riders meet sea wonders at Monterey Aquarium
(California, USA), Thursday 10 July 2014 - Earlier today
a selection of WSBK riders kick started the US round of the 2014 eni FIM
Superbike World Championship with a trip to the renowned Monterey Aquarium.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), Chaz
Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Leon
Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike), Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia
Superbike Team – EVO), Aaron Yates (Team Hero EBR) and Christian Iddon (Team
Bimota Alstare - EVO) were joined by wildcard riders Larry Pegram (Foremost
Insurance EBR) and Chris Ulrich (GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda) to spend a
couple of hours at the local attraction. They were treated to a guided tour of
the aquarium and one of the largest open sea exhibits in the world. The exhibit
holds 1 million gallons of water and houses a variety of creatures including
sharks, tuna and turtles to name but a few.
On their return to the Laguna Seca circuit the riders involved in today's media
event were able to join their rivals for the customary two hour track
familiarisation session, which given the fact that the circuit is new for many
of the entrants will prove valuable come tomorrow's three Free Practice
sessions which are scheduled to commence at 10:30 am local time.
Before the visit to the aquarium Marco Melandri, Loris Baz and Leon
Camier, substitute rider for the injured Claudio Corti in the MV Agusta Reparto
Corseteam, were also involved in a unique
event held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – “Hot
Wheels & High Heels” thatsaw a number
of local female business women, politicians and journalists descend on the
paddock for a closer look at the activities and organisational aspects of a
World Superbike event.