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Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today welcomed veteran MotoGP rider and native Texan Colin Edwards and Moto2 newcomer Josh Herrin for some chilly track laps and a question-and-answer session with journalists in advance of their 2014 season. Edwards and Herrin are two of only three U.S. riders competing in the two series this year. The colder-than-normal temperatures and bone-chilling wind kept Edwards from his scheduled track laps; however, he did allow a friend who accompanied him to suit up and get some track time. The intrepid Herrin, a 23-year-old Californian who now calls Georgia home, braved the cold and took a street bike out for several trips around COTA’s 3.4-mile racing circuit, in between bouts of strong winds that pummeled the track all day.
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is thrilled to announce that Ducati has chosen the world-class sports and entertainment complex in Austin, Texas, as the exclusive location for Ducati Island during the 2014 MotoGP racing season. Ducati Island is a spectacular, colorfully branded entertainment space that will be situated within COTA’s centrally located Grand Plaza. Guests will be treated to a compelling blend of technical demonstrations, new product displays, legendary fashion shows, a Make-A-Wish Foundation silent auction and access to the Ducati shopping experience. In addition, Ducati owners will receive extra benefits such as personalized gear check and access to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area. Ducati Island has been a staple at U.S. MotoGP races in previous years, and given the overwhelming success of COTA’s inaugural MotoGP race in 2013, which drew a crowd of 131,082, Ducati selected COTA as its exclusive Island destination in 2014.
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today announced that Jason Dial has joined its executive team in the newly created role of president. Dial, who has enjoyed a distinguished career at Procter and Gamble (P&G) in sports marketing and most recently served as chief marketing officer for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team, will report directly to Steve Sexton, who will continue as chief executive officer. Dial will assume his new duties on Oct. 1.
In what amounted to a “statement” weekend for young Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez, the 20-year old Spanish MotoGP™ rookie not only claimed his very first pole position, but also his very first MotoGP race Sunday, April 21, putting the rest of the field on notice that despite his youth, he will be a force to be reckoned during for the remainder of the 2013 racing season. In doing so, he also became the youngest driver ever to win a Moto GP race—in just his second start—at the first international motorcycle Grand Prix held at the new Circuit of The Americas™ sports and entertainment complex. Marquez takes the record, set 21 years ago before he was born, from former American MotoGP rider and two-time series champion Freddie Spencer whose first win came at the Belgian MotoGP race in Spa Francorchamps when he was 20 years, 196 days old. Marquez wins at age 20 and 63 days.
Circuit of The Americas introduced a new tradition at its world-class sports and entertainment venue this weekend, as a robust crowd of 131,082 fans witnessed the debut of World Championship motorcycle racing during the three-day Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas, April 19-21. Spectators were treated to a history-making performance, as rookie Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez became the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win a Grand Prix. His teammate Dani Pedrosa finished second while 2012 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Repsol Honda claimed the constructor’s trophy. The new state-of-the-art circuit surpassed its original three-day crowd estimate of 100,000, with 26,235 fans coming to watch Friday’s practice sessions, 43,756 guests attending Saturday’s qualifying rounds, and an enthusiastic crowd of 61,091 turning out for Sunday’s races.
Circuit of The Americas today entered the record books as the first purpose-built Formula 1™ racetrack in the country to host its own Grand Prix. An exuberant crowd of 117,429 packed the new 330-acre facility to watch Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claim his fourth Grand Prix of the season and his second United States Grand Prix victory in five years having won the 2007 Formula 1™ race last hosted in Indianapolis. Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, current points leader in the drivers’ standings, was second with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third. McLaren was awarded the constructor’s trophy for Austin’s inaugural event. Hamilton’s victory means the driver’s title won’t be decided until the season’s final race in Saὀ Paulo, Brazil, next weekend, while Red Bull sealed the deal by winning the 2012 constructors' title based on the overall standings at the end of the Austin race.