All eyes on Austin as MotoGP touches down in the USA

All eyes on Austin as MotoGP touches down in the USA

When the fans arrived at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas last year, little did they know that they were about to play host to what would become a hatrick of victories in the USA for Marc Marquez in his rookie MotoGP season with the superfast Spaniard securing his first victory on American soil from his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. Fast forward to 2014 and reigning MotoGP Champion comes to Austin on the back of a thrilling victory against Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi.

While Marquez will be reliving his winning strategy from last year, Rossi will aim to improve on his sixth place finish and back up his stunning pace under the floodlights in Qatar three weeks ago. Pedrosa also comes into the race off a third place finish in the first round and the Spaniard was unlucky not to have won the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas last year after leading the race for 12 laps last year.

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Jorge Lorenzo will be focused on getting points on the board after crashing out of the first round while in the lead for the Movistar Yamaha team. Lorenzo has an improved YZR-M1 this year but the two-time MotoGP Champion is still struggling to get to grips with the 2014 Bridgestone rubber but despite this a third place finish here last year will give him something positive to focus on.

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Ducati Team goes Texas-bound at the Circuit of The Americas

Following the opening round of the season in the Qatar desert, the Ducati Team is set to arrive in the United States for the first of two rounds this year on US soil.
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U.S. MotoGP and Moto2 riders preview their 2014 season

AUSTIN, Texas – Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today welcomed veteran MotoGP rider and native Texan Colin Edwards and Moto2 newcomer Josh Herrin for some chilly track laps and a question-and-answer session with journalists in advance of their 2014 season. Edwards and Herrin are two of only three U.S. riders competing in the two series this year.

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Pirelli Bring No Change to Final Three Race Tyres

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Korea International Circuit, 2013Pirelli’s choices of tyre compounds for the final three races of 2013 are the same as they were last season.
The hardest available tyres will be used for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix, while the medium and soft compounds have been chosen for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Here is the 2013 tyre selection in full:
Circuit 2013 Option 2013 Prime 2012 Option 2012 Prime 2011 Option 2011 Prime
Melbourne Super Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Sepang Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Hard
Shanghai Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Bahrain Soft Hard Soft Medium No race No race
Catalunya Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Hard
Monte-Carlo Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Montreal Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Silverstone Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Hard
Nurburgring Soft Medium No race No race Soft Medium
Hungaroring Soft Medium Soft Medium Super Soft Soft
Spa-Francorchamps Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Medium
Monza Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Medium
Singapore Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Korea Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super soft Soft
Suzuka Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Medium
Buddh Soft Medium Soft Hard Hard Soft
Yas Marina Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Medium
Circuit of the Americas Medium Hard Medium Hard No race No race
Interlagos Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Medium

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca loses 2014 MotoGP race

The United States had an unprecedented this year in 2013, hosting three rounds of the MotoGP World Championship but next year’s calendar, released by series owners Dorna, does not include Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The championship will now travel to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and to Indianapolis later in the year.

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