Plummeting 6 stories over several hundred metres, â€œThe Corkscrewâ€ at Laguna Seca is one of motorcyclings more challenging sections of tarmac. In fact, the entire Laguna track rewards local knowledge as the fast, off-camber corners along with the severe elevation changes and sometimes dodgy run-off areas make the whole track a great challenge and a particular favourite among the American riders. So with these thoughts on Laguna, we can only guess that money was the decisive factor in moving next years US GP to the over hyped, somewhat dangerous and sterile Indianapolis Speedway. Even most of the US riders dislike the place, and I am sure something interesting will be made in the dead flat infield sectionâ€¦not. About the only saving grace could be some high speed sections that could use sections of the banking, but the more safety spoilt Europeans may not like this idea too much. So this leaves maybe the last time the US GP heads to Monterey, with Honda and Michelin finding renewed form at the Sachsenring. Dani Pedrosa got his first win in a year, but I feel he could have been easily challenged by Rossi and Hayden provided the first didnâ€™t crash and the second qualified better. This will leave Hayden the out and out favourite to claim his third US GP in a row. He knows every bump, ripple and curb at Laguna, and seems to get extra pumped for the event. Rossi is yet to dominate here and has even been shown around at Laguna by his lesser teammate Colin Edwards. His crash in Germany was very uncharacteristic, and maybe itâ€™s the pressure he is under by the likable and unassuming Casey Stoner. Anyway, it was a bone headed move and the damage was only limited by every Bridgestone tire in the fleet (Except Loris Capirossi) turning into bubble gum with 10 laps to go. This will leave the Ducati, Suzuki and Kawasaki camps praying for cooler temperatures at the usually hot Laguna Seca. The track has been resurfaced after chunks of it were breaking up during the MotoGP race last year, so grips levels could be a massive gamble. It was damage minimisation for Casey Stoner, but he cannot afford to have many more of these races and Rossi does not lay down in the middle of race tracks too often. So just a short sweet one as I try to get back in the swing of things again. Set FIRE to your cheap Korean Stratocasters and kick back and bask in the warmth as MotoGP farewells one of the best racetracks in the world.