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    Gray Eminence Looking Forward to Moto GP Season

    Hello. The highest form of motorcycle racing- MotoGP- starts the 2018 season this Sunday March 18, 2018. The pool of talent riding these incredible bike is deep. In fact the greatest of all time or GOAT, #46 the Italian Valentino Rossi will be out to win his 10th world championship in this class. Valentino, or Vale (Valley) will be riding his Yamaha M-1.
    There are at least 10 other riders that will make this difficult for our hero. The Honda rider Mark Marquez #93 chief among them. Marquez is 24 years old and already a 4 time world champ in this series. Last season he was so fast, many different times he slid his front wheel through the corners. He has a unique approach to learn the tracks he races at. He goes out to the set practice time allowed under the strict rules and goeas fast as he can. He is looking for the exact limit of cohesion, so that he can push it forward.
    Here is the part that both fascinates me and cracks me up every time. He falls. Sometimes and usually at speeds of more than 150 mph.
    There is a lot to talk about. The printing press is waiting.. All of the motorcycles of MotoGP are prototypes. Meaning each one has been built individually with the purpose of being the most refined, the fastest, the lightest and best handling motorcycle that exists. No cost has been spared, and many lives have ended in this pursuit. Motorcycles at this level have never seen a city street or country road or highway. They are focused to win at the race track against the other gonzo amazing examples in the class.
    However there is one very small humble team from Noal Italy that doesn’t have the resources/money Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati utilize every season. Aprilia just could never afford a full factory MotoGP challenge if it had to spend the, on average $50,000,000 needed for proper development. So they did the next best thing. They saw it as, well we already make a pretty good bike. Let’s use it! We’ll go ahead and develop our RSV4. That’s what they have done. Bravo Aprilia. Watch for them this year. As time permits I’ll recap the first race. The race itself is the season opener from Losail, Qatar.
    It is a fast and open track, with just a few hard braking points built in because they like to party. I welcome any feedback from race fans. Perhaps through Jameson’s Classic Motorcycle Museum we can help you watch the race if you can’t find it. Think of it as a gateway series or warm up to World Superbike. The World superbike season has just started and the next race,#2 is a couple of weeks out.

    33rd Annual Together With Love Run/Walk

    On Sunday, February 11, join the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center for its 33rd Anniversary of the TOGETHER WITH LOVE RUN/WALK at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove.  The 10K and 5K races starting at 9:00 AM are open to competitive runners, joggers, and fun walkers – rain or shine!  
    Participants can pre-register online through noon February 9th at www.mtryrapecrisis.org/together-love, or register on race day between 7:30 and 8:30 AM.
    The “Together With Love” Run/Walk is a fundraiser that attracts some 1,500 runners and walkers per year.  100 percent of the funds raised are used to support counseling, crisis intervention services for survivors of sexual assault, and community prevention education programs for children and adults.
    Because of the uncertain future of federal funding, the Center has a goal of raising more funding locally than ever before.  Supporters who can’t participate on race day can pledge financial support for a runner or walker through the registration site:
    The registration fee for the 10K/5K is $42 ($45 on race day).  The 1K Kids’ Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m. The price is $15. All participants in the 10K/5K receive a long-sleeved performance running T-shirt, after-race refreshments, and qualify for a prize drawing.  Medals will be awarded three deep in each age group. Kids in the Fun Run receive a participant medal and goodie bag, and may purchase a T-shirt at the event.

    Final race of the season will make history

    For the first time ever Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will host an 8-hour endurance race on Sunday, October 15 as part of the Pirelli World Challenge set for Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun., Oct. 12 – 15. It will be the final race of the season for our world-famous track, AKA my church.
    My source at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca tells me:

    -This last event should be a good one. It’s the last race for the Touring Car categories of the Pirelli World Challenge to secure championships and a big-payout race for the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup, but what I’m really excited about is the California 8 Hours on Sunday. Teams from around the globe competing on the International GT Series will battle it out all day on what I can figure is the longest pro race ever held on the challenging 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit. It is certain to be a high-speed chess match and a battle of wills. –

    That’s good enough for me. More on the cars and the rules next time. Don’t put the coolers and lawn chairs in mothballs yet — you’re going to need them.
    Sometimes a local scoop will have to do.

    The Gray Eminence shares a scoop – Again! It’s Race Weekend.

