• Jul 14, 2005

It apparently just took the right track on the right day, and Laguna Seca was not only the site of the first Grand Prix motorcycle race in the US in 11 years but also the place where 23-year-old Nicki Hayden won his first MotoGP race by riding his Honda RC211V to a 2-second margin of victory. Just as impressive was Colin Edwards' performance, where he barely beat fellow Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi for the first time by capturing 2nd place (Edwards pulled this off with a wicked pass in the Corkscrew, of all places!). This put two Americans on the GP podium in, well, a long time. Both Hayden and Edwards have struggled since entering GP racing, finding that the level of competition and the cycles themselves are much more severe than production-based Superbike racing. Rossi maintains what looks to be a nearly insurmountable lead in the season points battle, but there's a fight shaping up from 2nd place all the way through 7th.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      Just please don't post titles like this one. I actually watched this race on Tuesday (been busy). I would have been very irritated if I had seen a post giving the race results away before I watched the race. If you guys start covering racing series' I watch (Speed Challenge, WRC) and post results, I will have to stop reading Autoblog, just to prevent being spoiled by your articles. Please don't screw over those of us who don't watch the race live. Post articles with a title like "MotoGP Laguna Seca Results". Not "Nicki Hayden wins!" with a big picture of his bike. People can read the article if they want, and nobody will be spoiled.
      • 9 Years Ago
      MotoBlog anyone??? I currently get all of my online motorcycle news from the SVrider.com forums and the motorcycledaily.com site, but a motorcycle-equivalent of AutoBlog would be very cool. I sure wish I could have made the cross-country trip from SC to Laguna Seca to see that race in person, but I did the next-best thing: Went to a track event (sponsored by BMW-Ducati of Charlotte, Ducati USA, Red Bull, SpeedTV, and AT&T) at Carolina Motorsports Park (10 miles from my house) and watched it on one of eight wide-screen TVs in a giant air conditioned tent with a couple hundred other MotoGP fans. It was AWESOME to be in there cheering with all of them!!! Free food & drink all day too! Cost for spectators: free. It was a great time - and I sure hope the sport/series continues to grow. If they ever make it to the east coast, I'm there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like the motorcycle coverage. I haven't found a good motorcycle news site (production or otherwise) equivalent to AutoBlog, so I welcome the new material. I'd love it if AutoBlog started adding info about upcoming or currently released bikes, or spawned an additional section.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just noticed the comments asking for a motoblog, and I figured I'd throw in a shameless plug for my podcast about MotoGP and motorcycle road racing in general. You can find MotoGPod in iTunes or most podcast directories, or go straight to the website at www.motogpod.com. Thanks!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Rossi is the best rider, no doubt at all - but Honda has the best bike so he can be beat every once in a while. Though not very often it would appear.
      • 9 Years Ago
      As dominant as Valentino Rossi has been throughout the season, can you possibly believe that Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards can beat him so convincingly? MOTOGP has not been in the US for so long and this was just a ploy to get fans into the sport and the obvious way to achieve this is by letting 2 Americans finish 1st and 2nd. Come on people, let be real. No rider in the world is as good of a rider as Vale! NO ONE!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's thursday. Why didn't you post info on Nicky on Sunday or Monday?
      • 9 Years Ago
      ChrisK, Thanks for the suggestion to avoid spoilers in the subject line. We'll try to do better in the future. Rick, We try to be as timely as possible, but sometimes things get lost in the shuffle for a few days. As far as why we're going to sprinkle in a motorcycle story now and then, it's because there's a lot of crossover not just on the consumer side, but also on the manufacturing side. I think there's been 3 motorcycle posts in the past 6 weeks, which is less than 1% of the total posts here.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Has anyone been succesful in locating a DVD of the Laguna Seca MotoGP race?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey Moto GP fans We we're at the Laguna Seca Moto gp race. I've been unsuccessfully looking for a VHS or DVD copy of the race...Anyone know where I can get one?? thanx Vince
      • 9 Years Ago
      "...just a ploy to get fans into the sport and the obvious way to achieve this is by letting 2 Americans finish 1st and 2nd." Alternatively, you gotta realize that Nicky and Colin were the only two top riders (that come to mind at least) that have significant Laguna Seca experience in their past.
      • 9 Years Ago
      From "About Autoblog": Autoblog covers the car industry. That being said, I don't mind non-car related articles. Keeps things interesting. I lost interest in motorcycle racing when I moved back to the U.S. from Europe. Still hard to get good motorsports coverage since the Speed channel is a cesspool.
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