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spotbeagle
07-22-2013, 07:17 PM
As always it was a great weekend of racing.

Marquez continues his season at the top of the grid
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Bautista was on fire this weekend with only one crash in the last qualifying session. Not much time was left, he ran all the way back to the garage, hopped on the B bike and went back out for the last few minutes of qualifying.
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Unfortunately a red flag during Saturday's Supersport race ended with Travis Ohge being airlifted from the track. Interesting perspective to have flight nurses that work for the air ambulance company that supports the event. Track corner workers include some very well trained medical folks.
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http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/spotbeagle/IMGP3971_zps6d6bd61f.jpg

spotbeagle
07-22-2013, 07:23 PM
Aleix Espargaro's day ended early with a crash in Turn 11 . . . the walk of shame
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A very happy Repsol Honda crew
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/spotbeagle/IMGP4029_zps1b8c57c8.jpg

Highlights of the weekend were spending time talking to Alvaro Bautista and Marc Marquez. Also spent quite a bit of time talking to a couple of Bautista's crew members. The father of one of them is the crew chief for one of the WSBK riders and was given some info to meet dad when I go back to Laguna Seca in September for WSBK.

mz33
07-25-2013, 04:39 PM
You've whet my whistle for Indy. :thumbsup:

spotbeagle
07-25-2013, 06:26 PM
You've whet my whistle for Indy. :thumbsup:

Have fun!!

NORTY
10-02-2013, 10:12 AM
No motoGP for Laguna in 2014? Rumors are true?

ds5160
10-02-2013, 10:53 AM
No motoGP for Laguna in 2014? Rumors are true?

Looks like it is true. (http://oppositelock.jalopnik.com/has-capitalism-failed-failed-racing-1436826618/@matthardigree)

LoDownSinner
10-02-2013, 09:12 PM
That's truly a surprise to me. One of the coolest tracks in the world, tough to believe...

spotbeagle
10-15-2013, 09:29 AM
Laguna Seca sent out letters last week to their customers that have renewable hospitality or camping tickets. Most of it was a repeat of what was heard during the WSBK event at the end of September and then in the news releases from Gil Campbell once the schedule came out. And that they would be working diligently to bring the event back as soon as possible. It really is all about money and as a not for profit volunteer organization, when there are multiple events in the US in a year, it cuts into their ability to keep up with the financial demands to participate. Several of the Laguna officials during WSBK indicated that Dorna had really hiked up the $ stakes for the venues to participate.

At least they are expecting to fulfil their multi-year contract for WSBK (of course to be confirmed when they announce the final schedule). Rumors were that the event would be moved to the July time frame that is usually for MotoGP.

I actually had more fun this year seeing WSBK at Laguna than I have any of the past MotoGP events. Just a very much more relaxed event overall with easy access to riders for photos, autographs and just plain chatting.