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I recently attended the 2019 MotoAmerica Championship of Virginia at Virginia International Raceway.  Phil, from The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show, and I attended the race with press credentials. Those credentials got us into almost all parts of the race including the starting line and paddock.

The racing has gotten a lot better, to the point where I will state that the racing in MotoAmerica is the best in the world!

I am not saying the talent is better than MotoGP but, MotoAmerica has 6 riders that could win a race and currently has 4 different winners in 6 races. In fact, the winner of the 2nd superbike race was JD Beach who had won an American Flat Track race the week before. As you can see from below, we had a good time while lining ups interviews for the DawgHouse.

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Liqui Molly DawgHouse Ticket Winners

We also spent a lot of time with the fans. MotoAmerica has gone all out to make the race day a family event. From stunt shows to vendors there was something for everyone to do between races. We also met with several DawgHouse fans while we were at the race. We introduced the winners of the Liqui Molly ticket give away to Rick the Liqui Molly representative.

 

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Wayne Rainey, his wife, Chuck Askland and Phil.

If you have been following The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio you know we have been hard on MotoAmerica. We know that the leaders in MotoAmerica have been listening as we have talked with them on several occasions. I can’t say that anything we said or did had any direct input to them but a lot of what we were asking for is now delivered! 3 time World Champion Wayne Rainey and one of the owners of MotoAmerica Chuck Askland even stopped by to say high! Next time I will get a better picture.

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 This past weekend I attended the Virginia International Raceway stop of MotoAmerica.  Phil and I drove, 4 hours, to check out the action of this year’s motorcycle race.  This is the first time I have attended a professional motorcycle race in person.  I had a great time and learned a few things along the way.  In no order ….bp 10 

1.  The track is a lot steeper in person then on TV.  Wow the elevation change on the back side of the track had to be at least 300 feet top to bottom, with a couple “S” turns tossed in.  There was not many attempted passes in that section, it would take super skill or brass ones to pull it of downhill at 130MPH. 

2. Phil may still be “persona non-gratia”.  If you listen to DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio you know Phil has been hard on MotoAmerica over the last year.  Not for the motorcycle racing but for the seemingly lack of effort to entice fans to the events.  More on that below.  But anyway, I put in for media credentials for both Phil and myself, I got the “hard card” ID like badge and Phil got an armband and they misspelled his name.  LOL 

3.  The “Air Wall” works as advertised.  Hayden Gillim crashed right in front of us coming out of turn 3, sliding right into the bp 2Air Wall. I would guess he was going 80-90MPH when the motorcycle slides out from under him.  Hayden got up and walked away, though the spectators, not sure that would have been the case with a stack of tires.  

4.  When you are standing near the motorcycles when they launch off the starting line it is faster and louder than on TV. 

5.  Fox Sports 1 must get better ratings for a regular season baseball game then the Championship motorcycle race for SuperCross.  Baseball pre-empted about 20 minutes of SuperCross and that made us cross. 

6.  Virginia International Raceway is a great facility for racing.  In addition to the track there is a small hotel and condo on site.  The view of the track is good, except where they had to put up advertisements for the TV cameras, but that is money and money is why they have a good facility.  

7.  MotoAmerica is getting better.  There was a lot going on at track between races, stuff for kids, bp 6scattered corn hole games, the WALL of DEATH, vendors, and the spectacle of the race bikes getting worked.  It is a lot more then there has been in the past.  BUT, there seemed to be a more than a few cars from the DC, Maryland area based on no advertising in the Washington DC region.  What would they get if they actually tried to recruit fans to VIR? 

8.  My phone and sunlight do not mix.  I tried to do a few Facebook Live events during the weekend and then came of OK at best.  I will have to take OK as I could barely see my screen and at times had no idea if the recording was on or off!  Oh well. 

9.  The visceral feeling as the race started or flew by.  TV, at least for now, just cannot replicate that feeling as dozen high powered motorcycles scream off the line or through a turn just 25 yards away.  WOW