Ok universe, you win… For the 2020 season, MotoAmerica will be adding a seventh class to its playlist for the Laguna Seca round, and that class will be comprised of highly modified baggers. Yup, baggers.
While many racing fans will be scratching their heads wondering why MotoAmerica is trying to pull an April Fools joke on us in February (Julian calendar, perhaps?), the American professional racing series seems quite excited about the
money entertainment that the event will generate.
“I can’t wait to go watch the baggers come down the Corkscrew for the first time,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey in series press release.
“That will be a sight that I think our fans will love. I think these guys will put on a heck of a show, and it will tie in nicely with all the other things we have planned for the Superbike Speedfest at Monterey. It’s going to be an awesome weekend of all things motorcycling at Laguna Seca.”
It’s not clear yet who will be racing which bikes at the Laguna Seca round, but it seems that MotoAmerica’s goal is to promote the aftermarket v-twin segment. An announcement on teams is expected in the next few weeks.
Will bagger racing be a fun diversion from the proper race bikes at this iconic Californian track? Or is this announcement a sad commentary on the state of American motorcycles racing? We’ll let you be the judge of that.