America’s top professional Superbike and Sportbike riders will be competing at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend in the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha, which will be part of the Utah Sport Bike Association’s (UtahSBA) Vortex Masters of the Mountains series.
The GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha is a three-race series created by John Ulrich, longtime publisher of Roadracing World magazine and racing team owner, to provide race teams and their sponsors additional exposure in the western United States after AMA Pro Road Racing’s 2014 six-race schedule included only one event in the west. The first two events in the series were held in California, on April 26-27 at Auto Club Speedway and May 3-4 at Sonoma Raceway. This weekend’s event, dubbed the Arai Mountain Nationals, will be the final event in the series. All three Superbike Shootout events will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on MAV TV starting in June. The UtahSBA races will be televised live online at www.IgniteMedia.com.
“We are really looking forward to the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout this weekend,” said John Larson, General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. “We know our fans will enjoy having the country’s best motorcycle road racers back in Utah, and we appreciate the hard work among John Ulrich, the teams and the Utah Sport Bike Association in bringing this event to Miller Motorsports Park.”
“We owe it to road racing fans to have national-level professional events here in the west,” Ulrich said. “Our series of three Pro Superbike races and three Pro Sportbike races held in conjunction with three existing regional events fits neatly into a five-week time frame and finishes with UtahSBA at Miller Motorsports Park. You couldn’t ask for a better racetrack and a better racing group to work with, and thanks to both for helping this effort to rebuild our sport in the United States.”
“Sharing a weekend with some of the best professional racers and teams in the world is a unique opportunity,” said Dana Wilson, Treasurer of the UtahSBA, “and our volunteers and racers couldn’t be more excited. Alongside the pros, we have club racers from all over the west and Canada battling for championships. We’ll see some great racing action, and it looks like we’ll have beautiful weather, too.”
The Utah Sport Bike Association will add two classes – the RaceFuelZ Pro Superbike class and the Dynojet Sportbike class – to their normal roster of classes for this weekend, which will be Round 2 of their 2014 championship. All the top professional teams have competed in the first two rounds with the top names in American motorcycle road racing – including three-time AMA Superbike champ Josh Hayes, 2013 AMA Sportbike champ Cameron Beaubier (now in the Superbike class), Garrett Gerloff, Jake Zemke, Martin Cardenas, Roger Hayden, Chris Clark, Chris Ulrich, J.D. Beach and young phenom Joe Roberts.
Also on the schedule for this weekend are Round 3 for the sports cars of the National Auto Sport Association’s Utah Region and Round 3 of the Utah Kart Championship. The Masters of the Mountains will be competing on MMP’s West Course on both Saturday and Sunday, while NASA Utah will be racing on the East Course. The UKC event will take place at the Miller Kart Track on Saturday only.
Of particular note for fans is the fact that, since this weekend was originally conceived as an amateur racing weekend, ticket prices will be only $6 for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.
“I’ve been involved in professional motorcycle racing for decades,” said Ulrich, “and I can assure you that it has been many, many years since fans were able to see the country’s top motorcycle road racing teams for only $6 a day. This is an unbelievable deal, and I hope the fans will recognize that and take advantage of it.”
For more information about Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com
. For more information about the GEICO Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha, visit their website at www.SuperbikeShootout.com
. For more information on the Utah Sport Bike Association, visit their website at www.UtahSBA.com. For more information on the Utah Region of the National Auto Sport Association, visit their website at www.NASAUtah.com
About Miller Performance
Miller Performance oversees three operational units: Miller Motorsports Park, a state-of-the-art motorsports facility for automobiles, motorcycles, karts and off-road vehicles located 35 minutes from Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah; the Ford Racing School, the world’s only Ford-sponsored driving school that includes the Boss Track Attack, Raptor Assault and ST Octane Academy programs, plus a Teen Driving School and Highway Safety School; and Oneiro, a logistics company specializing in automotive driving programs. For more information, visit www.MillerPerformanceUSA.com.
Miller Performance is part of Miller Sports Properties, which includes the NBA Utah Jazz; MiLB Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; EnergySolutions Arena; KJZZ 14 Television; The Zone Sports Network (97.5 FM, 1280 AM, 960 AM); the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah men’s professional cycling race; and All-Star Catering.