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MONTEREY, Calif., July 2, 2013 - Just one race separates the world's top motorcycle riders from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and its grueling 11-turn circuit when the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring the MotoGP? World Championship returns to the Monterey Peninsula July 19-21, 2013.
With half of the season complete, this year is proving to be an interesting one as injuries, close finishes and electrifying performances, have made for dramatic storylines thus far.
A sensational showing in the Netherlands at the Assen TT left MotoGP? fans in awe as nine-time World-Champion Valentino Rossi returned to his winning ways, claiming first place after a three-year drought.
2012 MotoGP? World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was not to be outdone. After breaking his collarbone just two days before the race he underwent surgery and returned to Assen, along with a newly-fitted metal plate and eight screws, and earned an impassioned 5th place finish.
Lorenzo and Rossi will accompany a cast of talented riders such as current points leader Dani Pedrosa, rookie-sensation Marc Marquez and the red-hot Cal Crutchlow at Mazda Raceway. Unfortunately, American Ben Spies will not be among those competing. Spies, who suffered an injury in the season's second race in Austin, Texas, will be replaced by current Moto2 rider Alex de Angelis. Additionally, AMA Pro Road Racing rider Blake Young will join the grid as the only wild-card entry. Young is coming off of an impressive 2012 season where he finished 2nd in overall in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike point standings.
Young is no stranger to Mazda Raceway's demanding race circuit but has also made a few recent visits to the track to get in valuable test time with the Attack Performance Racing CRT entry.
"It's a track I've grown up on racing in AMA. Now to be here, finally racing in MotoGP is kind of a dream come true," said Young. "[Mazda Raceway] Laguna Seca is such a technical race track that I think I might have an advantage over some of the guys who haven't been here before."