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Old 11-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Smile Moto GP in Austin April 19-21

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My old buddy Mitch suggested we go to see the Moto GP races in Austin in April. So, we scored the good seats and are planning a long weekend. It should be fun, I have never seen one of these events. We may ride up there depending on weather, etc.

The big question: what team/riders to root for? I am kind of a fan of those Italian fellas, but then again I have a soft spot for the red wings and the triple-tuning forks.

Ah, the weekend is near. The weather looks good.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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Well Spies or Edwards are always good choices being texans and former CMRA riders.
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This brought up another point in my mind, what are the chances of getting a local like Ty Howard on the track as a wildcard? I'd like to see that.
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This brought up another point in my mind, what are the chances of getting a local like Ty Howard on the track as a wildcard? I'd like to see that.
Me too but he would get lapped real quick.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:38 PM   #5
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As always, I'll be rooting for Nicky Hayden, even though hes on that dogshit ducati. Hopefully they can get something going next season.
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If anybody that should have a chance at a Widcard spot it should be Josh Hayse (sp).

He did grid up at Laguna last year and did pretty well or was that Bostorm who did the Laguna Moto GP show??
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Hayes raced somewhere, and he did pretty well. Bostrom also raced but im not sure where. I don't think he did too well though.
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Where's Grinchy when you need him. He always has those stats. He would know which one of the two it was and where.
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After watching Moto2 this season I'm going to be paying attention to Marquez. That kid is hungry and it ought to make for some entertaining racing. Aside from that I'll be rooting for Edwards, because he is awesome.
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bought my tickets when they first came out

i've been told the Holiday Inn by the airport will have lotsa of italian cooking going on.....wink wink....

also been told to enter the race course from the east side vs west.

F1 race tehre got good reviews for the track, just not enough $ or food.
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I'll be rooting for all the American riders and FIAT Yamaha. Some logistical issues at COTA for the F1 race, but i'm pretty sure they will all be worked out by the time MotoGP is there.
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If anybody that should have a chance at a Widcard spot it should be Josh Hayse (sp).

He did grid up at Laguna last year and did pretty well or was that Bostorm who did the Laguna Moto GP show??
That would've been 2011... easy to loose a year I know....but yeah Hayes did well at Valencia in the last race of the season as a last minute stand in for Colin Edwards on a stalited yahmaha who was injured after the Marco's crash. Hayes was scheduled to test there after the race and flew in early and jumped in and took 7 th. Boz did Laguna but over braked into a gravel trap if I remember right.

CRT made up the wildcard entries last year, Steve Rapp with Atttack Performance and Aron Yates with GPTech. CRT is best chance and probably the only real chance for a MotoGP Wild Card. I still was impressed that two American entries with very little testing did well enough and qualified for Indy repectably withing the 107% time of polesitter. And raced well with Rapp scoring points in 14th place the Yates one place outside the points.

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bought my tickets when they first came out

i've been told the Holiday Inn by the airport will have lotsa of italian cooking going on.....wink wink....

also been told to enter the race course from the east side vs west.

F1 race tehre got good reviews for the track, just not enough $ or food.

Will depend on what lot you have parking for as to what way you drive into the track. The officers directing the traffic for F1 were not understanding of being in the wrong lane or wrong road if you made a mistake. You had to wait through the traffic multiple times if so. Other than that traffic wasn't an issue at all coming in to the track on 130. I would avoid the 71 to 130 intersection if possible though.

Food was the worst on Friday when they didn't know what to expect. Getting your food before the big lunch rush is the best that I can suggest. Also, going to the food areas that are not in the grand plaza by T15 as that is the craziest area of the track for concessions. They have food vendors all around the track though so no need to wait an hour for food at T15 unless you just have to have something they sell there.

The F1 race went smooth aside from expected growing pains. So all in all my advice for anyone going to the future races that will attract a big crowd is to arrive early, avoid the T15 concessions areas at rush time, know the access roads for your parking lot, avoid the pedestrian bridges during peaks times to get from the grand plaza area to the other side of the track near T5 etc.
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