AUSTIN (KXAN) - Circuit of the Americas will be buzzing with action over the weekend as the track gets set to host its third big event.
This weekend's events will have a much different feel and sound to it than the first two.
Motorcycle racing's biggest circuit, MotoGP , invades COTA this week.
Tuesday at the track was the calm before the storm.
"Right now we're preparing the racetrack," said Mel Harder, Circuit of the Americas general manager. "You see signing going up, the track final details, painting, really trying to make it look nice, that's the easy stuff though."
The riders will practice on Friday, qualify on Saturday and races take place on Sunday.
"They'll show up Wednesday morning, start breaking down their boxes, set up their garages much like F1," said Chuck Aksland, COTA's vice president for motorsports. "All the equipment's come straight from the first grand prix in Qutar, so they'll do what they need to do to refresh it."
Even though there are only a handful of U.S. drivers on the circuit, this weekend's race will mark the first of three races in the U.S. Only Spain will host as many races.
"The riders were out here a few weeks ago doing some tire testing, rave reviews, they really liked it," Harder said. "It's very challenging; I think its one of the best courses they'll run this year."
Two of the U.S. drivers are from right here in Texas. Ben Spies comes from Dallas and Collin Edwards is from Houston.
After Austin, the circuit will travel to Jerez, Spain. Other U.S. stops include the Mazda Raceway in Monterey, Calif., and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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