    Friends, today is Friday somewhere. I know that. Currently I am slinging the gospel of speed. Starting today. In your very own backyard, the truth is on display at: two hundred miles an hour. Friends, this two hundred mile an hour truth is global, for you; the locals. I have been asked, personally; to invite you and those you can convince to go, to go. So go.
    And go you must.
    This is why…
    This weekend, now; is the best modern sports car racing anywhere: globally. Like nowhere/elsewhere: right here;: in the sweet spot that;: is,;: Mazda raceway Laguna Seca. Your own backyard.
    Porsche will be running (secret) new cars.
    Mercedes will be running the Grim Reaper.
    America’s Corvette will be faster and pass the, afore mentioned. Read more…»

    IMSA motor opera: Aston-Martin sings her song

    By Webster Slate

    This weekend, Sept. 19-23, the hills that surround Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be alive with the sound of music, provided by the English baritone of Aston Martin’s glorious 6.0 litre V12; the elegant Italian “dramatic soprano” of Scuderia Corse’s Ferrari 5.3 litre V-8, in unison with the “Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano” of the 5.2 litre V-10 Lamborghini, Hurac’an- GT-3. Nothing is more ominous than a German opera, right? So Wagner will be there too, with the Mercedes-AMG, GT3, M-159, 6.2 litre V-8; roaring its “Basso profundo.” It just gets more musical and fun when the Mazda Motorsports prototype RT24-P with its MT-2.0T, 2.0L Turbo 14, adds its own unrepentant and terrifying scream, as it goes by at full song at 180 miles an hour up along the Rahal straight; toward the most famous turn in the world: the Corkscrew. Read more…»

    The [Perimeter] Road to IMSA and Lambourghini Moses

    By Webster Slate

    Hello friends. This next piece is so crazy and untrue, I naturally want to start with a disclaimer. I love my editor and paper so much, when I know it’s coming, I’ll go ahead and ask her to duck. Stop, drop and rock and roll. Everything that follows is a certain kind of makebelieve I enjoy calling science faction. Read more…»

    The Circus Is Coming to Town

    Just a few day from now, one of the great motorsports circuses will arrive on our peninsula. WSBK or more commonly called World Superbike. This circus brings with it more rings than Elizabeth Taylor. Starting Tuesday, the factory big rigs and rider motor coaches will lumber up the “A” road from Highway 68 and sail in on the North-Douth Boundary road, into the sacred ground that is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Read more…»

    Hors D’oeuvres, Champagne, and Motor Oil

    Last Wednesday evening Jameson’s Classic Motorcycle Museum in Pacific Grove hosted the South American contingent of MOTUL. The company produces the highest quality of synthetic oils and lubricants, used worldwide by the racing elite. And even locally by me. Motul has been on the cutting edge of science since ’53. 1853. About 30 people were here for their sponsored World Super Bike races, enjoyed the museum and its heart and soul, Neil Jameson.

    On a whole they could not have been nicer or more interesting. I enjoyed a fascinating conversation about what is in the company’s future. More to follow, as deadline looms.

    Mazda Extends Partnership Agreement for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    Long-Term Contract Discussions Continue as Brand Retains Naming Rights to Raceway IRVINE, Calif. (May 17, 2017) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors recently reached a contract agreement for a one-year naming-rights extension for the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca facility. The current partnership will extend through March 31, 2018, while Mazda works directly with the County on plans for a long-term partner relationship with the track. Mazda will retain a six-month exclusive right-of-first-negotiation to enter into a new or continued exclusive agreement with the County. Read more…»

    City Youth Track Meet Schedule

    Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Pacific Grove High School
    No pre-registration needed
    Just be ready when your group is called
    Call Don Mothershead 648-3130 with questions

    5.6.17 ORDER of EVENTS

    Coach, two players named to All-County

    Pacific Grove High School’s first-year girls’ basketball coach, Robin Lewis, has been named All-County Coach in Girls basketball by the Monterey Peninsula Herald. “ The first-year coach made an immediate impact as the Breakers made an 11-game improvement from last year, winning 16 games. Pacific Grove was the only team in the MTAL to knock off league champion Stevenson.” Two players also made the list Read more…»

    CCS Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year is Zachary Miller, Pacific Grove High School

    Central Coast Section announced that Zach Miller, standout in three sports, has won the CCS Male Scholar-Athlete of theYear award. He’s headed for Harvard in case you missed our profile on this exemplary young man in our January 13, 2017 issue (http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/01-13-16.pdf). Emma Cushing of York School won the female scholar athlete award.

    Read more…»

    Boys basketball quarterfinals belong to the Breakers!

    PG gets the win over Kings Academy 42-40 in a contest that came down to the wire!

    Breakers: Get an option on this kid!

    Dilbar Dhaliwal with Elk member Joseph Villa from the Elk’s District contest last Saturday.

    Dilbar Dhaliwal, a 6th grader at Pacific Grove Middle School, won the local Elk’s Free-throw contest (making 17/25 free-throws) held at P.G. High on November 12.

    He then competed in the Monterey Peninsula contest on January 14, winning in a tie-breaker (20/25 free-throws).
    Last Saturday, Dilbar won the Elk’s District competition in an other tie-breaker (16/25 free-throws).
    This Saturday, January 21 he will participate in the Northern California championship contest in Sacramento.
    Dilbar is competing in the Elk’s Lodge Annual National Free-Throw HOOP SHOOT contest.
    Please wish him luck for continued success as he represents our community.

