2018 Laguna Seca WorldSBK Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the organizers and teams ahead of this weekend's World Superbike races at Laguna Seca:


Land of the free and home of the brave: will you be there?

WorldSBK heads to California for Round Eight of a sensational season

Overtaking the halfway point of the season, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has seen six different winners from seven different rounds so far in 2018, and the show doesn’t stop there as the circus roars into WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Set in the stunning Californian hills, a stones throw away from the coastal town of Monterey, Laguna Seca is a favourite of many, but not one for the faint hearted. As riders hurtle down into the high speed turn one it’s all to play for, and there’s no telling who will come out on top. We want you to be ready for the American battle.

Undeniably the favourite heading into the GEICO US Round is championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), who finds himself in the rare situation of looking to bounce back from a difficult race two last time out. With his first zero points score for the first time of the season, the Northern Irish rider heads to Laguna hoping to extend his championship lead as the summer break looms. Only finishing off the podium on two occasions out of eight in California, Rea will look at taking his victory tally to four here, as his overall number of victories continues to grow past the record breaking 60.

Despite a determined Rea, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) will be a man on a mission around a circuit he is notoriously strong at. Coming off the back of some difficult races with his Panigale R, where he and his team have struggled to find a solution to their set-up issues, Davies was able to show his grit and determination to take a podium finish in race two at Brno. Laguna Seca has been a strong circuit for the Welsh rider in the past – he has the most victories over anyone else on the grid (three) and the most experience from his time in the domestic American championships. Ready for a fight, he’s not one to count out.

For the American fans, all eyes will be on their home heroes as Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) and PJ Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team) prepare for their homecoming around the stunning 3.6km ribbon of tarmac. For Gagne, he returns to the scene of his debut WorldSBK race, whilst Jacobsen prepares for his SBK® debut around Laguna Seca. Gagne has had a testing season so far getting acquainted with the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine, but finishing over half his races in the points will no doubt give him motivation ahead of a big weekend. For Jacobsen, he returns to racing around Laguna for the first time in seven seasons, so he won’t have that ‘home track’ advantage. Despite this, the atmosphere and support of the American crowds will no doubt give him a boost to continue to improve his Honda machine.

One team heading to California full of confidence will be the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, as the duo of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes have taken three out of the last four victories in WorldSBK. Getting the monkey off their backs this season, the pair will be taking on the weekend with a fresh outlook. For van der Mark, Laguna has been a tough challenge in the past with a best finish of fourth in 2016, but with the new found confidence on the YZF-R1, his pace will be interesting to follow. On the other side of the garage, Lowes has had two top sixes out of eight appearances around the circuit, and given his improving pace he will no doubt hope to build on this. With the smiles still etched on their faces from their debut victories, will they leave Laguna feeling the same?

Steadily making progress and perhaps an underdog this weekend will be Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) as he continues to get to grips with his RSV4 RF, securing a top four in tricky track conditions last time out. The Irishman has struggled with rear grip all season, but making some steps forward could mean a strong weekend here in California. Winning race two in 2013 for the Italian factory, Laverty has a strong history here and we could see our eighth different podium finisher of 2018.

Loris Baz (GULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team) is preparing for his return to the Californian circuit, after four seasons away. Tackling the fast and technical circuit with a new bike for 2018 – compared to the Kawasaki he previously raced on – Baz will be looking to continue a strong run of form he is finding with his BMW S 10000 RR. Taking a ninth and sixth last time out around Laguna, his previous knowledge could prove invaluable.

Spaniard Jordi Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) prepares for his fourth weekend around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but this time with a new team. Making steady progress with the Italian bike, the eighth round of the season will be a testing one for Torres. But with a solid history in California – taking a top eight in every race he’s finished – he will no doubt be a strong contender for a good result.

Enjoy all the action from California, as free practice begins at 09:45LT (-7 GMT), with lights out for Race One on Saturday at 14.00LT, and Race Two on Sunday at 14.00LT.


California Dreaming For Rea And Sykes

The annual visit of WorldSBK to Laguna Seca in the USA is one that the entire paddock looks forward to, and none more so than the KRT riding duo of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.

The eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship will take place close to the beaches of California this weekend, at the world famous Laguna Seca circuit.

