MotoGP » Kevin Schwantz advising Austin F1 track on bikes

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August 30, 2010 3:54 PM

Sounds like a smart idea. It'd certainly be cheaper to build the track in the first place amenable to both F1 and MotoGP, than try to convert it afterwards. Yeah, there's no promise of a MotoGP race in Texas at present. I'm all in favor of having 4-5 tracks in the U.S. set up to MogoGP's expectations. Gives us better odds to keep two races a year - and is a big help for those like me who live on the east coast.

Olek - Unregistered

August 30, 2010 4:19 PM

I was at Indy, and it seems like Dorna is counting on the texas facility. They extended the contract with INDY for 1 year, and I know they said it is because of all the other contracts stuff reported in another article, but with a new facility built specifically for motogp (if they do it in conjuction with F1) and a rising star from texas, it will be hard for Dorna to pass up, as the numbers in indy are still disappointing, despite a great venue, great city, and great activities. The three different surfaces at indy are not popular with the riders, especially the "bump" that took out a bunch of riders and rossi complained about.

Bliz - Unregistered

August 30, 2010 6:39 PM

I think it's a no brainer that if and when this track is completed it will start booking events to recoup costs. With F1 already set, a MotoGP event would be a logical addition. Laguna Seca has too much allure to lose, but Indianapolis should be concerned. I'm sure organizers will pushing to move that event to Texas.

Guntown - Unregistered

August 30, 2010 7:24 PM

No joke Muggsly! I live within 45 minutes of Austin and it's been 98 - 103 degree's with a heat index of 108 lately. First race in usually in April so the weather would be great then... Keep our fingers crossed!

I didn't know Schwantz lived in Austin.(?)

Al - Unregistered

August 30, 2010 11:51 PM

...could we have the USA races one after the other??? Seems stupid to have one then move everything back for the Czech GP???... How much extra does THAT cost??? I'm SURE it'd make a great 'vacation?' for you americans.

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 12:57 AM

Alure of Laguna Seca? You're not serious are you? I live about 2 hours away and still don't find anything aluring about Laguna. Sure, the track is pretty nice, but remember, everyone complained about the bumps there too in the first year. The logistics of Laguna are horrible. Insufficient garage space for anything other than MotoGP, ingress and egress from the track is GARBAGE, the locals don't like all the motorcycles, traffic or noise (more to the point, are trying to get the races stopped) hotels gouge the hell out of race fans, and finally the local Law Enforcement is very anti motorcycle. Speed traps galore, each with dozens of officers. Bike specific check points too. I won't go back.

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