Blake Young Wins at MMP

Blake_Young_2Blake Young and Josh Hayes put on a fantastic show during the AMA Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park. Hayes and Hayden swapped spots more than 10 times throughout a thrilling race in Utah, but in the end, it was Young who took home the win.

“From the beginning of the race I just tried to find a comfortable pace and hit my marks,” Young said. “Hayes was running a little faster than I was comfortable with, so I kept chasing him and then tried to settle back down into my pace. Then I decided to just put my head down and push all the way through. I wanted to leave it all on the track.

Young would end up winning by .7 seconds, but that doesn’t show how close the race actually was. Hayes was awarded a point at the end of the race, but he would have preferred the race win.

“It was just good racing,” Hayes said. “Neither one of us wanted to give up. On the last lap, he was definitely running well… the back kicked out on me and all of sudden I went from trying to figure out how to win the race, to trying to keep Tommy behind me.”

At the end of the race, both riders complimented each other on being aggressive, but safe, throughout the race.

“I feel very comfortable riding with these guys,” said Young. “They’re both racing veterans and they know what they’re doing out there.”

Tommy Hayden nearly took the second place spot from Hayes on the final lap. Hayes would finish .05 seconds behind the 2010 champion.

Hayes, Hayden, and Young, have taken every race win so far this season. The three top riders will go at it again in just four days when the AMA Superbike riders head to Elkhart, Wisconsin, for the Road America event.

AMA Superbike Race Results

  1. Young
  2. Hayes
  3. Hayden
  4. R. Hayden
  5. Rapp
  6. Clark
  7. May
  8. Bostrom
  9. Anthony
  10. Toye

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Live Updates From Miller Motorsports Park: World Superbike Race 2

max_biaggi_down_turn_1The World Superbike riders are just about ready for their second race of the day. Carlos Checa took the first win with ease, but against a depreciated field. Max Biaggi, Jonathan Rea, Ruben Xaus, and Michel Fabrizio all crashed during the opening race.

Checa will have a target on his back during the second race, as the World Superbike grid will try to limit Checa’s point take from Miller Motorsports Park.

(All About Bikes will have live updates from the race. Hit refresh to make sure you have the latest information.)

The umbrella girls are out. The photographers and journalists are on the track waiting for the World Superbike riders to take to the grid.

Racing should begin in just a few minutes.

The World Superbike riders are off on their sighting lap. The second World Superbike race from Miller will be starting soon.

The sun is out in Utah. The AMA races saw a very slight drizzle, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for the WSBK riders.

The World Superbike riders are back on the grid.

Biaggi has something to prove today. Biaggi took both wins in 2010 but did not finish the first race this weekend. Biaggi will be coming out with the vengeance during race 2.

And they’re off!!!!

Checa jumps out to an early lead.

Checa really got a good jump. Checa has a second gap and the first lap isn’t even over.

Checa – Camier – Laverty – Melandri – Haga – Biaggi – Rea – Corser – Guintoli – Sykes

Lap 2: Checa sets the pace with a 1’48.9 lap time.

Four riders are now lapping under 1’50. Checa, Camier, Laverty, and Biaggi all put in sub 1’50 laps.

Rider down!

Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga go down. Both riders are up and ok.

Lap 3: Checa – Camier – Laverty – Biaggi – Melandri – Guintoli – Rea – Fabrizio – Sykes – Smrz

Laverty has extended the gap to 2 seconds with another festest lap. Checa drops his time down to 1’48.82.

Checa keeps extending the gap. Camier also has a good deal of space before third place rider Laverty. Laverty, on the other hand, is fending off Biaggi for third.

Biaggi hits 194 mph down the straight, and overtakes Laverty for third place.

Biaggi has two seconds to Camier, and 6 to race leader Carlos Checa.

Lap 7: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Melandri – Guintoli – Fabrizio – Rea – Sykes – Smrz

Checa is holding a comfortable lead up front. Checa has four and a half seconds ahead of Camier.

Checa is still hitting the gas. Adds another half second to his lead. Max Biaggi is closing in on Leon Camier.

