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MotoGP Sepang: Pedrosa wins again Oct 21, 2012
Dani Pedrosa takes a five-point chunk out of Jorge Lorenzo's world championship lead at Sepang…
Marc Marquez wipes out in Malaysia but he's still the odds-on favourite to win the Moto2 title…
Sandro Cortese's win at the Sepang International Circuit gives him the first ever Moto3 world title…
MotoGP: Inside Line at Motegi Oct 17, 2012
Our man in the paddock Toby Moody reports back from the Grand Prix of Japan where it seems he was very well catered for…
Danny Kent scored a sensational first Grand Prix Victory at Motegi in Moto3 and fellow Red Bull athlete Marc Marquez extended his Moto2 world championship lead to 53 with another brilliant win over...
- Laguna Seca, USA
- JUL 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM
- JUL 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM
MotoGP returned to the USA for the first time in a decade, when the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca took place in 2005. In a fairytale outing, American Nicky Hayden scored his first ever GP win that day. The Californian track played host to Grand Prix events from 1988 to 1994 but advancements in MotoGP racing machines required the event to be moved elsewhere while the track was modified and adapted to meet present day safety requirements.
Since December 2004 the circuit has undergone major changes, primarily to increase track safety. The first phase of modernisation included an expanded exit lane, replacement of the kerbs and widening of the main straight, whilst more recent changes involved moving back walls to create bigger run-off areas. The circuit’s principal features however, remain the same. It has eleven turns, including the famous 'Corkscrew' at Turns 8 and 8A. A variety of racing, exhibition and entertainment events are held at the raceway, including from superkarts, American Le Mans racing and music festivals. The name Laguna Seca is Spanish for 'dry lake'. The area where the track is was originally a lake. The course was originally built around the lake, which has since dried up entirely. An artificial pond has since been added.
Length: 3.610 m. / 2,243 miles
Left corners: 7
Right corners: 4
Longest straight: 453 m. / 0,281 miles