1st Track Day Filmed with GoPro and Drift Mic

Robert here (aka Wiski) – just thought I’d share this short clip from a video I shot on my first track day ever last year. I’m on the wall at Texas World Speedway trying to get low enough to get as much as I can on the wall. This is not the How To video we just released yesterday. That one is only for R1Videos Insiders for the time being. It’s free, quick and easy to sign up for future videos so sign up to be an Insider here.

Anyways, I shot this video with my GoPro HD Hero2. I used the Drift external microphone to record my voice while on the bike. Oh yeah, the GoPro is mounted on my helmet upside down using my own method. You can see how we did the GoPro helmet mount in this post. So the video will give you a basic idea of the resulting video footage. However, that’s on a track – it looks better when riding in a normal riding position and not tucking in so low. I’ll post another video vlog from the normal riding position soon so you can see how that looks also.

Wiski 1st Track Day on Wall at Texas World Speedway

 

2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Schedule

2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Schedule:

Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida March 14-16, 2013
TBD April/May
Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin May 31-June 2, 2013
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama June 21-23, 2013
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio July 12-14, 2013
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California July 19-21, 2013
Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah August 2-4, 2013
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana (Harley-Davidson XR1200) August 16-18, 2013
TBA August/September
New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey September 13-15, 2013
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California September 26-28, 2013

Find more racing schedules here on our R1Videos.com Race Calendars page. Find old race schedules and current race calendars.

MotoGP™ to race in Texas in 2013 at the Circuit of The Americas™

MotoGP™ to race in Texas in 2013 at the Circuit of The Americas™

[Press Release]

MotoGP comes to Circuit of The Americas COTAAUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 3, 2012) – Circuit of The Americas today announced that the world’s premier motorcycle racing World Championship, MotoGP™, will join its roster of racing events next spring with the three-day series set for April 19-21, 2013, at the purpose-built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of the MotoGP series, the new circuit will be the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year’s time.

MotoGP, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, consists of 18 races in 13 countries on four continents with pan-global television coverage. Nine nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders, including current U.S. riders Colin Edwards, Ben Spies and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, compete with cutting-edge, prototype motorcycle technology produced by Ducati, Yamaha and Honda, as well as the new CRT regulation machines from the likes of FTR, Suter and Aprilia. The series traditionally holds three races, including Moto2 and Moto3 competitions, during each event for various classes of motorcycles based on engine size.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive officer for Dorna Sports, commercial rights holder for the MotoGP series, is extremely happy to add the Austin Circuit to the official MotoGP schedule. “We are excited to be working with Circuit of The Americas to expand our programming in the United States and bring our series to an exceptional new Grand Prix facility in Texas. We see tremendous opportunities to market MotoGP and grow its fan base through this agreement and know Circuit of The Americas is the right promoter to help us achieve that goal.”

Circuit President Steve Sexton added, “The Circuit of The Americas team is delighted to introduce yet another world-renowned racing series to our 2013 event calendar—one we know will be hugely popular with fans coming to experience MotoGP for the first time at our state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex in Austin. MotoGP has a worldwide fan base with more than two million followers watching races in person each year. We’re confident it will be a great addition to our programming and draw tens of thousands of people to Central Texas, creating yet another major event with significant economic impact for our region. We want to extend our thanks to the Austin Sports Commission for its help in securing yet another first-class event for our city and for helping us become the first U.S. racing venue to host two World Championship motorsport events.”

MotoGP’s reach extends to more than 200 countries and territories that receive live or same-day delayed broadcasts of the MotoGP events, with the coverage delivered to more than 337 million households worldwide.

MotoGP 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, who hails from Kentucky, rides for the Ducati Factory Team and said he’s eager to try out the new Austin circuit. “It’s great for riders and fans to have another MotoGP event in the United States, and Circuit of The Americas will give us a chance to expose more of our homegrown fan base to MotoGP in an up-close-and-personal way,” Hayden noted. “I love competing at new, fresh tracks and am really looking forward to racing at the Austin circuit.”

Texan Colin Edwards races for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team and their CRT project. The former World Superbike Champion said a MotoGP race at a new circuit just two hours from his home in Conroe, Texas (near Houston), means he can actually “drive to work” for a change. “Adding a race to the U.S. schedule makes a statement that MotoGP is working to expand it influence on American soil. The best way to grow our sport is to add races, and with events on the East and West Coasts—and now one in Middle America—it’s the perfect opportunity for more fans to see us in action. Plus, my family is really looking forward to jumping in a pick-up truck and driving up to Austin to see me compete.”

