My View of the Austin MotoGP Race (spoilers)

I really hope that if you are a fan of MotoGP that you have seen the races or at least know how they turned out. If you haven’t and don’t want to have it all ruined stop reading here.



I like watching racing. I like it so much I paid a stupid amount of money to go to see the race live. I’m not sure watching the races live all the time is something that I would want to do unless I could afford to do it in a super swank VIP place where you could watch it on TV simultaneously  Really the problem is that you can’t see all of or even most of a circuit when it is 3.4 miles long and loops up over and around some hills.

However, there is one thing that always gets me and that is the sound of the bikes lapping, and the roar as they pass you. So loud that you should be wearing earplugs or you risk damage to your hearing. I took this video of the MotoGP bikes early in the race when they are all passing me pretty close to each other. Hopefully it gives some sensation of the noise.

The races were all good, and while the support classes offered up the most exciting racing, MotoGP had the added benefit of history being made.

We enjoyed the Moto3 race and it was most memorable with how close the race was. This was artificially created with the Red Flagging of the race and restarting with 5 laps to go. With new tires and all the gaps closed it was a sprint all the way around, making for some really great passing and tension till the checkered flag.

Moto2 was a good race and Terol raced an excellent race. In all the classes sitting where we were being able to see the last corner was pretty awesome, since in every race there was some last minute passes to improve finishing positions.

MotoGP was of course not quite as exciting as far as passing but it was a fairly close race, with Marquez and Pedrosa being with in a second of each other for most of the race. Marquez’s victory being amazing for how young he is, and his talent is undeniable. I look forward to seeing more of him as this season progresses. Sadly our local boys and my favorite manufacturer did not do very well. Ducati’s Dovioso did manage a last corner pass to come in 7th but he was the highest placed Ducati, with Hayden finishing 9th and poor Ben in 13th.

A good day of racing. We started home as the Red Bull rookies started racing. As much as I wanted to support these guys, it had already been a crazy day and the Lovely Wife and I were done.

I would love to be able to watch the race from a different location on the track sometime, but it’s not an easy track for us to get to and I’m not sure the hassle is worth it compared to our local race.


About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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