Norton Motorcycles announced it will compete in the 2012 Isle of Man TT with a new racebike. The as-yet-unnamed racebike will use an Aprilia RSV4 engine with a chassis from Spondon Engineering. If that formula sounds familiar, it’s because it sounds like of MotoGP’s new Claiming Rule Team machines. Norton doesn’t mention MotoGP directly in […]
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.”