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Cadalora remembers his '94 win at Laguna Seca

Cadalora remembers his '94 win at Laguna Seca

Cadalora remembers his '94 win at Laguna Seca

Yamaha's Grand Prix record at the Laguna Seca racetrack is unrivalled, with no fewer than five of the six 500cc races held there having been won by riders on the YZR500. Eddie Lawson's victory in the inaugural round in 1988 set the tone, followed by a hat-trick for Wayne Rainey between 1989 and 1991. A lone win for John Kocinski on the Cagiva the following season ended the factory's dominance but upheld local supremacy, with all three Laguna Seca winners representing the USA.

As Valentino Rossi aims to overturn the home favourites this weekend, he knows that only one other rider has managed to do so in the past. Fellow Italian Yamaha rider Luca Cadalora won the final encounter at Laguna Seca in 1994, overcoming Kocinski and Australia's Mick Doohan to become the only non-American to win at the Monterey circuit in the history of the premier class.

"I remember it was very funny because the weekend before the race we did a promotional spot on American television and they said only American riders can win at Laguna, so I was extra pleased to prove them wrong," recalls Cadalora. "It was great, I always liked Laguna Seca. I had already won there on a 250 in 1991 but to win on the 500 was very special. I had a big fight with John Kocinski on the Cagiva and Mick Doohan on the Honda - the bikes were sideways around most of the track and it was so much fun."

"It will be so nice to see the four-strokes racing there. It is not a fast track but there are some really good corners – like the one before the corkscrew and the last downhill section. It will be great to watch from these points and they will also be very important to the lap time. From what I can see of the M1, It is the type of track that will suit the way it handles. Also, Yamaha's engineers and the whole team have done a wonderful job to create a bike that can be set up quickly at new tracks so I think both Valentino and Colin will be on the pace."

"I am sure Valentino will like the track and the Grand Prix in general. Monterey is a great place. It was somewhere I always enjoyed to visit as a racer and it was always a great pleasure to ride there in front of the fans at a track like Laguna Seca."


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