Only two months until the world’s premier motorcycle racing series, MotoGP™, returns to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) April 11-13, along with its support series Moto2™ and Moto3™. This year marks the debut of U.S. rider Josh Herrin in the Moto2 division, and the newcomer will be competing with a brand new Moto2 team, Caterham Moto Racing.
This week, America’s newest motorcycling race phenom shares his thoughts on the upcoming season.
IN THE GARAGE with…JOSH HERRIN
U.S. Moto2™ Rider (#2)
Team: Caterham Moto Racing
Motorcycle: Caterham Suter
THE ROAD TO QATAR…
COTA: You’ve completed two weeks of testing in Valencia and Jerez that included several challenges. What did you learn about the bike so far and what do you need to get out of the next series of tests March 11-13?
JOSH: As this bike is new to me, our main focus was to get the best base set up for the season. We were able to learn a lot about the Caterham Suter and my feeling on the bike from the changes we made. At the next test in Jerez, I hope to be able to improve my lap times and gain more confidence going into Round 1 at Qatar.
Josh Herrin, Caterham Moto Racing, talks with media during a visit to Circuit of The Americas earlier this year.
COTA: It’s a big year for Caterham with the transition into Moto2 racing. Tell us about the team’s chemistry and how you’re collectively preparing for your big debut in Qatar.
JOSH: Caterham’s transition from four wheels to two is definitely a big move, but it doesn’t show when they turn up to the track. They are very professional and great to work with. I know that while I am at home working very hard on my fitness, they are working just as hard to make the bike even better, and that makes me very confident.
COTA: When you think about the first race of the season, what keeps you up a night?
JOSH: I think I may have turned into an insomniac from the excitement of knowing that I am representing my country in the World Championship. I have been waiting for this moment since I was a little boy, and now that it’s finally here, it’s unbelievable!
Josh Herrin, Caterham Moto Racing, during recent Moto2 tests at Circuito de Jerez in Spain.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW…
COTA: What do you do to stay physically fit and race ready?
JOSH: Something very important in my training program is riding Supermoto at my personal track (Middle Georgia Kart Track) in Dublin, Ga. I think staying on a motorcycle as much as possible is crucial to staying at the top of my game. Of course, I also spend a lot of time on my specialized bicycles and go to the gym too.
COTA: What is your favorite memory on the back of a motorcycle?
JOSH: I would say my best memories on a motorcycle are when I am at home at my track riding with kids and teaching them the things that I have learned about racing motorcycles. To me, there is no better feeling than watching a kid learn how to drag a knee on a motorcycle.
COTA: Who is the famous person you’d most like to meet and why?
JOSH: If I could meet one famous person I would want to meet The Rock! I have been a huge fan since I was a kid and he motivates me to put in the hard work at home!
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COTA’s 2014 MotoGP event features many new fan-friendly options, including
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- Three-day weekend passes and single-day ticket options for fans;
- Fans can purchase three-day MotoGP Paddock Passes for $150 and roll like a VIP;
- A new dry camping option for fans who want to stay close to the circuit all weekend; and
- Kids 12 and under receive FREE general admission with a ticketed adult.
Single-day general admission tickets start at $39
for Friday’s practice sessions, and single-day reserved seats start at $59.
Three-day weekend passes start at $89
for general admission or $139
for reserved seats. Three-day dry camping passes are available and start at $150 per space
.MotoGP Ticket and Parking Prices – Circuit of The Americas – April 11-13, 2014
|Seating Type||Single-day Ticket/Person||Three-day Weekend Pass/Person|
|General Admission||$39 to $59|
|Reserved Seat||$59 to $109||$139 to $199|
|Kids 12 and under||FREE GA with ticketed adult||FREE GA with ticketed adult|
|Dry Camping Space*||N/A||$150 (20’x20’) or $300 (20’x40’)|
|Parking Type||Single-day Parking/Vehicle||Three-day Weekend Parking/Vehicle|
*Dry camping access to electrical power and water is available for an additional fee.
To purchase tickets, parking and camping, visit http://circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp/.About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. COTA hosts the annual FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX,
which was named 2013 “Sports Event of the Year”
and is the new North American home for the summer edition ofESPN’s X Games
. More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP™, United Sportscar Racing, the FIA World Endurance Championships, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater,
winner of Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue”
award for 2013.
COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more information and downloadable video and photos, visit:www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com
or COTA’s dedicated FTP site,media.circuitoftheamericas.com
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