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COTA: A new circuit, a new American challenge

The first MotoGP™ visit to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) poses a new challenge for Grand Prix riders and teams alike. The Texan location now becomes the fourth race track in the USA to have hosted a Grand Prix event.

The championship first visited the United States in 1964, when the world-famous Daytona circuit welcomed the series on the same weekend as the Daytona 200 event. The format would remain the same the following year.

After a 22-year break, the Grand Prix circus returned to the USA in 1988 - at California’s Laguna Seca. Six races would be staged up until 1994, with 1992 being the year of absence. Following a decade’s break, MotoGP returned to the popular location with the current format that sees just the premier class competing.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – another racing setting of world prestige – was first used for Grand Prix motorcycle racing in 2008, which became the year in which two MotoGP races had been staged in the country during the same campaign.

As Laguna Seca and Indianapolis remain on the calendar in 2013, the USA becomes the second country (after Spain) to host three or more MotoGP events in the same year.

Before this season, a total of 21 Grand Prix events have taken place in the USA. Daytona hosted its pair in the ‘60s and Indianapolis currently sits on five. Laguna Seca leads the way, as the 2013 race weekend will be the 15th at the venue for MotoGP.

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