If you’ve been following along, you might be a aware that MotoAmerica will be doing one more preseason test endorsed by Dunlop at Circuit of The Americas, March 23-24. This COTA MotoAmerica test has been made open to the public – for free.This marks the last shakedown that teams like Graves Yamaha (Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes) will get in order to gear up for the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series at COTA, kicking off April 10-12 and running in conjunction with the 2016 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.
Here is the schedule per MotoAmerica representatives: beginning at 8:30, Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes will run in four alternating 50 minutes sessions with Supersport/Superstock 600’s before the lunch break. Day two testing will open with Supersport/Superstock 600’s, again with alternating 50 minutes sessions between Superbike and Superstock 1000.During lunch, fans and media alike will have a chance to participate in rider/team Q&A sessions at the track, during both days. Each Q&A forum will begin at 12:50 and 1:10 p.m.Additionally, two-up rides will be given to members of the media from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. on both days with Superbike star Chris Ulrich and if its anything like my experience with AMA Champion Jason Pridmore, it’ll be something to remember. Directly following the press and fan festivities, the track will go hot again.Another fan feature is the Hot Pit Lane Walk presented by Dunlop. It isn’t often than fans have full access to a live pit area but it’ll allow everyone to get up close and personal with the inner workings of race lifestyle.“I think the fans who come out to COTA are really going to enjoy the experience,” said MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey. “The test is always like the first day of school with everyone getting back together again after the off-season. It will be fun to have the fans included in that. I also think they will enjoy the opportunity to interact with the riders during our Q&A sessions.”Races are a family friendly event, young and old are encouraged to come by and check out all of the fanfare at one of the biggest racing events this year at COTA. Tickets begin at $39 for single-day tickets. Camping, hospitality packages, and discounts for large groups and military members are also available. For more information visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp16 or call 512-301-6600.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!