Laguna, Baby! Things To Do At The US Grand Prix

The upcoming Red Bull US GP this weekend at Laguna Seca is one of the MotoGP paddock's favorite events. Surrounding the race on Sunday are a host of supporting activities well worth attending. It all starts on Thursday, with the Day of Stars, an exclusive event organized by Riders for Health. The Day of Stars is an exclusive event which includes a motorcycle tour of the Carmel Valley, lunch and a guided tour of the pits with Randy Mamola, and then a couple of parade laps around the circuit to get a feel for the event.

If the tickets to the Day of Stars are sold out, there is always the auction, held at 4pm on Thursday. The auction sees a host of great items put up for sale, with memorabilia you would not normally be able to get hold of. Riders offer a whole range of signed items, helmets, boots, gloves, all sorts of things, while signed prints from top MotoGP photographers are also often up for offer.

Throughout the race weekend, vendors have their wares on display, while on Saturday night, the party erupts on Cannery Row in Monterey. Ideal for gawking at beautiful bikes, beautiful people, and plenty of racing celebrities. If you want to bump into some paddock people, head to the rodeo at Salinas on Friday night. The European contingent head there for a bit of authentic Americana: to buy cowboy hats, watch the rodeo and eat junk food. And of course, the AMA is also racing at Laguna Seca, so you get to see the top US stars, and young American talent racing. 

Tickets for the Day of Stars may still be available. Check first with Riders for Health, details on their website. Tickets to the US GP are available from the circuit, or can be bought online from the official ticket store.

For those unable to attend, the US GP will be broadcast on Fox Sports/Speed TV, with coverage of both qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday. Full details of the TV coverage can be found in this press release from the Fox network.

Below is the press release from Riders for Health outlining the full program for the Day of Stars:

Riders for Health's 2013 Day of Stars

Riders for Health - the official charity of MotoGP - and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, have announced an exclusive opportunity for 50 lucky people to spend a day meeting the stars of MotoGP, touring the MotoGP paddock and pit garages, and discovering beautiful Carmel Valley.

Riders for Health’s 2013 Day of Stars will be held on Thursday, July 18, before the Red Bull US Grand Prix weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. As well as getting their race weekend off to the best possible start, participants will be raising money to help deliver vital health services to communities in rural Africa.

This incredible day-long event will be hosted by American grand prix legend and co-founder of Riders for Health, Randy Mamola. Randy will guide the group through an informative and entertaining insider’s perspective of the world of MotoGP.

With only 50 tickets available, Day of Stars is an exclusive and intimate event. Tickets always sell out early, so be sure you don’t miss out. Secure your ticket by calling +00 (1)904-419-9433 and place your order with credit card or check. You may also order tickets online at or via Paypal by visiting Tickets for Day of Stars cost $500, of which $375 is a tax-deductible donation to Riders for Health.

Day of Stars begins with a continental breakfast at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Turn Four VIP suites, followed by a scenic motorcycle tour of picturesque Carmel Valley. Guests will then return to the VIP suites for a catered lunch before taking a private tour down pit lane with 13-time grand prix winner, Randy Mamola. After the tour, the group will take to the track for parade laps of the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Circuit. The day then concludes with special interviews with MotoGP riders, team managers, and special guests during a live public auction to benefit Riders for Health.

In past years, Day of Stars guests have met MotoGP legends Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, and Loris Capirossi as well as current MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Alvaro Bautista, Tony Elias, Randy dePuniet, and Cal Crutchlow.

Members of the public will also have an opportunity to hear from the riders and to bid on unique MotoGP memorabilia during a free admittance charity auction at the end of the day.

Day of Stars is a benefit event for Riders for Health, an international non-profit organization that mobilizes health workers in Africa with reliable motorcycles so that they can reach rural communities with essential health care.

Support from the motorcycle community helps Riders for Health to save lives. Each year, supporters at motorcycling events across the world raise hundreds-of-thousands of dollars for Riders, helping them to provide crucial access to health care for millions of people across Africa.

Timetable of activities:

7:30 am Turn 4 VIP Suites and VIP parking area opens
8:00 am Continental breakfast at Turn 4 VIP Suite
9:00 am Motorcycle tour of Carmel Valley & Big Sur
1:00 pm Lunch with Randy Mamola and special guests
2:30 pm Behind-the-scenes MotoGP paddock and pit lane tour with Randy Mamola
3:30 pm Motorcycle parade laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (van provided for those who are not on a motorcycle)
4.00 pm Live auction of MotoGP memorabilia

Please note: Your ticket for Day of Stars is a tax-deductible donation made to Riders for Health II, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Your ticket includes a VIP parking pass for the entire weekend (motorcycle or car) but does not include general admission or seating for the MotoGP events.

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I'm sad to say that I will not be able to attend this year, my first miss since 2007. It's a short, odd track that always seems to throw up some good racing. I'll go ahead and be upset ahead of time, since I know that television rights with Speed is going to mess up the race time on the stream.

Stupid Speed Channel.

Been to Laguna four times, but not since my son was born in 2010. Such a unique venue, and I loved the relaxed atmosphere (quite the contrast to the story about Austin policies). Makes it more like a three day weekend-long picnic with the fastest bikes in the world going by. Good beer at the track, too, if you hit up the English Ales tent.

And if you're looking for a beach to visit, I recommend the Carmel public beach over the one in Monterey. Better in every way, and it's right beneath Pebble Beach golf course.

I hope there's still racing to be seen there when I'm finally able to return.

Stayed there last year and met the majority of the teams - actually rode the elevator up withe entire factory Ducati squad and met Team Yamaha in the lounge. Very cool and great memories. gold medal goes to Lucio Cecchinello of LCR for the smoking hot blonde I saw at the track with him and Stefan and then met at the coffee shop across the street!

Be there this year too. Be on the lookout for motomatters shirts.

All you Americans please take pity on us Aussie Motogp fans, your Laguna Seca round comes through here very very early Monday morning and don't forget we are in mid winter down here, so it makes a very cold early morning, which is bad enough most days but Mondays are just that little bit worse :(

If anyone is in Monterey and would like to attend the day of stars Thursday you are welcome to join us. Pole Position Travel has volunteered to drive the van around the county and the track. We leave from the Portola Plaza in Monterey at 0800 Thursday. You do not need a motorcycle (and if you have one, then meet us at the track!)

All of our customers who have done this in the past have been delighted. A great ride through this lovely area, and at the track you will meet many riders and get a peek inside several garages. And coming with us you can also join me on a Mr Toad's wild ride on our golf cart to the corkscrew and other cool track locations! :-)

The cost is $500 and all goes to a great cause. You can pay us or riders for health directly.
Contact me on +44 7973 748591 (until my USA cell phone is working, you can also try the USA office number 1 800 5010302)

I have contemplated buying your package for one of the international rounds; i may in fact search you out to learn more an join you.

Thanks - chris

I speak to Pole Position customers on a regular basis, and I have yet to meet an unhappy one. When I give a talk at Assen, I see a lot of the same faces every year. Well worth it.

Disclaimer: Pole Position advertise directly with me. But I am happy for them to be advertising with me, as I genuinely believe they offer an outstanding product.

I went in 2005. Rode my KTM from Boston. Rented two cottages across from the beach. Flew in my family. What a great event. I used to live atop the ridge across highway 68 from the entrance, so I knew all the places to take in. Of course the best was watching Nicky ride Earl on his victory lap. I hope they keep the event, even though it is hard to get to from the east coast.