While Circuit of the Americas continues to struggle financially, and the immediate future of the 2016 Formula One United States Grand Prix remains in doubt, COTA chairman Bobby Epstein continues to build up his MotoGP race weekend, scheduled for April 8-10, 2016.
Fresh off the approval by the Austin (Texas) City Council on Thursday, to continue to apply for state sales tax incentives through the Texas Major Events Reimbursement Program, COTA announced Friday that they had reached an agreement with AMA Pro Racing and Team SMI to play host to AMA Pro Flat Track racing in 2016.
The series will make its inaugural visit to COTA on April 9 running in conjunction with the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas.
While Circuit of the Americas is best known for its paved Formula One track, it’s no stranger to dirt-track racing. The sport debuted at the Summer X Games in 2015, and many of AMA Pro Flat Track’s top riders were there.
“We’re excited to be part of what will be the greatest ever two-wheel racing competition, ” said Bobby Epstein, Chairman of the Circuit of the Americas. “With MotoGP, MotoAmerica and AMA Pro Flat Track running on the same weekend at the same venue it will be unbeatable entertainment.”
The MotoGP race weekend typically draws fewer attendees than Formula One, but it remains an extremely popular event among fans, and this year’s MotoGP of the Americas will be the only MotoGP race in the United States.