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
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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