Not so bright and early. ;) We
decide we will watch the morning warm-up at the bottom of the Corkscrew between turns 9 and 10 as it is a
very short session. Click here
for the rest of warm-up.
You really can get a sense of the
drop of elevation through the Corkscrew to turn 9 here.
Some different shots can be taken from here.
All of these pictures are taken right across from turn 9, just a little up
so I could get some clear shots over the fence. They are all pretty much
from the same place with varying
degrees of Zoom from 140mm to 600mm. Of
course one shot through the fence of the Corkscrew and bridge. As a
reference, at my normal walking speed crossing that bridge, I can get
approx 20yards passed one end of it when the same bike comes by again.
We head off for our morning coffee
and what do you know?!? When we arrive at the Brazilian stand I find they
have the good spicy sausage they had the first day.
J So I have to have one. Dave
gets the steak sandwich.
We go for a little wonder into the
pits and Dave gets a shot of the Kawasaki girl
before she runs
off somewhere, and the only Konica Minolta girl.
They only ever have 1 girl, tight budget I guess.
Nothing much to see here so we go
back to the infield and souvenir tent to finish our shopping. Then we just
wonder around, and while we are in the Kawasaki tent we discover there is
to be an autograph session, which you can only go to if you have a ticket;
the guy telling us this obviously works for Kawasaki, and tells us he only
has 3 tickets left. So we take two of them and stand in line.
There is quite a wait but one of
the employees is a “star” well he kept everyone entertained until it was
time for the Signing session, which looked like it was going to run late
as the AMA guys could not get there on time, but the MotoGP guys were
already sitting at the table.
So as not to delay the MotoGP guys
they sent us through and said we could come back for the others. I was not
really interested in the AMA signatures anyway so it made no difference to
me. ;) We take some picture
while getting the signatures and
then take off.
It’s still not time for the race so
we wonder around some more, and spot these two girls representing “Kymco”.
I’ve forgotten what Kymco make. ;)
Then we run into some “older girls”
still good looking.
They are representing “Russ Brown,
Attorney” (Didn’t know motorcycles needed attorney’s) ;) They are
actually signing people up for an Emergency Assistance program which is
apparently free. (I hope I don’t get lots of junk email now)
We carry on through the vendor
stands. Dave breaks down and spends $40.00 on a replica Vermeulen hat he
has wanted for some time.
We decide we will start off at turn
5 for the beginning of the race, and I cross the perimeter road to go
part way up the hillside to see what kind of shots I can get. That’s
Dave’s blurry head you can see in the foreground. They
have come out of the pits to take their
place on the grid. And that’s
With twin Yamaha visors on top of his USGP Laguna Seca floppy
brimmed hat. J
The opening ceremonies start with the parachutes,
then the site seeing lap.
Here is the opening sequence of
pictures on the second and 3rd lap. It is getting a little congested at
fence and difficult to take clear pictures. We stop a little further
up the road and I decide to take some pictures through the chain link
fence, approx 18” off the ground
to get under the branches of the trees. I
think they turned out pretty good. The blurry parts are the leaves from
the trees when the wind blows. We have no idea what happened to Nicky as
he started out 4th and here is at the back! We keep going up to turn 6 for a
and I mean a couple of pictures, so we can get up to the Corkscrew
for the rest of the race.
We found a couple of GREAT places
for pictures. It’s a shame all the pictures didn’t turn out in focus,
I think they still give a good representation of what I was trying to get.
There are a bunch more photographs I took at the Corkscrew and you can see
them by clicking here.
Then before you know it; the race is over.
L And the riders come by on
their cool down lap waiving.
We head back to the trailer so we
can get packed up and on the road while the AMA race is on.
While we are doing that you can
click here for all the pictures of
Sunday. Here for Warm-up,
and here for the
Within 5 minutes of returning to
the trailer, Alex, John and Alex had gone, not even a goodbye! We were
going to be close on their heals.
I squeezed my truck through between
the Porta-poti’s and the trailer to hook it up; when Mark, our other
neighbor, told us that we would not be able to leave until after 6:00pm. I
said he had to be joking as it was not even 4:00pm yet.
We continued and got everything
packed away and hooked up, backed up the trailer and headed out. That was
approx. 4:00pm. We drove down to the exit only to find a line of about 10
vehicles, not going anywhere. I said to Dave “this better not be what I
think it is.” I got out the truck to find out what was going on. As I
turned the corner I saw a Police car was blocking the exit. I get to the
exit and ask the Cop what’s going on. He told me that no one could leave
the campground until after 6:00pm! I looked at him and expressed my
disgust, letting him know it was not his fault. Then lost it completely
saying how asinine this was as there is no traffic right now, by the time
6:00pm would arrive it would be completely jammed up!
He said he had been informed by
SCRAMP that they had noted it on the paperwork with the tickets. Nothing
had been said when we arrived and I saw nothing on the paperwork, but I
was not going to look again. I was pissed off! “So basically we are all
under arrest, because you are holding us against our will.” His only
answer was the gate will open at 6:00pm.
We had to
sit for almost 2 hours, watching the traffic build up, more and more. I
would lean on my horn for a couple of minutes every so often, just to vent
my frustration. But I guess some people did not understand that’s what I
was doing. Some would say “that’s not going to do any good.” My reply was
always “it does for me!” I was actually surprised than no one else
So I now have a new meaning for SCRAMP………..”Stupid C_-_t’s Running Around
Menacing People” They could not organize a “Piss-up in a Brewery!”
The gate was finally opened at
5:50pm ……..a whole 10 minutes early! Big Whoop! It took 45 minutes to get
to Salinas. It would have been a lot quicker………..even going the same way,
if they let us leave when we arrived at the gate!
So our discussions about the 2008
US MotoGP were mostly about it being at Indianapolis in 2008, and as much
as I hate to put money in Tony George’s pocket, we will be going there
next year. The main reason being it will be a PROPER MotoGP with 125cc and
250cc classes running, which for some unknown reason Laguna Seca could not
I don’t like the layout at
Indianapolis, but it will be more organized. I love the track at Laguna
Seca, but I hate the organization and the fact they do not have the 125cc
and 250cc races. Also the fact I have to watch the race on my DVR when I
get home to find out what happened to Nicky on the first lap, due to the
lack of Jumbo Videotrons around the track! Well we did find out what
happened to Nicky. I said that would be an interesting start. That is why
I like to be at turn 2 for the start usually.
All-in-all though we had a good
time as usual. Will we go back next year??? I don’t know at this point as
I’m still pissed off at SCRAMP.
If you went I hope you had as good
a time as we did, ignoring the getting out of Laguna Seca. ;) I also hope
you enjoyed reading our story of the race trip.
All in all it was a great trip and
the drive home was uneventful, didn't stop anywhere worth mentioning. When
we did get back to my place, I did a quick clean of the pool and went for
a swim. :)