2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP Friday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases ahead of this weekend's Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca:


Lorenzo and Rossi Cross the Atlantic for Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca (USA), 17th July 2013

There was no rest for Yamaha Factory Racing this week as they head straight from the Sachsenring circuit in Germany to the USA for back-to-back racing at Laguna Seca on Sunday.

Jorge Lorenzo will travel to Laguna to be with his team as he recovers from a second surgery to his injured collarbone following a free practice crash at last weekend’s German Grand Prix. Lorenzo can claim a single win at the track on his way to his first world title in 2010.

Teammate Valentino Rossi arrives in Laguna looking to continue the form that has seen him take a race win and a podium in the last two races. The American track is the scene of one of Rossi’s most famous victories against Casey Stoner in 2008, to date his only win at the track.

The 3.5km Laguna Seca circuit originally hosted Grand Prix racing from 1988 to 1994 before safety issues moved it away. It returned in 2005 after major changes were made to the circuit allowing fans once again to enjoy the incredible spectacle of the Grand Prix riders diving down the daunting ‘Corkscrew’ as they fight for victory.

Jorge Lorenzo

"Finally we have decided to go to Laguna Seca. Following the final medical check and after speaking with Doctor Rodríguez we are going to try. At the beginning I seriously thought that it might have been convenient to take the necessary time to recover and be back at Indy but in the last two days I have felt much better so now I want to be there, although I will try to not take too many risks. I want to be there also for the fans, for the championship but especially for my team, that is waiting for me. I want to thank everybody for all the support I have received so far and I want to say "thank you" to the doctors who took care of me after the crash at Sachsenring, both at the Clinica Mobile and at the Hospital General de Catalunya, especially Doctors Rodríguez and Cots."

Valentino Rossi

“Laguna is a very special track, it is very important to me because it is the track of one of my best races in my career in 2008. Apart from that time I always seem to suffer there so I hope to go and do a better job this time. We have made good progress and are now fighting closer to the front but we need to make another step to fight for more victories.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

"Jorge has made the decision to fly to Laguna Seca and, although it will not be easy, he has decided to try despite the pain and the consequences of the second surgery to his injured collarbone. We have another tough weekend ahead of us, especially because the lay-out of the track is phisically demanding. Now I am just looking forward to seeing him here with the team and then we will set the strategy for the weekend."

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

“It is always a good feeling to come to Laguna, it is one of the races that the whole team enjoy and look forward to. The fans and the track really are something very special. We are confident that Vale can continue to show his improved form and we are working hard to keep giving him his old confidence to fight at the front with the best possible set up of the bike. I am happy to hear that Jorge has made the decision to fly to Laguna Seca. It is definitely going to be a demanding weekend for him but finally we will be on track with both riders."


MotoGP heads across the atlantic for the Red Bull U.S. GP with Marquez leading the Championship

After another highly eventful weekend, which saw Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo miss the German GP, the Repsol Honda Team now heads stateside with Marc Marquez regaining the Championship lead.

Marc had a perfect weekend in Germany, taking his second win of the season, but now heads to a new track which he has never visited in any class. It will be crucial for him and his team to get to grips with the 3.6km Laguna Seca circuit, famous for it's 'Corkscrew' corner, quickly and find a good set up.

Marc's teammate, Dani Pedrosa, had a less enjoyable weekend in Germany. Dani, who was leading the Championship up until last weekend, had a huge crash in FP3 for the German GP and was ruled out for the race after the medical team declared him unfit. Thankfully after a few days of rest, Dani is feeling well again and will travel to America on Thursday to allow him to have one additional day of physiotherapy treatment to the shoulder on Wednesday in Barcelona.

Dani has a good record at Laguna Seca and has visited the podium four times including a victory in 2009. Honda also have a fantastic record on American soil, having won the last six races held in the U.S.A.

Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 138 points

"I am feeling really good at the moment. Even though the victory in Germany didn't feel the same as Austin, because Dani and Jorge were not there, I am still so happy with the result. Now we go to Laguna Seca with no time to rest. Everybody says it's a nice track but very technical. I've never ridden there so we will start to work hard from the first moment we arrive to learn the lines. From what I understand there are many blind points where you cannot see the racing line. Anyway, as always we will try our best and see what we can do"

Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 2nd - 136 points

"After a disappointing weekend in Germany, I'm happy to be feeling better again and thankful that my shoulder wasn't completely broken, even if a fracture is still not the best thing to happen! Now I need to get back on track to see what condition I'm in and hope we can have a good weekend"


Laguna Seca and the Corkscrew await the Ducati Team

With the German Grand Prix having just been completed this past Sunday, the Ducati Team has already made the Transatlantic trip to California for this coming weekend’s United States Grand Prix, which marks the 2013 MotoGP season’s halfway point and its second of three rounds to be held on American soil.