Home to the unique ‘Corkscrew’ downhill section, Laguna has enjoyed two periods of inclusion in the WorldSBK calendar. It has already hosted 30 individual WorldSBK races and will host its next two on Saturday the 23rd of June and Sunday 24th of June.

The current adoption of the 3.610km long hillside circuit in the WorldSBK calendar re-started in 2013 and has delivered success for both KRT official riders. Tom has won three races at Laguna, with Jonathan scoring two wins, including race two last season.

Having taken an all-time record 60th career win the opening race at the last round in Brno, and despite a subsequent race two non-finish, Rea leads the championship by 65 points. Sykes is fourth; after he also no-scored in race two at Brno. So far in 2018 Rea has scored six race wins with Sykes taking a single at Assen.

Kawasaki enjoys a handsome 35-point championship lead in the Manufacturers’ Standings, with most points being collected by either Rea or Sykes. The top Ninja ZX-10RR points scorer in race two at Donington, however, was rookie Turkish WorldSBK competitor Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who finished runner-up in only his 12th race in the class. He is currently eighth in the championship rankings.

Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) sits in 15th position in the standings, with Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) one place behind and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 19th.

After the Laguna Seca weekend there will be one more round before the long summer break begins. The seaside-circuit of Misano on the Adriatic Coast of Italy will host round nine, between the 6th and the 8th of July.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “Laguna Seca is a great venue for Superbikes and I’m very excited to go there after Brno where we had been very strong. The American fans always bring the atmosphere, so if we can organise some good weather we are in for a great weekend. The circuit itself is very demanding and we have to concentrate on Friday to understand the bike and enable us to challenge for wins. Turn one is one of the most thrilling corners on any circuit so I’m already looking forward to my first lap!”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I am ready for America. The whole journey to the USA is a pleasure and the fans are absolutely fantastic. Laguna Seca is an adrenaline-pumping circuit and it certainly gets the blood flowing. In places like turn one you have to be pinpoint accurate. At another few corners, including the top of The Corkscrew, there are some blind entries. It is such a short track and very demanding, so there is absolutely no place for rest. You have to be on top of your game there.”


Pata Yamaha Locked and Loaded for Laguna

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Off the back of three victories in the last four races, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team head into Round 8 of the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca in the USA this weekend full of confidence. Michael van der Mark is looking to build on his 'Donington double' and podium finish in Race 2 at the last round in Brno and feels that he will be able to fight at the front once again. Fresh from securing his maiden WorldSBK win after a sensational ride in Race 2 at Brno, Alex Lowes cannot wait to get back on track with his Pata Yamaha YZF-R1 to continue his momentum.

It has been an incredible last two rounds for the Pata Yamaha team, with van der Mark taking both race wins at Donington Park and Lowes also getting in on the action after a brilliant ride to victory in Race 2 at Brno and van der Mark completing the first ever WorldSBK Pata Yamaha 1-2. Buoyed by these results, both riders head to Laguna Seca brimming with confidence and ready to fight for victory once more.

Van der Mark's recent results, including his fourth-place finish in Race 1 at Brno, have seen the 25-year-old Dutch rider charge up the championship standings to currently occupy third with 196 points, just nine behind Chaz Davies in second. Apart from his DNF in Race 2 in Imola, the 2014 WorldSSP Champion has not finished outside of the top ten all season and in the last four races, he has two wins, a second-place finish and a fourth to his name, highlighting his superb form in 2018. Laguna Seca has not been the happiest hunting ground for van der Mark in the past - his best result being a fourth in 2016 - but he feels that with the improvements made to the Pata Yamaha R1 this season, he can be a force to be reckoned with once more.

Lowes pulled off a stunning ride in Race 2 at Brno to take his maiden WorldSBK victory in some style, and now he has the 'monkey off his back' the 27-year-old British rider is determined to fight for more wins on his Pata Yamaha R1. It has been a season of firsts for Lowes, with the 2013 British Superbike Champion claiming his first WorldSBK pole position at Assen and following that up with victory in the Czech Republic, and he is hoping to build on this form at Laguna Seca where his previous best result was a fifth-place finish in 2016. Lowes heads to the USA excited to build on his recent form and is the only WorldSBK rider to have finished every race in the points in 2018, a feat that sees him occupy sixth in the overall standings after seven rounds with 154 points, just three behind the fifth-placed Marco Melandri.

The iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was originally built in 1957 and is located in Monterey County, Central California. Hosting its first WorldSBK race in 1995, it was a permanent fixture on the calendar until 2004, before making its return in 2013 and being ever-present since. It is 3.610km long, has 11 corners, four right and seven left-handed, breathtaking elevation changes of over 55m and, of course, features the iconic Corkscrew. It is only the WorldSBK class that races at Laguna Seca and the on-track action kicks off for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team on Friday at 9:45 am local time (GMT+9) for FP1, with both races taking place at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Michael van der Mark

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 3rd - 196 points

"I love coming to the Laguna Seca circuit. Last year my results were not great here but this year the bike has improved so much, as we could see at the last couple of rounds, so I am really confident we can fight for the podium again. I am enjoying riding my Pata Yamaha R1 at the moment, with all the team's hard work really paying off, and I can't wait for FP1 to start at this amazing circuit so we can continue our great form."

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 6th - 154 points

"Coming off my first WorldSBK victory, I can't wait to get to work and keep the momentum going at Laguna. It's a fantastic circuit and place to come and race. The famous corkscrew section is lots of fun...the TV really doesn't do the gradient justice! In general, it's a tricky track and hard to get a good setting but lately, we have been working better and better as a team and it just makes me so excited to get there and keep on working!"


Destination California: the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team ready to race at Laguna Seca with Davies and Melandri

After leaving Brno (Czech Republic) with two podium finishes, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to resume action at Laguna Seca (United States) for the eighth round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship. On the iconic California track, the Panigale R won in three occasions with Chaz Davies, who took the most recent win in Race 1 in 2017, just three weeks after sustaining a back injury at Misano. Marco Melandri, who was unluckily penalized by a technical problem in Race 2 at Brno after showing the fastest pace, also took a victory at Laguna Seca in 2014.

Both Davies and Melandri are keen to make the most of their chemistry with the track to reclaim the top step of the podium and reduce the gap in the rankings, where they currently sit in second (205 points) and fifth (157 points) position respectively. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will be back on track Friday, June 22nd, at 09:45 local time (CET -9) for the first free-practice session, while the Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team will not take part, as planned, to the overseas round and will be back at Misano.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7)

"Competing at Laguna Seca is always a fun challenge. It's a tough track, with a lot of technical parts to it. Camber and elevation change quite a lot, there are fast corners and hairpins, and obviously the 'Corkscrew' itself. It's hard to set the bike up right, because you want stability but also agility, so you need to find a good compromise. I think it suits my style, I really enjoy riding there and I'm looking forward to getting back on the Panigale R to build on what we found at Brno and aim for even better results."

Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #33)

"I'm very happy to ride at Laguna Seca. The place itself is gorgeous and, despite the fact that a technical problem in Race 2 at Brno probably deprived us of a great result, I think that as a team we're in great shape. We learned many things and I believe we can be really fast. It's the right track for us to bounce back. The United States always gave me positive vibes, so I can't wait to hop back on the Panigale R and fight at the top, as we've shown we're capable of doing."


Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team aims for gains on American roadtrip

US Round

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team head to Laguna Seca this weekend where hometown hero Jake Gagne returns to the circuit he made his WorldSBK debut, while Leon Camier gets his first chance to ride the legendary American circuit on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

At approximately 3.61 kilometres (2.223 miles) in length, the Laguna Seca circuit is the shortest on the WorldSBK calendar however packs numerous challenges within its 11 corners, including the ultra-fast Turn 1 and the world-famous Corkscrew which plunges almost twenty metres from entry to exit.

This circuit is where Gagne made his WorldSBK debut with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team in 2017 where the American rider grabbed a pair of point-scoring finishes in a fine performance. With half a season of WorldSBK racing experience now under his belt, Gagne is aiming for his best race weekend of the year at a circuit he loves.

For Camier, the Laguna Seca round comes off the back of strong performances at Donington and Brno and with the summer break fast approaching, the British rider is aiming to move closer to the front runners at a circuit where the sublime handling and braking stability of the Fireblade should prove advantageous.

