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Laguna Seca Dropped from MotoGP Schedule

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been dropped from the 2014 MotoGP schedule. The California circuit hosted the sole USGP round in 1988 through 1994. Laguna Seca was also tapped for the return of MotoGP to America in 2005, where it hosted the USGP through the current season. A second US Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway premiered in 2008 and has run annually, along with a third stop at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin which debuted this year.

The latter two rounds will presumably continue for 2014 and beyond. Laguna Seca most recently hosted the World Superbike Championship (Sept 26), the only stop of the SBK series in the US for 2013. A brief press statement from the circuit confirms the MotoGP scheduling change. PR posted courtesy of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. – MCUSA Ed Bart Madson


For 25 years, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has served as the “home” for Grand Prix motorcycle racing in the United States, having staged 15 world championship Grands Prix since 1988. Unfortunately, and in spite of loyal support from fans, sponsors and media, there will not be a 16th U.S. Grand Prix in 2014.

At this time, the U.S. is only able to support two MotoGP events. The support provided by the states of Texas and Indiana make it difficult for us, as a not-for-profit, to currently compete.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca extends its gratitude to all those whose combined efforts made the U.S. Grand Prix such an iconic event; it took all of you – fans, sponsors, motorcycle community, media, volunteers and, not the least, Dorna Sports. Our pledge to you is to work diligently to return the MotoGP World Championship to Monterey, Calif., in the very near future.

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thunder4   October 2, 2013 06:54 PM
Very sad to see Laguna go. As an avid photographer laguna was by far the best US venue. Unfortunately you could see it coming. whether it was due to the economy or to track management indifference, the quality of the race experiece progressively declined over the past 8 years I attended. The track shuttle bus service went from 3 days to 2 days and finally Sunday only service. The shuttle i took on race day at 9:30 am arrived at the track 1.5 hours later. Track entertainment started with name acts in 2005 and ended with wheelchair dancers(they were good but not exactly what you expect at a bike race), Even Ducati Island which began with the super hot "Ducati Hotties" put on by Salt Lake Motorsport group, was replaced with a lame and tame Corporate ducati fashion show. Access to the riders in the paddock seemed better in years past but due to increasing security it was harder and harder to move around the paddock despite the declining attendence. The bottom line is that tracks need to understand that the race itself can't be the sole attraction, but it needs to be an event package from start to finish otherwise they aren't going to attract fans such as myself to travel 2500 miles. Note that i wanted to see the wsbk race but was awaiting fan activity anouncements. These anouncements occured 1 week before the race, far too late to make travel plans.


iowaboynca   October 1, 2013 08:52 PM
I'm sad...i'm going to go watch "The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid" and then cry in my beer... "This is a racer's track...it wasn't built on no computer..."-Nicky Hayden
teknic   October 1, 2013 10:26 AM
At least they kept Indianapolis! (jokin)