Austin’s MotoGP Feels The Sting Of A Rossi-less Starting Grid

Made the trip to Austin last October so I could see Valentino Rossi race his last MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas. I certainly wasn’t alone. I left wondering how the retirement of MotoGP’s biggest draw would impact the sport. Well, I got my answers after attending the Austin MotoGP on Sunday April 10th and those answers confirmed some suspicions and surprised me. First, what I expected. The crowd took a hit. A big hit. Even with improved weather conditions, removing the battalion of Rossi fans seriously diminished the…

Austin MotoGP 2021 Memories – A Hot Time At COTA

You’d think holding the American round of the MotoGP series in October at the Circuit Of The Americas (or COTA) assured a fighting chance that the famous Texas temps would have cooled a bit. Nope. Stepping off the plane in Austin felt like walking into a sauna. The heat was stifling and would play a major role in the weekend’s racing. Speaking of the racing, if you want turn-by-turn coverage, you can’t do better than clicking here to read the excellent reporting from Cycle News. I can’t come close to…