The WorldSBK action at the United States round starts this Friday at 0945 local time (GMT -7) with Free Practice 1. Race start on both Saturday and Sunday is at 1400 local time.

Leon Camier 2

Laguna Seca is quite a challenging circuit but it is really cool to ride probably one of my favourites so I'm looking forward to getting started on Friday. At this track it's really important to have a good feel with the bike there's some developments we've made on the chassis side that I think will help me on the Fireblade this weekend. Physically I'm feeling better, my shoulders and ribs have come on a lot so now we need to get out there and see if we can close the gap to the guys at the front.

- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne 45

I’m really stoked to get on the Fireblade at Laguna Seca. It will be a really special weekend racing on home turf and at a track I’ve had such great memories. One year ago at Laguna was my first ride with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, it will be really nice already having ridden Laguna Seca and having some good data to build on. We’ve been making some definitive progress the last few weekends so I think it’s time to make another good step up and put it all together. I’ve always enjoyed Laguna Seca being such a unique track, so I’m really excited to get on track on Friday and see all the US WorldSBK fans!

- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

It's already the eighth round of the season and Laguna Seca will be an exciting one for us with Jake racing at home and Leon back to full fitness. Usually our Fireblade is well suited to the Laguna Seca circuit and given our recent developments I think we'll be able to provide a competitive package for this track. It will be a weekend with a lot of pressure for Jake racing in front of his home fans, but we're hoping he can build on the progress at recent rounds and he already has some knowledge of the bike at this circuit which will help a lot. Leon continues to show his strength on our CBR1000RR and this round we hope to be even closer to the front. We're aiming to take another step forward in performance at Laguna Seca and the team is ready to go!


Double commitment for the Althea team in WorldSBK and CIV

Rome (Italy), Tuesday 19 June 2018

Round eight of the Superbike World Championship sees the Gulf Althea BMW Racing team and rider Loris Baz travel to America, and the Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway.

The Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway is located close to Monterey in central California. One of the shortest tracks on the SBK calendar, just 3610 metres in length, it features eleven corners, the most famous of which is undoubtedly that known as the Corkscrew.

Rider Baz enjoys competing at the American track, having finished sixth in his last race with the Superbike, completed back in 2014. The Frenchman will be the only Gulf Althea BMW representative on track at Laguna, in that the Stock1000 does not run in the United States.

Gulf Althea BMW’s Stock1000 rider Alessandro Delbianco will be keeping busy anyway, taking part in the Imola round of the Italian CIV SBK championship as a wildcard. The race will serve to give him more experience on board the BMW. The Italian continues to recover from his fractured collarbone and will be able to make the most of his riding potential. The rider’s development is part of the team’s programme, the aim being to increase his feeling with the category. For this reason too, the Althea team has already confirmed his participation in the Misano round in late July.

Loris Baz

“It’s always great to race in the US, especially at the legendary track that is Laguna. I’ve only raced there once in fact, in 2014, and loved the place but had a terrible weekend, sick with flu. So I’m looking forward to getting there and enjoying the ride, it will be easier now that I know the track. I don’t know how it will work with the BMW but the team and I will do all we can to extract its maximum potential.”

Alessandro Delbianco

“I’m really pleased to be back racing in the Italian CIV championship, having come from there last year. The Imola track should be a little easier for me, seeing as I raced there in the world series only a month ago. I’m happy and hope to be able to continue to accumulate experience.”


Jacobsen and Triple M Honda World Superbike Team revved up for US WorldSBK debut

US Round

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

The Triple M Honda World Superbike Team and their American WorldSBK rookie PJ Jacobsen are revved up for their first foray at Laguna Seca this weekend, with the team unveiling a one-off livery commemorating American racing hero Nicky Hayden.

The Triple M Honda World Superbike team have taken the step up to the WorldSBK championship for the first time in 2018 with the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, with Jacobsen returning to the Honda camp as he too makes the step up to the premier class of production-based motorcycle racing this season.

Jacobsen currently sits in eighteenth position overall in the WorldSBK standings with 21 championship points and a best result of tenth place in Race 2 at the Thailand round.

