With the German Grand Prix having just been completed this past Sunday, the Ducati Team has already made the Transatlantic trip to California for this coming weekend’s United States Grand Prix, which marks the 2013 MotoGP season’s halfway point and its second of three rounds to be held on American soil.
One of the championship’s oldest circuits, Laguna Seca has a rich history in Grand Prix racing and has hosted a number of exciting events, including Nicky Hayden’s maiden MotoGP victory in 2005 (when the track returned to the GP schedule following an eleven-year break), and his follow-up win the following year, his championship season. Andrea Dovizioso doesn’t count the track among his favourites, but he has posted three fourth-place finishes there in the premier class, along with a fifth position.
The shortest track on the calendar, Laguna Seca is twisty and technical, offering very little opportunity for a break, and its signature section is of course the legendary Corkscrew.
Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team
“It’s nice to be going home to Laguna, which is a race that I love and that’s obviously very special to me. The circuit is quite unique, and it’s not easy, as you need to be confident and attack the corners. It’s quite a demanding, technical track and a lot of the corners are linked together. You really have to hit your marks there in order to be fast. I wish we were headed there with more speed and confidence, but the reality is this. Up until now, we certainly haven’t been getting the results we’d like by any means, but with the summer break coming up, it would be nice to go there, have some fun, and leave with a good taste in our mouths.”
Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team
“I don’t know what we can expect at Laguna with a completely different bike for me this year. Unfortunately, I think it’s a similar track to the Sachsenring in many ways. Maybe we’ll have fewer problems with turn-in since the corners are tighter, but all the bikes tend to pump a lot at Laguna because it’s very particular with its uphills and downhills. I don’t particularly enjoy the place, but as always we're going there with the aim of getting the best possible result.”
Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager
“Laguna Seca is a track with a lot of elevation change, so in some ways, it’s similar to the Sachsenring. It’s Nicky’s home track, so he’ll surely be hoping to redeem his disappointing result in Germany. It’s a race that he has won twice in the past, so we know that he can do well there.”