Ending weeks of speculation, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd announced today that Valentino Rossi has signed on to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP™ team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Rossi won four of his seven MotoGP™ World Champion titles while with Yamaha. He will once again join teammate and rival, current MotoGP™ Championship points leader and 2010 World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo in the Yamaha garage.
Motorcycle racing fans will again gather on the scenic Monterey Peninsula for the Red Bull United States Grand Prix, featuring Round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship, which returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 27-29, 2012.
MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, with a 2012 season of 18 Grand Prix race weekends in 13 countries bringing together the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda and Ducati – plus an elite list of riders from every corner of the globe.
The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for its eighth consecutive year with a new sponsor, Law Tigers, offering free helmet and leather check tents for visiting fans. Staffed and secured, the tents will be prominently located at key motorcycle parking lots.
Looking for a unique way to do some laps around the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track? Take to the sky for a bird’s eye view of the race action with Specialized Helicopters. During the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship July 27-29, helicopter rides will be available for just $40 per person or $100 for three passengers.
LE MANS, FRANCE – Mazda Motorsports today announced that it will sell racing versions of its new SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL engines to teams competing in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class of racing’s greatest endurance challenge – the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Le Mans engine program will make its debut at the 2013 running of the race. Mazda was the first – and to this day, remains the only – Asian manufacturer to score an overall win at the race, in 1991.
This amazing event is June 14 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per person and includes a tri-tip dinner, raffle entry, and no host cash bar. A limited number of VIP Suite tickets available for guests. Cost is an additional $10.00 and includes wine, tequila tasting, and fresh baked goods.
Skip Barber Racing School will also be offering courtesy hot laps and thrilling drifting demos.
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced it has extended its naming rights agreement for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) for another five years. The agreement was ratified by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and extends the two organizations’ relationship, which began in 2001, through 2016. The world-famous Monterey, Calif., facility is home to one of the finest natural road-racing courses in the world, and has been a mainstay of professional auto and motorcycle racing since 1957.
Kathryn Hayworth plans to be a fixture in the lobby of the Embassy Suites the next two weekends. She’ll be registering racing teams Thursday through Sunday as they check in at the Seaside hotel for the American Le Mans Monterey (May 11-12) and Ferrari Racing Days (May 18-20), both of which will be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.