Riders for Health, the official charity of MotoGP, raised nearly $40,000 yesterday at its annual fundraiser at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey. This unique, day-long event hosted by grand prix legend and co-founder of Riders for Health, Randy Mamola, began with a beautiful motorcycle tour of Carmel Valley and stop at the Robert Talbott winery.
The yearlong wait is finally over. At 8:30 a.m. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca goes hot for the first practice of the day. AMA riders will be the first to roar out and lay initial rubber that signals the start of the Red Bull United States Grand Prix.
Then at 10:10, the world’s best riders who are in the hunt for the MotoGP World Championship take their first of two free practice sessions.
The top freestyle street extreme riders in the world return to perform in the Yamaha Marketplace during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring MotoGP World Championship July 22-24.
Presented by E3, a leader in action sports, motorsports and stunt entertainment, the featured stunt riders are Aaron Colton (Ducati), Chris “Teach” McNeil (BMW), J Beats (Kawasaki) and Bill Dixon (Yamaha). These riders are the ambassadors, driving forces and main reasons behind the rise in popularity and exposure for the sport in the mainstream over the past few years. Colton, McNeil and Dixon have a long history of performing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and J Beats will be making his debut at the world-renowned facility.
Experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca alongside MotoGP and AMA riders with a twilight bicycle ride coinciding with the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring MotoGP World Championship.
The ride takes place on Wednesday, July 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and is free to Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix ticket holders and $10 to other participants. All proceeds will be donated to charity.
After this weekend’s race in Germany, the MotoGP World Championship returns to the Monterey Peninsula for the Red Bull United States Grand Prix. In just eight days, the field of international riders led by points leaders Casey Stoner (Australia), Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) and Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) descend on one of the most technically-demanding tracks on the MotoGP World Championship schedule — Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The thrill of the Red Bull United States Grand Prix is captured by more cameras than used for the Super Bowl and World Cup combined to bring the high-speed action to living rooms in more than 200 countries.
Heading into this weekend’s MotoGP race at Germany’s Sachsenring, the three popular American riders all find themselves in the top 10.
The “Kentucky Kid” Nicky Hayden of the Ducati Team holds a slim three point lead over Memphis-born Ben Spies of Yamaha Factory Racing in a battle for fifth and sixth place, respectively. Houston native Colin Edwards of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team is running in ninth and within close striking distance to eighth.
There must be something in the warm California afternoon sun that suits Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who turned in the fastest lap of the two practice sessions at 1’22.056, just 0.141 ahead of Dani Pedrosa of the Repsol Honda Team. Casey Stoner, also of Repsol Honda Team, captured the fastest time in the morning session, circling the 2.238-mile circuit in 1’22.402.
The pursuit for the MotoGP World Championship title resumes today as riders take the green flag at 2 p.m. PST for the start of the Red Bull United States Grand Prix. More than 200 million viewers worldwide are expected to tune in for Round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship.
In just 10 days, teams of carpenters, electricians, maintenance, groundskeepers and so many more are building a micro city to accommodate MotoGP fans equal to the total population of Burbank, Calif.; Flint, Mich.; or South Bend, Indiana for the Red Bull United States Grand Prix.