Things To Do In Austin: @PaddockPassPod Meetup, Flat Track at COTA,

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:

1. Paddock Pass Podcast/Asphalt & Rubber / PhotoGP / MotoMatters meet up - Friday, 8pm, Handlebar

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.

2. Flat Track at the Circuit of the Americas - Saturday, 7pm, COTA

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.

3. Handbuilt Motorcycle Show - Friday through Sunday, 1100 E 5th St

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.

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You guys definitively need to hit a good BBQ joint like Franklin's or the Salt Lick for a true texas experience! Unfortunately I'll probably just drive down for the race on Sunday otherwise I would be happy to buy you guys a beer on Friday and talk motorcycles with the Podcast Pass crew!

back in the day all the road racers would be riding the flat track to pick up a few bucks.  with today's specialists even as good as Rossi and Marquez may be at short track they wouldn't stand a chance against Mees, Baker, Coolbeth, Halbert and company.  just ask Troy Bayliss.  this isn't some shorter than short indoor exhibition race.  this is a half mile on proper bikes, 750 twins for the most part, weigh a minimum of 310 pounds with 100+ horsepower.  I imagine most road racers are glad their contract doesn't allow them to ride these things.  stand next to the track and you'll see why they call this the rolling thunder revue.

Hi David,

I was wondering what are all the races in the year you attend?

Well...yes, but to be fair Mees, Baker, Colberth, Halbert and company wouldn't stand a chance on a MotoGP bike either. One may also ask Troy Bayliss about this angle! Just affrims that specialzation you mentioned. ;)

This is actually my first time at COTA and Texas (part of me will always miss Indy) so I actually really appreciate this write up haha! Definitely gonna stick around for the flat track