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10 Motorcycle and Auto Races to Watch For in 2018

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Holy crap, the schedule for this year’s motorcycle and auto races is amazing. We narrow down a handful you can get to.

If you’re looking to get into NASCAR, rally racing, supercross events, super loud Formula 1 tracks, then this year is basically tailored for you. If you’re looking to get your fix and cheer on your favorite riders, or even enter into an event because you’re the next phenom that hasn’t been discovered, then 2018’s full list of races is right up your alley.

There are endless races in everything from auto races to motorcycles to supercross, but we could only narrow it down to a streamlined starter pack. Take a gander and see which ones you want to get to.

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Horse Power Rodeo
Austin, TX
April 20-22

Austin, Texas is a hotbed for motorcycle mania. Couple that with famed Circuit of the Americas racetrack and you have yourself a bona fide rip-roaring weekend of two-wheeled wonderment. Moto2 and Moto3 class riders will be on hand to create a loud and fast spectacle of racing.

GEICO 500
Talladega Speedway
April 29

So many Ricky Bobby one-liners come to mind, but we’ll save that. This time-honored NASCAR battleground makes heroes out of drivers or chews them up. Kyle Busch and Danica Patrick are a couple of the race car stars set to burn some rubber. Shake and bake!

AMA Supercross
Las Vegas, NV
May 5

This supercross event caps off the 2018 American Motorcyclist Association season. The championship takes place at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, hosting some of the country’s best 450SX riders.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Open
Charlotte, NC
May 19

Charlotte is home to some of the best NASCAR trials and this one is no different. Part of the Cup Series, this star-powered open features 80 laps circulated by the industry’s top wheel-based athletes.

West Texas 250
San Angelo, TX
June 1-2

The West Texas 250 sounds so amazing, you guys! A 5,000-acre ranch in West Texas plays host to trial events, national enduros, and exotic game hunts. Not to mention a desert-style off-road racing challenge on a 43-mile track. You legitimately might not want to leave.

Superbike World Championship
June 22-24
Monterey, CA

This three-day superbike championship brings in some of the best riders from all over the globe. A seaside rally, the Superbike World Championship has probably the most beautiful surroundings. The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team is making a fresh appearance at the event to try to carry on its 40-year legacy at the ‘ships.

Coke Zero Sugar 400
Daytona
July 7

July 4th weekend. RV camping. Beer. NASCAR. ‘Merica. The major racing event always draws a crowd willing to put up with the million-degree track-level heat.

World RX
Austin, TX
September 29-30

The FIA World Rallycross Championship (back in Austin, no less) features head-to-head short, heart-pumping, hair-raising racing on dirt and asphalt tracks. Supercars on the track produce over 600bhp and get from zero to 60mph in less than two seconds. Take that, Elon Musk’s Tesla!

Baja Rally
Baja California
October 8-13

Powersports enthusiasts, unite! This dust-kicking top-to-toe tour of the Baja is a sight to be held. minimum fuel range has been lifted to 243 km, so you know this isn’t for the faint of heart. For five days, riders go through tough desert terrain obstacles and try not to run over chinchillas while they do it.

US Grand Prix
Austin, TX
October 19-21

Okay, there’s another one in Austin, but it’s only because the Hill Country knows how to host a race. This Formula 1 race event pits Grand Prix pros against each other at the Circuit of the America proving ground for a weekend of high-octane action.

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