Texan Ben Spies chose to kick off Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix Racing in style by delivering a flawless performance at the Assen TT to claim his first ever MotoGP race win. Spies had been on form all weekend delivering consistent fast race pace in all sessions whether wet or dry and been beaten to pole by a mere 0.009 seconds by Marco Simoncelli.
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.
Rapid City, SD (July 7, 2011) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, is bringing a Strider World Cup™ event to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 24th. Budding young cyclists will ride alongside their heroes during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
It was a spectacular weekend for the Red Bull United States Grand Prix as 136,285 fans filled Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to see Repsol Honda Team rider Casey Stoner (Aus.) strengthen his lead over Yamaha Factory Racing Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) in the World Championship standings.
Eleven years before Phil Hill became the first American Formula One World Champion, driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 1961, he was honing his considerable talents in sports car races. One of 23-year-old Hill’s first prominent wins occurred in a Jaguar XK120 in 1950 at the inaugural Pebble Beach Road Races’ narrow 2.1-mile tree-lined course.