Lap 9: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Melandri

The top four riders are pretty spaced out, but Meldnari, Guintoli, Fabrizio and Rea are really fighting over fifth place.

Checa has 5.5 seconds ahead of Camier. Camier has 1.8 seconds ahead of Biaggi.

Checa, Camier, Biaggi, and Fabrizio all lapping below 1’50. Biaggi still has the fastest bike on the track, consistently hitting 194 mph on the straight.

10 laps to go. Checa has 6.2 seconds ahead of the competition.

Lap 13: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Fabrizio – Melandri – Guintoli – Smrz – Rea – Sykes

Lap 14: Carlos Checa still holds a 6 second lead. Biaggi can’t seem to find a way to catch Camier and still sits two seconds back.

Lap 16: The riders up front remain unchanged. Checa leads the way ahead of Camier, Biaggi, Laverty, and Fabrizio.

Rea, Badovini, and Sykes are riding wheel to wheel, with multiple passes throughout lap 17.

Lap 18: Checa extends his lead to 7 seconds. Biaggi is now three seconds behind Camier. It doesn’t look like any one is going to be challenge for the podium.

The big battle in the race is for 8th place. Smrz, Badovini, and Rea are really going at it.

Sykes overtakes Rea for the last spot in the top 10.

Lap 19: Checa – Camier – Biaggi – Laverty – Fabrizio – Melandri – Guintoli – Smrz – Badovini – Sykes

Final lap.

Checa has nearly 8 seconds over Camier.

Checa pops the wheelie down the final stretch as he crosses the finish line for his second win of the weekend.

Checa wins!

Checa cruises to his second victory and his second double of the season.

World Superbike Race 2 results:

  1. Checa
  2. Camier
  3. Biaggi
  4. Laverty
  5. Fabrizio
  6. Melandri
  7. Guintoli
  8. Smrz
  9. Badovini
  10. Sykes

Full race report to follow.

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2011 AMA Pro Racing Preview: Miller Motorsports Park

Miller_Motorsports_Park_AerialFor the first time since 2008, the AMA Pro Racing series will be returning to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for the third round of the 2011 racing season. The AMA riders haven’t been at Miller for two seasons, but they did get a chance to test out the track last month.

Josh Hayes, who currently holds on to a narrow lead at the top of the points standings, was the fastest rider around the Miller Motorsports track during the testing session. Hayes is also coming off a solid weekend at Infineon, where he took home a race win and a second place finish.

Tommy Hayden also took a win at Infineon. Hayden has only 6 points separating himself from the top of the leader-board and could dethrone Hayes this weekend.

“We want to keep the momentum going,” Hayden said. “We’ve got a great bike this year, I’m feeling good, and we’re just trying to make the most of it.”

Hayden’s teammate, Blake Young, is just another two points behind. Young won both races at Daytona this year, and took 3rd and 4th at Infineon. Young was the only rider, besides Hayes, to lap under 1’51 during the MMP test and should be riding at the front this weekend.

The top three riders have a solid gap in terms of points at the moment, but riders like Martin Cardenas, Larry Pegram, and Ben Bostrom will also be challenging for podium spots this weekend.

In the Daytona Sportbike class, Jason DiSalvo is making himself out to be the clear leader for 2011. DiSalvo has won every race so far this season and leads the series by 37 points. But DiSalvo hasn’t been as dominant as his record suggests. Josh Herrin, Danny Eslick, and Jake Holden have all been giving the Latus Ducati rider a lot of pressure.

Fans at Miller this weekend will get to see all the great racing that the AMA has to offer, but they’ll also see some international riders take to the track. The World Superbike series will be at Miller this weekend for the 5th round of the 2011 WSBK Season.

The racing action will begin on Saturday, with the races taking place on Monday.

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Blue Oyster Cult, Jason Britton, Added to BigM Weekend Lineup

blue_oyster_cultThe BigM Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park next weekend is going to be a blast. Not only will there be plenty of fantastic racing from the AMA, the World Superbike series will also be racing for the first time in the United States this year. But the action won’t just stay on the track. Miller Motorsports has just announced that Blue Oyster Cult and Jason Britton will be on hand for some great post-race entertainment.

