5 Nasty Crashes from MotoGP Laguna Seca

A collection of spectacular motorcycle crashes from the Laguna Seca round of MotoGP.

Rider Stefan Bradl racing bike at 2013 Moto GP Laguna Seca
Jorge Lorenzo Crash at Laguna Seca© Nic Coury

With the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix upon us and riders like Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi eager to move up the standings, we compiled a list of the 5 nasty crashes from the famous track.

Watch what happens when things go terribly wrong at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

1. Jorge Lorenzo High-Sides in Practice

In 2011, defending MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo thought he was paralyzed for a split-second after he crashed at Turn 5 at the twisty Laguna Seca circuit in Salinas, California.

The Spaniard had an incredible high-side crash on Saturday and walked off the track in noticeable pain. Later that same day, Lorenzo would take pole position, finishing second in the race on Sunday.

 

2. Jorge Lorenzo Rookie Crash

Turn 5 hasn’t suited Lorenzo well. In 2008, during his rookie season in the premier class, Lorenzo also crashed at Turn 5. This time however, it was during the race.

 

3. Valentino Rossi Screws the Corkscrew

Along with Turn 5, the track’s infamous “Corkscrew” at Turn 8 claims many riders. The steep drop-off is at the end of a blind approach from the bottom of the hill at Turn 6 and racers often carry too much speed. In the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix, Italian superstar Valentino Rossi slid out into the gravel. The crash starts at the 2:50 mark here.

 

4. Ben Spies Turn 9 Tumble

In last year’s race, American Ben Spies tumbled out at the bottom of the hill as he entered Turn 9, an uncommon crashing place. The crash starts at the 2:36 mark here.

 

5. Casey Stoner Blows It

During a hard-fought battle with Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner ran off at Turn 11 late in the 2008 race. Although the Australian's crash wasn’t big physically, it was a major blow to his chance at winning the race. The crash starts at the 1:26 mark here.

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