Notes from Laguna Seca 2007 – the Biggest Sportbike Event in the U.S.

Another Laguna Seca weekend is behind us. How was it for you? Are you still OK with having to pay $300.00 per night (with a 3 night minimum) for a 1 star motel that goes for $79 bucks the other 51 weeks of the year? Does the spectacle of thousands of sportbikes in town, and dozens at some intersections, make you all tingly? How about Cannery Row? Can you ever even think about missing Saturday night at Cannery Row?

And then there’s the racing. While we’re a little disappointed that no American’s made it to the MotoGP podium, the racing was pretty good nonetheless.

Our big winners of the weekend, in no particular order:

Casey Stoner and Ducati. What else can you say about this young, phenomenally talented rider? This season has been near magical for Stoner and Ducati. The Italian challenger to the big Japanese factories seems to be the fastest bike at the moment. Throw in the newly competetive, and sometimes dominant, Bridgestone tires, and you have a winning combination. We believe the Stoner-Ducati-Bridgestone juggernaut is unbeatable for this year’s championship.

Roger Lee Hayden and Kawasaki. Kawasaki had 3 bikes in the MotoGP top ten finishers, including a 10th place finish for MotoGP newbie Roger Lee. The Green riders kept their cool and rode smoothly, bringing home their bikes in fine form while many around them did not. And this was the day after Hayden won his Supersport race. Roger Lee has our nod for Supersport Champ for 2007.

Aaron Yates and Team Jordan Suzuki. When was the last time a privateer team occupied the podium at an AMA Superbike race? Michael Jordan must be thrilled at his team’s results this year. More than a few people wrote off Yates after his contract with Yoshimura expired, but Aaron has proven he is as competetive as ever with his third place finish in Superbike. Yates put some of the factory teams to shame on Sunday, and we couldn’t be happier. Unless, of course, he beats the Yoshimura boys.

Make your reservations early for next year’s Monterey weekend. We can’t wait.

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