By totalmotorcycle @WorldSBK 2016 – The @Honda #WorldSBK Team flies in for @Hayden’s home round at Laguna #Seca Round 9 – USA
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, United States
The Honda WorldSBK duo of Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark are ready to take on the ninth round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the legendary 3.610km Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, California. This is the last WorldSBK event before a two-month break for the series, which builds even greater excitement for what is an already highly anticipated racing weekend for teams, riders and fans.
Former AMA and MotoGP race winner at Laguna Nicky Hayden is looking forward to attacking the ‘Corkscrew’ for the first time since 2013, that same year when the circuit hosted its last MotoGP event as well as the returning round of the World Superbike Championship. In fact, it was the Californian track that witnessed Hayden’s WorldSBK debut in 2002, as the-then 20-year-old had a successful wildcard appearance on board Team American Honda’s RC51 machine. His debut World Superbike encounter ended up with a fourth-place finish, only half a second away from Colin Edwards in third.
After returning to the podium in race one at Misano three weekends ago, Michael van der Mark is aiming to continue in the same vein in America. The 23-year-old from Rotterdam in the Netherlands has only raced once before at Laguna Seca and has a 7th place finish as his best result. Van der Mark is now eager to put last year’s experience to good use and to make the most of the vastly improved Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP around the spectacular American circuit.
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It’s been a few years since I got the chance to ride at Laguna, so I can’t wait to drop down …read more