Free for Spectators: MotoAmerica COTA Preseason Test, March 23-24

Feb 21, 2016 View Comments by

Roadracing fans in the Austin, TX, area: The schedule for MotoAmerica’s Preseason Test powered by Dunlop has been announced.  The two-day test at Circuit of the Americas, March 23-24, is open to spectators for free.

The test is to prepare MotoAmerica teams for the opening round of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series at COTA, April 10-12. The MotoAmerica round will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

Testing will get started on the first day at 8:30 a.m. with Superbike and Superstock 1000. From there the sessions alternate between 1000cc motorcycles and the Supersport/Superstock 600s with four 50-minute sessions before the lunch break. Day two of the test will also begin at 8:30 a.m., but will begin with the Supersport/Superstock 600 machines before alternating back and forth with Superbike and Superstock 1000.


The lunch break will provide race fans and media the chance to participate in a rider/team Q&A session at the track each day. The Q&A sessions will be held on both days from 12:50 to 1:10 p.m. Two-up rides will be given to members of the media from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. on both days with Superbike racer Chris Ulrich at the controls of the two-seat Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The track will again be hot starting at 1:30 p.m. on both days with the sessions again alternating between classes in 50-minute sessions. The Hot Pit Lane Walk presented by Dunlop will take place on both days starting at 5:45 p.m. with fans getting the chance to walk down hot pit lane and see the behind the scenes activity that goes on behind the garage doors during a test session.

“I think the fans who come out to COTA are really going to enjoy the experience,” said MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey. “The test is always like the first day of school with everyone getting back together again after the off-season. It will be fun to have the fans included in that. I also think they will enjoy the opportunity to interact with the riders during our Q&A sessions.”

Guests of all ages will enjoy non-stop action as riders battle for position and reach top speeds of over 210 mph. Prices start at $39 for single-day tickets. Camping, hospitality packages, and discounts for large groups and military members are also available. For more information, visit

Text & photography: MotoAmerica


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