The WSBK championship heads state side to Laguna Seca for the 9th round of the 2016 championship, Laguna Seca was first developed as a race track in 1957 it cost 1.5 million dollars mainly raised by local businesses, This all came about because of the Pebble beach road races being abandoned because they were classed as to dangerous. The track has gone through many changes in the past 20 years to meet the regulations of both the FIM and FIA to allow them to host world class racing events, Throughout all these changes however one corner has remained untouched anyone who knows any form of motorsport knows about the corkscrew this turn is a left hand right hand turn combination between the two there is a 59 feet drop between the apex of turn 8 (left hand) and the apex of turn 8A (right hand).
Length: 3.610 Km
Onboard lap with Roger Hayden from 2013:
Last year the races were dominated by Chaz Davies the Ducati man took the pole and won both races beating Tom Sykes in 2nd place and eventual world champion Jonathan Rea in 3rd for both races. Davies will hoping to repeat this while hoping the Kawasaki team have an off weekend as his title challenge has slightly gone off the boil in recent weeks. This weekend is make or break for Davies I feel another bad weekend and his title hopes are all but over the same could be said for Sykes as a couple of DNFs and a two wins for Rea would have him very far behind while hoping for Rea to stutter which so far this season he has not finishing on the podium at every race this season.
Last time out at Misano Jonathan Rea stamped his authority on the championship again beating Sykes in both races to extend his championship lead to 61 points with 5 rounds left. Davies took home 4th in race 1 and failed to finish in race 2 failing further behind both Sykes and Rea in the championship chase. Giugliano and Van Der Mark both gained podiums Van Der Mark in race 1 and Giugliano in race 2 as both riders hoped to find a bit of form heading into the final rounds of the season.
Race times and tv Schedule USA Pacific/GMT:
WorldSBK – SP1 11:30-11:45/19:30-19:45
WorldSBK – SP2 11:55- 12:10/19:55-20:10
WorldSBK – Race 1 14:30/22:30
WorldSBK – Race 2 14:30/22:30
Superpole and races shown live on eurosport 2.
Niccolo Canepa will again fill in for the injured Sylvain Guintoli who has failed to recover from his broken ankle in time for this round.
Raffaele de Rosa will step in for the injured Marcus Reiterberger after the young German rider injured his back after a heavy crash at Misano.
Former Aprillia and Yamaha rider Eugene Laverty could be set for a return to WSBK while currently having an impressive season in Moto GP the lack of competitive bikes may see Eugene move back to WSBK where he could compete for wins and championships.
Just as Jonathan Rea did earlier in the season Tom Sykes has signed with the Kawasaki team remaining with them for a further two seasons.