    Breakers take league opener from Marina 62-22

    By Marge Ann Jameson

    The MTAL opener is in the book for the Pacific Grove Breakers and the Marina Mariners.

    The JV game went quickly, with few time-outs, and the Breakers subs got a lot of play. “Marina is a young, up-and-coming team,” noted Breaker JV coach Jordan Gasperson. They have seven players on the JV team, with a lot of sophomores already on the varsity squad.

    Breakers JV took it 53-17.

    When the varsity team hit the floor, the Breakers had the lead from the first minutes of the game though Marina got the tipoff. First quarter score 15-0. At the half it was 38-12 Breakers. By the third quarter, the score was 55-17. And the game ended on a final score of 62-22. Read more…»

    Cross Country: MTAL Center Meet at Pacific Grove

    Girls race was won by Alex Stout of Pacific Collegiate in a course record time of 18:22 for the 5K course. Top team was Pacific Grove led by Christina Hashimoto.
    Boys race was won by Roman Munoz of King City in a time of 16:42. Greenfield won the team title for the boys.
    Complete results in link below:


    Local Charities Benefit from Big Sur Marathon

    Annual grant distributions plus Soberanes Fire contributions  and national charity fund raising brings total 2016 donations to over $750K

      The Big Sur International Marathon distributed more than a quarter million dollars in grants to 77 organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur at a reception Wednesday evening in Monterey.   Scout groups, youth and arts organizations, the local military, community service groups and schools were among the many beneficiaries receiving funding from the 31st annual Big Sur International Marathon held last April.  Overall, $253,000 was distributed to 77 groups (see list below).  Since its inaugural event in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon has distributed more than $4.5 million in grants, primarily to organizations that have helped stage both the full and half marathons events. Read more…»

    Cross Country – Scores from 10/6/16 meet: Records set

    Carmel, Pacific Grove, Santa Catalina and Stevenson participated in the Peninsula Meet on the Pacific Grove High 1.95 mile course this afternoon.

    Pascale Montgomerhy of Carmel won the girls varsity race in a very good time of 12:05. She was followed by Anna Stefanou of Pacific Grove, Audrey Bennett of Santa Catalina and Christina Hashimoto of Pacific Grove of Pacific Grove.

    Team Scores:

    Carmel 19, Santa Catalina 36, Carmel 15, Stevenson Incomplete team, Pacific Grove 19, Santa Catalina 44, Pacific Grove 15, Stevenson Incomplete team, Santa Catalina 15, Stevenson Incomplete team. Carmel and Pacific Grove have already met earlier this season so no team score was kept for them.

    Full results are attached.

    Jake Alt of Pacific Grove won the boys varsity race in a course record time of  9:46.34. He was followed by Emerson Hardy and Kenshi Husted of Carmel and Henry Loh of Pacific Grove. The top four finishers broke the old course record of Jesus Rodriguez of Soledad, set only 3 weeks ago.

    Team scores:

    Carmel 15, Stevenson 48,  Pacific Grove 15, Stevenson 50. Pacific Grove and Carmel have already met this season so no team score was kept for them.

    10:6:16 meet

    Cross Country: PG Invitational 10/1/16

    Pacific Grove won both boys and girls team titles. Caleb Torres, Jake Alt and Henry Loh all won individual calss races for the Breakers on their home course. Pacific Grove girls were led by Christina Hashimoto and Anna Stefanou, 2nd and 3rd in the girls senior race and Kismet Isik finished 3rd in the girls sophomore race. Next up for the Breakers will be the Peninsula this Thursday at Pacific Grove. 2016 pg invite results

    Cross Country: Girls Remain Uundefeated

    The Pacific Grove girls remained undefeated with a decisive victory over defending MTAL champs Greenfield today in Greenfield. Christina Hashimoto won the race as the Breaker girls dominated with a 1-4 finish. She was followed by teammates Anna Stefanou, Kismet Isik and Mei Bailey. Team score was Pacific Grove 17, Greenfield 38.

    The Pacific Grove boys were defeated by Greenfield by a score of 25 to 32. Rigo Garcia of Greenfield won the race. Top finishers for Pacific Grove were Henry Loh and Jake Alt in 2nd and 3rd. The Breakers are now 2-1 on the season. Next up for Pacific Grove will be the Pacific Grove Invitational this Saturday at Pacific Grove High School featuring 26 teams.

