The Circuit of the Americas, i’ll be sticking with COTA to avoid the clunky long title of the Texan track where possible, has been offically added to the 2013 MotoGP calendar as the third race of the season, dated as April 19-21. It becomes the first of three trips to the U.S.A. for the paddock, with later rounds also to be held in Indianapolis and Laguna Seca, but not topping the four rounds Spain will again host in 2013.
The circuit was originally ‘to be confirmed’ as legal proceedings were underway between the circuits owners, Dorna and MotoGP legend Kevin Schwantz over rights and promotion issues.
Tickets for the MotoGP event in Austin,Texas go on sale Oct. 16, 2012 and will range in price from $133 to $199 and be available for purchase through Ticketmaster. Patrons with Circuit of The Americas Personal Seat Licenses will receive price discounts on MotoGP tickets. For more information, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive for Dorna, is extremely happy to add the Austin Circuit to the MotoGP schedule:
“We are excited to be working with Circuit of The Americas to expand our programming in the United States and bring our series to an exceptional new Grand Prix facility in Texas. We see tremendous opportunities to market MotoGP and grow its fan base through this agreement and know Circuit of The Americas is the right promoter to help us achieve that goal.”
Circuit president Steve Sexton added:
“The Circuit of The Americas team is delighted to introduce yet another world-renowned racing series to our 2013 event calendar—one we know will be hugely popular with fans coming to experience MotoGP for the first time at our state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex in Austin.”. The circuit is also due to hold the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix between 16-18 November.
Ben Spies, who is originally from Longview in Texas now has a true home race and is excited by the prospect:
“Who wouldn’t be excited to have a MotoGP race in their home state? I hope all of my CMRA, WERA and AMA racing friends and family storm the track. It will be so easy for me to cruise down to Circuit of The Americas from my house in Dallas.”
Fellow Americans Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards were also positive about the new race, Hayden adding:
“I love competing at new, fresh tracks and am really looking forward to racing at the Austin circuit.”
Edwards, who is also a Texan, from just outside of Houston, is also looking forward to a true home grand prix saying “Adding a race to the U.S. schedule makes a statement that MotoGP is working to expand it influence on American soil. The best way to grow our sport is to add races, and with events on the East and West Coasts—and now one in Middle America—it’s the perfect opportunity for more fans to see us in action. Plus, my family is really looking forward to jumping in a pick-up truck and driving up to Austin to see me compete.”