MotoGP » F1 impressed with new US MotoGP venue

"I'm sure it will quickly earn a reputation for being one of the greatest racetracks in the world"

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V8 - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:46 PM

It does matter that they are slower. There is more action in F1 than "GP" class bikes. An average bike race of anonymous riders and anonymous bikes interests a very little amount of people. Bikes are and always will be second to F1.


November 19, 2012 1:49 PM

Hey V8, if you hate bikes so much why post here? Go back to the 4 wheeled thread if it bothers you that much.
Some of us love 4 wheels and 2.....and those of us that do are pretty much in agreement that bike racing is where the excitement is at. We do not necessarily agree on what form of 2 wheeled sport is the most entertaining though lol.

In my house it is BSB, WSB and then MotoGp in terms of the excitement stakes :)

Rich1 - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:01 PM

The track looked great, however, the slick surface and lack of grip was giving the car guys fits. The practice sessions looked more like a drift competition versus a F1 race. If it is a slick for the bikes, they are not going to like it at all.

V8 - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:13 PM

There is more excitement in F1 this season, than there was in all the top bike series combined. BSB WSBK MGP take your pick. Pretty poor season on 2 wheels imo. BSB ruined by stupid showdown format. WSBK was only close because bikes at the top kept falling over. MGP had season full of processions. With only 3 race winners for the whole season. Not terribly exciting. IMO.

bigd - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:28 PM

i ride and love doing trackdays as much as i could. however, motogp bike will have slot time than F1 for sure. But you're comparing apple to orange. i think riders will love this track, cuz the diffuculty of the circuit. i was there during F1 weekend (3days pass) and it was awesome track in person then it was on air.

djs - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:31 PM

Did anyone else notice that not even one wing end-plate (let alone anything more serious) got damaged by contact with another car? That's pretty remarkable in this day and age of F1. And as far as I can tell, it was because COTA offers PLENTY of room to race: wide corner entries with multiple line options. For a race track that was obviously so slippery during the practice sessions, it seemed remarkable how the drivers were challenging each other all over the length of the track. They were actually RACING all through the field all through the race. This is a great circuit and I can hardly wait to see the bikes on the track.

Smokin - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:39 PM

For our US cousins,

Are they organising track bike days at the circuit? Can you hire track bikes there?

A bunch of us ex-racers (older but not bolder) like to visit big overseas tracks to relive our glory days! Only done Europe so far, but if we can get cheap flights then this looks like a beauty.


nolarocks - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:43 PM

Re: V8

Anyone can drive a car. Sit in seat, steer. Wow.

Yes, bikes have the potential for "falling over" which is why there is an infinite amount more of skill required to navigate a racecourse on a bike than by sitting on your butt in a car wrapped in a steel cage. The racecar drivers even admit they would never ride the bikes - OUT OF FEAR! (Michael aside - who, along with a handful of other drivers actually DO ride bikes - and prety well I might add.)

Anyway - take your stupid gas guzzling cars that destroy tarmac and go home. Chump.

shockjock - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 4:03 PM

So far, none of the regional or national trackday bodies have any events scheduled here at COTA for next year. They've added a fair number of car events, but no bikes yet. Cost is supposed to be $50k/day and that's tougher to drum up from the bike market. The F1 guys did mostly stay off of each other yesterday, but the GT3s were like a demolition derby. You can only fit so many guys through T1 at once. Was great to see it all in person and I look forward to riding it too, but unfortunately, no plans yet (Schwantz had been the plan, but with the falling out, I don't know what will come next)

Another V8 - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 5:06 PM

Some bike folk sure are touchy about someone pointing out the inferiority of bike racing this season. Not making a lot of sense, but touchy.

nolarocks said "take your stupid gas guzzling cars that destroy tarmac and go home. Chump." ???

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