MotoGP Laguna Seca: The Numbers

A quick stat-up before the action starts at the Red Bull US Grand Prix...
By Joseph Caron Dawe

Moto2 and Moto3 have started the summer holidays early and won't be at Laguna Seca this weekend, but that doesn't mean there will be any shortage of things to talk about or action to action to digest.

The MotoGP class flies solo at the Red Bull US Grand Prix – as is tradition – this weekend, and Laguna Seca has been the site of some of the most exciting races of recent years.

Ahead of Round 9, counts down some of the numbers...

14 - There have been 14 MotoGP races held at Laguna Seca, with exactly half of them won by riders from the US. Nicky Hayden was the most recent, in 2005 (check out that race here) and 2006.

36 - However, it's been 36 MotoGP races since a rider from the US won. That was Ben Spies, at Assen in 2011, and he'll be missing this weekend through injury.

2000 - bikers and bike fans descend on Cannery Row in Downtown Monterey for Bike Night. Check out this Flickr set.

6 - The US has been a Honda hunting ground in recent times. The last six MotoGP races there have been won by riders on the Japanese factory's machinery.

4 - Jorge Lorenzo is making his way across the Atlantic to see how he can fare this weekend, despite having another metal plate put in his collarbone. The defending World Champion has qualified on pole at Laguna Seca for the last four years on the trot.

0 - No rider has ever won at Laguna Seca in their rookie season. With all the records Marc Márquez has knocked over this year, would you bet against him breaking this one as well?

Statistics compiled by Dr Martin Raines.

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