Since motogp is coming to Austin.
I thought I would give you an insight of what to expect.
First of all, my F1 trip was a last minute trip,
Got a call from a buddy Monday night saying he had extra tickets, so I was there Thursday
Getting to Austin
My flight for April is already bought, $258 from Seattle return.
Last minute tickets to Austin for the F1 was nearly $1600, yeah, special event gouging.
So I flew to Houston for about $500 and rented a car for 4 days for a whooping $61 total.
Houston to Austin is 165 miles and easily done in about 2 1/2 hours.
Staying in Austin
Lucky enough for me, I have friends there and this is a non issue for me.
But the place to stay in Austin is Downtown. Don't try to get too close to the circuit as it is about 20 miles from Downtown, and there is nothing in between for entertainment.
Downtown Austin during the F1 race was a Party and a half. They had 9 square blocks blocked off as a pedestrian party zone. I am pretty sure they will do the same for the Motogp weekend as they do it for their other big festival, "South by Southwest"
Getting to the Circuit
The circuit did a trial run and got 15000 people to drive to the circuit on one morning, apparently it was chaos, so they decided to have a shuttle to get people to and from the circuit.
Two park and ride locations, Downtown and the Travis County Expo center.
Although the lineups were long, it went pretty quick as they had hundreds and hundreds of busses. You never waited for a bus, just time to line up and board the buses.
All intersections and traffic lights were manned by law enforcement and the bus never stopped. They also had a dedicated route just for the busses.
The drop off zone at the circuit is almost one km walk on a dirt path.
Parking at the circuit is limitted and was expensive $100/day, you could park at nearby private lots for $25/day but the walk was stupid.
That place is amazing, it's new and everything is all shiny.
The first thing you got when you arrived at the circuit was a line up to get in, by the Sunday, they figured out that they needed lines for people with bags and lineups for people without so it went pretty quick.
Once you walk in, there are hundreds of volunteers with maps and giving info to all. You couldn't walk 50 ft without running into one of these. That was nice.
In my opinion, there are so many general admission area with awesome views that one doesn't need paid assigned seating.
Seating is only to the perimiter of the track, no inside track access unless you have a paddock pass.
There will be two areas where most of the motogp action will be;
Turn 1, deceiving by the pictures, it is quite a hill with a sharp blind left hairpin and a great view of the front stretch.
Turn 12-15, I think that this will be the place to see the action, back stretch is almost 1 km long down to a 90 degree left turn. This is where you want to be.
The circuit has many big screens, you can see one from just about anywhere.
So my remommendation for those going to the Motogp race:
> if the price makes sense, Fly to Houston and rent a car
> Stay Downtown
> Use the free shuttle
> Get General admission only. (not sure if they will have paddock access for sale, but again for me it's not an issue since I have great friends )