Laguna Seca. Two words which are enough to send shivers of excitement and fear down any racers spine.
Round 5 of the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup is taking place at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca this weekend (JULY 7-9) and we are all on the edge of our seats to see how championship leaders, Benjamin Smith, Jackson Blackmon and Draik Beauchamp handle the complicated circuit.
In Utah, we saw a fantastic Race 1 with Cory Ventura taking his first race win and second consecutive podium. He currently sits just 14 points behind 3rd placed Draik Beauchamp in the championship. We’ll be keeping our eye on Ventura who has been pushing the top three all season. Francesc Perez had a great fight in race one and clawed his way from 8th just to miss the podium spot. However, he came out hungry in Race 2 and nailed a spot on the podium.
So, what challenges lie ahead of our riders this weekend? The most famous complex of corners in the world, for a start.
Laguna Seca translates to ‘dry lake’ it is a Spanish term and was given to the circuit due to the fact the course was built around a dry lake bed. Because of the nature of the land, the 3.602 km track has a 55 m elevation change. With eleven turns the most famous of all is “Corkscrew.”
Turn 8 and 8A make up the Corkscrew but preparations for this complicated, plunging, downhill turn, start way back in turn six. You need to be bang on the apex and hard on the brakes before you reach Corkscrew. She takes no prisoners and will spit you out without care. Throughout the world Laguna Seca is known and loved, it features on most racers bucket list.
It’s going to be an incredible weekend of racing, with practice at 11:00 and qualifying kicking off today at 14:00 so make sure you keep up with all our tweets or tune into Beinsports.com for their exclusive race coverage.
Good luck everyone and get Ready To Race!