Rider Ben Spies, who calls Longview, Texas, “home,” is also excited about the 2013 schedule. “Who wouldn’t be excited to have a MotoGP race in their home state? I hope all of my CMRA, WERA and AMA racing friends and family storm the track. It will be so easy for me to cruise down to Circuit of The Americas from my house in Dallas.”

Tickets for the MotoGP event at Circuit of The Americas go on sale Oct. 16, 2012, will range in price from $133 to $199 and be available for purchase through Ticketmaster. Patrons with Circuit of The Americas Personal Seat Licenses will receive price discounts on MotoGP tickets. For more information, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets.

About Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, entertainment, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and be the U.S. home to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ Nov. 16-18.

The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings will include an expansive outdoor live music space, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as a state-of-the-art medical facility. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com.

About MotoGP

Established as a World Championship by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) in 1949, MotoGP is now into its 63rd year. It is the pinnacle of motorcycle championships in the world and the premier-class of three racing classes that take to the track on a typical Grand Prix weekend. MotoGP has been administrated by commercial rights holder Dorna Sports under the supervision of governing body, the FIM, since 1992.

MotoGP has a rich history with Grand Prix events having taken place in every corner of the world. Italy, Japan, Great Britain, Spain, the United States and Australia are just some of the nationalities that have produced high numbers in terms of race victories and world titles in its long history. Information about MotoGP can be found online at www.motogp.com.

MotoGP Comes To Austin Texas!

MotoGP has finally released the dates for the races at the new Circuit of The Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas. Tickets go on sale Tuesday October 16th, 2012 (10/02/2012). The MotoGP races in Austin, Tx will be held April 19th – 23st, 2013.

For more info and track layout: Circuitoftheamericas.com/moto-gp

Yeee haw, boys and girls!! This is the best news ever! Can’t WAIT for track days…

Something For Our Female Audience

R1Videos has been coming up short when it comes to getting some interesting coverage for our female audience – that sucks, sorry! Yes, 10% (and growing) of our readers are females, but so far, 0% of our content has covered anything for all you gals out there that own, ride, race, or just have an interest in the world of sportbiking. That’s all gonna change because we definitely don’t wanna leave out the ladies!

Megan Wanat CMRA racer
CMRA Racer - Megan Wanat

To get things started off, we were lucky enough to catch up with CMRA racer Megan Wanat who we will be featuring in a series over the course of many posts to come. So while she is busy answering some of our interview questions and filling us in on her journey into the sport of racing and the world of motorcycling, be sure to check out her videos on the DistinctR6 YouTube channel.  There will be plenty more to come so check back!

Also, if you are a female that would like to help educate us all on your love for and experiences in sportbiking, shoot us an email at: Robert at R1Videos . com

Stay visible everyone!

How To Change Brake Pads on Yamaha R1

Finally, after a month or so of trying to get this How To Video production out, we finally got it done to help you change your brake pads on your R1 or similar motorcycle with similar brake system. Sorry for the lighting issues. We didn’t have enough light and no time to re-shoot. If you just got your R1 or if you’ve had it for years, we strongly recommend switching out your brake pads. It’s simple to do it yourself and takes less than ten minutes per side. In this video we show you how to change out your brake pads on one side, so just repeat the exact same procedure on the other side. Tools needed: needle nose pliers (curved work better) and possibly a flat head screw driver. You will need to buy 2 sets of break pads (that’s 4 pads total – 2 for each side). We chose DP brand “Sport HH+” pads (green package) this time around because Todd has run them on his 2004 R1 and they kick ass! I’ve been on them now for about 500+ miles and combined with steel braided brake lines (the next video we’re working on) I couldn’t be happier with them. They have awesome initial bite and stop way better and smoother than OEM brake pads. Now here’s the video so you can “Get Your Fix!”

2012 Race Calendars

We added a new dedicated page to the site to keep all the 2012 race calendars in one easy to find place so you have no excuse to miss out on the action this year. All of this year’s racing schedules for MotoGP, AMA Pro Road Racing, SBK Superbike FIM World Championships, and Isle of Man TT (and links to their sources) can be found here at R1Videos on our Race Calendars page.