Traditionally, testing in the racing world is a private affair, but Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and MotoAmerica have decided to buck against tradition and extend an invitation to fans for the MotoAmerica Pre-Season Test powered by Dunlop at COTA, March 23 and 24, 2016. Just three weeks shy of the opening race, this will give fans an intimate look into the racing world, without the hustle and bustle of race day dilemmas.Visitors will be on the ground floor with access to paddock and garage areas, which are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. and close 5 p.m, Wednesday and Thursday. You’ll have a chance to see how riders prepare as well as how the crews work with garages full of your favorite riders, including 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier.
All guests are being encouraged head over to the COTA garage to enter into the Ultimate Race Weekend Giveaway, which can be redeemed during the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas event in the MotoAmerica paddock. Winners will be the guests of Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team for the entire duration of the race weekend.Want some more incentive to check this out? If you’ve ever wanted to interact with your MotoAmerica racing heroes, now you can! During autograph and Q&A sessions in the COTA garage. MotoAmerica stars such as Beaubier, four-time series champion Josh Hayes, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Jake Lewis, among many others, will be on hand for all the fanfare both days of testing.“I think it’s great that the fans will get to come out to the COTA test,” said MotoAmerica president and three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey. “It will give our fans a chance to be up close to the action and to our riders and teams in an atmosphere that’s a little bit more laid back than the race weekend.”The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, April 8-10, will host the world’s premier motorcycle racing championship, MotoGP, and will be complemented by MotoAmerica, with the race weekend featuring the third round of the MotoGP World Championship and the opening round of the MotoAmerica season.Guests of all ages will enjoy non-stop action as rider’s battle for position and reach top speeds of over 210 mph. Tickets start at $39 for single-day tickets. Camping, hospitality packages, and discounts for large groups and military members are also available. For more information visit circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp16 or call 512/301.6600.The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas is currently scheduled for April 8th – 10th hosting the premier motorcycle racing championship, MotoGP, and will be accompanied by MotoAmerica, with the race weekend featuring the third round of the MotoGP World Championship and the opening round of the MotoAmerica season. The 2016 MotoGP season, with its compulsory rule changes is already looking to be an exciting one, so with this much racing in one spot on one weekend – we expect everyone to be at their top form while they reach speeds well above 210 mph.Single day passes begin at $39. Camping, hospitality packages and discounts for large groups, as well as military discounts are also available. For more information, please visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp16 or feel free to call: 512-301-6600.MotoAmerica is the top US based racing league and here at UMC, we strongly encourage all fans to come out in force, showing their dedication to the sport in person. As we all know, if you want things to stick around, you have to get out and support it, especially when it comes to rare opportunities such as this one.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!