No More MOTOGP at Laguna Seca :(

Discussion in 'Racing' started by flienlow, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. flienlow

    flienlow Been here awhile

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  2. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    My favorite venue to watch a roadrace by far. Huge crowds, so much good riding and fun to be had down on Cannery Row. Only in CA could an event with a draw of 150,000 not be a positive cash thing.
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  3. Skowinski

    Skowinski Bipedal Tetrapod

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    Indianapolis stays and Laguna Seca goes. Backwards.
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  4. Osmin C

    Osmin C Been here awhile

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    Does Dorna have anything to say about it? I would hope that, because of the popularity, they'd try and fix this somehow.
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  5. Motorcyclist

    Motorcyclist Drag a Bag!

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    No AMA date as of right now.
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  6. pbarmy

    pbarmy Long timer

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    Cept for us that live east.:deal
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    Fixed it and I wish I could fix Indy, but I heard they are "trying" to.
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  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    That news is a big deal to my group of friends. We have known each other since childhood, and that was our annual get together for as long as I can remember. Camping at the track provided us with stories that will live in infamy; chased by security in our golf carts, dragging our unconscious back to camp, and quite possibly the last chance at getting laid for the permanently single among us. Yes, MotoGP will be missed.

    We are now in brain storming mode for another motorsport event to hold our reunions around. After all the ribbing we have given NASCAR fans, we dare not show our faces there. Drag racing is impressive, but lacks corners. Desert racing might be cool, but having to drive to the different stages would put a damper on our drinking activities.

    We may just have to put paddle tires on our sport bikes and spend the 4th of July at Pismo Beach. :lol3 :cry
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  9. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    Tragedy
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  10. stk0308

    stk0308 Long timer

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    It's the only track in recent memory that only hosted the top class. The regular undercard of Moto2 and Moto3 were not there. It's a weak example of what a true GP weekend should be. Plus the track management itself has admitted to losing money in the last few years. Why keep losing money? Especially on their "biggest event of the year".
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  11. bootzilla

    bootzilla Blah Blah, Woof Woof

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    Horrible news for a great track. The crowd was great for the last race, too - the biggest I've seen the 4 years I've gone.

    It's gotta be tough to compete - COTA has money out the butt right now, and Indy's probably never going to struggle for cash.

    So instead of two awesome tracks, we'll get COTA and a boring infield with cleverly crafted camera shots to draw attention away from the fact that the stands are bare...

    (...and I'm not saying that the fans don't come out to Indy, it is just that the place suffers from "Nascar syndrome" - it has so many goddamn seats that even with 100k people it looks empty, but the rest of the world doesn't know that - they just see empty stands and think we don't care).

    At least Indy is going to repave the place for the IRL cars, so it will go from flat, boring and bumpy to just flat and boring.

    We'll still have SBK at Laguna, though - and there is no reason to think that they won't also get a round of the upcoming ALMS/Grand-Am combined series. Little consolation, but still...
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  12. Parx400

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    I really hope AMA gets the boot from laguna and we get WSS instead.
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  13. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Don't be bitter boys.................................
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  14. pbarmy

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    U must be SOME of us that live east!:lol3
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  15. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    So you can't remember past 2005?:lol3
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  16. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    22 miles from IMS :thumb
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  17. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Well they used to have AMA in July, and sometimes both. There have even been some other stuff thrown in on that weekend too, such as AMA Supermoto and Superkarts. Those were fun.

    I read an article that said Laguna Seca didn't like the September WSBK schedule because football season cut into attendance numbers. Maybe they will move it back to July to fill the gap.
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