MotoGP's Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is less than a month away. It's MotoGP's only event in North America but there's not a lot of U.S. representation. In fact only there's only one American in the top three tiers of the sport.
20-year-old Californian Joe Roberts races in Moto2 which is one rung below the top level of MotoGP.
After his interview with Dave, Roberts got in some practice laps with former world champ Kevin Schwantz. It's a smart move considering Schwantz helped design the Circuit of the Americas.
Roberts says he's ready for a special weekend come race time.
"Most definitely. It's a huge honor to be the only America. I wish there was more but unfortunately there's only one and it's me. It's a responsibility. I want to do everybody proud," Roberts says.
"If I have some American fans out there it's definitely going to make me feel much better and feel like pushing like crazy," Roberts adds.
Schwantz says it's a great opportunity for Roberts.
"It's always great to have a hometown boy to cheer for. An American in the series, we haven't had in awhile. He (Roberts) realizes it's not something he's going to conquer overnight. He's going to have to work at it," Schwantz says.
MotoGP will be at COTA the weekend of April 20-22. For more information about the race or to get tickets you can go here.