The disillusionment of motorsport fans in the US following the recent F1 tyre farce was seemingly short-lived as tickets for this weekend's MotoGP - the country's first two-wheeled grand prix racing event in 11 years - are virtually sold out.

The disillusionment of motorsport fans in the US after the recent F1 tyre farce was seemingly short-lived as tickets for this weekend's MotoGP - the country's first two-wheeled grand prix racing event in 11 years - are virtually sold out.

Premier motorcycle racing returns to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the first time since 1994 and, despite the outrage caused at the Indianapolis circuit almost three weeks ago when only six cars competed in the race, fans seem confident that they will have a chance to see some "real" racing action this time round.

As Valentino Rossi's winning streak sees little chance of fading, his hopes will be bolstered by the knowledge that at the last outing at Laguna Seca in 1994, another Italian Yamaha rider, Luca Cadalora won the final encounter to become the only non-American in the history of the premier class to win at the circuit.

"I remember it was very funny because the weekend before the race we did a promotional spot on American television and they said only American riders can win at Laguna, so I was extra pleased to prove them wrong!" recalled Cadalora.

"It will be so nice to see the four-strokes racing there. It is not a fast track but there are some really good corners and from what I can see of the M1, it is the type of track that will suit the way it handles. I think both Valentino and Colin (Edwards) will be on the pace," the former victor concluded.

Gill Campbell, the general manager of Laguna Seca, said that with close to 150 000 people expected for the weekend's activities, the US Grand Prix promises to be the largest event in the circuit's 49-year history.

It was announced that tickets for Saturday and Sunday's race action were no longer available at the track's ticket office. Fans have been urged to purchase tickets for Friday's free practice sessions, instead.

Original article from Car