One of the championship’s oldest circuits, Laguna Seca has a rich history in Grand Prix racing and has hosted a number of exciting events, including Nicky Hayden’s maiden MotoGP victory in 2005 (when the track returned to the GP schedule following an eleven-year break), and his follow-up win the following year, his championship season. Andrea Dovizioso doesn’t count the track among his favourites, but he has posted three fourth-place finishes there in the premier class, along with a fifth position.

The shortest track on the calendar, Laguna Seca is twisty and technical, offering very little opportunity for a break, and its signature section is of course the legendary Corkscrew.

Ducati sells more motorcycles in the USA than any other country, and the brand’s fans are expected to flood to Ducati Island, where a number of promotional initiatives are planned over the weekend.

Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team

“It’s nice to be going home to Laguna, which is a race that I love and that’s obviously very special to me. The circuit is quite unique, and it’s not easy, as you need to be confident and attack the corners. It’s quite a demanding, technical track and a lot of the corners are linked together. You really have to hit your marks there in order to be fast. I wish we were headed there with more speed and confidence, but the reality is this. Up until now, we certainly haven’t been getting the results we’d like by any means, but with the summer break coming up, it would be nice to go there, have some fun, and leave with a good taste in our mouths.”

Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team

“I don’t know what we can expect at Laguna with a completely different bike for me this year. Unfortunately, I think it’s a similar track to the Sachsenring in many ways. Maybe we’ll have fewer problems with turn-in since the corners are tighter, but all the bikes tend to pump a lot at Laguna because it’s very particular with its uphills and downhills. I don’t particularly enjoy the place, but as always we're going there with the aim of getting the best possible result.”

Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager

“Laguna Seca is a track with a lot of elevation change, so in some ways, it’s similar to the Sachsenring. It’s Nicky’s home track, so he’ll surely be hoping to redeem his disappointing result in Germany. It’s a race that he has won twice in the past, so we know that he can do well there.”


TOP CLASS RIDERS HEAD FOR AMERICA

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar looking for successful conclusion to first half of season at Laguna Seca

After tackling the tight and twisty demands of the Sachsenring circuit just a couple of days ago the MotoGP riders are already on their way to the USA to take on the shortest circuit on the whole calendar. Laguna Seca is a 3.671km rollercoaster of breathtaking elevation changes and blind corners such as the world-famous Corkscrew – a fast downhill chicane. It is the only round of the season that is exclusive to the MotoGP class, with Marc Márquez now back on top of the championship after his victory in Germany combined with the absence of both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo has announced that he will not ride at Laguna Seca whilst Pedrosa remains a doubt, potentially giving Márquez the opportunity to extend his lead even further.

The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team is already en route to Laguna Seca, where they hope to round out the first half of the season with a good result. Aleix Espargaró remains unstoppable as the man to beat in CRT and in Germany he enjoyed his best weekend yet, qualifying fifth and fighting for the podium positions in the early stages before dropping back to eighth. The Spaniard is now tenth overall in the MotoGP standings and the standout leader of the CRT pack after winning every round so far. Randy De Puniet will be hoping to put an end to his team-mate's record in the second half of the season and after switching back to his 2012 chassis in Germany the Frenchman found the front end feel he was looking for and will try to take advantage this weekend.

Aleix Espargaró: “Even though it is a short track Laguna Seca is spectacular. We have hardly had time to catch our breath since leaving Germany before heading to America but it is the last race before the holidays and that gives us extra motivation. I had a lot of fun riding the ART at Laguna Seca last year even though we had some problems with the electronics but I am sure everything will go to plan this time. I love racing at Laguna Seca, the Corckscrew is just a spectacular corner that gives you goosebumps when you watch from the side of the track. I like it because it is different to any other circuit in the world and our confidence is high going to California, where we hope to have an enjoyable weekend. Hopefully we can have a repeat of an excellent weekend at Sachsenring.”

Randy De Puniet: “Laguna Seca is a circuit I love. It is a tough track and the lap times are always close there. I had an interesting race there last year even though I almost got knocked off by another rider on the first lap. I had a good feeling with the track and we had a good weekend so it will be interesting for us to compare the chassis data with what we have this year on the soft tyre. It will be demanding because there is no time to relax with two races so close together but I am already looking forward to the USGP getting started. In Germany we went back to our chassis from last season and my feeling was a lot better. We will try some more things in Laguna Seca and see if we can take a step forward.”


CALIFORNIA CALLING FOR MOTOGP RIDERS

Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista heads directly from the Sachsenring circuit in Germany to the United States this week as the MotoGP World Championship hits the halfway stage with an exhausting trip across the Atlantic. The Laguna Seca circuit will provide another stern test of the team's progress so far this year, with Bautista heading west on the back of a solid ride in Germany that has gone some way to making up for a poor run of results at Mugello, Barcelona and Assen. It was a less pleasing weekend for Bryan Staring at Sachsenring but the Australian rookie must pick himself up quickly as he tackles another new and difficul t circuit.

