It's a sad day for motorcycle racing fans the world over. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has announced that after it will no longer be on the MotoGP calendar for 2014. The circuit has held 15 world championship grands prix over the last 25 years.

Fans and riders alike have historically had nothing but positive things to say about the legendary track near the seaside town of Monterey, California. Its Corkscrew feature, in which racers plunge several stories in elevation while snaking through an S-curve, is a highlight that has generated some of the most fantastic moments in recent racing history, and there may not be a pro-grade circuit in the world that allows fans to get closer to the on-track action.

MotoGP racing will still come to the United States on two separate occasions in 2014, once at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas and again in Indianapolis. According to the group in charge of Laguna Seca, it will "work diligently to return the MotoGP World Championship to Monterey, Calif., in the very near future." We certainly hope so. Feel free to red the brief press release below, but not before reliving one of the greatest races at the track ever recorded on video.


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2014 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Statement

For 25 years, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has served as the "home" for Grand Prix motorcycle racing in the United States, having staged 15 world championship Grands Prix since 1988. Unfortunately, and in spite of loyal support from fans, sponsors and media, there will not be a 16th U.S. Grand Prix in 2014.

At this time, the U.S. is only able to support two MotoGP events. The support provided by the states of Texas and Indiana make it difficult for us, as a not-for-profit, to currently compete.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca extends its gratitude to all those whose combined efforts made the U.S. Grand Prix such an iconic event; it took all of you – fans, sponsors, motorcycle community, media, volunteers and, not the least, Dorna Sports. Our pledge to you is to work diligently to return the MotoGP World Championship to Monterey, Calif., in the very near future.

2014 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Schedule
May 2-4 ~ Tudor United SportsCar Championship
May 16-18 ~ Ferrari Racing Days
August 8-10 ~ Pre-Reunion
August 15-17 ~ Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
October 10-12 ~ SCCA National Championship Runoffs
TBD ~ Superbike World Championship


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      Todd Fleming
      • 1 Year Ago
      so they ditched Seca and kept Indy, that makes no sense at all.
        Big_Cadillac
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Todd Fleming
        I agree. The IMS moto course is flat as a board and boring with very few close-and-elevated (above the catch-fence) sight lines.
      J W
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was a number of years ago, but watching Rossi pass Stoner in the dirt going through the corkscrew was amazing. I will miss seeing MotoGP using that track.
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was there this last weekend and its too bad it will not be back.
        DougW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trent
        MotoGP was not here last weekend, you are thinking of FIM Superbike World Championship. MotoGP was in July.
          DougW
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DougW
          Sorry, mis-read your post. You meant that you were here last weekend, not MotoGP.
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get rid of Laguna to have Austin? Yeah, sensible.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate to sound like an old man, but: Remember the days when a sporting event was at a location because it was the best location for fans? Remember the days when a sporting venue didn't need to give itself a ridiculous name to cover its costs? Using taxpayer dollars to bring events to town is a race to the bottom. It's extortion. That said, I am surprised that Monterey didn't pay up. That event brings a lot of money to the local economy. I am sure the local businesses are not happy.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        I know. It's crazy. It used to be only Champ/Indy chased around the country looking for cities willing to pony up money to bring a race there. Now F1 has gone the same way. Why race at Spa when you can get a higher sanctioning fee some cookie-cutter track in Malaysia? It sure lines pockets in the short-term, but in the long term I'm not sure it works out so well.
        DougW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        Our hotels and restaurants are filled during the summer anyhow. I will miss MotoGP, but from a tourist dollar standpoint, it is not going to make much of a difference. It will just create a vacuum that will fill rather quickly.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        I think you'll find that most sporting venues are built far, far better than what they were 30+ years ago and are far more fan friendly. At least the sports I follow (motor sports, baseball, football, golf). Yes, stadiums are expensive, owners take advantage and they have sponsor ships. But I'd much rather go to a great new ballpark regularly with a sponsor's name than one of the old stadiums that may have great history but has bad sight-lines, poor amenities and is uncomfortable.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Relative to old parks??? Uh, no not even close. The cookie cutter stadiums from the 60's were brutal for all sports. Even the classic old stadiums like Wrigley and Fenway have some really horribly obstructed views that would simply not exist in a new park.
          Ben Lee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          New ballparks have plenty of bad sight lines, obstructed views, tax payer funded as well!
      T.rack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Both Austin and Indy are subsidized by the state....Laguna Seca, being in California, does not receive help from the state ...and is heavily regulated as to what it can build at the facility and the events it can hold...that, along with a raise in the fee to the sanctioning body killed the event....another business chased out of California
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @T.rack
        Are you really saying that refusing to spend taxpayer dollars to subsidize private entities is "chasing them out"? Do you hear yourself? Why is it people don't like the government except when it pays private companies money? But using government money to help sick or poor human beings is Marxism?
          Ben Lee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Sports owners pay tax? lol
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          It kind of depends on whether or not that subsidized company will provide more benefit than the money spent to that community and the risk that private company will leave. If I have a pro-sports team that wants me to provide a interest free loan (which is more common than actually funding a stadium now) which costs my community $10-20M and that sports team will generate $50M in tax revenue over it's lifetime; then it's kind of a no brainer if I think that team could leave.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Yes, of course sports team owners do pay taxes; but the real windfall for a community is the taxes and business generated from the fans not the owners.
      davido
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love watching MotoGP at Laguna. I'll watch the Indy race, unless there's some grass growing, or paint drying.
      Big_Cadillac
      • 1 Year Ago
      We have been to Laguna Seca for 7 of 9 MotoGP races since 2005 so we have definitely supported the event there. We went to the inaugural MotoGP race at IMS in 2008 and would not return for any moto race there. IMS prestige or not; in my opinion the Indy moto course is terrible for spectators. I like to roam the track for photo ops, the Indy moto course is flat and boring with not enough close and elevated views views of the track above the catch- fence like at LS. The IMS moto course is only slightly better than the horrible (for spectators) California Speedway moto course. We will definitely try the Circuit of the Americas in Austin though.
      Kevin Watson
      • 1 Year Ago
      CoTA is far superior and a riders/drivers favorite. The back straight is +200mph and you can stand right next to it. In another 5 years the track will be legendary.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kevin Watson
        CoTA is a good track. But Indy - not so much.
      • 1 Year Ago
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