Here is the press release from MMP:

The upcoming BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil at Miller Motorsports Park, scheduled for May 28-30, is shaping up to be even bigger than anticipated.

Jason Britton, perhaps the world’s most popular stunt motorcyclist due to his massive exposure with television programs on SPEED Channel, in movie stunt work and on home videos, will be performing throughout the weekend with his Team No Limit teammate, Eric Hoenshell.

“Eric and I are very excited to be part of The BigM Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park,” said Britton. “We look forward to meeting and performing for our fans and fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s all about the passion on two wheels! See you at the races!”

Britton and Hoenshell will perform on-track exhibitions twice each day, during the lunch hour and at the end of the day, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. In addition, Britton will appear at the pre-race party at Honda Suzuki of Salt Lake, 2354 S. State Street in Salt Lake City, on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., and at the Fan Party in the paddock at Miller Motorsports Park between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening prior to that evening’s concert, which features Dierks Bentley, Sawyer Brown and Reckless Kelly.

Additional stunt bike exhibitions will be performed by Chris Pfeiffer and Chris “Teach” McNeil, both of whom represent BMW Motorrad. They will be performing in the Paddock Zone throughout the weekend.

Also, the lineup for Sunday night’s concert has been finalized with the addition of Blue Oyster Cult, who will perform in addition to the already-announced Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

For nearly three decades, Blue Oyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, New York-based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. The group is well known for songs including “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” “Godzilla,” “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” “Veteran of the Psychic Wars,” “Astronomy” and “This Ain’t the Summer of Love.” They have sold over 24 million albums worldwide – including 7 million in the US.

The BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil at Miller Motorsports Park over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, will feature the fifth round of the 2011 FIA Superbike World Championship, making their only appearance in the Western Hemisphere in their fourth annual visit to Utah. Support races from AMA Pro Road Racing will include the National Guard Superbike Championship, the Daytona SportBike Championship, the SuperSport Championship and the Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship. There will also be a major tribute to our armed forces in recognition of Memorial Day.

To obtain tickets for or information about The BigM Weekend, visit the event-specific website at or call 435-277-RACE (7223). For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at

[Press Release Courtesy of Miller Motorsports Park]

Miller Motorsports Park Presents: Five Questions with Eugene Laverty

eugene_laverty_monzaMiller Motorsports Park will again host the USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship on The BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, May 28-30. Leading up to the round at Miller, we have been visiting with race winners and other notable riders participating in the championship after each race during the 2011 season to bring you a new chapter in the “Five Questions with” series.

Today’s subject is the second rider from Northern Ireland in as many installments. Eugene Laverty, who rides the factory No. 58 Yamaha YZF R1 for the Yamaha World Superbike Team, hails from Ballymena. One of three motorcycle-racing brothers, along with siblings Michael and John, he came up through the ranks in the British 125cc Championship and British Supersport before moving up to the 250cc GP World Championship in 2007. He split time between the 250GP and World Supersport championships in 2008 before moving to World Supersport full-time in 2009. He finished second in the championship in 2009 and 2010 before ascending to the World Superbike Championship this year. He swept both races at Monza on May 8, garnering worldwide attention and propelling himself to fifth place in the championship standings.

1. Sunday at Monza was a very special day for you. Global recognition of your name increased by a huge margin. How did it feel when you finally went to bed that night?

It really hadn’t sunk in. I know that’s a much overused expression, but it was genuinely the case for me. I sat in my motorhome with my girlfriend, Pippa, and a few friends and watched the races back over a cup of tea. After watching the final lap of race two I was absolutely buzzing, so I put an episode of the Irish sitcom “Father Ted” on TV to try and wind down before bed! The following evening I realized why the whole experience had seemed so bizarre. I remembered that I’d had a dream on Thursday night that I’d won both races at Monza, so in a way I’d already gone through all the emotions.