Alvaro Bautista “It wasn't an easy weekend in Germany but we came out of it with a positive result. I found more confidence with the bike around most of the track but I was losing too much time in the second sector and we didn't manage to fix it in time for the race. Anyway, we made some positive steps in certain areas and certainly improved on Assen. It has helped lift morale in the team and now we go to another tricky circuit in Laguna, with its elevation changes and blind corners. It is a tough track but we will do our best to adapt quickly. We struggled with the suspension here last year but we have made some good progress in this area since then and I am sure that if we are methodical in our work we can make sure we have a competitive RC213V to race on Sunday. I am confident because the team is working well and this makes me think we can be fighting for a good result this weekend.”

Bryan Staring “I am still upset with the weekend at Sachsenring. Four crashes in one weekend is too much and I feel sorry for the team because they are putting so much work in. I knew it was going to be hard but I didn't know it would be this hard. My confidence has taken a battering and Laguna Seca is not the easiest circuit to be going to next. It is a difficult track but I have to stay calm, work hard and rely on the unrelenting hard work of the team. I will have to concentrate hard from the start to learn the best lines around the track and then start working on the set-up of the bike as quickly as possible. We will be doing everything we can to put the weekend in Germany behind us.”

Fausto Gresini “The result at Sachsenring came on the back of two difficult days of practice and it gives us a nice boost going to America. This is an important stage of the season and we need to keep making progress if we are going to get to where we want to be. Laguna Seca is a difficult track and we know that but I am sure that Alvaro and the team will be doing everything they can to get the best possible result. We need to make sure we are competitive again and put a difficult month behind us. It is a tricky circuit for a rookie like Bryan, who travels on the back of a tough weekend that involved four crashes. That won't help his confidence ahead of this one but the team will continue to support him and give him the best possible chance to do his best in the US Grand Prix.”


NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders Edwards and Corti head to Laguna Seca

MotoGP NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti head to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in California for the 9th round of the championship.

After a very good performance by the American and Italian riders at Sachsenring the team now heads to what will be the second home race of the season for Edwards at one of his all-time favorite tracks. Teammatea Corti will be riding at Laguna for the first time and looks forward to getting acquainted with the famous corkscrew.

The NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders set as a goal to finish in the points at the second American race of the season before the summer break.

Colin Edwards

“We are heading to Laguna, its one of my favorite tracks. Friends and family will be there so I’m really looking forward to it!”

Claudio Corti

“This is my first time at the Laguna circuit and I look forward to riding here. It will be interesting to ride her and get to see the corkscrew for the first time live. I really enjoy being in America and getting to ride in a new track just makes it even better.”


Andrea Iannone to miss Laguna Seca

As a result of persistent shoulder pain, following last weekend’s crash at the Sachsenring during the FP4 session, Andrea Iannone has now undergone a further series of medical checks.

MRI and CT scans have highlighted a small fracture to the neck of the humerus bone in his right shoulder as well as a significant amount of blood accumulation and bruising, the main cause of pain and loss of strength. Luckily any damage to tendons and ligaments was ruled out, but nevertheless another ultrasound scan will be carried out in a fortnight’s time.

The Italian will now have a period of forced rest and will have to wait at least two weeks while the hematoma and accumulation are naturally absorbed. As a result the rider from Vasto will not be lining up on the starting grid for this weekend’s GP at Laguna Seca, but he is scheduled to return to the Championship starting at Indianapolis on August 18th.

A decision of whether or not to replace Iannone in the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team is currently being evaluated.


Laguna Seca, round 9 of 2013 MotoGP World Championship

The MotoGP World Championship has traveled to Monterey for the ninth round on the calendar.

The Laguna Seca track measures 3.610 km (2.243 miles) and partly laid out on a hillside, rising abruptly from the bottom of the valley toward the crest. This section includes turns 5, 6, 7, 8 and 8A, the spectacular “Corkscrew” downhill chicane, before falling back sharply to the finish line and the short straightaway, which features two slight changes of direction, and where the maximum speed attained is around 270km/h.

Andrea Iannone will not be present in the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team's pit garage this weekend because of the injuries he suffered in a crash at the Sachsenring circuit. As a result, he will have to postpone his debut at this circuit until next year.Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“I'm really disappointed. I did a test with a road bike on this track in April in preparation for the race, I was ready to ride at this special and charismatic circuit, and I really didn’t need this injury. Right until the last moment I thought I could make it, I did everything possible to be able to get back onto the grid but the doctors firmly advised me to not strain the shoulder. My only goal now is to get back in shape for Indianapolis, taking advantage of the summer break, and then resume the work we have begun on the new bike with the team.