    Cross Country: Breakers win Boys, Girls Varsity over Carmel

    Pacific Grove High School traveled to Carmel Middle School for a dual meet with Carmel High School. The Breakers won both the boys and girls divisions for the second week in a row to remain perfect in MTAL competition. Both boys and girls races were highly competitive and very close. Pacific Grove also won the boys junior varsity race. Neither Carmel or Pacific Grove had complete teams in the girls junior varsity division.
    Varsity scores here: xc carmel dual 2016 Read more…»

    PG kicks off Cross Country MTAL Season with a Win

    Pacific Grove hosted Soledad and Gonzales to kick off the MTAL cross country season on Thursday afternoon. Pacific Grove won both ends,  21 to 40 vs Soledad and a perfect score of 15-50 vs Gonzales. Jesus Rodriguez of Soledad set a course record of 9:58.75 narrowly beating Pacific Grove’s Jake Alt, 9:59.34. Both bested Emerson Hardy’s Carmel course record of 10:03. Alt was closely followed by teammates Henry Loh, Everett Millette and Luca Lauritzen.

    The girls meets were dominated by Host Pacific Grove. Anna Stefanou won in a personal best time of 12:27.5. She was followed by teammates Christina Hashimoto, Kismet Isik and Mei Bailey as Pacific Grove had the first four finishers overall. Team scores were Pacific Grove 15, Gonzales 50 (perfect score), and Pacific Grove 16 Soledad 43. Next up for Pacific Grove will be a dual meet at Carmel next Thursday. Full results to follow.

    Despite Missing Teammates, Breakers Take Second at Tahoe Tracl Meet

    By Steve Watkins

    Pacific Grove High School participated in the 41st Annual North Tahoe Invitational Friday, Sept. 9, Thirteen runners from Pacific Grove participated in the meet in Tahoe City, CA. The Breakers fielded a complete team in only one race, the boys varsity.

    Even though Pacific Grove was missing their 2nd and 3rd best varsity boy  runners they were able to win the second place plaque. Below are individual results for Pacific Grove runners and a link for complete results. Freshman and sophomores ran 2.8 miles, Varsity ran 3.3 miles. Read more…»

    Track Teams are Off and Running

    First meet of the season today, 9/2/16, the 2nd Annual San Benito High School Dry River Run Invite, run in Hollister. 

    Pacific Grove found themselves up against Carmel, Seaside, North Monterey County, Palma, Watsonville, San Benito, plus teams from as far away as King City, Greenfield, San Lorenzo Valley, San Jose (Leland) (Santa Teresa) (Kipp San Jose Collegiate) (BASIS Independent Silicon Valley), (Gunderson) (Evergreen Valley), and Firebaugh.

    Nineteen Pacific Grove runners participated in the two mile race. Freshman boys were the second best freshman team at meet.

    Times and places: Read more…»

    Giants update

    The Dodgers won today, 8/13, by a score of 8 to 4 over the Pirates. Tonight the Giants have to fight to hold on
    to sole position of first place, Madison Bumgarner is on the mound against Baltimore . Stay tuned.
    Bob Silverman

    Giants’ Manager Bochy Released from Hospital

    Bruce Bochy was released from a Miami hospital this morning and is expected to manage tonight’s game. The Giants’ win on Monday must have helped. The particular problem causing the manager to feel ill on Monday is not known at this time. Bochy is reported to be improved and ready to return for today’s game.

    -Bob Silverman

    Giants Mgr. Bochy hospitalized

    Miami, Florida – This morning, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy was admitted to University of Miami hospital after feeling ill. He is being checked at the hospital and will be monitored overnight. He is resting comfortably and is expected to return tomorrow. Bench coach Ron Wotus will serve as manager tonight for the Giants.

    Giants Update

    The Giants’ new third basement Eduardo Nunez is set to start at third base today when the Giants play in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. Madison Bumgarner is set to start for the Giants this evening. Matt Duffy has been traded to Tampa Bay. Game time is 4:05 PM on CSN TV. Hunter Pence will start again in right field. Joe Panik starts at second base. Look for a Giants’ win tonight.

    Giants Update on 7/22/16 game

    The San Francisco Giants were defeated by the New York Yankees on July 22 by a score of 3 to 2. The venue was Yankee Stadium with 45,304 fans present to enjoy the game. The Giants starting pitcher was Madison Bumgarner, followed by relievers Osich, and Romo. The Giants scored in the 7th & 8th innings. Three errors by Brandon Crawford contributed to the loss. Bumgarner threw 115 pitches and 75 strikes. Osich threw 16 pitches and 10 strikes followed by Romo with 10 pitches and 6 strikes. The New York runs were in the first, second, and 8th innings.

    -Bob Silverman

    Giants Update 7-15-16

    The San Francisco Giants are on the start of their first road trip after the ALL STAR break. The Giants travel first to San Diego for a three game series on July 14, 15 and 16. The Giants then fly east to play the Red Sox on July 18 & 19 followed by the New York Yankees for three games starting on July 21.

    -Bob Silverman

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