With just five days to go for the 2007 US MotoGP at Laguna Seca, there seems to be a burst of MotoGP-related activity in America right now. The first big news is that there will be two MotoGP events in the US next year. In addition to the existing round at Laguna Seca, the legendary Indianapolis circuit will also host a round of MotoGP in 2008. The last motorcycle race happened there back in 1909, so bikes will be returning to the Indianapolis circuit after 99 years!
The 2008 Red Bull Indianapolis GP will take place on the 14th of September, on a new 4.2km motorcycle course that incorporates 16 turns. ‘We are very happy to be able to add this event to the MotoGP calendar because tradition and history play such a big part in our sport, and nowhere in the world has as much motorsport history as Indianapolis,’ says Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.
In the meanwhile, the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. On this occasion, among other things, three-time (1990, 91 and 92) 500cc world champion, Wayne Rainey will be inducted into the Legends of Laguna Seca Walk of Fame. A special ceremony for this will happen on Thursday, the 19th of July. It is said that Rainey’s efforts played a key role in bringing MotoGP back to the US in 2005 (after a 10-year absence) and that it was again Rainey who persuaded Yamaha to invest US$2 million towards upgrading and reworking the Laguna Seca circuit.
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