This weekend the roar of world-class motorsports returns to Circuit of The Americas (COTA), as the “Formula 1™ of motorcycle racing,” MotoGP™, makes its second trip to Texas. The world’s best riders competing in the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 divisions, including Americans Colin Edwards (Texas), Nicky Hayden (Kentucky) and Josh Herrin (California) will be whipping around COTA’s 3.4-mile grand prix circuit at speeds topping 200 miles per hour. Meanwhile, 2013 World Champion rider Marc Marquez (Spain), winner of last year’s MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at COTA, is back to defend his title, while nine-time and international superstar, Valentino Rossi, tries to put the Yamaha factory team back on the podium’s top spot.
Three European and three American Moto GP™ riders provided their pre-race perspective on the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas being held April 11-13 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), including Texan Colin Edwards of NGM Mobile Forward Racing, who surprised everyone by announcing this would be his last time he will ride competitively on his “home track,” since he intends to retire at the end of the season.
You can catch on-track action from Circuit of The Americas this weekend for the Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas by tuning into Austin’s local sports and classic hits station – 104.9 FM The Horn and the station's FREE web app, located at www.CotaRadio.com.
Today veteran American MotoGP™ racer Colin Edwards, dubbed the “Texas Tornado,” stunned attendees at the pre-race press conference for the 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas being held April 11-13 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, by announcing he would be retiring at the end of the 2014 season, thus ending his stellar 22 seasons as a professional motorcycle racer. Edwards has been racing on the MotoGP™ circuit since 2003 after eight years as a leading rider in the World Superbike series, where he won championships in 2000 and 2002. During his 11-year MotoGP race career, Edwards has ridden for five separate teams, capturing 12 podiums in the process.
Race fans gearing up for the 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP™ event at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) April 11-13 can purchase a variety of official merchandise at the COTA Store—both at the circuit and online—and be ready for the race this weekend. The COTA Store is loaded with new items this spring, including stylish apparel, head gear and interesting novelties for the souvenir hunter. The COTA Store offers several styles of jackets and hoodies, polos, T-shirts, tanks, tops and bottoms in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes. Items bearing the official Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas and the Circuit of The Americas logos are available for purchase.
One of the principal aims of the KiSS (Keep it Shiny & Sustainable) project is to raise awareness of the need to reduce the environmental footprint left behind by mega-events such as the various rounds of the FIM Road Racing Grand Prix World Championships. The KiSS Mugello & Kiss Motorland initiatives, which were implemented in 2013, proved to be hugely successful. The FIM is proud to announce that the third edition will be organized for the first time outside Europe in North America at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) on April 11-13 during the 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.