Monday, March 14, 2011

Start of the 2011 MotoGP Season

Here at YouGoDo we love motorcycle activities, and its great to see the MotoGP season back for 2011, kicking in Qatar on the 20th of this month.

Then, after the season's opening evening race, under the dramatic floodlights at the Losail circuit in Qatar, the action moves to Europe, with the first of four 2011 MotoGP races to be held in Spain, at Jerez de Frontera, in Andalucia, my local circuit.

The Jerez race takes place from the 1st to the 3rd of April, under hopefully sunny Spanish skies, and definitely in front of a huge frenzied crowd. The World's greatest motorcyclists including Valentino Rossi and local Spanish favourites Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, will be battling it out on the track for a win at the superb Jerez de la Frontera circuit.

Given the insatiable appetite of the Spanish for motorcycle racing, this is probably the most atmospheric race on the calendar. Over 220,000 keen motorcycle racing fans will flock through the gates during the three days of the event.

And with Spanish riders winning all three world Championships in 2010, come race day on Sunday 3rd April, I am sure the circuit will be packed by 9 a.m. It's going to be a stunning event with the huge crowd cheering on their three world champions. This will be especially true in ‘the zoo’, a location where a large proportion of the huge crowd gather (between turns 9 ‘Angel Nieto’ and 10 ‘Peluqui’). Here, in a natural amphitheatre like bowl, it is a great place to get to know a real ‘Spanish MotoGP’ atmosphere, as you will be dragged into the party by tens of thousands of locals with their air horns, screaming chain saws (blades removed!), beach balls, frisbees, etc. The party starts before the first bike takes to the track and ends at the end of the event!

Every riders effort is politely applauded, and the lovable Rossi is adored by many of the Spanish crowd, over and above their own countrymen!

And if the 2011 MotoGP race is anything like last years race, Jerez will be buzzing - Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo came from way back to beat fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on the very last lap, after much fairing bashing between the pair! A stunning race.

For lovers of motorsports I cannot recommend it highly enough - Get along and catch a Spanish MotoGP!

And if you cannot make Jerez here is the full MotoGP calender!

Mar 18-20 Qatar, Losail
Apr 01-03 Spain, Jerez
Apr 22-24 Japan, Motegi
Apr 29-May 01 Portugal, Estoril
May 13-15 France, Le Mans
Jun 03-05 Catalunya, Catalunya
Jun 10-12 Great Britain, Silverstone
Jun 23-25 Netherlands, Assen
Jul 01-03 Italy, Mugello
Jul 15-17 Germany, Sachsenring
Jul 22-24 United States, Laguna Seca
Aug 12-14 Czech Republic, Brno
Aug 26-28 United States, Indianapolis
Sep 02-04 San Marino, Misano
Sep 16-18 Aragon Motorland, Aragon
Oct 14-16 Australia, Phillip Island
Nov 04-06 Spain, Valencia Mar 18-20

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A remember to take you ear plugs and / or air horn!

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