MotoAmerica Not Racing With MotoGP At COTA

MotoAmerica Not Racing With MotoGP At COTA

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

MotoAmerica will not be racing as part of the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP event October 1-3, 2021, at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas.

Originally, MotoAmerica’s Superbike class was to race in support of the MotoGP event when it was scheduled to take place April 16-18, 2021, but then the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas was postponed due to pandemic-related issues.

To make up for the loss of the two Superbike races it planned to run at COTA, MotoAmerica announced that each of the final two rounds of its 2021 season, September 10-12 at New Jersey Motorsports Park and September 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park, would include three Superbike races instead of the normal two.

Then in June, MotoGP announced that it was rescheduling the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas for October 1-3, 2021, which was after the conclusion of MotoAmerica’s announced 2021 schedule and begged the question of whether MotoAmerica would be part of the rescheduled MotoGP event.

That answer came in the form of a bulletin emailed to teams on August 8. That bulletin stated MotoAmerica would not be participating in the MotoGP event at COTA in 2021 and would end its season in September at Barber Motorsports Park.

“As much as we would like to be part of the MotoGP program,” said MotoAmerica COO Chuck Aksland, “the way that the paddock was going to be laid out, where we would have to pit, the expense of doing the event, there just wasn’t a lot of upside for us, especially when we’re going to go back again when they come back again next April.

“We just decided to stick with what our original plans were, finish at Barber, have our banquet on the following Monday, and go from there.”

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