What a difference a week makes . . .
The previous Saturday I was at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, enjoying the golden late-afternoon light and the familial, Midwestern flat-track scene. By the following Friday morning I was moving into the media center at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, California, soaking in the chorus of different languages being spoken excitedly all around and preparing to cover Round 8 of the MotoGP World Championship.