As of tomorrow, MotoGP™ will continue the 2014 World Championship in Austin, Texas for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.
Coming to America
This race has MotoGP™ fans on the edge of their seats for so many different reasons – to watch their favorite riders compete for only the second time on the world-renowned Circuit of The Americas™ track, to see how U.S. riders Nicky Hayden and Collin Edwards will hold their own in their home country, and to see if Champion Marc Marquez breaks even more records in Austin than he did at COTA in 2014!
The first race of the season took place at the Grand Prix of Qatar and concluded on March 23, with Marquez taking the win by 42'40.561 to land Honda its 250th win in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.
The two Americans placed in the top 10 at Qatar with Hayden in eighth and Edwards in ninth. This may not seem so important for those watching the sport, but last year’s Grand Prix of The Americas was the best result ever for an American rider when Hayden placed ninth. This meant that both Americans placed as well or higher than the U.S. riders’ previous best!
Home Sweet Home
Hayden, the Drive M7 Aspar rider with No. 69 plastered on his bike, loves coming back to his home state and is proud of the track, the fan support and his accomplishments at COTA so far.
“A home Grand Prix is always something very special and I really look forward to getting there, seeing all the fans that support me so much and getting back on track.
“Austin is really a great track, it is a very state of the art facility – safe, long, and wide but honestly last year there, I didn’t get on with it great and was never able to be fast, especially in the first half of the track.
“That’s got to change this year and even though I know the acceleration off those slow corners won’t be kind to us all the changes of direction should suit me and this bike well. So let’s hope we can get a result to make the home crowd proud!”
Making them proud will be easy for Hayden, but winning the race may be a little more difficult than expected, since the last eight U.S. races have all been won by Honda riders. The last non-Honda winner in the U.S. was accomplished in 2010 be Jorge Lorenzo at Laguna Seca.
Edwards, a Houston native and NGM Forward Racing Yamaha rider, also looks forward to the Austin MotoGP™ race since he is not only an American, but a Texas native with an enormous fan base present.
“It was awesome. I think it’s the first track I’ve driven to in, I don’t know, 25 years… since I started racing.
“The only thing I can compare it to was when we went to Shanghai, China, and raced in there in 2007 or 2006. You drove up, and it was phenomenal how big the facility was. And I think that was my first real taste of seeing what can be built for a race track.
“And here was the exactly same way. 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.”
And We’re Off!
In case you haven’t heard how things will go down this weekend, check out our Race Weekend Event Schedule to make sure you’re on track (not pun intended).
Then, mix in a few behind-the-scenes tours, driver meet-and-greets, gourmet buffets and VIP events, and you’ll know what the Circuit of The Americas Experiences guests will be doing throughout the MotoGP™ weekend!