Capturing his first-ever pole position, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl will start from pole position with a qualifying time of 1.21.176. This is Bradl’s second year running in the premier class, after having captured the 2011 Moto2 World Championship.
Rounding out the top five are Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez, Go&Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow.
Rookie sensation Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team made a surprising and bold pass over Valentino Rossi in The Corkscrew to move into striking distance of pole sitter Stefan Bradl to win the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
“I’m quite happy with the first day, it was not so bad and we stayed with the top guys in the two practices. It’s a very difficult race track to find the right settings. It is very physical for sure and Sunday will be a very long race. I feel quite confident with the bike, it’s not so bad but we have to try to do better and improve the balance, braking and acceleration. We are working to improve our performance as we are not so far from the top but we are not yet there. We hope to improve tomorrow to find a better balance for going faster and to get a good rhythm.”
The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix kicked off Thursday with a pre-race press conference at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Repsol Honda Team’s current championship leader Marc Marquez was joined by Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, and NGM’s Alex de Angelis.
The roaring sounds of motorcycle engines will meet the soothing sounds of the Caribbean this year, as race fans attending the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be treated to the reggae-styling of The Original Wailers.
The Original Wailers will be performing on Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. on the GE Capital Financial Stage in the Yamaha Marketplace at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The concert is the highlighted concluding act after a full day of motorcycle racing action. The concert is free to all ticketed Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix visitors.
Kicking off the 2013 race season, Mazda North American Operations has delivered a fleet of 15 special liveried 2014 Mazda6 sedans, CX-5 sport utility vehicles and powerful MX-5 sports cars to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Since Mazda became title sponsor of the iconic motorsports and events facility in 2006, located in the destination-rich Monterey Peninsula, Mazda has had a prolific presence. The “Soul Red Metallic” vehicles are stylishly emblazoned with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca identification, which was designed by the Irvine, Calif.,-based Mazda design team.
Car Corrals are fun, owner-gatherings being organized by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda, September 7-9, 2012.
The $60 car corral experience includes a three-day general admission and paddock ticket with open grandstand seating, a souvenir program and exclusive premium parking with other vehicles of the same brand – BMW, Audi, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Corvette or Mazda.