Missing Toprak Razgatlioglu, after he was ruled out of the race with a broken toe after his crash at the corkscrew, the race had nineteen riders racing twenty five laps of the short left-handed circuit. The military-themed anthem was performed by a singer backed by a brass band, because America.
WorldSBK championship standings after race 1 at Laguna Seca:
World Superbike race one at Laguna Seca took place on a sunny day in California, with a bunch of tin whistlers leading an anthem singer in typical American style. The anti-clockwise track is one of the shorter ones on the calendar and it lacks long straights, limiting the top speed to under 260km/h.
The Grand Prix of Catalonia in Barcelona may not have been a classic race, it did throw up plenty of talking points, and in the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss what went on at the race at Montmeló. We obviously have to start with Jorge Lorenzo's win on the Ducati, his second in a row and reminiscent of his years at Yamaha.
Superpole One was contested by ten riders, including wildcard Josh Herrin. Michael van der Mark and Loris Baz were the favourites for promotion going into the session, having qualified eleventh and twelfth quickest respectively.
Press releases from the first day of practice at Laguna Seca:
#USWorldSBK Day 1: Consistent Rea ends day one on top
Reigning world champion fastest in all three of Friday's sessions despite crash
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was unstoppable today
Jonathan Rea ended the session and the day quickest, in spite of an early crash in this last session. Marco Melandri improved on his earlier time to go second quickest, qualifying for Superpole two ahead of Tom Sykes.
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes topped the sheets, ahead of four different machines, with Ducati, Yamaha, MV Agusta and Aprilia all featuring in the top six.
Jonathan Rea set the morning's quickest time ahead of Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty. Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies joined the top three under 1'24 and the top eight riders were all within a second of Rea's time.
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In the latest episode of his video blog, Freddie Spencer shares his thoughts on Jorge Lorenzo's second consecutive victory on the Ducati, this time at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló, near Barcelona. First, Fast Freddie gives his thoughts on the track, and what it takes to ride there, and more importantly, what it takes to succeed.