200 miles per hour on two wheels. That’s one of the things you can expect to see at the MotoGP World Championship this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. The three-day sports and entertainment celebration will bring the very best international motorcycle racers to Austin to take on the hairpin turns at COTA, the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States.
To get you up to speed, MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing championship in the world. It is also the oldest of all motor-sports World Championships, with the first competition being held in 1949. Riders from around the world compete in the eighteen-race series, which visits thirteen countries, four continents, and has global television coverage.
The Red Bull Grand Prix event will take place over three days, with Friday and Saturday designated for practice and qualification. Sunday is race day, which will feature races from the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 divisions.
The COTA Race will also launch the Red Bull Rookies Cup, a race featuring 24 13-16 year olds from across the globe who will race the 3.426 mile, 5.513 kilometer circuit, gaining an early advantage to becoming a MotoGP Champion.
Tickets for the Red Bull Grand Prix can be purchased at circuitoftheamericas.com, and on site each day of the event at the Circuit’s Grand Plaza ticket office. $59 Sunday-only general admission tickets can be purchased on race day, April 21, at the track. 3-day tickets start at just $89 and kids 12 and under get in free. College students and military tickets are available for $49 at the gate, with valid ID. Offer good for active military and veterans. Click here to see a detailed schedule of events for the weekend.
Fun Facts About MotoGP:
- The sport first traveled to the United States in 1964.
- More than 2.2 million people attended MotoGP circuit events in 2012.
- Leasing a top-level motorcycle costs about 3.5 million dollars for a racing season.
- The top speed in the history of MotoGP is 217.038 mph.
- Each race is an all-out sprint to the finish, with no stops for fuel or tires.
- Three American riders are competing this season: Texans Colin Edwards and Ben Spies, and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden of Kentucky.
- A rider can still cross the finish line and get points even if his bike is not working as long as he is in contact with the bike, even with the help of his team.
For more information about Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, visit RedBull.com.