2014 World Superbike at Laguna Seca Mazda RacewayAhead of this week’s ninth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway, which runs in conjunction with AMA SuperBike, a few of the series top riders headed to the renowned Monterey Aquarium.
In attendance were the reigning World Superbike Champion, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), along with Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike), Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team – EVO), Aaron Yates (Team Hero EBR) and Christian Iddon (Team Bimota Alstare – EVO).Also making the visit were two AMA SuperBike riders who are riding as wildcard riders this weekend, creating a 29-rider grid – Larry Pegram and Chris Ulrich. Pegram will pilot a Foremost Insurance EBR 1190RX, and Ulritch a GEICO Honda CBR1000RR.The SBK boys were taken on a guided tour of the aquarium, which is one of the largest sea exhibits in the world. How large? Monterey Aquarium holds 1 million gallons of water, and is home to loads of aquatic creatures, including sharks, turtles, and tuna.But down time is minimal; the riders will be on the Laguna Seca circuit at 10:30 a.m. PT Friday for the first practice session of the weekend.Photos by Ara Ashjian
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