Inagural MotoGP at the Circuits of the Americas

Deryle & Wanda Mehrten

April 2013

If you are a motorcycle race fan then you knew that the MotoGP, with the ultimate motorcycles and best riders in the world, was at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas the weekend of the 19th to the 21st of April.  The best of the best duked it out in the good old USofA.

You had to see, hear and feel Marc Marquez, the youngest rider on the MotoGP circuit, to believe just how outrageously fast he was.  He was definitely the best of the class the whole weekend and took home the win Sunday.  Wanda and I were rooting for Americans Ben Spies, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden but it's hard not to root for the winner ;)

Marquez showed off his new riding style - elbows out is old hat, it's now elbows down.  Amazing.  And the bikes are so loud we had to wear ear plugs anywhere near the track or in one of the many grandstands.  We watched the qualifying from turn 15, right down on the front row.  The sound was body shaking, absolutely amazing. 

The ride out to Fredericksburg, Texas and back, our home base, was basically a dash with 80 mph speed limits on I-10.  From Fredericksburg to the Circuit of the Americas was about 95 miles one way, all through Texas Hill Country roads with 70 and 60 mph speed limits.  Took us about an hour and a half each way.  (Well...I did make a right when I should have made a left coming home Saturday so we did about 25 extra miles that afternoon.  Still good riding ;)

Friday night and Saturday night we partied with our way kewl Uncle Paul.  We ate and drank like Kings and Queens.  A total hoot!  No issues with tires or the '08 K1200GT, she turned over 81,000 miles coming home.  The new clutch basket and new clutch pack performed like they should.  A most excellent ride.

Next it's the AZ Beemer Rally in May back in Heber this year.  Then in June itís the SEAT Overnighter in Prescott.  Then comes the long ride of the year, the BMW MOA Rally in Salem, Oregon the third weekend in July. 

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