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Laguna Seca - track information
Laguna staged the US Grand Prix for six years between 1988 - 1994 but financial and safety problems meant the last grand prix to be staged there was in 1994, won by Italian Luca Cadalora, riding the 500cc Yamaha. During the 11 year MotoGP absence, Laguna staged many successful rounds of the World Superbike Championship.
A programme of safety changes at the track, which includes the famous Corkscrew bend, have signalled the return of the World Championship in 2005 to a venue that was built in 1957. The MotoGP race is part of the race programme which will also include rounds of the AMA Championships, including the Superbike Championship.
The track configuration is somewhat peculiar with corners that are not found on any other circuits in the World Championship. The most famous part of the circuit is without doubt the “Corkscrew”, a very show chicane taken at approximately 60 Km/h and situated on a sharp down slope which can you a bout of vertigo if you go through it on foot!
Another point in the circuit worth mentioning is the start/finish straight which is very short and also made up of two slight changes in direction with the added problem that just before the second small change in direction there is a bump in the track surface where the bikes will literally take off in the air at more than 270 Km/h. This will be one of the key points to watch out for, because it is potentially a dangerous part of the track, but also one which will mark out the differences between the top riders.
Just before the “Corkscrew” corner there is another change in the track level where the bikes will almost certainly lose contact with the track, and it comes just before the sharp braking point coming into the “Corkscrew”.
The drop just after the “Corkscrew” is also very spectacular with two fast corners taken at 135 km/h leading up to the steep slope which leads to the very slow corner (60 Km/h) which comes onto the main straight. This could be considered a good overtaking point.
Наиболее часто посещаемая трасса на западном побережье США.
Laguna Seca спряталась в живописной лагуне в холмах Monterey Bay. Два часа пути из Сан-Франциско на юг.
Официальный web-сайт трассы: www.laguna-seca.com/
Laguna Seca Raceway
1021 Monterey Highway 68
Tel: +(1) 831 648-5111
Fax + (1) 831 373-0533