MotoGp Comes to the West Coast

Tuesday, July 19,2011

With the MotoGP race wrapping up last week in Germany, the riders descend on Monterey Peninsula for the United State's biggest motorcycle event all year round.

Opened back up to the MotoGP races in 1988, the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of the most historical and riveting tracks of the series. This asphalt has seen the tires of motorcycle legends such as Wayne Rainey, who won three consecutive U.S. Gand Prix races from 1989 to 1991. In 1995, turn 9 was named the Rainey Curve after the hometown legend.

Now, racers such as Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso are heading to the track to battle for the first place MotoGP spot. This race marks the beginning of the second half of the 18 race long season. And with 2.2 million people flooding to the race ground in 2009 alone, there's no shortage of fans to support the riders.

Among the riders coming from countries such as Australia, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and many more are our riders from the United States who are happy to return home for the race. The "Kentucky Kid" Nicky Hayden will be hitting the track with a three point lead over Memphis-born Ben Spies for fifth and sixth place. Colin Edwards, from Houston, Texas, is leaving Germany in ninth place and will be heading to the Mazda Raceway with the hopes of gaining enough points to overtake the eight place spot.

All of the United States and countries world-wide will have their eyes on the track for this upcoming race. It's no surprise, then, that the track is currently being set up with more cameras than are used in the Superbowl and World Cup combined. With approximately 130 live-feed cameras recording the race to broadcast every inch of the track to more than 200 countries, no one will be missing a thing. We just feel bad for the director of the broadcast.

Keep a special eye out for turns 8 and 8A, known as The Corkscrew. This turn is one that makes the Mazda Raceway one-of-a-kind. This stretch of track is made up of a hard-left and then hard-right combination that has a 59 feet drop in the 450 feet between the entrance of Turn 8 and the exit of Turn 8 A. This drop is the equivalent of a 5� stories and, combined with the turn combination, is one that has made many riders famous. In 2008, Valentino Rossi passed up Casey Stoner in the middle of The Corkscrew to take first place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. This marked Rossi's first U.S. win, which he celebrated by kissing the ground of The Corkscrew in front of the 150,000 crazed fans. Now, the two racers will meet again in on the same track.

With the weather forecast having a high of 70 degrees with no cloud cover in sight, it's a wonder how the riders of MotoGP manage to keep cool in their leathers. We know that it's hard enough for even the fans to stay cool. Luckily, has tons of essentials for fans to stay cool both at the tracks, watching the races, and while on their own rides. Check out the casual wear and these Metro Racing Shirts or grab a Alpinestars Moto GP Umbrella to take with you to the Mazda Raceway. Or snag a TechNicke HyperKewl Evaporative Cooling Vest for when you're riding this summer.

We hope to see you at the races!

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