Laguna Seca, round 9 of 2013 MotoGP World Championship

The MotoGP World Championship has traveled to Monterey for the ninth round on the calendar.

The Laguna Seca track measures 3.610 km (2.243 miles) and partly laid out on a hillside, rising abruptly from the bottom of the valley toward the crest. This section includes turns 5, 6, 7, 8 and 8A, the spectacular “Corkscrew” downhill chicane, before falling back sharply to the finish line and the short straightaway, which features two slight changes of direction, and where the maximum speed attained is around 270km/h.

The Ignite Pramac Racing Team is ready to welcome Alex De Angelis, substitute rider for Ben Spies, for this second of three U.S. rounds. Alex, who currently rides for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team in Moto2, is taking advantage of that championship’s pause to make a temporary return to MotoGP, the class in which he competed for two full seasons, 2008 and 2009, and for three races during the 2010 season.

Alex De Angelis – Ignite Pramac Racing Team

“The test that we did at Misano was fantastic. I enjoyed it very much because the difference in power between the Moto2 and MotoGP is amazing, much more than you can see on television, and also the use of electronics is impressive. Obviously I'm not here to get a result, but for sure I will give it my all to create a good impression. It was an experience that I absolutely could not refuse. I am glad that they thought about me and at the moment the only reason why I'm here is to do this race. I will race Ben’s standard bike and will try to enjoy myself as much as possible.”


BRADL EAGER TO ENJOY THE CORKSCREW AT HIS SECOND VISIT AT LAGUNA

Laguna Seca, 18 July: German LCR Honda RC213V rider Stefan Bradl consolidated a row of improving results with his second fourth place this year at home in Germany and arrives in California set for another productive weekend. The 23-year-old from Munich rode to an impressive seventh place last year at his first visit at the Californian circuit but now he can rely on his experience.

“We have been very competitive and very fast for the whole weekend in Sachsenring and the great support of my fans made this round even better for me. Now it’s time to enjoy the Corkscrew again. Laguna Seca race track is great and I have more experience this year to cope with the rollercoaster there. Actually our overall package is pretty competitive so we aim to catch the podium in the US. It won’t be easy but, in the last rounds, we have demonstrated our skills racing with the guys in the front, so a podium-finish would a perfect result before the summer vacation.”


Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 9: Laguna Seca

Thursday 18 July 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Extra-soft (Symmetric), Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)

MotoGP™ returns to American soil as round nine of the 2013 season sees the paddock descend upon the hills of California for the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

Home to the famous Corkscrew, Laguna Seca features rapid changes in elevation and direction so the tyres supplied must provide high levels of edge grip and front-end stability. The circuit’s seaside location often brings morning cloud cover that dissipates in the afternoon and so the tyre compound choice for this race must perform over a wide range of conditions. The changeable weather can also make finding an ideal setup for the 3.610 kilometre circuit challenging for the teams. There are seven left-hand turns compared to just four right-hand turns, so the asymmetric rear slicks feature slightly harder rubber on the left shoulder though overall, the rubber compounds used in the rear tyres at Laguna Seca are towards the softer end of Bridgestone’s range.

Laguna Seca is one of only four events on the calendar where Bridgestone brings the extra-soft compound rear slick for the CRT riders, who will also be allocated the soft compound rear slick. Rear slick compounds for the MotoGP riders will be the soft and medium compounds. Front slick tyre options for Laguna Seca are the soft and medium compound, while the main wet tyre for the United States Grand Prix will be the soft compound wet tyre.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Laguna Seca has only been back on the MotoGP calendar since 2005 but it already is one of the most anticipated races of the season as its spectacular, counter-clockwise layout often produces close racing. This circuit features big changes in elevation and some tight corners and although it has a low average speed for a MotoGP circuit, sections like the Corkscrew are some of the most challenging on the calendar. As we approach the halfway point of the season the championship standings are very close with thirty-seven points separating the top five riders, so there is a lot at stake this weekend. I am looking forward to what should be an exciting weekend at Laguna Seca.”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Laguna Seca is a circuit with a relatively low average speed and although it isn’t overly demanding on tyres, it does present Bridgestone with some challenges. The circuit is located in the hills close to the sea which causes large variations in track temperature between the morning and afternoon sessions, so our tyre allocation has to work over a substantial range of conditions. Particular parts of the circuit also test the tyres, the most famous of these being the Corkscrew which features a fast change of direction and elevation that requires a lot of feel from the front tyre. Also, the right-handed turns three and four right are important to get right for a good lap time so our rear slicks need to have good temperature retention on the right shoulders for these slow, ninety degree corners. Like the last round at Sachsenring, this circuit is run in a counter-clockwise direction and has more left-handed than right-handed corners so we provide asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder.”


Round Number: 
9
2013

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