Barros and Bayliss thrilled about US comeback
The MotoGP World Championship is set to return to the United States this week for the first time since 1994. It will be a welcome comeback for the Camel Honda riders, who have enjoyed previous success at the Californian track.
Alex Barros raced there in the early years of his career and in 1993 stood on the podium with second place in the 500cc class.
"I'm honestly delighted to be returning to Laguna Seca because I love it and because I'm eager to get a good race under my belt after Assen," said Barros. "It's a track with a unique character that has always excited me. It has lots of hills – it almost reminds me of a Supercross track!"
"I have ridden there four times and in '93 stepped onto the podium. Luckily they have improved the run-off areas too, because in the nineties they were basically non-existent. Now I'm sure that it will be very safe. I don't know how many of the current riders have raced there before, but I think that everyone will love it straight away because it has a great layout which is a joy to ride."
His team-mate Troy Bayliss won a race there in SBK in 2002, also taking second place in the second race of the same day.
"I think that the current lap record will last for about fifteen minutes of the first MotoGP practice session! I'm really curious to see what we can do with these bikes at Laguna, a real ‘riders' track which is beautiful but also a little dangerous, at least in the past it was anyway. The first time I rode there I got pole and obviously I'd love to do as well with the Honda. One thing's for sure, Sunday's race will be one of the best events ever to have taken place at the track."