Quick… who won the last World Superbike round held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca? Hint: He’s Australian. Troy Corser? Wrong. Anthony Gobert? Wrong. Troy Bayliss? Wrong again. But you can be excused for not remembering that it was Chris Vermeulen who did the double the last time the series visited the Monterey Peninsula. After all, it was eight years ago.
Yes. Eight years.
Since that time MotoGP has taken over all things motorcycling at the legendary little racetrack in the hills east of the California coastline. But not anymore. This year will mark the first of three years of a new contract between SCRAMP and Dorna to host the series that ruled the roost at Laguna starting in 1995 and ending with the Vermeulen double in 2004. In between… there was 10 solid years of World Superbike action at Laguna.
Let’s take a look back at those 10 years…