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Laguna Seca announces time schedule for Red Bull USGP

Laguna Seca announces time schedule for Red Bull USGP

Laguna Seca announces time schedule for Red Bull USGP

A slight adjustment to the Friday schedule for the first MotoGP World Championship race in the U.S. since 1994 was reflected in the updated schedule of events released today for the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 8-10 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The major change involves the MotoGP World Championship, which will now take to the track on Friday for their first practice session from 10 to 12 a.m. (All times PDT).

Sunday, July 10 marks one of the most anticipated events in the 49-year history of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as round 8 of the MotoGP World Championship takes the green flag at 2 p.m. The race will be broadcast live in the U.S. on SPEED Channel and television coverage will reach over 300 million people in more than 200 countries.

Also included in the schedule are a number of free fan activities to ticket holders – highlighted by a live performance on Saturday evening from Smash Mouth, presented by Yamaha & HSBC. The Bay Area band will perform their hits, including "All-Star" and "Then The Morning Comes" from 6 p.m. on a temporary stage constructed near the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca scoring tower overlooking Turn 10.

Other free fan activities include Friday's Parts Unlimited Fan Party from 5-7 p.m. in the Parts Unlimited Chalet in Turn 5, a screening of the movie Faster on the viewing screens across from the Turn 4 grandstand at 7 p.m., an autograph session featuring motorcycle legends Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, Steve Baker, and more events as part of Yamaha's Weekend of Champions. The Weekend of Champions autograph sessions will take place Friday and Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. and on Sunday from 9-10:30 a.m. and 12-1:30 p.m. in the Yamaha Marketplace.

The historic weekend officially begins Friday, July 8 at 8 a.m. with a 30-minute practice session for the AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship and a 50-minute practice session for the AMA Superbike Championship. Reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and the rest of the MotoGP field take to the challenging 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course at 10 a.m. for the first of two Friday practice sessions.

The MotoGP field takes to the track twice again on Saturday, beginning with a third practice session of the weekend on Saturday at 10 a.m. Qualifying for Sunday's race takes place from 2-3 p.m. Also qualifying on Saturday are the AMA Repsol Superstock Series (9 a.m.) and AMA Superbike Championship (11:50 a.m.). Two races are a part of the Saturday schedule: the Yamaha & GE Financial Superstars of Super Karts at 3:10 p.m. and round 11 of the AMA Superbike Championship, a 28-lap race starting at 4:35 p.m.

Sunday's 32-lap MotoGP race will be preceded by the AMA Repsol Superstock Series contest at 11:30 a.m. and followed by the fifth and final race of the weekend - the AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship race at 3:30 p.m.


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