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COTA’s Champion Marc Marquez Revs Up for MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

Get to know one of the world's fastest motorbike racer and what to expect from this thrilling weekend at The Circuit of the Americas on April 12-14

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez seen during the Qatar MotoGP Pre-Season Testing in Qatar on February 19, 2024. (Photo by Gold & Goose / Red Bull Content Pool)

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is gearing up to host the highly anticipated MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas from April 12-14. This event attracts attention from motorsport enthusiasts worldwide as riders compete in high-stakes races on one of North America’s premier racing circuits. One standout in the lineup is Marc Marquez, a dominant figure with an impressive record of eight World Championships spanning various classes, including six premier-class titles in MotoGP.

Marquez provided insights into the rigorous demands of MotoGP, emphasizing the paramount importance of both physical and mental preparedness. “If you want to be a MotoGP rider, you need to be a real athlete,” Marquez stated. “You need to control your nutrition, train a lot… And the most difficult thing is to keep your concentration throughout the 45-minute duration of the race.”

Marc Marquez seen during the Qatar MotoGP Pre-Season Testing in Qatar on February 19, 2024. (Photo by Gold & Goose / Red Bull Content Pool)

What to expect at MotoGP

Throughout the weekend, spectators can expect three action-packed days of racing excitement, starting with practice sessions on Friday to fine-tune strategies and familiarize riders with the track. Saturday ramps up with qualifying sessions, where riders vie for optimal starting positions on the grid, leading up to Sunday’s main event, where competitors engage in thrilling races across various classes, showcasing their skills and vying for victory on the world stage.

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Grand Prix, fans eagerly anticipate the unique thrills that COTA has in store. Marquez sheds light on one of the weekend’s most anticipated events, the Saturday afternoon sprint race. “One of the most special moments of this weekend is Saturday afternoon’s sprint race,” Marquez enthuses. “The sprint race is more fun because it’s only 10 laps and it’s a full attack with everybody giving it their all.”

In addition to the thrilling on-track action, fans can also immerse themselves in a variety of off-track activities and experiences. From fan zones and interactive exhibits to autograph sessions and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy over the weekend at MotoGP.

Marc Marquez, Tissot Sprint Race, Portuguese MotoGP, 23 March 2024. (Photo by Gold & Goose / Red Bull Content Pool)

A journey to greatness at COTA

Reflecting on his career, Marquez fondly recalls the pivotal moments that have defined his journey to greatness. “COTA is one of the best circuits for my riding style, and I’ve won many times here,” Marquez reminisces. “I achieved my first MotoGP championship here in Austin, so I have very good memories here… I’m lucky because I can choose from many great moments from my career, but one of the best moments would be my first victory in Austin in 2013.”

Marquez’s victory in 2013 marked a significant milestone, affirming his place among the elite riders of MotoGP. Facing formidable opponents such as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa, Marquez’s triumph showcased his unparalleled talent and ignited a trajectory of success that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

As Marquez prepares to rev his engine once again at COTA, fans brace themselves for another electrifying display of speed, skill, and sheer determination. With the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on the horizon, all eyes are on Marquez as he vies to conquer the track and add another chapter to his storied legacy in the world of MotoGP.