Making sure Moto GP riders are safe

A Moto GP rider leans on the COTA track

Austin (KXAN)- For the second year in a row, Moto GP has taken over the Circuit of the Americas track. Dr. Austin Hill, an orthopedic surgeon with the Seton Healthcare Family explains what it takes to make sure not only the expert riders, but the spectators are safe.

A crack staff of Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin Fire Department, trauma doctors and nurses and ER personnel are all on stand-by in case things take a turn for the worse.

The first step if someone gets injured? Make sure they’re stable and quickly transport them to UMC Brackenridge, which luckily, is only a five minute flight via Starflight.

KXAN will be at the COTA track all weekend. Tune into KXAN Sports and stick with for the latest Moto GP highlights. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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