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Anyone Going to the U.S. Moto Gp at Laguna-Seca? Monterey, Ca., 27-28 of Sept.. This is the last U.S. race this year and from what I hear the last year before BMW starts its Domination!

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Anyone Going to the U.S. Moto Gp at Laguna-Seca? Monterey, Ca., 27-28 of Sept.. This is the last U.S. race this year and from what I hear the last year before BMW starts its Domination!
BMW is entering world superbike in 2009 not MotoGP.
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I stand corrected , Thanks for the straight dope!
Now , are you coming to Monterey????

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USA Moto Gp for Laguna is July 20 and the second race is at Indy Sept 14.
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Been there done that, got the t-shirts for '05, '06. I'm skipping Laguna and gonna ride to Indy instead. Any left coasters going to Indy?

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Not a left coaster, but I'll be there. Ya'll come!!!!

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The Moto GP Races are July 18-20 at Laguna Seca. They also do run Super Bike Races during the week, but the main event is of course the Moto GP Race. Unfortunately some of us had to make the choice between Gillette and Laguna Seca and I'll be back at Laguna Seca again this year. BMW has never had a huge presence at Laguna Seca, but I have heard rumors they won't be there at all this year due to the conflict with Gillette? Anyone know if that is accurate? And yes, what BMW is preparing for is Super Bike, not GP Racing.

Superbikes such as BMW is releasing are based on standard production models. In contrast, MotoGP bikes such as those in the Red Bull Grand Prix at Laguna Seca are prototype machines that bear little resemblance to production bikes.

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I'm working one of my vendors and expect to have "sponsor seats"
for Indy anyone heading there????? I'll try to share

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Anyone Going to the U.S. Moto Gp at Laguna-Seca? Monterey, Ca., 27-28 of Sept.. This is the last U.S. race this year and from what I hear the last year before BMW starts its Domination!
MotoGP at Laguna Seca is July 18 - 20. September 27-28 is the final round of AMA Superbike IIRC. And Yes, I'm going!

BTW - BMW will be attempting to dominate World Superbike next year, not MotoGP.

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I've got my seats in E box which is Indy turn 4. Which I think this is MotoGP turn 1. I'm heading up with my son out of Cincy. May run into you.

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Well John.........

Appaently I don't have to help you out.....you seem to be in a better situation than I------- I'm not the accountant-hoping we're current
and let's hook up again and see who else joins the group!!!!
Maybe some dude from outside Cleveland.

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Nancy and I will be riding our motorcycle and parking it with 40,000 motorcycles of our closest friends at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca MotoGP. Riding into the little "bowl" of the hills that surround the venue and seeing 10's of thousands of bike parked looking like 500 acres of corn in Iowa was awesome.

Went two years ago and it was 110 degrees...hoping it's a tad cooler this year.

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Any of you veterans have tips on camping, motels, parking, lap day, stuff you'd like to share or warn of?

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Any of you veterans have tips on camping, motels, parking, lap day, stuff you'd like to share or warn of?
I don't have a lot of time so I'll bullet point this:
1- Ride a motorcycle to the venue. Cars are essentially not allowed. General motorcycle parking is fine, don't spend any extra for the special location.
2- If you need a hotel you'd best get cracking. Not only is there a huge demand for rooms, but the rates suck. The hotels know that it's MotoGP and they have jacked the rates way up. During internet searches, if you find $200 a night, grab it. Try Salinas, not as glamorous as Monterey (Monterey, Carmel, Seaside, Pacific Grove, et al) but you might find a room and at a reasonable rate.
3- Check out the MotoGP website carefully, motorcycles MUST enter via a particular entry that is not as obvious as the GPS might default to.

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+1 on getting your room lined up quickly. You might try doing an Internet search for private lodging. This will be the 3rd year I have stayed in a house on the beach in Carmel that I originally found on Craig's List. Unless you want to wait in an hour shuttle bus line you must ride your bike. The only better parking is for Ducatis on Ducati Island. Pit Pass and reserved seating are worth the money. Finally, do not speed on the way in. The CHP has I think every MC in its fleet lined up issuing tickets like shooting fish in a barrel. If any one does have access to sponsor area I'd love to work out some sort of arrangement. Moot
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Nancy and I will be riding our motorcycle and parking it with 40,000 motorcycles of our closest friends at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca MotoGP. Riding into the little "bowl" of the hills that surround the venue and seeing 10's of thousands of bike parked looking like 500 acres of corn in Iowa was awesome.

Went two years ago and it was 110 degrees...hoping it's a tad cooler this year.
Bill - PM me your cell phone number. I'll be at the races all 3 days, maybe we can meet up for a beer.

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Any of you veterans have tips on camping, motels, parking, lap day, stuff you'd like to share or warn of?
Check the Laguna Seca website, but I think all of the camping is sold out on the grounds. There are probably other camping areas around but I don't know where they are.

