The weekend schedule at Laguna Seca in 2013 featured a race on Saturday and one on Sunday, but in 2014 the WSB weekend featured two races on Sunday as per most rounds.
One major departure from the norm was featuring all three times qualifying sessions on Friday, leaving just one free practice and then two sessions of Superpole on Saturday, wit the rest of the day turned over to AMA racing.
Most riders were mystified by this development, which makes for a serious busy first day but a much more sedate Saturday, which finishes just after lunchtime with Superpole 1 and 2.
Fastest man on Friday, Chaz Davies, was one of the many who thought the race weekend was unbalanced in its scheduling, “It is not so much the fact that it is busy today it is that it is not busy tomorrow. If there are people coming to watch on Saturday, what do they get for their money? Not a lot.
"One free practice session, which is not particularly exciting, and then Superpole, which is two times 20 minutes, so there is not lot going on. I prefer a normal schedule. I do not know why it is this way.
"Unless it is to work alongside the AMA schedule, but you can fit a lot of stuff into a day and you only have three or four classes here.”