I’m so excited that the new season of MotoGP will start on Sunday, I guess technically tomorrow with the first official practice. The race at the Losail Circuit in Qatar marks the beginning of the first race of the season out of 18 total. I am hoping that Valentino Rossi #46 will win the tenth championship of his career. I have been going to the Laguna Seca races since 2006 and have been able to get pretty close each year. Last year I managed to get his first autograph (thanks to the good luck that Heidi brought me), but I still can’t manage to get my photo taken with him.  Maybe this year I will be lucky!

Here’s the schedule for this season’s races:

03.20.11 Qatar* (Losail)
04.03.11 Spain (Jerez)
05.01.11 Portugal (Estoril)
05.15.11 France (Le Mans)
06.05.11 Catalunya (Catalunya)
06.12.11 Great Britain (Silverstone)
06.25.11 Netherlands** (Assen)
07.03.11 Italy (Mugello)
07.17.11 Germany (Sachsenring)
07.24.11 United States*** (Laguna Seca)
08.14.11 Czech Republic (Brno)
08.28.11 Indianapolis (Indianapolis)
09.04.11 San Marino & Riviera di Rimini (Misano)
09.18.11 Aragón (MotorLand)
10.02.11 Japan (Motegi)
10.16.11 Australia (Phillip Island)
10.23.11 Malaysia (Sepang)
11.06.11 Valencia (Ricardo Tormo – Valencia)

*: Evening Race
**: Saturday
***: Only MotoGP class