Retired two-time MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner returned to the track this week to test Honda‘s RC213V racer as well as the company’s new RCV1000R production racer at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan. This was Stoner’s first test on the production racer after rain cut short a previous test session in August. The weather […]
World Superbike Championship Returning to Laguna Seca in 2013
Infront Motorsports announced a new agreement with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to host the World Superbike Championship from 2013-2015.
Laguna Seca hosted the series from 1995 to 2004, but from 2005 onward the Monterey, Calif., circuit hosted the MotoGP World Championship instead of WSBK. Starting next season however Laguna Seca will return to the schedule and replace Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park as the WSBK Championship’s only U.S. stop. Utah’s MMP hosted WSBK from 2008-2012.
“We are absolutely delighted to be returning to Laguna Seca for the U.S. Round for the first time since 2004,” says Paolo Flammini, chief executive officer of WSBK promoter Infront Motorsports. “Over the ten-year period in which we were last there, we witnessed an extraordinary growth in interest and in overall attendance and we are sure that this event will once again become one of the most prestigious on the calendar. The return of Laguna Seca to the Superbike World Championship, with its six competing manufacturers, will definitely be a boost to the championship’s growth in the U.S. market as California has a special tradition and offers significant opportunities for the motorcycle industry, sponsors and media.”