Monterey Bids Farewell To MotoGP
Last weekend’s World Superbike championship race event at Laguna Seca was a thrilling one for everyone in attendance, but the fun was brought to an abrupt halt on Monday when Dorna Sports and Laguna Seca announced that MotoGP will not return to Monterey in 2014.
It seems both sides were ready to call it quits. Though attendance for the event has remained strong, Laguna says it hasn’t been profitable in the last four years. With MotoGP’s licensing fees going up by $800,000 next year, Laguna simply can’t afford to keep it up. And with Indianapolis and the new Circuit Of The Americas track in Texas on the schedule, Dorna, MotoGP’s parent company, says three races in North America is one too many. Stops in Brazil and Argentina will be added to the MotoGP Championship calendar next year, as well.
For all the local fans who love the energy, spectacle, and international flavor of motorcycling’s biggest race series, the announcement is a sad one. There have always been moaning complaints about Monterey’s ticket-happy police force and the organization and parking at the track. But everyone agrees, the track known for it’s free-flowing character makes for a damn fine race when the flag goes down.
According to Laguna’s management, MotoGP may return to Monterey in a few years. But adding insult to injury, rumors are swirling that World Superbike won’t return to Laguna in 2014, either. If indeed last weekend’s event proves to have been the last major international racing event at Laguna Seca for a number of years, at least World Superbike gave it a perfect final showcase.
FIM World Superbike 2013 Results: Laguna Seca
Tom Sykes raced into first place in Race One on Saturday, followed by Chaz Davies for BMW. Eugene Laverty finished third on the Aprilia RSV4 after passing Marco Melandri with one lap to go.
Aprilia riders Laverty and Davide Guigliano snagged 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in Race Two. Marco Melandri beat out Tom Sykes for the third podium spot on his BMW S1000. With first place finishes in both races in Magny Cours this weekend, Tom Sykes extended his lead over 2nd place Laverty by 37 points going into the final Jerez round.
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