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2005
Laguna Seca, California

As all of you are probably aware Laguna Seca this year marked the return of Moto Gp to the US.  Several weeks before the event all tickets were sold out - 160,000 tickets per day!!!  Before this event I had made the decision that I needed to build up the motor in the ‘A’ bike.  I had been trying to get some Yoshimura superbike cams, which were just now becoming available and were still very hard to get. I pulled the motor out and started with the head work that needed to get done and was waiting for the cams.  However with 2 days until I was going to leave and no cams in site, I decided to assemble the motor.

Laguna does not have a promoter practice and the event has VERY limited track time.  I was to be on the track three times total – one practice – one qualifying session – and the race.  Laguna, being a very technical track, is quite difficult to get up to speed.  The lack of track time will tend to get people flustered and will cause some abnormal crashes from people pushing too hard to early on.  Having been sucked into that in previous years, I was intent on not crashing out early on in the race.

The first practice session went off without any major problems.  We were still trying to sort out the new motor and get the suspension set up properly, but we were on the right track.  In qualifying I had gone back to my old suspension setup and was ready to ride.  When the qualifying session ended I was 30th on the grid, with a time of 1:30.983.  I was not overly excited since I felt that the bike was working way better than what the lap times showed.  Nonetheless we were in the show and looking forward to the afternoon’s race.

The first practice session went off without any major problems.  We were still trying to sort out the new motor and get the suspension set up properly, but we were on the right track.  In qualifying I had gone back to my old suspension setup and was ready to ride.  When the qualifying session ended I was 30th on the grid, with a time of 1:30.983.  I was not overly excited since I felt that the bike was working way better than what the lap times showed.  Nonetheless we were in the show and looking forward to the afternoon’s race.

Saturday afternoon arrived and we were ready for a good result.  We went with a slightly different tire than we had used previously because it was a little hotter than any of our sessions before the race.  Before we knew it, the race was underway.  The plan was to get a good start, have a fast four opening laps, and see where I stood from there.  Well I tried my best to follow the plan.  By the end of four laps I found myself in a battle for 18th thru 23rd. By the end of the race we had been as high as 16th and as low as 24th.  At the checkered flag I managed to come home in 20th chasing Clint Mcbain.

All in all a very fun weekend, and I was able to see the Moto GP live!!!  Those bikes are amazing!!!

See you all at the races!!!!
Scott Jensen