Motels are completely jacked up expensive and you may not be able to find much within 20 or so miles of the track. I book my rooms at the same hotel in Salinas every year and I do it as I check out Sunday morning the last day of the races. I'm in a BW that's usual $79 and am paying $168, and that's a "we like you and you come back a lot" rate. Don't count on the Internet to find a room, get the direct numbers for hotels/motels and call the front desk as some will hold a few rooms for regular travelers and you may be able to sweet-talk one of those.

Preferred bike parking is sold out so you'll either need to park outside of turn 5 (if they let you around there) or you''ll be on the dirt hill above the track with everyone else. Just follow the crowd and you'll be fine.

The parade lap is a waste of time IMHO. You're on the track in a pack of about 250 bikes (they send them out in waves, about 5 last year) you have escorts front and back, and you never get about 35 mph. And invariably someone still throws their bike away during this event. If you want to ride Laguna sign up for a track day, trust me, it's alot more fun.

Other tips -

Wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes, lots of ground to cover and lots of hills. I probably walk 3-5 miles a day when there.

The best time to see and buy stuff is Friday morning. Go get your t-shirts and all that then. Also if you like to take pics (I shoot a lot while there) Friday practices are the least crowded and it's easier to get close to the track to see the bikes at speed.

Drink lots of water.

Go with the flow. The crowds are huge and it can take a while to move through some areas, like the Dunlop Bridge. Just relax and move with the crowd and it will be much less stressful.

Most of all - Enjoy yourself!

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I'm skipping Laguna and gonna ride to Indy instead. Any left coasters going to I'm skipping Laguna and gonna ride to Indy instead. Any left coasters going to Indy??

Well Im not a left coaster either ...But I am left handed (;-») , and My wife & I are going to Indy .

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Howdy Dave, a beer would be great, we'll be there Saturday and Sunday. PM sent.

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I was planning to head south down Hwy 1 after the races to see friends in the LA area. Any locals along the coast with advice based on the fires? Thanks
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Fires still not out this am, seems like they should be out by then dont it? Keep a weather eye open, eh?
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I was planning to head south down Hwy 1 after the races to see friends in the LA area. Any locals along the coast with advice based on the fires? Thanks
Check the CalTrans road condition website. It's is always updates with the latest status, just put in the highway number and it tells you if there are closures.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/

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Any locals with recommendations for alternate routes to get Monterey to LA? If I have to take "The 5" I'll probably just cancel the after race ride south. And BTW why do "you people" say "The 5", "The 405" etc when every place else it would just be I-5, I-405. Etc?
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Any locals with recommendations for alternate routes to get Monterey to LA? If I have to take "The 5" I'll probably just cancel the after race ride south. And BTW why do "you people" say "The 5", "The 405" etc when every place else it would just be I-5, I-405. Etc?
Be careful how you lump "us people" together. Calling freeways "the 5" or whatever is a Southern California thing, you don't hear that up here except from transplants from SoCal, who we immediately take out, stuff in a box, and ship back to San Bernadino.

This could make for a very long day getting to LA, but it's not I-5. Go over the Laureles Grade , which is just outside the main entrance to Laguna Seca, pick up Carmel Valley Rd. , take that to Arroyo Seco and follow that to 101 in the Soledad/Greenfield area. Take 101 south to 58 in Santa Margarita, 58 to 33, and 33 into Ojai. from there you can find freeway or head over to the coast highway and on to LA.

Feel free to put "the" in front of any road designation you feel needs it.

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Thanks! I stand appropriatley and adequately chastised. I've always said if I was going to live in California it would have to be from Santa Barbara north. I ran a gps on the route you suggested and if the fires are still an issue after the Moto GP is over, your suggestions look like a good alternative. Appreciate both the routing and the lesson in regional protocol.
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Be careful how you lump "us people" together. Calling freeways "the 5" or whatever is a Southern California thing, you don't hear that up here except from transplants from SoCal, who we immediately take out, stuff in a box, and ship back to San Bernadino.
I'm from the midwest, and we always said "the I-xx". Here in southern CA, we drop the "I". I never really noticed it, but thinking about it, it seems we're just a little more efficient. The "I" is superfluous. There's no potential confusion with state road 5. To be safe, I will try and modify my behavior once I'm north of THE 35th parallel.

I won't make it to Moto-GP this year. Too much going on with school. Last year it took me 2 weeks to catch up from my Moto-GP weekend. Have fun guys. I'll have to catch it on TV.

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I'm from the midwest, and we always said "the I-xx". Here in southern CA, we drop the "I". I never really noticed it, but thinking about it, it seems we're just a little more efficient. The "I" is superfluous. There's no potential confusion with state road 5. To be safe, I will try and modify my behavior once I'm north of THE 35th parallel.

I won't make it to Moto-GP this year. Too much going on with school. Last year it took me 2 weeks to catch up from my Moto-GP weekend. Have fun guys. I'll have to catch it on TV.
Just make sure you have your passport up to date before you cross the border again. We'll have a couple of mojitos in your honor.

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