For the American WorldSBK, on Saturday the team will unveil a special commemorative livery honouring Nicky Hayden on their CBR1000RR machine, with Jacobsen sporting matching leathers and helmet.

The United States round of the WorldSBK championship gets underway this Friday with Free Practice 1 at 0945 local time (GMT -7) with the two races set to start at 1400 local time on Saturday and Sunday.

PJ Jacobsen 99

I'm really looking forward to racing at Laguna Seca this weekend with my new Triple M Honda World Superbike Team, it'll be my first home race in a world championship which is pretty cool. I haven't been to Laguna Seca in a long time, but I'm sure I'll get familiar with the circuit pretty quickly once I'm out on track for Free Practice 1. It's exciting to be racing in front of my home fans and to honour Nicky with a special design on my bike, helmet and leathers, and the team and I can't wait to get started.

- Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

We are really excited to go racing at Laguna Seca this weekend, even if it isn't a circuit that PJ knows very well as it has been a long time since he has raced here. We're all pumped for this event, especially as its PJ's home race and we are proud to race in America with a special commemorative livery for Nicky Hayden following his passing last year. There is a lot to do, but our target is to help PJ achieve a top-ten result.



10 things you need to know ahead of the GECIO US Round

Catch up with the facts and stats before WorldSBK heads to America

1. Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) became the 74th race winner in WorldSBK history at Brno. He gave Great Britain its 230th win and its 630th podium placement.

2. It was a long wait for Lowes, winning on his 118th start. Among the other WorldSBK winners, only Chris Walker had to wait more for his maiden win: 131 races.

3. Yamaha recorded a 1-2 in a WorldSBK race at Brno for the first time since the 2011 Algarve weekend (In race 2 with Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty). Another similarity to 2011 is that it’s the first time since then that two riders have taken their maiden win on Yamaha machinery. This year it was the turn of Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Teams Michael Van der Mark and Alex Lowes, in 2011 it was Marco Melandri (Donington) and Eugene Laverty (Monza).

4. WorldSBK has seen three Yamaha wins in the space of four races (a double at Donington and Race 2 in Brno): the last time Yamaha had been able to secure such a high number of wins over such few races was in 2009, when Ben Spies won four out of five in these two same tracks and in the same order (a double in Donington and Race 2 in Brno), adding a win in Race 1 at the Nurburgring.

5. The current field has now 10 WorldSBK race winners - the highest number since 2014 - when there were 11.

6. Laguna Seca had so far no less than 15 different winners in 30 races. Five of them are part of the current field: Sykes, Davies, Laverty, Melandri and Rea. The last seven races here were won only by British riders, which is the longest streak by a country in the track’s history. The last non-British winner at Laguna Seca was Marco Melandri in 2014, Race 1.

7. Six riders share the honour of the highest number of wins (3) at Laguna Seca: John Kocinski, Anthony Gobert, Troy Corser, Ben Bostrom, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.

8. Laguna Seca up to now had 11 different polesitters in 15 race weekends: only Troy Corser (3 poles: 1995, 1998, 1999) and Tom Sykes (2014, 2016, 2017) have recorded more than one pole here.

9. Troy Corser is the rider with most podiums at this track, 11, followed by Tom Sykes at 9.

10. Ducati has the record of poles at Laguna Seca. Their tally is nine, and one other manufacturer has recorded more than one - it’s Kawasaki with three. The other three manufacturers on pole here are Honda, Suzuki and Aprilia. Ducati was the sole polesitter in the first seven race weekends held at Laguna Seca (1995-2001). Colin Edwards broke the string in 2002 recording pole for Honda.


Manufacturers profiles from Laguna Seca

As WorldSBK heads stateside, take a look at who has prospered in WorldSBK

Aprilia have won three times at Laguna Seca: with Troy Corser in 2000’s Race 1, Eugene Laverty in 2013’s Race 2, and Marco Melandri in 2014’s Race 1. Their last podium here came four years ago with Sylvain Guintoli, who was second in Race 2. Last year Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) scored the overall best result for Aprilia in Race 2, finishing sixth.

