This is it. You’ve decided you’re off to soak up some MotoGP for real. Only question is, which round?
We’ve loaded up a list of five of the best GPs that should be on your MotoGP bucket list!
1. The Grand Prix of the Americas
Keep Austin Weird, or so the saying goes. Well, alongside your dose of MotoGP goodness you can cram in some great food, party hard, and meet some pretty interesting people. Circuit of the Americas is a spectacular track with a viewing platform for those lucky enough to get up there, but wherever you’re sat you’re guaranteed action and fun. Just take Colin Edwards’ word for it.
2. The TT Assen
This one’s for the death metal fans amongst you, or just those who love a full-on bike festival atmosphere. Bring your camping gear and prepare for a pot-belly parade, this is biker territory with barbecues and beer all the way. The longest-serving track on the current calendar (it’s been holding a round ever since 1949), Assen is steeped in history and a MotoGP must-see.
3. The Australian GP
For sheer wow factor, Phillip Island simply won’t be beaten. Perched on the edge of stunning cliffs and with long, sweeping corners that encourage fearless and fast racing, it’s a stunner of a circuit. In 2015 it produced the race of the season, so if you can make it in 2016 you could well be in for a treat.
4. Grand Prix of Japan
Okay, we get it. Heading all the way to Australia isn’t exactly cheap, or close, so you may as well make a full jaunt of it, right? Tie it in with the Japanese GP at Motegi. The fans are another level, taking dedication to their heroes to new heights. Full-on MotoGP fairings on buggies, ladies dressed as MotoGP motorcycles, and babies waddling around in full MotoGP replica leathers are just some of the highlights.
5. Italian Grand Prix
Back to Europe, and Mugello is another one that might bend the mind. Beautiful Tuscan countryside and rolling hills surrounding the track are juxtaposed with Italian men in cut-off t-shirts and denim hotpants (yes, we really have witnessed this). The real draw is the tifosi though. The circuit is packed full with vociferous fans, and it reaches peak fever on race day with a track invasion post-race – we’ve even seen someone wheelying a moped down the start-finish straight.
Valentino Rossi ritually addresses the adoring crowd from the podium to round things off in true style.