Last weekend was one of the best weekends in sports for all motorcycle and racing fans in the United States, and many worldwide. MotoGP™ debuted in Austin, Texas in 2013 at the Circuit of The Americas™ and only grew in popularity over the last year making this year’s event incredible.
Through the Circuit of The Americas Experiences program, myself and other VIP guests got to experience this race weekend in an entirely unique way, with behind-the-scenes tours, rider meet and greets, awesome seating and more! Here’s a quick recap of what our VIP weekend looked like, along with a race recap of the second annual Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.
There was a variety of people, from international guests, bachelor parties and corporate groups, to Texas natives, family outings, and those enjoying a couples weekend. No matter who these fans were, all of them enjoyed their exclusive features as much as the other.
For starters, COTA Experiences packages come with prime seating in Turn 15, Turn 1 and the Main Grandstand. I, along with many of our VIP guests, had the opportunity to sit in different seats each day, all of which were incredible views! See for yourself
I started the weekend off sitting at Turn 15, and the view was unbelievable! I could see almost all of Turn 12, Turn 13, Turn 14, Turn 15 and even into Turn 16! The back-to-back esses near this Turn make it impossible to lose your attention!
Turn 1’s 133-foot elevation also made for some amazing views of the other side of the track, including the Start/Finish Line, and Turn 1 through Turn 5! I tested out Turn 1 on Saturday for the intense qualifying races when things start to get real for fans and riders alike as the fierce competition was revealed.
The Main Grandstand is the other hot spot for MotoGP™ fans since your are right in the action during the MotoGP™ rider parades, practice and qualifying races, and the main event! This area of seating sits directly across from the Paddock Club and MotoGP VIP Village™ for the same astonishing views and adrenaline rush of the screaming start and finish.
Here’s to the Weekend
While Friday attracts the die-hard MotoGP™ race fans for the practice sessions, Saturday is even more exciting for COTA Experiences guests as the real fun begins! Several bars with water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine and premium beverages are open, along with hot breakfasts, gourmet lunches and snacks served throughout the day to avoid the heat and long lines.
The suite’s numerous TV screens and Start/Finish line view made it easy to participate in extras while staying on top of what’s going on at the track from the Paddock Club. All of these combined made the COTA Experiences Paddock Club™ suite the perfect weekend race spot.
Guests not only watched the practice sessions and qualifying rounds while eating breakfast, but enjoyed an in-hospitality interview and meet and greet with former U.S. MotoGP™ rider, Ben Spies while enjoying a gourmet lunch! Here, he talked about his time as a rider, the ups and the downs, his MotoGP™ idols, and more. He even went into why staying in school is important for aspiring athletes during our audience Q&A, followed by a hug for one of his youngest fans!
He then made his way around the hospitality suite to sign autographs, take pictures and meet his VIP fans.
Just when fans though this was as good as it gets, the VIP tours began.
Behind-the-Scenes with MotoGP™
While of our motorcycle enthusiasts rode the track during Parade Lap, the rest of our guests toured the Pit during the COTA Experiences VIP Pit Lane Walk, where they saw riders, including Valentino Rossi, watched mechanics at work, took pictures with COTA Girls and more!
Throughtout the entire weekend, guests also got to go down to the Paddock to see some more action in the COTA Experiences Paddock Walk!
MotoGP™ Austin 2014 Recap
In 2013, Spanish rider Marc Marquez broke numerous records at the Circuit of The Americas™ including youngest rider to lead, win and get pole position in the Premier Class – and this year was no different. Marquez won the pole position once again, while breaking his own record that he set the year before. He continued his win streak by dominating his competition.
And we close with this quote from the U.S. Grand Prix champion himself.
“I am really happy with the victory. This win was different than the last one here. It was physical until the end. We are also so happy to collect points and this victory was special because this is one of my favorite tracks.” (MySanantonio.com)
There you have it folks! See you in 2015.