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Although the Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the country’s most widely known auto events including the Concourse d’ Elegance and the American Le Mans, fans of the four wheels take a back seat to the supped-up cycles that descend on the Peninsula during the Red Bull U.S Grand Prix, July 27-29, 2012. Featuring the MotoGP World Championship and a Full Slate of American Motorcycle Association (AMA) races, this weekend is one of the sport’s most popular and draws huge crowds to watch and be watched.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, June 27th with the opening of the Strider Cup Adventure and Kid’s Fun Zones. Biking, bounce houses, soccer and more are available for kids of all ages throughout the weekend and give a little reprieve to the full slate of AMA qualifying races and live music events scheduled throughout the day. Saturday brings more live entertainment, fan friendly activities and the second round of qualifying races.
In addition to festivities out at the track, Peter B’s Brewpub behind the Portola Hotel & Spa will be hosting their very own Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Kick-Off Party! The event will begin Thursday, July 26th at 4pm, featuring Happy Hour ALL night long! From a raffle, to Patron specials, an appearance by the Patron Promo Girls and Peter B’s very own Legend of Laguna Cask, this free event is the perfect activity for racing enthusiasts looking to start the weekend off right!
Sunday is 10 hours of superbike heaven with no less than four championship races including the RACE FIM E-Power & TTX, RACE AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike the RACE AMA Pro National Guard Superbike and the MotoGP World Championship.
While the official schedule of events can be found on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca website, there are plenty of unofficial events all over the Peninsula. Most of the bars and restaurants welcome the fans with specials and promotions and the professional riders pop up all over town at charity and fundraising events. Cannery Row and Downtown Monterey serve as the de facto gathering spots for the fans and their bikes on display.
It’s a RPM filled weekend not to be missed and sure to quench the thirst of any Superbike or AMA fan.