Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The Repsol team lands in Laguna Seca
The Repsol Honda Team continues its busy schedule in MotoGP 2011 and this weekend will race in the USA at the circuit of Laguna Seca, one of the most special and looked forward to races in the calendar. And just seven days after their success at the Sachsenring, the Repsol riders are out for another victory.
The circuit of Laguna Seca, the shortest in the MotoGP calendar, is also one of the favourite venues of all motorcycling fans. The American track will host the tenth round of the season for the MotoGP riders, the only category that competes in this Grand Prix.
The Repsol riders are going to California in great form: Dani Pedrosa, recovered from his injury, will be fighting for his second consecutive victory. His win at the Sachsenring, as he admits on his blog, was a morale booster that will motivation him even more.
Casey Stoner, on the other hand, travels to the USA searching for a victory that would cement his position at the top of the overall riders` classification, whilst his teammate the Italian Andrea Dovizioso, will want to get a podium finish at Laguna Seca too.
Laguna Seca: The most famous corner in MotoGP
The World Championship travels this weekend to the Californian circuit of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In this difficult race the riders will face, among others, the feared corner 8, known as “The corkscrew” as it is a blind chicane with a significant downwards slope. The characteristics of the circuit mean that it can only be used by the top categories of motorcycling and motor-racing.
Constructed in 1957 in Monterrey (California) the circuit of Laguna Seca possesses a different layout from the other tracks in the World Championship that it joined in 1988. Six years later the American GP was transferred to other venues so that the necessary modifications could be made to the track and so evolve at the same pace as the motorbikes as well as to the demands of the FIM and the FIA.
After 2004 big changes were made to the Californian circuit so as to raise the level of safety. The most notable of these modifications involved the widening of the pit lane and the main straight, replacement of pianos and the transfer of barriers so as to make the escape lanes, at different points of the circuit, bigger. However, these changes did not affect the design of the track or its main features: its length, 3.6 km, and its 11 corners.
The most famous section of the track is corner number 8, known as “The corkscrew”. A spectacular chicane with a drop of 91 metres which is taken at over 100 km/h by the riders. This corner has witnessed many of the historical moments seen at races here, such as when the Italian Zanardi overtook the American Herta on the inside of this corner on the final lap of the CART race in 1996.
Other sections to bear in mind are the home-straight, very short and with two small changes of direction, where the fastest speed is reached, around 270 km/h; as well as the stretches just before and after “The corkscrew” as a little before this corner there is a jump where the bikes tend to leave the ground, and once they have passed corner 8 there are two fast turns that are made at 135 km/h and all on a downwards slope.
by: Repsol Honda