Rossi to race Rainey, Roberts, Lawson at Laguna MotoGP…on karts

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yamahacart.jpgValentino Rossi will race Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson at this year’s US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. When we first heard that they’d be racing on karts and not MotoGP bikes we were pretty disappointed, but then we saw that they’re 100bhp TZ250 race karts capable of lapping within two seconds of Casey Stoner’s fastest lap there last year.

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Rossi, Rainey and Lawson all have significant kart racing experience,
with Rossi winning a regional championship in 1990 before concentrating
on Minimoto and Lawson winning the Superstars of Superkarts race at
Laguna Seca last year. Rainey and Lawson own the karts that will be
used for the race.

“I think Kenny [Roberts] thinks he’s just going to go out there and
slide it around. They don’t quite slide like that, like I think he’s
thinking,” said Rainey. “It’s going to wake him up a little bit. He’s
going to have fun. It’s going to be a little bit different than
anything he’s ever driven like that. Short wheelbase, lot of power, lot
of downforce.”

Officially called the SuperKart Exhibition, the race is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 2 at 3:30pm.

via Cycle News

  • Marshall

    Yes! Whatever happened to the Rossi vs. Bayliss stunt?

  • Scott

    they did it as half time entertainment the first year GP came back to the US, & it was boring as hell. It was good to see Rainey out there, but Edwards shooting t-shirts from a cannon was more exciting.

  • SJY

    Edwards sure did love to shoot shirts out of that cannon. Every time I turned around there he was shooting shirts out of a cannon. People were acting like those T-shirts had money wrapped in them. Why were they so excited about Tee’s? I don’t know.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/24829474@N03/ Enthusiast

    Anything Kenny Roberts excites me.

  • carboncanyon

    Would love to see Schwantz in the race too!

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    That picture is rad to the max! Kenny Roberts as Wario gave me the giggle-fits.