The 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship series is almost back again, with new and improved locations, drivers, bikes and unfortunately, rules and regulations. Despite all of the changes, Circuit of The Americas™ and the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is back and ready to make yet another record-breaking weekend on April 13.
Out of the 19 amazing locations on the 2014 MotoGP™ Championship calendar, Austin and Circuit of The Americas™ is still one-of-a-kind. 2013 was the first year for MotoGP™ Austin and fans and drivers both loved it, and here’s why.
1. The Astonishing Facility
Circuit of The Americas™ was built only two short years ago and has awed crowds and drivers that first enter the track. The 3.4-mile track is a view in itself, but then is surrounded by several amazing sights that even the MotoGP™ drivers love, like NGM Mobile Forward Racings Collin Edwards.
“…It was phenomenal how big the facility was,” says Edwards. “When I drove up for the first time and did the PR event at the beginning of last year, I drove up and was like ‘Holy crud! This is in my backyard.’ So it's a pleasure to come here and race, because they've done a fantastic job of building this facility."
In addition to the world-renowned track, the circuit facility includes the Austin360 Amphitheater, an outdoor live music space, the iconic 251-foot, 25-story tower with observation deck, state-of-the-art medical facility, events and conference center, banquet hall, and as of this week, the Ducati Island show space in the Grand Plaza.
Many of these locations are not only there, but can be seen by fans in VIP tours and parties, or simply just walking around.
2. The One-of-a-Kind Track
The uniqueness of the Circuit of the Americas™ track was enough to bring in over 130,000 fans for the first-ever Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas last April. And those who came, fans and drivers both, were not disappointed.
Moto2’s Josh Herrin was not able to participate in last year’s Austin Grand Prix, so he took a ride on it yesterday get a feel for the highly-anticipated 2014 contest.
“It's so much different than what I've seen as far as race tracks go,” said the Caterham Moto Racing rider. “My expectations were blown away. I didn't think it would be this nice. It was fun on the track. The design is really nice."
The 3.4-mile track was inspired by a combination of numerous other European race tracks to make the ultimate track – and it worked. The notable track is made up of 20 turns and is the only track in history to have an elevation change of 133 feet on the extraordinary Turn-1.
3. The History Made Here
For the second time, the MotoGP™ Austin is the second race of the Championship series. Some people think the first race would be the ideal race to see, but the nerves and unfamiliar competition make it vary from what the season is going to look like. The second race is where the unfamiliar competition begins to shine.
Marc Marquez, the MotoGP™ 2013 World Champion, knows all about the importance and accuracy of the second race of the season. Marquez, who was a rookie at the time, won his first pole position on Saturday and his first Grand Prix on Sunday, all while breaking records and going down in history – and he plans to do the same in Austin this year.
Be there to see who will be the standout for MotoGP™ 2014 and have the ultimate VIP Circuit of The Americas™ Experience!