I Raced to See MotoGP in Austin

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the only U.S. stop of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship, brought the best of International motorcycle racing to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the weekend of April 20–22. Five races were featured at the event. At the top was the premier class of MotoGP along with the associated Moto2 and Moto3 classes. Joining them were two SuperBike races of the USA Motul MotoAmerica SuperBike Championship, featuring mostly American riders. The event was super-popular, and tens of thousands of people came from all over the world to see the races, which were also shown on TV.

The winner of Sunday’s MotoGP race was reigning champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda). After a second-row start, Marquez led the whole race, winning with an impressive 3.6-second lead over Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha). Marquez seems unbeatable at CotA and he has won all six of the MotoGP races that were held here since 2013. Moto2 was won by Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team) and Moto3 was won by Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini).

TheMotoAmerica SuperBike races were equally exciting. The only race held on Saturday was won by Matthew Scholtz (Yamalube/Westby Racing). Sunday’s race was won by reigning MotoAmerica Champion Toni Elias from Spain (Yoshimura Suzuki). 

Some of the riders did wheelies as they celebrated on their victory laps.

Qualifying was also packed with action. During MotoGP qualifying Session 2, Marquez crashed at turn 13. With only minutes left in the session he was able to return to the track on his backup bike and qualify on Pole. However, during his fastest lap he cut off Vinales, earning a penalty which caused him to start the race on the second row.

The weather for the weekend had many changes. On Saturday, it was overcast but there was no rain until the SuperBike race at the end of the day. Sunday was bright and sunny. Regardless of the weather, the race was very crowded and it took a long time to park and then find our seats. 

There many other things going on throughout the event. The National Anthem was sung at the opening ceremonies and sky divers entertained the crowd.  There were many souvenir shops and places to eat. There were also sessions where fans could meet the riders and get autographs. Overall, it was a very fun race weekend and any fans of motorcycle racing should consider going to see it.

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