MotoGP Welcomes Back Laguna Track
MotoGP has welcomed a new challenge with the re-launch of the American Laguna Seea race. This time however, the circuit that staged its last GP eleven years ago, will host 990 cc-MotoGP bikes.
The Laguna Seca circuit is known for its steep ascents, tight corners, fast direction changes and the famous drop-off zone as well as a notorious Corkscrew and a blind downhill S-curve.
Located 170 kilometres south-east of San Francisco, the track has been upgraded with extensive safety modifications in order to match modern-day MotoGP racing’s requirements say organisers. More than US $2 million was spent to move back walls, and to increase run-off zones. Over 15,000 tons of gravel has been trucked to the site to fill the extended gravel traps.
“The event organisers have done their best to make the track safe”, confirms Kenny Roberts, former World Champion and one of the American idols aboard his Bridgestone-fitted factory Suzuki. “With the AMA championship and the Grand Prix on one day, the event will be huge – I’m sure we will see in excess of 100,000 spectators.”