So you went to Austin for MotoGP? Smart move! But how to fill the weekend beyond the racing? Here's three things to do in the evening:
On Friday evening, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew will be getting together with Photo.GP, Asphalt & Rubber and MotoMatters.com for an informal gathering at Handlebar Austin, at 121 E 5th St. If you'd like to meet and chat with Steve English, Neil Morrison, Tony Goldsmith, Scott Jones, Jensen Beeler and David Emmett, come along to the HandleBar Austin bar. We will be there from 8pm onwards, and looking forward to seeing you all there.
Saturday evening sees flat track added to the schedule, with a purpose-built half mile oval hosting an official round of the AMA Pro Flat Track series. The big names of the American Flat Track scene wil be competing at the event, including reigning champion Jared Mees, and the racing promises to be as spectacular as ever.
With most of the MotoGP grid likely to turn up to spectate, there is every chance of bumping into your idol. Ducati and Honda have already confirmed that most of their teams will be attending, and Yamaha are also likely to be out at the race in force. The popularity of dirt track as a method of training means you have a chance to meet the stars of two series, both MotoGP and AMA Pro Flat Track.
The evening kicks off at 7pm, with tickets on sale via the event's dedicated website. Fans with tickets for the MotoGP race will receive a $5 discount on tickets for the event.
The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is a favorite at Austin every year. Featuring some of the most innovative and fascinating one-off motorcycles, it is a feast for the eyes. The level of engineering and ingenuity on display is always mind-boggling, and it is a fine way to while away an hour or two.
It is also a place to meet MotoGP celebrities. The show is a favorite with the paddock as much as the fans, so if you want to bump into your favorite crew chief or an interesting journalist, it is as good a place to hang around as any.