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    Posted: 12 Aug 2018 at 7:50pm
I just watched the MotoAmerica motorcycle races from Sonoma Raceway on TV.  The track surface conditions are incredibly bad!  There are long, deep, wide cracks in the asphalt in a number of places around the track, most of them along or next to the racing lines.  

And these aren't small cracks that can be repaired easily.  The extent of the damage makes it obvious that only a complete resurfacing will bring the track back to a quality championship racing level.  I hope no one tries to defend the situation, since anyone watching the races can easily see that the riders were obviously affected by the bad track conditions. 

Years ago, when we raced on converted airport tracks in California, these types of conditions were the norm, and we more or less accepted them because they were all we had.  But Sonoma Raceway is supposed to be a world-class track, or at least it used to be.  NASCAR and IndyCar race there, which isn't exactly amateur stuff.  


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