Jul 2, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
FIM MotoGP World Championship: Blake Young testing his Attack Performance Racing (APR) CRT-class MotoGP racebike earlier this year at Circuit of The Americas. Photo courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.
Dramatic Storylines Heading Into Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
Heroic Showings and Fresh Faces in MotoGP™
MONTEREY, Calif., July 2, 2013 – Just one race separates the world’s top motorcycle riders from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and its grueling 11-turn circuit when the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring the MotoGP™ World Championship returns to the Monterey Peninsula July 19-21, 2013.
With half of the season complete, this year is proving to be an interesting one as injuries, close finishes and electrifying performances, have made for dramatic storylines thus far.
A sensational showing in the Netherlands at the Assen TT left MotoGP™ fans in awe as nine-time World-Champion Valentino Rossi returned to his winning ways, claiming first place after a three-year drought.
2012 MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was not to be outdone. After breaking his collarbone just two days before the race he underwent surgery and returned to Assen, along with a newly-fitted metal plate and eight screws, and earned an impassioned 5th place finish.
Lorenzo and Rossi will accompany a cast of talented riders such as current points leader Dani Pedrosa, rookie-sensation Marc Marquez and the red-hot Cal Crutchlow at Mazda Raceway. Unfortunately, American Ben Spies will not be among those competing. Spies, who suffered an injury in the season’s second race in Austin, Texas, will be replaced by current Moto2 rider Alex de Angelis. Additionally, AMA Pro Road Racing rider Blake Young will join the grid as the only wild-card entry. Young is coming off of an impressive 2012 season where he finished 2nd in overall in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike point standings.
Young is no stranger to Mazda Raceway’s demanding race circuit but has also made a few recent visits to the track to get in valuable test time with the Attack Performance Racing CRT entry.
“It’s a track I’ve grown up on racing in AMA. Now to be here, finally racing in MotoGP is kind of a dream come true,” said Young. “[Mazda Raceway] Laguna Seca is such a technical race track that I think I might have an advantage over some of the guys who haven’t been here before.”
For additional information on the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, to reserve camping, rent a hospitality suite or purchase tickets call 800-327-7322 or visit MazdaRaceway.com.
More, from another press release issued by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:
Endless Entertainment at Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
Special Fan Activities Offered Throughout Race Weekend
MONTEREY, Calif., June 28, 2013 – The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP™ World Championship returns to the Monterey Peninsula from July 19-21. In addition to its exhilarating race action this event offers a variety of off-track activities to entertain fans.
A weekend that includes: a concert featuring the original members of Bob Marley’s The Wailers, rider Q&As, autograph sessions, stunt shows and plenty of kids activities, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix has something for guests of all ages. Attendees will also be treated to a rockin’ national anthem performed by Grammy-nominated artist Joe Satriani prior to the start of Sunday’s MotoGP™ World Championship race.
MotoGP™ is an eighteen-race series which visits15 countries, four continents and receives global television coverage. The world’s most skilled riders line a grid armed with cutting edge motorcycle technology with prototype machinery fielded by three manufacturers: Yamaha, Ducati and Honda.
These riders will face off against Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s grueling circuit. One of the world’s most challenging road courses, Mazda Raceway is a combination of 11 turns, dramatic elevation changes and the plunging, blind Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories.
This is the ninth consecutive year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, bringing with it a variety of entertaining fan activities. Some of this year’s highlights include:
Thursday, July 18
For just $500, $375 of which is tax-deductable, fans can get in on one of the week’s coolest events, the Day of Stars. This unique experience begins with breakfast at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca followed by a motorcycle tour of the scenic Carmel Valley. Participants will also enjoy lunch, a private tour down pit lane and parade laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s world-famous track.
The day concludes with special interviews with MotoGP™ riders, team managers and special guests during a live charity auction to benefit Riders for Health. The Day of Stars Auction at 4 p.m. is free and open to the general public.
Friday, July 19
Friday morning at 11:15 a.m. fans holding a 3-day paddock pass and Friday General Admission ticket may participate in an exclusive pit-lane walk.
That evening from 5-7 p.m. we host our popular MotoGP™/AMA Pro Racing Fan party in the Parts Unlimited Hospitality Chalet at Turn 5 with appearances by riders, exclusive MotoGP™ auction items for sale and plenty of raffle giveaways.
Saturday, July 20
The Yamaha MotoGP™ Rider question and answer session will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday evening on the GE Capital Financial Stage in the Yamaha Marketplace. Scheduled appearances include: 2012 MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith.
A concert featuring the original members of Bob Marley’s The Wailers will be held at 7 p.m. on the GE Capital Financial Stage and is complimentary to Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Saturday ticket holders.
Sunday, July 21
On Sunday morning at 9 a.m. toddlers from age two to five will compete in the Strider World Cup in the Yamaha Marketplace, while that afternoon at 2:45 p.m. all spectators with a general admission ticket and paddock pass are invited on to the track to congratulate the winners of the race with the track invasion.