Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Central Valley CA
From AMA Superbike (early '80s), 500GP's, World Superbike, to MotoGP, I've only missed a couple motorcycle races at Laguna, and this was by far the hottest!! My wife and I always try to get a fan parade lap ticket, and it was pretty cool this year to be able to check out where the bumps were - even at parade lap speeds. I read they pretty much layed the new surface over the old, so not only were the old bumps there, they added some new ones as well. There was a pretty good dip on the entry to turn 4, noticable rippling on the exits of several turns, and I believe Cappirossi said the pavement was coming apart in the bottom of Rainey. You could feel the bumps even at parade lap speeds, and see how much the riders bars shook at race speeds (specially MotoGP). All in all the new access plan was OK, if you rode in on a bike. I wish they would have swept the access road (chip seal), my fairing lowers and pipe took a beating. Can't wait for next year. Hopefully they will fix the bumps, and rumor is, that next years 800's will be screamer motors intead of the current big bang style.