Motorcycle and road racing fans soaked in the action under sunny skies at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. The international racing series’ only U.S. stop attracted 49,408 people, which is 20 percent more than last year’s crowd of 41,175.
The Tissot Superpole ahead of tomorrow’s two Superbike World Championship races has been won by Tom Sykes of the Kawasaki Racing Team after a blistering lap in hot and sunny weather at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit. The current reigning champion and points leader of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship clocked in 1’21.811, a new World Superbike best lap of the circuit, to claim the 23rd WSBK pole position of his career, his third in a row after the ones scored at Misano and Portimao.
Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) has set the fastest lap in the Free Practice combined times today at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 1′23.293s, edging second place Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) by only 21 thousandths of a second. The Welshman, who has raced here in three different championships (AMA, MotoGP and WSBK) has shown great speed and consistency on the opening day of action.
Before the on-track action commences, 10 riders competing in this weekend’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round enjoyed a behind-the-scenes visit to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.
There is just one race in Portimao, Portugal (July 4-6) before World Superbike riders arrive on California’s Central Coast to take on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and its grueling 11-turn circuit for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round July 11-13, 2014.
The lineup expanded today with the addition of two wild card entries for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round. AMA Pro Road Racing riders Americans Chris Ulrich and Larry Pegram have joined the starting grid to compete against the world’s best.
American race driver Derek Hill, son of World Champion Phil Hill, will strap himself behind the wheel of the lone surviving Maserati Tipo 151, of which only three were ever constructed, to race in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Maserati is this year’s featured marque and will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary at the motorsports gathering.
The streak of Chamber of Commerce conditions that blessed the first three rounds of the 13-race 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continued today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the fourth round of the championship was witnessed by an enthusiastic and large turnout of motorsports fans. The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda staged the contest in a split format: up first were the 10 Prototype Challenge and 22 GT Daytona cars for a two-hour run on the 11 turn, 2.23 mile track, after which the 12 Prototype and 11 GT Le Mans cars had their turn.
The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda attracted an enthusiastic group of fans to Monterey. The event featured the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the racing did not disappoint.
Next up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the Ferrari Challenge, featuring the F458 Challenge May 16-18.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is likened to a museum that springs to life each August on the Monterey Peninsula. And this year is no exception as 550 historic and period-correct race cars have been accepted to compete in 15 race groups over the four-day gathering, August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.