Only two months until the world’s premier motorcycle racing series, MotoGP™, returns to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) April 11-13, and U.S. MotoGP riders Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden are busy getting their respective teams and bikes ready to compete. The new year brings new equipment and plenty of new challenges for these daredevils on two wheels. This week, the “Texas Tornado,” Colin Edwards, cuts to the chase on his early takeaways from the first preseason test in Malaysia.
IN THE GARAGE with…COLIN EDWARDS
U.S. MotoGP™ Rider (#5)
Team: NGM Mobile Forward Racing
Motorcycle: FTR Yamaha
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF SEPANG TESTING…
COTA: What were your major takeaways from your first 2014 preseason test in Malaysia?
COLIN: The good thing is we know the bike is competitive. I struggled a bit with front end feel, but we have a direction for next test. All in all, considering my teammate's time, it was a good test for us. (NOTE: Edwards’ teammate, Aleix Espargaró, finished the Sepang test with a best lap time of 1:59.998, one of only four riders to complete a lap in less than two minutes.)
COTA: What will you and your team focus on prior to the next test session (Feb. 26-28)?
COLIN: Mainly figuring out how to induce more feel on the front. We have some ideas and the guys are headed back to the workshop to make it happen.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE…
COTA: What’s your favorite meal after a long day at the track?
COLIN: My favorite meal after a long day of riding is without a doubt Penne Arrabbiata. I like spicy food anyways, but mixed with a big plate of fuel is delicious!
COTA: Who is the person in motorsports you admire most and why?
COLIN: Hmmm, that's hard to pick out just one. I admire anyone who straps on a helmet and chases their dream. From Chad Reed to (Sebastian) Vettel to Valentino (Rossi) and across the board...I admire them all.
DON’T FORGET – RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!
COTA’s 2014 MotoGP event features many new fan-friendly options, including
- Three-day weekend passes and single-day ticket options for fans;
- 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.
GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN TWO-WHEEL RACING!
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 $139for 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 (20’x20’)||N/A||$150 (20’x20’) or $300 (20’x40’)|
|Parking Type||Single-day Parking/Vehicle||Three-day Weekend Parking/Vehicle|
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” bySportsBusiness Journal/Daily, 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, COTA Track Days, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, nominated for 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, www.Austin360Amphitheater.com or the COTA’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com. Follow COTA on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/CircuitofTheAmericas and Twitter @circuitamericas and @COTAmedia.