Laguna Seca in a Nutshell
The adrenaline-charged MotoGP World Championship series just wrapped up its ninth race of the season at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix last weekend. This event takes place at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, California, and marks the halfway point of the series. The 2.2-mile, eleven-turn racetrack is known for its challenging course and puts even the best drivers’ skills to the test with its world-famous “Corkscrew” at turn 8.
The Corkscrew wasn’t the only crazy twist to this weekend’s race, but Stefan Bradl made an astonishing appearance of his own. The German LCR Honda rider clutched the pole from championship leader Marc Marquez with a time of 1:21.176m, even after Marquez clocked the fastest time in Friday’s practice.
A Historical Comeback
Despite falling to second in the pole behind Bradl, Marquez shot back to the top on Sunday for the USGP victory, passing Bradl in the last seconds of the race. As if winning such a notable series race isn’t impressive enough, Marquez did this without having ever driven on this track before.
This is not the first time Marquez has made his mark on a U.S. track. Last time he competed in the U.S. at the Circuit of The Americas™ track in Austin, Texas, Marquez made history as the youngest driver to ever win in the premier class, with a finishing time of 43:42.123. This time also broke American driver, Freddie Spencer’s winning record!
Watch Marquez’s winning pass at Laguna Seca!
The Eight Great
The top eight qualifiers, dominated by Spanish drivers, had many flips in positions when it came to the finals. While Marquez and Bradl switched from the qualifying round in first and second place, Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista also switched in the third and fourth place slots, along with Cal Crutchlow falling two spots and Dani Pedrosa jumping two spots. Jorge Lorenzo maintained his position in sixth place, while USA Ducati driver, Nicky Hayden, knocked out Italian Ducati driver, Andrea Dovizioso, to land himself in the top eight.
USGP Final Race Results
More to Come
After Sunday’s victory, Marquez is now the youngest-ever rider to win back-to-back Grand Prix races, and will go for another next month at the third U.S. series race – the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix – which will take place on August 18th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In case you couldn’t make it to Austin last April for the historical and first of the series’ U.S. races, experience it for yourself next year at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas™!