World Superbike Returns to Laguna Seca
For the third-straight year, the World Superbike Championship heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
The short, 2.238-mile US track is confirmed for July 17-19, 2015, though the rest of the 2015 calendar has yet to be released. World SBK did confirm that Laguna will be the FIM series only American appearance.
“We continue to be pleased with the growth of the fan base for the Series,” says Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. “With the continuation of GEICO as main event sponsor, it seems clear that the U.S. motorcycle industry also sees this as an important event in which to reach out to their enthusiasts.”
In 2014, attendance grew over the three-day event with nearly 50,000 fans visiting California’s famed track featuring the Cork Screw.
World SBK says the track is popular among motorcyclists: “Visitors ride to Monterey, with most of tickets buyers coming from Southern California to enjoy the sights and sounds of world class motorcycle racing.”
The 2013 season was the first time World SBK occurred at Laguna Seca since 2004, when Ten Kate Honda’s Chris Vermeulen doubled there.
The 2013 Laguna Seca round of World SBK was strewn with crashes. The first race, which was red flagged and completed on a 12-lap sprint, was won by the 2013/2014 World SBK Champion, Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes. Taking race two was Sykes’ largest threat throughout that season, Eugene Laverty (then Aprilia Racing Team).
In 2014, the Laguna Seca round occurred before the two-month summer break. The opening 25-lap race was won by Aprilia Racing Team’s Marco Melandri. In race two, the pole-man Sykes earned the win.
Laguna Seca had hosted Grand Prix (MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3) for 15 seasons (1988–1993, 2005–2013), but the series was dropped ahead of 2014 due to financial reasons.
Tickets for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S.A. Round go on sale in December and will be available online at www.MazdaRaceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 800.327.7322 (from the U.S.A.).