Two thrilling races of the 2019 MotoGP world championship are over and now it’s time for round 3 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend. COTA is one of the toughest tracks on the MotoGP calendar and, therefore, that much more thrilling to watch riders race on it. We’re super excited for the 2019 Americas GP.
Here are 5 things you should know about the Americas GP-
1- The United States have hosted 31 GPs in total: 15 at Laguna Seca, 8 at Indianapolis, 6 at Austin, and 2 at Daytona.
2- In 2018, Danilo Petrucci’s Desmosedici GP (fielded by the Pramac Racing Team) posted the highest top speed – 347.9 km/h – tied with Crutchlow’s Honda.
3- MotoGP has been racing at Austin since 2013. Marquez won each race (6) held at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) so far, scoring pole position on each occasion.
4- COTA is one of the four tracks on the MotoGP calendar (together with Barcelona, Zeltweg, and Silverstone) to host Formula 1 as well.
5- The hardest braking zone coincides with turn 12, where riders hold the brakes for 6.3 seconds covering almost 300 meters with a 1.5g deceleration.