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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-18-2008, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Laguna Seca Tips?

Does anyone who's been have any viewing suggestions for the moto gp race?Anything but grandstands as we are not getting grandstand seats as of yet.

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I've been to Laguna before, never during the motogp, bu there is plenty of places to watch the race. Basicly you can be a ton of places and clain you have the best seat in the house. It's a valley, so the view is good in a lot of places.

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i used to do security there when i was in the military...where i loved to watch the races was at a couple of spots...3 best spots in my eye were at turns "2" "8 and 8a" and "11"...those were all the perfect spots for passes and or spinouts...

http://www.laguna-seca.com/generalin...ction=TrackMap

the grandstand seats at turn 11 going into the straightaway for the start/finish line lets you see some good racing...

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Take really good shoes...... big hills, lot's of walking.

There is an access road around a lot of the outside.... T2,3,4,5,6 and up the hill.


There is access everywhere in the infield pretty much.

I love to watch the tail of the corkscrew and down to the front straight.


Lot's of action there.


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Take some time to walk around the whole track. There are a lot of great spots. If you buy grandstand seats, I recommend turn 4 seats. You can see them into turn 1, through 2, exiting 3, through 4 and entering 5. There is also jumbo screen in front of the stands and they usually practice starts there after qualifing. I had turn 11 grandstands for WSBK and turn 4 for the last 3 MotoGP races and I liked 4 better.
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We wound up with a great spot outside of the fence at turn 5...along the access road. Also, perched up along the straight away close to turn two.

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Corkscrew is the best place to watch I think. My favorite track in the country.
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Corkscrew is the best place to watch I think. My favorite track in the country.
It's just so damn packed there...T5 is the best I've found...Stoner crashed and wound up about 3' from us.

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Definitely watch the start of the race from the grandstand. It's awesome. They do a F-18 flyby and have the Jumbotrons are right there with the speedtv televised version of the race.

There is not a bad seat in the house.

I liked the views from up on the hill best. You have the incline leading up to the cork screw, the corkscrew, the decline after the corkscrew, and then the view of the back of the bikes as they take the s curve into the front straight.

Back by the Dunlop tire is a cool spot too. You're at track level and in with all the booths and trailers, so it's a different feel, but still cool.

Hit the paddock 30 minutes before they start riding the track to see the racers up close and personal. Hit the paddock 30 minutes before they stop riding to shake hands and get autographs. Shook Rossi's, Hayden's, Pedrosa's, Stoner's, Edwards, and Capirossi's hands.

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See we're trying to figure out if we should bother getting grandstand seating or not. I'm pretty ok with a couple of fold up chairs and an umbrella but since we've never been to Laguna Seca I'm not really sure what to do. I'm not opposed to walking at all. I'm sure it's a lot hillier than Road America.

We'll be there all 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We'll be leaving from San Diego on Thursday night. We're parking on the grounds 'cause I hate taking the shuttle.

Hoping to hook up with some people from the board who are going to Laguna Seca, hopefully.

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Here's a tip: drive in. I took a cab from Salinas last year, and the cabbie dropped me off at the bottom of the hill and I had to hike up with all my camping gear. It's a good way to make walking get old really, really quick. (There's also no shuttle service from Monterey in the evening, in case you want to go out on Saturday.)

Anyway, viewing areas. Inside the Corkscrew gets very crowded for the race, so you'd better either get a spot early, or find somewhere else. There's plenty of hillside on that side (plenty of shade too, which is a bonus) but not much with a decent view. There are one or two spots outside the Corkscrew, though, which get not at all crowded and are pretty good if you don't mind standing. (That's usually right next to a beer tent too, which is handy.)

The stands are fine for what they are, but as mentioned there is good viewing just about everywhere, and the main thing is to find a view that also has some shade and a comfy place to sit.

Lawn chairs are good, but a towel or beach blanket, or something, is probably better. More portable, and many of the good viewing spots are steeper than you'd want to set a chair on.

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It's just so damn packed there...T5 is the best I've found...Stoner crashed and wound up about 3' from us.
how much of the first 4 turns can you see from there? I was looking at it on google earth and it appears that you can see alot. Also is it possible to get around the trees that I see in that area? Thanks!

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It's just so damn packed there...T5 is the best I've found...Stoner crashed and wound up about 3' from us.
Very true. Get there early and get your elbows out.
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