The MotoGP championship hits America this weeked with the race at Laguna Seca in California.
Sadly the American round will miss the 125cc and Moto2 classes, as they never make the Atlantic trip, which is a real shame with the current level of excitement and drama in Moto2. Then again,the prospect of 40 completely unpredictable lunatics from Moto2 all arriving at the Corkscrew at the same time fills me with dread.
For the reason why, go back to 1998 and Akira Yanagawa being skittled by the already-fallen Doug Chandler and the resulting carnage.
On a lighter note, it seems like the constantly-improving Marco Simoncelli has prepared for his first visit to the circuit in a way familiar to most of us:
‘now we go to a circuit that I only know from playing Gran Turismo on the games console. I’ve never been there before so I am curious so see how it is, also we will get an electronic upgrade in America so there will be a few new things to get used to‘
Don’t be surprised to see a PS3 joypad glued to the bars of Simoncelli’s Gresini Honda on Sunday – the only question is whether anyone told him that bike racing games are also available?