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Mar 6th 2018, 10:47 AM   #1
 equinity's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
2018 MotoGP at COTA

Hey everyone,

So the moto gods have smiled upon me, by some kind of miracle and I have to in Houston the week before MotoGP in Austin for training and I had already planned on extended my stay. So.... I'm going to to the race.

If I was going to be by myself I'd be there the entire weekend, but the wife isn't too keen on motorcycles, let alone racing she knows nothing about. I'm hoping for the pinnacle of motorcycle sport to spark some interest, but I'm not holding my breath. Alas I digress.

My question really lies in has anyone just gone GA to COTA? Is it a good time? Can you see the action?
Mar 6th 2018, 11:21 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
This will be my first time, but the guys I'm going with have been several times and say GA is the way to go. Allows you to see the action from all around the track and get some exercise!
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Mar 6th 2018, 12:45 PM   #3
 Cougar's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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Originally Posted by PeteN95
This will be my first time, but the guys I'm going with have been several times and say GA is the way to go. Allows you to see the action from all around the track and get some exercise!
Yep, GA is the way to go. It's a beautiful facility.
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Mar 6th 2018, 02:56 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

  Anything with two wheels.
GA for sure. plenty of places to watch.
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Mar 7th 2018, 02:19 PM   #5
 
  Sep 2016
  Spokane

  02 FZ1 Yamaha, 08 Suzuki GSXR 1000 trackbike, Honda XR200
Cota 2018

Whatttt? No one wants to ride 5k miles round trip for the quintessential trip on a bike? ;-( Well, I would probably fly down, if I did not have some inner ear problems with elevation change, it is even a bit sketchy riding over mtn passes for me, for quite a few years. If anybody from the NW wants to ride down thru Nev, AZ etc, i am available as a cost sharing riding partner. Riding my 2002 FZ1, won't slow anybody down, at least in the corners. ;-) Open to sharing motel costs vs camping vs ? Let me know if any interest. I have ridden in the fast class at all trackdays in the last decade, don't think that will slow anybody down that likes an up tempo ride, but I can ride slower too. One of the big if's, is the weather till get further south and in mtn passes, my snow tires are pretty much my Q3's. CB
Mar 7th 2018, 04:12 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  here

  there
flying down, don't have the time off for a ride, and i have a free flight from airline miles
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Mar 7th 2018, 04:51 PM   #7
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  Mar 2016
  Bothell

Every year I tell myself I want to make this race. Every year I get too excited about my own riding and forget to plan a trip. This year is no different...maybe next year.
Mar 7th 2018, 05:22 PM   #8
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  Oct 2016
  Yakima

Quote:
Originally Posted by equinity
Hey everyone,

So the moto gods have smiled upon me, by some kind of miracle and I have to in Houston the week before MotoGP in Austin for training and I had already planned on extended my stay. So.... I'm going to to the race.

If I was going to be by myself I'd be there the entire weekend, but the wife isn't too keen on motorcycles, let alone racing she knows nothing about. I'm hoping for the pinnacle of motorcycle sport to spark some interest, but I'm not holding my breath. Alas I digress.

My question really lies in has anyone just gone GA to COTA? Is it a good time? Can you see the action?
I went for the very first F1 race in 2012. My recommendation for the best seats would be the top of turn one or the end of the back straight were you can see them come at you and race through the tight infield section. With GA though, you can walk around. My guess is not all the seats will be taken and you might get your choice!

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Mar 7th 2018, 09:17 PM   #9
 
  Sep 2016
  Spokane

  02 FZ1 Yamaha, 08 Suzuki GSXR 1000 trackbike, Honda XR200
Ahh well

In my 20's I rode this kind of miles, I would fly if I could without worries about by hearing loss getting worse, but alas, that is not the case. So, 5K miles on my FZ1 and hopefully a good race. Hope to see some of you guys there, we could be the PNW riders representatives. heh heh.

CB
Mar 7th 2018, 10:31 PM   #10
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
My wife and I went a couple of years ago, and we did GA. Glad we did! Saved a lot of money, and great views from all over/around the track. We found we liked Turn 1 the best, and sat on the grass. We stayed there during the motogp race. Moto 2 and Moto 3 we walked around a bit.

A few pictures to wet the taste buds from Turn 1

2016 Motogp 557_zpsae4mmun6 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

2016 Motogp 574_zpste7atwam by Brad Everett, on Flickr

2016 Motogp 625_zpsojhn2xzb by Brad Everett, on Flickr
Mar 7th 2018, 10:37 PM   #11
 That One Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

My wife and I went in 2016, and although we had reserved seats was just as good. We spent 50 percent of our time in GA anyway just getting different perspectives on the races. The COTA facility is awesome and well worth the trip.

Also, be sure to check out Austin and the surrounding towns if you can. We had a blast in downtown Austin. Great bars, food and people. Also worth a trip, had a great time at Middleton Brewing in San Marcos. It's a bit far south but worth the trio if you have the time. If ever there was a cool bar Mad Max style in the middle of nowhere, Middleton is it.

WHERE BEER IS BREWED, NO EVIL CAN EXIST ? Middleton Brewing
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Mar 7th 2018, 10:44 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

Quote:
Originally Posted by Willow
My wife and I went a couple of years ago, and we did GA. Glad we did! Saved a lot of money, and great views from all over/around the track. We found we liked Turn 1 the best, and sat on the grass. We stayed there during the motogp race. Moto 2 and Moto 3 we walked around a bit.

A few pictures to wet the taste buds from Turn 1

2016 Motogp 557_zpsae4mmun6 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

2016 Motogp 574_zpste7atwam by Brad Everett, on Flickr

2016 Motogp 625_zpsojhn2xzb by Brad Everett, on Flickr
Man, we had to be right next to you Brad when Pedrosa took out Dovizioso. Small world man! Wish we could have made contact.
Mar 8th 2018, 07:46 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
I'll be there with my Dad. Moto-Gods be praised!
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Mar 8th 2018, 08:02 AM   #14
 equinity's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
Quote:
Originally Posted by That One Guy
My wife and I went in 2016, and although we had reserved seats was just as good. We spent 50 percent of our time in GA anyway just getting different perspectives on the races. The COTA facility is awesome and well worth the trip.

Also, be sure to check out Austin and the surrounding towns if you can. We had a blast in downtown Austin. Great bars, food and people. Also worth a trip, had a great time at Middleton Brewing in San Marcos. It's a bit far south but worth the trio if you have the time. If ever there was a cool bar Mad Max style in the middle of nowhere, Middleton is it.

WHERE BEER IS BREWED, NO EVIL CAN EXIST ? Middleton Brewing
Oh we'll be spending a couple days in Austin. Long story short, but we were expecting to move to Austin this year, but I finally got the promotion that was promised. But she started getting really excited about Austin, so a few days of vacation there is required.
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Mar 8th 2018, 10:34 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  here

  there
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Originally Posted by Spydrmon
This year is no different...maybe next year.
that's what i said about laguna, and indy...

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