MMP adds support races to WSBK event

USBA races replace AMA undercard

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 03, 2009
Miller Motorsports Park has added the Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge as a support class to its May 29-31 World Superbike championship event.

Comprised of the Utah Sportbike Association’s GTO and GTU classes, the Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge replaces the originally scheduled AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike and Supersport races at the Tooele, Utah, track. The AMA races were cancelled after series organizers and Miller Motorsports Park failed to agree to terms. The two races will form the undercard for a weekend that will include a World Superbike double-header and a World Supersport race.

“We are very pleased to be able to add the Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge to our HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship weekend,” says Mitch Wright, Miller Motorsports Park director of racing. “We host the USBA Masters of the Mountains championship here each year, and those races attract the best riders from throughout the western United States and Canada. The USBA runs a tight ship and the races are always very competitive. We think our fans will enjoy this addition to our program, and might be surprised at some of the racers and teams they will find on the entry list.”

The GTO race is open to motorcycles of any make and displacement, with forced induction allowed for bikes under 750cc. The GTU race is open to motorcycles that are: a) up to 430cc, two or more cylinder, two-strokes; b) up to 550cc, two or more cylinder, two stroke bikes with frames produced for North American street use; c) up to 550cc single-cylinder, two-strokes; The Miller Motorsports Park WSBK event will mark Ben Spies' American race since joining the series.d) up to 675cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled triples; e) liquid-cooled four-cylinder bikes up to 640cc; f) up to 850cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, two-cylinders with four or more valves per cylinder; g) up to 900cc air-cooled four-strokes with three or more cylinders; h) unlimited displacement, air-cooled, two-cylinder, four-strokes with two or three valves per cylinder; or i) unlimited displacement, single-cylinder, four-stroke bikes. Forced-induction is not allowed in GTU.

Both classes will run 30-minute races and include up to 40 racers. All entrants must be AMA-licensed Expert-level riders.

“It is an honor for the USBA to serve as a support event for the World Superbike weekend at Miller Motorsports Park,” says Lance Lee, president of the USBA. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for our teams and racers to showcase their talent in front of some of the best teams, riders and fans in the world, and we are really looking forward to it. We appreciate the management and staff at Miller Motorsports Park for allowing us to be part of the best motorcycle racing weekend of the year in North America.”

The originally-planned AMA Daytona Sportbike and Supersport races will be rescheduled for another venue for the 2009 season.