2. You and your teammate, Marco Melandri, came to the team from very different career paths. How much information do you share, and is having ridden 250s and World Supersport better training for World Superbike than MotoGP?

Both sides of the garage share information; that’s the key to our success this season. We made big steps forward in the first few rounds because Marco and I offered similar feedback, and so the direction was clear. We may have had different career paths, but at the end of the day a great rider will figure out the fastest way around the track on any given bike. I was immediately fast on the R1 the first time I rode it at Magny-Cours, as was Marco on his first outing at Valencia, so this proves that the gap between street bikes and race bikes is much smaller than it’s ever been.

3. Two years ago Ben Spies was a rookie with your current team. He won the World Championship in his first try and immediately went to MotoGP. Last year as a rookie for the team, Cal Crutchlow won several poles and a handful of races and followed Spies to MotoGP. Do you feel any pressure trying to live up the very high standards set by the team’s previous rookies, and do you aspire to make a similarly quick transition to MotoGP?

My situation is rather different to Ben’s and Cal’s. Both riders had ridden superbikes for a few seasons in domestic championships, and so they were expected to be immediately quick. The team has put absolutely no pressure on me to perform, as this season has been cited as a learning year. Naturally that view will shift somewhat after our fantastic double victory at Monza, but there will be times when we’re reminded that this is my first season on a superbike. Just look at Donington, for example; I struggled there due to my lack of superbike experience. Every rider aspires to compete in MotoGP, and so I hope to move there sometime in the future when I feel ready. I’ve only just completed my fourth round in the World Superbike Championship, though, so I’d rather not get ahead of myself!

4. The crowd in Monza was hostile towards the podium finishers because of Max Biaggi’s penalty. What was your feeling about their reaction and do you think the punishment was justified?

This has been talked about a lot following Monza, but it’s as simple as this: Over the past few seasons, the rules have been the same for cutting the chicanes at Monza. The punishment may not fit the crime for such a small mistake, but we’ve all been aware of the severity of this and so we’ve made very sure to obey the rules. Max did not obey the rules, and he paid the price. I overshot one of the chicanes in race two, but I made sure to re-enter the track correctly so as not to suffer this fate. I didn’t feel that the crowd was hostile, to be honest. I’ve no doubt that there was tension in the air between the rival Italian riders’ fans, but they gave me a warm welcome on the podium as well as in the paddock afterwards.

5. Other than the race at Miller Motorsports Park, how much have you seen of the U.S.? What do you like about MillerMotorsports Park, and is it similar to any European tracks?

I’ve been around various parts of America over the last few years. In 2009 I stayed with Josh Hayes in California ahead of the race atMiller Motorsports Park, and last season I visited Las Vegas before traveling to Salt Lake City. Miller Motorsports Park really suits my style, particularly the fast, flowing turns which start the lap. For this reason the track reminds me of Assen, but really Miller Motorsports Park is quite a unique track. There’s no other track on our calendar that boasts a section like The Attitudes! This left-right-left complex is hard work, and it’s important to be pinpoint accurate through here so as not to touch the side of the bike on the high curbs. I couldn’t have hoped for a better track to follow up my double win at Monza. I’m confident of another podium finish in the U.S., and hopefully I can get myself into the title fight over the next few rounds.

The fifth round of the 2011 FIA Superbike World Championship will be The BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil at Miller Motorsports Park over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. Support races from AMA Pro Road Racing will include the National Guard Superbike Championship, the Daytona SportBike Championship, the SuperSport Championship and the Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship. There will also be concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights, May 28-29, and a major tribute to our armed forces in recognition of Memorial Day. Max Biaggi swept both World Superbike races at Miller Motorsports Park last year riding for the Aprilia Alitalia Racing team enroute to the World Championship. This year’s World Superbike races will be broadcast on a same-day/tape-delay basis on SPEED Channel at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm (EDT) on May 30.

To obtain tickets for or information about The BigM Weekend, visit the event-specific website at or call 435-277-RACE (7223). For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at

[Press Release Courtesy of Miller Motorsports Park]