Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo pulled a dramatic last lap pass of Casey Stoner in Germany yesterday for second place, thereby reducing Stoner’s overall lead to just 15 points as they head into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. The stage is now set for an epic battle through The Corkscrew as the world’s attention turns toward the Red Bull United States Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship.
The iconic Maxda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in California prepares to welcome the MotoGP paddock this weekend for the first of the two U.S. rounds on the 2011 season. The event will be a special one for Yamaha Factory Racing; the team will again wear the special red and white YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition livery as seen at the Assen TT where Ben Spies stormed to his first ever GP victory.
America’s rising motorcycle stars will be out in full support of the MotoGP World Championship at the Red Bull United States Grand Prix. The varying race groups assures fans that there is never be a dull moment of on-track activity.
The Red Bull United States Grand Prix provides continuous entertainment – whether it’s on-track, on the stage or not-that-high overhead. Ratcheting the fun factor literally sky high is the Red Bull Air Force and wingsuit flying team at 12:35 on Sunday prior to the MotoGP race.
These daredevil performers are part of the international Red Bull tour and will definitely cause fans to look skyward where they will be performing over turns 6 and 8.
Final preparations for the Red Bull United States Grand Prix are concluding at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, site of Round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship. Today, riders will have their first familiarization walk or scooter ride on the track, an important part of learning the nuances of the racing line, and tech is now open.
What are the riders thinking? Read Nicky’s, Valentino’s, Colin’s and Cal’s opinions of this weekend’s race:
This weekend, the LCR team will “double up” its efforts at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. LCR’s Toni Elias will be joined by Michael Jordan Motorsports’ Ben Bostrom, who will compete in the MotoGP race as a wild card. Bostrom will also race, as usual, in the AMA Superbike class.
2011 witnesses a landmark of World Championship Grand Prix racing for Yamaha, having successfully competed at the highest level for 50 years. From the very first Grand Prix entry in the French GP of 1961 to today, Yamaha has been an icon at the forefront of Grand Prix racing with countless victories delivered the world over to the delight of the many loyal and dedicated fans.
After waiting out a rain delay on Monday and losing most of Tuesday to damp conditions and early morning fog, the assembled AMA Pro Road Racing teams finally got onto the newly-paved Daytona International Speedway for the Dunlop Tire Test, the first official open test session in advance of the upcoming 2011 season.
Wrooom Press Ski Meeting, Madonna di Campiglio (Trento, Italy): Wrooom and Madonna di Campiglio were the theater today for the first press conference with Valentino Rossi as a Ducati rider, preceded on stage by his Ducati Marlboro teammate Nicky Hayden.
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.