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Lawson and Rainey to become Legends of Laguna Seca

Lawson and Rainey to become Legends of Laguna Seca

Legendary American riders Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey are amongst a list of five motorsport heroes who will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Legends of Laguna Seca program this year.

Legendary American riders Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey are amongst a list of five motorsport heroes who will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Legends of Laguna Seca program this year.

The achievements of Lawson and Rainey, along with US drivers Dan Gurney, Pete Lovely and Bobby Rahal - who have each contributed to the rich history of the Californian venue - will be acknowledged at special individual events over the coming months.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca celebrates its 50th anniversary this season and the celebrations will see Rainey will become an official Legend of Laguna Seca before the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on 22nd July, while Lawson's career will be honoured at an event in September.

The track played host to Grand Prix events from 1988 to 1994 but advancements in MotoGP racing required the event to be moved elsewhere while the track was modified and adapted to meet present day safety requirements.

MotoGP returned to the US for the first time in 10 years for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in July 2005, with a fairy-tale first ever Grand Prix win for American Nicky Hayden – a victory which the World Champion repeated last year on his way to the title.

Lawson won the first World Championship motorcycle race ever staged at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca when he beat the world's best riders to win the United States Grand Prix in 1988, while Rainey won the race consecutively in the three years which followed.

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MotoGP, 2007

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