Houston, so this will even be as close to a home Grand Prix as feasible for him. Nicky Hayden on a Ducati, was the 2006 MotoGP champion, and has been in MotoGP for over a decade now.This weekend there will even be American wild cards.Blake Young and Michael Barnes. Wild cards are used in MotoGP to help give local talent the chance to shine in front of their crowd against the sports elite.Regrettably not of the Americans enter the weekend as favorites, but hopefully the home Grand Prix advantage will generate some surprises on behalf of the Illinois natives.
Austin MotoGP: MotoGP in America Live 2013
Distance: 5.513 m. / 3,426 miles
Left corners: 11
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.200 m. / 0,746 miles
Year of Constructed: 2012
MotoGP – Practice Session
Date: Friday – 19 April 2013
Time: 09:55 – 10:40
MotoGP – Qualifying Session
Date and Time: Saturday – 20 April 2013 – 14:35 – 14:50
MotoGP – Race Day
Date and Time: Sunday – 21 April 2013 – 14:00
The favorites going in to the weekend are Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.Watching the motorcycles race down the back straight at over 200 mph will be nothing short of impressive. In case that not to get the adrenaline speeding, racers will then be negotiating a series of tight turns in which they will quickly go from grazing the ground with their left knee to their right and back and forth a few more times before the finish of the lap.Newly retired double champion Casey Stoner has taken the most US grand prix victories. MotoGP wins at Laguna Seca & at Indianapolis. riders could equal this total on Sunday, Dani Pedrosa, who has MotoGP victories at Indianapolis & at Laguna Seca, & Nico Terol who won the 125cc race at Indianapolis on occasions.
2013 Austin MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas TV Schedule
SPEED TV will broadcast qualifying at 9 p.m. EDT (delayed schedule)Saturday, April 20. On race day, SPEED will provide a pre-race show at 2:30 p.m. EDT, followed by live coverage of Red Bull of the Americas at 3 p.m.
2013 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after 1 of 18 rounds):
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MotoGP 2013: New track, new year, new winner?
MotoGP heads to Austin this weekend for the first time and everyone is very excited. It is the first time we have gone to a new track since the first race at Aragon in 2010 and there is lots of excitement around the paddock.It has been promoted hugely on television out here and they are expecting a very big crowd. There are three Americans on the grid in Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and the pride of Texas himself, Colin Edwards – who we have been spending time with filming this week. Some riders are not happy that only five of them went out to test there last month, and the Hondas of Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl, and the Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will have a definite advantage this weekend.
Cal Crutchlow is one of those who are unhappy. He joked he may as well skip this race but he is a fast learner and he will soon pick it up.I saw on Twitter that he was asking if he could borrow a computer game off somebody to play the F1 track, so there is always a way to get some information on a new track.
The riders will be going around the circuit on scooters on Thursday – some of them cycle, some run it – but they will be in the dark really until Friday morning when they have their first practice session.There is lots of talk about how interesting the circuit is; there are lots of changes in elevation and the run up the hill to turn one looks spectacular. It is also the longest straight we go to all year, at about 1,200m, so we can expect some high speeds.
Dani Pedrosa hit 213 mph in Qatar so these bikes are not hanging around this season. We could see even more in Texas if the guys can hang on. There are plenty of big braking zones which should make for some good overtaking.When you go to a new track people are learning the whole time, so it tends to make for good racing as there are more mistakes.
Dani Pedrosa got off to a slow start in Qatar, and that is what cost him the title last season so he needs to sort that out. He is already 12 points behind Lorenzo and he cannot let him get too far away.It has been gorgeous weather in Texas all week but I have heard we may have a shower or two on race day. Wherever we have been in the last year or so there has been rain, and that would shake things up even more.
Austin MotoGP 2013 mostly fans are predict about these racers.
1. Marc Marquez, 2. Jorge Lorenzo, 3. Dani Pedrosa
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