MotoGP 2013: A Preview of Round 2 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas

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MotoGP 2013: A Preview of Round 2 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas
photo courtesy of motogp.com

MotoGP could not have asked for a better, more exciting opening to its 2013 season.

Though Jorge Lorenzo won the race by six seconds from pole position without ever being challenged, it was the battle for second place between a resurgent Valentino Rossi and rookie phenom Marc Marquez that thrilled fans around the globe.

As an encore, the traveling carnival that is MotoGP will head to Austin, Texas for the first time this weekend. The riders will test their skills on the brand new Circuit of the Americas that, by all accounts, is stunning in its beauty, and brutal in its technical challenges.

Following is a look at how the CRT and prototype machines are likely to perform in their first visit to the Lone Star State's newest Grand Prix circuit.

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