Gallery: 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship

Insane speeds, impressive machines, and close battles in every single race — what a fantastic weekend. The talent required to wrestle a bike around Laguna Seca is mind boggling. It was a huge treat to see them up close and personal.

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Opinion: Gladiators

I was massively excited to watch the FIM World Superbike races at Laguna Seca. It had been more than a decade since my last motorcycle race — inexcusable, I know. The bikes were already on track when we arrived on Saturday. The speed impressed immediately and really hammered home just how different, and dangerous, a motorcycle race is compared the car races I’m used to watching. Seeings the riders lean their bikes through turn 1 (what is essentially a straight in a car) at 150MPH gave me a sharp burst of adrenaline. I tried to imagine what the experience must be like for the riders, flying over the blind crest without the protection of a roll-cage or windscreen.

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