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.
Chaz Davies picked up right where he left off from last year’s event sweep to earn the top spot in today’s second round of practice for the FIM Motul Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round during a full day of spectacular motorcycle road racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
What: The Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round, featuring the Honda Superbike Showdown of California, features international riders, teams and manufacturers racing high-performance bikes very similar to the ones right off the showroom floor. This year also marks the return of MotoGP World Champion American Nicky Hayden to the Series.
There is plenty of nail-biting racing to enjoy with two World Superbike races; the first race is on Saturday and the second on Sunday. This is the one chance to see these skilled riders, as it is the series’ only visit to the United States. Riders line up on the starting grid, making for an entertaining sprint toward the tight Turn 2 and continuous hard-fought battles for the lead throughout the course.
When: July 8-10, 2016
Entry & Parking Directions: Please click HERE for directions and entry locations for both motorcycles and automobiles.
Race Schedule: Click HERE for the full schedule of races.
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. – WorldSBK Free Practice 1
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. – WorldSBK Free Practice 2
Support Races: MotoAmerica returns to Monterey for its second full race season. Fans will see some of the most exciting action in the Superbike/Superstock 1000, Supersport, Superstock 600 and KTM RC Cup.
Provisional WSBK Entry List: Click HERE for up-to-the-minute rider list.
Tickets: An array of ticket packages – from single and multi-day tickets to VIP hospitality experiences – are available and may be previewed HERE.
Fan Activities: Catch all the action off the track, too, with a full slate of activities to enhance your visit. Click HERE for the schedule of fan activities.
Race Marshals: Become a race insider by volunteering as a race marshal. For more information, visit USARM.org.
While the on-track action is always hot and fast, the World Superbike Paddock Show keeps the adrenaline high off-track too. Fans will find Meet and Greets and autograph sessions, chat shows with the fastest men of the day, and even live commentary on most practice, qualifying and Race sessions.
An autograph session at 4:00 on Friday sees all WorldSBK riders head to the Paddock Show for an opportunity to come face to face with the fans, ahead of a paddock party that begins at 4:30.
More than a dozen WorldSBK and MotoAmerica riders are scheduled to attend the Cycle Gear Bike Night fan party from 5-7 p.m. on July 6 at its Gilroy store at 6920 Chestnut St., Suite E-1. In addition to the rider meet and greet, there will be ticket giveaways to the WorldSBK / MotoAmerica event at Mazda Raceway as well as plenty of raffle prize giveaways. Riders scheduled to participate include:
Round 9 of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round featuring the MotoAmerica Honda Superbike Showdown of California is set to get underway July 8-10 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with home country hero Nicky Hayden leading the charge at the legendary Monterey venue.
The 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship won’t be decided this coming weekend on the Monterey Peninsula, but the Honda Superbike Showdown most certainly will as the three-race series within a series concludes, July 8-10, with one rider set to leave Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday behind the wheel of a brand-new 2016 Honda Civic Sedan.
Ahead of the U.S. round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 2013 World Champion Tom Sykes will make an appearance at the Dainese D-Store San Francisco Tuesday, July 5. The British rider, who races with the Kawasaki Racing Team, will meet and mingle with fans from 4 to 7 p.m.
International teams competing in this weekend’s Superbike World Championship race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca start arriving today and with it comes the beginning of a significant economic impact for Monterey County.
With advance ticket sales up 25 percent over 2015, this year’s Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round promises to deliver action for fans, businesses, area charities, sponsors and the large contingent of accompanying foreign journalists.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has teamed up with Skedaddle to offer fans wanting to attend the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, July 8-10, the opportunity to use direct, crowd-sourced luxury bus rides. It’s as easy as a click of a button.
To find out more simply follow HERE to all Mazda Raceway routes.
Continuing the celebration of 40 years of AMA Superbike racing, MotoAmerica will display some of the iconic machinery from the past during the Honda Superbike Showdown of California at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 8-10. MotoAmerica returns to Monterey as part of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round. Fans will have the opportunity to take a step back in time and get a closer look at some of the motorcycles ridden by past champions.
With one more Round prior to making their lone U.S. appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 8-10, the riders are settling in to challenge points leader Jonathan Rea in the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round.
The 2006 MotoGP World Champion and 2002 AMA Superbike Champion Nicky Hayden is set for a special appearance at the Honda Superbike Showdown of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend (June 11 and 12), as the excitement grows ahead of Round 9 of the 2016 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round, to be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 8-10.
GEICO and Dorna WSBK Organisation (DWO) are pleased to announce GEICO as the Event Main Sponsor for Round 9 of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, to be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 8 – 10. The Round will be known as the GEICO Motorcycle US Round.
Get ready to cheer on American Nicky Hayden who is battling for victories in the World Superbike Championship.
Honda World Superbike Team rider Nicky Hayden crossed the line in Sepang on Sunday to take his first ever win in World Superbike. The American, a rookie in the class, took off from the pack in a supreme display of speed and control in difficult conditions. Ducati’s Davide Giugliano came home second after a late charge, ahead of reigning Champion Jonathan Rea.
WorldSBK came to life on the weekend of April 3, 1988, and exactly 28 years later is set to hit the milestone of 700 races in Race 2 at MotorLand Aragón. To celebrate three decades of the world’s top production motorcycle racing Championship, we take a look through the landmarks that laid the way to this new milestone.
The first hundred was reached in Spain: it was the 21st of June, 1992, and the track was Jarama. Race 1 was the milestone, and was won by Rob Phillis on a Kawasaki.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca began its now legendary status as an iconic motorcycle racing venue when Cal Rayburn and his No. 14 Harley-Davidson fended off the likes of Smart, Nixon, Romero, Carruthers, Scott, Brelsford, Hately and others to win the AMA-sanctioned Kawasaki Superbike International on July 23, 1972.
It was the start to what’s grown into nearly a half-century of the ultimate in motorcycle road racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Series will feature a new twist in 2016: The Honda Superbike Showdown, a three-race series within the Superbike Championship that will crown a champion and ultimately award the winner with a 2016 Honda Civic automobile.
The Honda Superbike Showdown will take place at three of the MotoAmerica Series: Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (June 3-5); Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama (June 11-12); and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California (July 8-10).
Get ready for some awesome motorcycle racing this year. And none will be better than when the athletes from MotoAmerica and the Superbike World Championship, which makes its only U.S. stop, arrive at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 8-10. Check out the video for up close and thrilling non-stop action.
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