MotoGP, motorcycling’s equivalent of Formula One racing, roars into its 2013 season April 7 in Qatar, the first stop on an 18-city worldwide circuit that for the first time includes Austin.
The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is scheduled at the Circuit of the Americas from April 19-21. Like the Formula One race last November, it is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators and a worldwide television audience.
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MOTOGP 2013 SCHEDULE
April 7;Losail Circuit, Qatar
April 21;Austin (COTA)
May 5;Jerez, Spain
May 19;Le Mans, France
June 2;Mugello, Italy
June 16;Catalunya, Spain
June 29;Assen, Holland
July 14;Sachsenring, Germany
July 21;Laguna Seca, U.S.
Aug. 25;Brno, Czech Republic
Sept. 1;Silverstone, UK
Sept. 15;Misano, Italy
Sept. 29;Aragon, Spain
Oct. 13;Sepang, Malaysia
Oct. 20;Phillip Island, Australia
Oct. 27;Motegi, Japan
Nov. 10;Valencia, Spain
MOTO’S FAB FIVE
This year’s MotoGP series has five riders who are expected to lead the way:
Cal Crutchlow (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha): English rider made his previous mark in Supersport racing.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha): Spanish rider was the 2010, 2012 MotoGP world champ.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda): In his second season, the Spaniard was last year’s Moto2 champion.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda): Spaniard, who’ll turn 28 the day of MotoGP’s race in Aragon, was the youngest 250cc Grands Prix champ.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha): Italian is a nine-time MotoGP grand prix champion.