“Always Shifting, Turning, Braking” – Daily Update
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Final preparations for the Red Bull United States Grand Prix are concluding at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, site of Round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship. Today, riders will have their first familiarization walk or scooter ride on the track, an important part of learning the nuances of the racing line, and tech is now open.

What are the riders thinking? Read Nicky’s, Valentino’s, Colin’s and Cal’s opinions of this weekend’s race:

Nicky Hayden (USA):

“Obviously, I’m looking forward to Laguna, because it’s a track I love that’s very challenging and fun, with a great atmosphere and my home crowd. Turn 1 and the Corkscrew are very technical, and pretty much the whole track links together. On a MotoGP bike, there really aren’t any straightaways, because you’re always shifting, turning or braking. It’s important to have a bike that you feel confident on and can be aggressive with. I’m going to my home GP not in our best moment, but we’ll give our best effort like always.”

Valentino Rossi (Italy):

“For me, Laguna represents a great corner, the Corkscrew, and many nice memories, including one of the best races of my career, in 2008. In any case, it’s always a pleasure to race in the United States because the motorcycle world here is really nice.”

Colin Edwards (USA):

“I can’t wait to get to Laguna because I love the place so much. I have a lot of family and friends that are coming which always makes it extra special, but the American fans are brilliant to me, so hopefully I can send them home smiling on Sunday night with a good result. It has been a bit manic since Germany because I flew straight to LA to shoot another movie for Yamaha.”

Cal Crutchlow (Great Britain):

“The result last weekend in Germany was a bit disappointing but I’m ready to bounce back in Laguna Seca and fight for a top ten where I know I should be. It is another new track for me but I’m really excited. Laguna Seca is such a famous name and the Corkscrew looks amazing. It looks awesome on TV, so I’m looking forward to getting on the bike on Friday and experiencing it for myself for the first time. I’ll have to ask Colin for some tips, but I’m just concentrating on getting a decent result that we can build on for the rest of the season.”