In 2013, BMW recorded two podium finishes here, as Chaz Davies was second in Race 1 and Marco Melandri third in Race 2. Last year Jordi Torres was seventh in Race 1, while in Race 2 disaster struck as both BMW riders, Torres and Raffaele De Rosa, crashed out of the race.

Last year Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) recorded the 13th win for Ducati at Laguna Seca in Race 1, while in Race 2 gave to the Italian manufacturer their 39th podium. Both are records for this track: Kawasaki follows with seven wins and 20 podiums. Ducati’s rate of success here is so high that it was only in 2013 and 2014 they weren't able to score podiums. In all the races run here, Ducati have always had a bike in the top four grid spots in qualifying.

Honda have won five times in Laguna Seca: the last ones came in 2004 (a double from Chris Vermeulen). The last Honda podium here was secured by the late, great Nicky Hayden who was 3rd in Race 1, 2016. Last year both Honda riders scored identical results in both races: Stefan Bradl in 11th and Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) in 15th.

In recent years, Kawasaki have been one of the most successful manufacturers here. Five of their seven wins came with their current pair of works riders - Sykes and Rea - from 2013 onwards. In the same timespan, they have scored 14 of their 20 podiums. Only Ducati has won and recorded more podiums at the Monterey track. Last year Rea and Sykes were second and third in Race 1 behind Chaz Davies, while in Race 2 they recorded a 1-2. Sykes and Rea made great starts from seventh and eighth on the grid, and they were already first and second at the end of the opening lap. In the last ten races run here, the best Kawasaki at the flag was always in the top four. This started from 2014 and it improves with the best Kawasaki always finishing on the podium at Laguna Seca.

The best result for MV Agusta at Laguna Seca was recorded last year by Leon Camier, which was sixth in Race 1.

Yamaha have stood on the podium three times at Laguna Seca. These came with a win from Noriyuki Haga in 1998, and a first and a second by the same Haga in 2000. Last year Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) finished 8th in Race 1 and Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) 9th in Race 2.


GEICO US Round promises to throw up stunning weekend for all

Fans in for an action packed weekend around the legendary Laguna Seca

Rolling into the legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is preparing for a sensational round eight of the season and fans are guaranteed to have a stunning weekend trackside. With all tickets offering free paddock access, as well as open grandstand seating, every side is covered for the GEICO US Round.

Welcoming the Paddock Show stage to the Californian circuit, it will be bigger and better than ever before this weekend as it offers American fans the new format which is bound to go down a storm. Each session will be shown live on stage, with commentary and special guests throughout the weekend. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, as a whole host of chat shows will light up the stage on Friday, before the Opening Day Show ends proceedings with the fastest three, top independent and all American riders.

Saturday at the Paddock Show stage will light up the paddock, as Americans are introduced to the all new Race Shows which allows fans to hear from riders just minutes after the Prosecco DOC is sprayed on the podium. With the help of the SuperShow after all on track action has finished, you will be able to see all WorldSBK riders on stage to end Saturday, before the Party in the Paddock rounds out the day. Sunday will provide plenty of on stage entertainment with Race Podium Shows taking over the schedule, but offering the most exclusive chats. It won’t be an area to miss.

Ahead of seeing your favourite riders out on track, why not head to the Marketplace which is open from Friday onwards and offers your chance to buy merchandise for your favourite riders. On top of this there will be expositions and product displays to keep you entertained. Or you could head to Ducati Island for their pure Ducati experience from Friday to Sunday, which will offer demos, live entertainment and the chance to see the Ducati WorldSBK riders.

If fans have ever dreamt of riding around the 3.6km of stunning tarmac with their own bikes, then this weekend is the chance for their dreams to come true. On Saturday lunchtime, there will be a unique opportunity on offer for fans to take to the track with their own bike, as well as a passenger. Requiring a ticket, this is too good of an opportunity to miss.

If the racing action on track got your heart pumping, then the circuit have the perfect solution for you to let out your adrenaline with a go-kart track right in the paddock. Open from Friday right through to Sunday, it offers the chance to put your skills to the test right in the heart of the track.

If you’re missing out on being trackside, or aren’t opting to camp at the circuit which provides first class views of the stunning circuit, then ensure you are enjoying SBK® somewhere just as sensational!


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