Superkart Exhibition Hosted by MotoGP Laguna Seca
Valentino Rossi and the other Yamaha World Champions will race on July 2, marking the kick-off of the Red Bull US Grand Prix. The SuperKart Exhibition will be hosted by the Tech 3 Yamaha rider, Colin Edwards.
"To have the four Yamaha World Champions together is a treat in itself but to have them our track at the same time will be truly special," said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "Especially since all four of the World Champions have a great racing history here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."
Rossi practically grew up driving karts before heading to the motorcycle career. The Doctor has previously tested a Ferrari F1 car and has competed in the World Rally Championship several times, so it can be said that he will face the SuperKart Exhibition successfully.
"I think the karts in America are 250s which are very fast," said Valentino Rossi. "I remember the karts in Eastern Creek, Australia made a better lap time than Mick (Doohan) on the 500 -- 280 kph (173 mph) in the straight."
Rainey and Lawson are also not strangers with kart racing, as they race together in a specially prepared SuperKart. The only newcomer to the field is Roberts.
"I don't think we've all ever all been out on the track together, so that'll be fun," said Wayne Rainey, three-time World Champion and legend of Laguna Seca. "We're doing it for Yamaha, doing it for the fans, doing it for the race track. We plan on putting on a show."
The four World Champions will all be competing in Yamaha TZ-250-powered SuperKarts.