As the GEICO U.S. Round drew to a close on Sunday afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) who took the victory, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) also on the podium.
Motorcycle racing fans from around the world walked onto the 2.238-mile racing circuit last night in honor of the late Nicky Hayden, who won his first ever MotoGP race in 2005 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. More than 800 visitors joined together after the second day of racing and raised a total of $4,015. All proceeds go directly to the Nicky Hayden Memorial Fund that will benefit charities in Hayden’s hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky.
At the GEICO U.S. Round on Saturday afternoon in sunny conditions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) recorded a superb win as he returned from his Misano injuries in style, whilst Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) were also on the podium.
What: Many of the world’s greatest motorcycle road racers will descend upon Mazda Raceway for the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO U.S. Round featuring the MotoAmerica Honda Championship of the Monterey Peninsula. The international and national two-wheel extravaganza is a spectacular demonstration of rider and machine working as one, with championship implications both in the United States and on the world scene. More than a couple of this season’s races came down to moves made at the final turn on the last lap so there’s every reason to believe they’ll finish that way again in 2017.
When: July 7-9, 2017
Schedule: Click HERE for the latest action-packed racing and event schedule.
Entry Directions: Click HERE for directions and entry locations.
Fan Activities: Click HERE for a complete list of all the fun and family-friendly activities, including the high-energy Paddock Show.
Race Entries: Click HERE for the latest list of entries.
Support Races: MotoAmerica returns to Monterey for the Honda Championship of the Monterey Peninsula, Round 6 of its third full race season.
Race Program: Receive a sneak peek inside our exclusive digital race program HERE.
Press Kit: Click HERE for the track and Superbike World Championship rider information and statistics.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) made a statement of intent with the fastest time on day one of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO U.S. Round, returning to action after his Misano injuries with a 1’23.425 time in Free Practice 1 to put him ahead of his rivals. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was second quickest thanks to a 1’23.436 lap in FP2, with Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) third on the combined timesheets – with his best time (1’23.778) coming in the afternoon session.
Reigning World SBK champion Jonathan Rea has excelled during pressure-packed situations on the race track. On Wednesday, July 5, he will be asked to perform under new circumstances when the rider of the Monster Energy Kawasaki stands on the pitcher’s mound in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum to deliver the ceremonial opening pitch before the Oakland Athletics host the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball competition.
A spectacular three-day crowd of 61,052 filled the hills and grandstands of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to witness some of the closest and most exciting motorcycle racing ever on the 11-turn 2.238-mile road course during the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round featuring the MotoAmerica Honda Superbike Showdown of California.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes took victory in WorldSBK Race 2, heading the Ducati duo of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies over the line in a race that would have been impossible to script.
Current Superbike World Championship point leader and reigning champion Jonathan Rea swapped the lead back and forth with Kawasaki Racing Team teammate and Superpole 1 winner Tom Sykes before taking over for good with five laps remaining for his first WorldSBK victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Rea beat his teammate to the finish line by 0.819-of-a-second. The victory came before thousands of enthusiastic fans who filled the paddock, hillsides and grandstands under sun-drenched California skies.
There is so much to see and do when visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
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