The MotoGP circus heads across the pond to wonderful sold out Laguna Seca. I think spectators have been warned of 48 hour delays leaving the track!! This circuit has had about 12 billion dollars spent on it to get it up to minimum safety standard that the boys from MotoGP require. Apparently they don’t like slamming into hay bale covered concrete walls any more. Wusses! Laguna is a very tight technical track which requires a very balanced bike without the emphasis on being on total horsepower. Sound good for Yamaha? Sound bad for Ducati? Doesn’t matter with Honda! The track is only a short 3.6 km long but changes elevation quite a lot during a lap. I personally cannot wait for these guys to fire those MotoGP bikes through the corkscrew in anger for the first time since 1994. It will be lotto type odds on all of riders to emerge from the corkscrew still intact on the first lap. Laguna Seca has only held 6 Grand Prix’s and several of these have been marred by major crashes and controversy (Two involving our own Kevin Maggee in 1989 and 1990). It could also be due to the early nineties 500cc bikes where rider maiming demons. Look for Rossi to keep spanking everyone again and the story will remain the same that he will be pushed by Gibernau and Melandri. I expect the Yank contingent of Junior, Hopkins, Hayden and Edwards to pull there finger out of there arses, which will make there past performances all the more puzzling. Junior and Hopkins will be exempted from this statement, because the Suzuki will still suck despite the new Red Bull paint job. Flame away!! The rest of the field could still surprise, and that will be all dependant on the performance of the Bridgestone tires. They may deliver some awesome pieces of kit to some races, but they have also delivered some rebadged Shitoko Touring retreads for other races. So Ducati, Kawasaki and Suzuki could still surprise…….but probably not. Now everyone remember that this race happens on an early Monday morning three weeks ago due to the bizarre quantum time shift that happens when you cross the international date line. You have all been warned, so don’t biatch when you set the VCR up wrong like I most probably will. From your roving reporter on the ground, Marky McSlow. All opinions contained herein have no resemblance to any truth whatsoever and were invented after drinking twelve bundy and cokes.