...because MotoGP is on TV!
MotoGP is the highest level of motorcycle road racing. I did not watch any motorcycle racing for years until alerted to the addictive fun of MotoGP by my friend Jim Widner in Bisbee, Arizona. Now, Tamar and I pay for an extra cable TV package so we never have to miss a race.
You could say that MotoGP is the Formula One of two-wheeled motor sport, but that would be selling MotoGP short. For whatever reasons, Formula One is fascinating to knowledgeable enthusiasts - and MotoGP is just fascinating. It's fun and human and accessible.
The season is 18 races long. It began in Qatar in the Middle East, with a first-ever night race (imagine lighting a 2 1/2 mile road course) a couple of weeks ago. It continues on Sunday with the best-attended event of the season in Jerez, Spain - 150,000 crazed fans in the stands or wherever there's a place to sit or stand.
Please, even if you're a staunchly unpowered two-wheeler, catch a MotoGP broadcast on Speed TV. Be sure to watch the interviews post-race with the guys who made the podium. Experience Valentino Rossi and Nickie Hayden and the other stars as they share their often from-the-hip comments.
The MotoGP from Jerez airs at one in the afternoon on Sunday. I haven't yet turned off my phone for one of these race broadcasts...but it could happen...