The difficult and technical Laguna Seca racing circuit took a heavy toll on both riders and their motorcycles this weekend during the two Eni sponsored World Superbike Championship races at the eleven turn Northern California track. Both races held today comprise Round Nine of the WSB international series. Fortunately, no serious injuries to the riders involved were reported in any of the incidents.
The World Superbike Championship round at Laguna Seca marks the only West Coast appearance for any major international motorcycle road-racing series. In years past, the track hosted at least one US round of MotoGP, the two-wheeled equivalent of Formula One, but contract negotiations for the 2014 event, between the publicly-controlled track and Dorna, the organization that owns and promotes both the WSB series as well as the MotoGP motorcycle road-racing series, were unsuccessful. As a result, two US MotoGP events were scheduled in Texas and Indianapolis,with the Laguna Seca round dropped from the calendar.
While both the WSB and MotoGP series enjoy a huge fan-base outside the USA, only MotoGP has drawn large crowds at Laguna Seca, and this weekend's relatively small attendance figures for the WSB event at the track were no exception. Those who did attend were treated to three days of practice, qualifying and excellent racing provided by both the World SuperBike riders and factory teams, as well as AMA support races.
Race One of the FIM WSB series was won by Marco Melandri, Italy, on an Aprilia RSV4 1000 factory team bike, with Sylvain Guintoli of France in second on another Aprilia team RSV4 1000. Third place in Race One went to current WSB series world champion, Tom Sykes of Great Britain, riding a factory team Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Race Two was won by Tom Sykes, with Sylvain Guintoli again in second, and British rider Jonathan Rea third on a Honda CBR 1000 R, riding for the PATA Honda WSB team. David Salom of Spain won the EVO classification on a factory Kawasaki ZX10R.
World SuperBike Results PDF links;
AMA Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson support race results link;
AMA Daytona Sport Bike results link;
AMA Pro SuperBike reults link;