One of the oldest of all motorsport world championships, MotoGP™ has a long history, while one of its most beloved state-of-the-art venues, Circuit of The Americas™, just recently burst onto the scene.
Before we learn about the sport's latest and very welcomed addition, let's take a look back at the history of MotoGP™ racing and some of the people who put it on the map.
Overview of MotoGP™ History
Although now known as FIM, its original inception, FICM (Federation Internationale des Clubs Motocyclistes), created a European Championship for the motorcycle racing in 1938.
Britain held Tourist Trophy races on the Isle of Man using early models of motorcycles during these years. In 1949, the first motorcycle race was held under the new format at the Isle Man TT event.
During most of the 50s and well into the 60s, primarily all of the MotoGP™ motorcycles were four-stroke engines.
In 1959, the first non-European nation entered the World Grand Prix series: a Japanese team. Their joining marked the creation of the worldwide sport.
The Japanese motorbike industry’s rise catapulted the involvement of manufacturers such as Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha into the world of MotoGP™. These manufacturers are still well-known staples in the sport.
By the 1970s, the four-stroke engine had become the primary type of engine. The 50cc class was then replaced by an 80cc class.
In the 1980s, there was a phasing out of 4-stroke machinery to 2-stroke engines.
The quality of MotoGP™ racing greatly improved in the 1990s with increasingly competitive teams and riders. MotoGP™ legend, Mick Doohan, came onto the scene during this decade, bringing in international attention.
Known as the most successful rider in history of World Championship competitions, Agnostini managed to win 10 of his 15 titles during five successive seasons. He was a double champion in 350 cc and 500 cc for MV Agusta. He possessed 122 victories in all classes by the end of his career.
The Australian MotoGP™ legend dominated the 1990s by winning five consecutive titles before his career ended abruptly due to suffering bad injuries in 1999.
The 21-year-old made history in 2015, surpassing Doohan’s record of the 12 wins during one season. Marquez created a new record with his 13 wins during his second consecutive winning season in MotoGP™. The younger of the Marquez brothers, Alex, won the Moto3 class crown during the 2014 season, making them the only brothers to ever win titles within the same season.
Read more about Marquez' accomplishments in 2015 >>
MotoGP™ Meets Circuit of The Americas™
After its 2012 opening, the first MotoGP™ race was held at Circuit of The Americas in 2013.
Some of the major features setting the circuit apart is the 251 feet tall observation tower which provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the circuit.
The Main Grandstand provides some of the best seating for fans in the circuit. The 65 foot structure has seating divided up into three different levels with the majority of it being covered seating. Within the venue, there are lounges, restrooms and concessions, giving fans an opportunity to an all-inclusive experience.
Learn about Main Grandstand Packages >>
The world-class venue is located just nine miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and roughly 15 minutes from the lively downtown Austin.
Be at the Next MotoGP™ Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas™!
You can enjoy one of the best circuits in the world while taking in the speed, crashes and wins of MotoGP™.
With COTA Experiences’ Official Ticket Packages, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the unique sport with Pit Lane Walks and Paddock Tours. Packages will give guests VIP status and exclusive access to the in-circuit Hospitality Venue, complete with a complimentary gourmet buffet and an open bar.
The climate-controlled hospitality venue will give you a place to relax and hang out during the off-times of the races.
Additionally, package holders can even attend meet-and-greets and Q & A’s with MotoGP™ riders! You will not want to miss this opportunity to watch MotoGP™ history being made!