Rome (Italy), Tuesday 4 July 2017
After its second home round at the Misano World Circuit, the Althea BMW Racing Team now travels to the state of California and the Laguna Seca racetrack, where it will take part in round eight of the 2017 Superbike World Championship with its two riders Jordi Torres and Raffaele De Rosa.
The Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway is located close to Monterey in central California. A track that is on the short side, at just 3610 metres, it features eleven corners, the most famous of which is undoubtedly that known as the Corkscrew.
At last year’s edition of the Laguna Seca round, Jordi crossed the line in eighth and sixth position. Raffaele, who was racing at the American track for the first time, closed race 2 in eleventh place. After a positive Misano weekend, the Althea BMW pair are hoping that they can build on this momentum and do well also at the Californian track.
“Laguna is a really great track where I hope to be able to complete two good races this weekend. We worked really well at Misano, even fighting for the win in race 2, so I hope to be able to make the most of this positive trend. Last two we had two quite tough races in America, while two years ago I came close to the podium… I’m feeling quite confident and ready to do battle with the best…”
“It’s the second time I’ll race at Laguna with the Superbike so at least I know something about what to expect. It’s definitely a tough track but one that I like. The last race at Misano saw me take a small step forward and I would like to continue along this path, to try and grow from now until the end of the season. I’m happy to go back to Monterey, a great place, also because there’s a really great atmosphere in the paddock, with the American championship running alongside ours…”
Name: Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway
Length: 3.610 km
Pole position: right
Race distance: 25 laps/90.250 km
RECORDS: Best lap – Giugliano (Ducati) 1’23.403 (2014). Superpole – Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’21.881 (2014).
Race 1 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Hayden (Honda).
Race 2 – 1. Sykes (Kawasaki); 2. Giugliano (Ducati); 3. Davies (Ducati).
Weekend schedule (CET -9):
9.45 – 10.45 – SBK Timed Practice 1
14.30 – 15.30 – SBK Timed Practice 2
9.15 – 9.40 – SBK Free Practice
11.00 – 11.15 – Superpole 1
11.25 – 11.40 – Superpole 2
14.00 – SBK Race 1
10.30 – 10.45 – SBK Warm-up
14.00 – SBK Race 2