The annual MotoGP event at Laguna Seca is a special stop on the GP calendar, and not just because of the idyllic setting in the rolling hills of Monterey, California. Laguna is steeped in GP history, and Honda’s race record here dates back three decades to the early years of Freddie Spencer’s career. Perhaps it’s only fitting that the 2013 Red Bull MotoGP was won in commanding fashion by 20-year-old Spanish phenom Marc Marquez, who earlier this year became the youngest rider in history to win a MotoGP, breaking a record set by Spencer some 30 years ago.
At this year’s event, Honda’s mighty RC213V MotoGP machines filled four of the top five spots, with Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing fifth despite riding with a broken collarbone. The AMA classes also ran at Laguna, with a lone CBR600RR ridden by 16-year-old Joe Roberts facing off against the other brands in the SuperSport class. Roberts turned 16 just days before making his professional debut at the Barber race weeks earlier, and what a debut it was; he won both Supersport races by huge margins. At Laguna, he did it again, grabbing an early lead and storming off to another decisive victory.
American Honda rolled out the red carpet for race fans with special turn-four hospitality, reserved parking and a massive display filled with motorcycles, ATVs and the new Pioneer side-by-sides. With three days of beautiful weather, great roads to ride in the area and plenty of things to see and do in Monterey, this year’s Laguna Seca MotoGP was an event for the ages.