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MotoGP in America - a brief history

Snapshot of MotoGP in he USA
This weekend will see the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) become only the fourth American venue to host a motorcycle grand prix.

A brief history of MotoGP in the USA is as follows:

*The first two US Grands Prix were held in 1964 and 1965 at the famous Daytona circuit, on the same weekend as the Daytona 200.

* After a 22-year break, motorcycle grand prix returned to the USA in 1988 at Laguna Seca and ran through to 1994 with the exception of 1992.

* After an absence of ten years, the sport returned to Laguna Seca in 2005, albeit featuring just the premier MotoGP class.

* Indianapolis then made its motorcycle grand prix debut in 2008. Since then there have been two MotoGP events each year in the USA.

* The addition of COTA, alongside Laguna Seca and Indianapolis, means the USA becomes only the second country, after Spain, to host three or more MotoGP events in the same year.

* In total there have been 21 previous grand prix events in the USA; Daytona 2, Laguna Seca 14 and Indianapolis 5.

* Newly retired double champion Casey Stoner has taken the most US grand prix victories: three MotoGP wins at Laguna Seca and one at Indianapolis. Two riders could equal this total on Sunday: Dani Pedrosa, who has two MotoGP victories at Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca, and Nico Terol who won the 125cc race at Indianapolis on three occasions.




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Bautista, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
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Crutchlow, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Aleix Espargaro, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Aleix Espargaro, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
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Michael Laverty, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
MotoGP grid, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Marquez, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014

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shamarone

April 17, 2013 10:50 PM

re: "it seem(s) to me that Dorna only care about the motorcycle-riding crowd." well... yeah. on the coffee table in my living room, i have a copy of the indianapolis star newspaper dated sun aug 30 '09, and another dated sun aug 29 '10. the front pages of both rags those days were dedicated COMPLETELY to the riders of motogp (unprecedented). however, guess what i saw when i looked out my front door 5 secs ago...? two of the local kids on my neighbor's lawn throwing a football back and forth. epiphany: WE ARE OUTGUNNED and as a group, we lack the unity and common sense of purpose to do anything about it.



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