Video highlighting the U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
To be clear this is racing at its peak -- with speeds exceeding 200 mph and a track feature called The Corkscrew. That's an adrenaline-pumping combo.
Festivities get underway Friday with practice and qualifying, continue Saturday with more qualifying and a lower-level race before the weekend concludes with a slew of events before the featured MotoGP race on Sunday at 3:45 p.m.
The U.S. Grand Prix is the 10th race on the 18-stop MotoGP tour and one of two held in the United States -- the Indianapolis Grand Prix is on August 19. About 140,000 fans are expected to converge upon the Monterey/Salinas area over the course of the week.
For racing fans, Laguna Seca is defined by The Corkscrew, which officially makes up turns 8 and 8A. The stretch of track features a left-handed turn into a 12-percent drop followed by a right-handed turn into an 18-percent drop. By the time racers exit The Corkscrew, they’ve dropped the equivalent of five and a half stories -- in just 450 feet of pavement.
Check out this link for a complete schedule of events.
The first of four races this weekend (Saturday at 3:40 p.m.) is the AMA Pro Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport -- a 35-mile race that needs 16 laps to complete.
Sunday features a pair of warm-up races before the main event. The day starts with the nine-lap FIM E-Power & TTX Championships at 10:25 a.m. and is quickly followed by the 45-mile AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike at 11:15 a.m.
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