AUSTIN -- Circuit of the Americas is anticipating a crowd of about 100,000 people for the three-day MotoGP races April 19-21.
The event is described as the pinnacle of motorcycle road racing, like Formula 1 for motorcycles.
However, unlike F1, Americans have won the championship 15 times since MotoGP began in 1949.
The most recent American champ is current Ducati team member Nicky Hayden. He won in 2006.
Hayden is one of three U.S. riders this season, and one is a Texan.
"It's a good feeling for me to race in front of my home state," said Ignite Pramac Racing's Ben Spies.
Austin is the second race of the season this year. The first is in Qatar. There are 18 rounds in 13 countries, with three in America.
Ducati was at Circuit of the Americas Tuesday to launch its flagship bike, the 1199 Panigale R.
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