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Old 05-27-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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09.25-10.10 GTO FREE PRACTICE
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10.50-11.10 GTO QUALIFYING PRACTICE
11.20-12.20 LUNCH/PARADE LAPS
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12.45-13.45 WSBK FREE PRACTICE
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15.30-16.30 WSBK QUALIFYING PRACTICE
16.45-17.30 W SUPERSPORT FREE PRACTICE

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08.50-09.20 GTO QUALIFYING PRACTICE
09.25 FIM TRACK INSPECTION
09.45-10.30 W SUPERSPORT FREE PRACTICE
10.45-11.30 WSBK QUALIFYING PRACTICE
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12.25-12.50 PIT WALK PIT WALK
13.00-13.45 W SUPERSPORT QUALIFYING PRACTICE
14.00-14.45 WSBK FREE PRACTICE
15.00-15.12 WSBK SUPERPOLE (1)
15.19-15.31 WSBK SUPERPOLE (2)
15.38-15.50 WSBK SUPERPOLE (3)
16.15-16.45 GTU RACE

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09.20-09.40 WSBK WARM UP
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12.00 WSBK RACE 1 (21 LAPS KM. 103.047)
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15.30 WSBK RACE 2 (21 LAPS KM. 103.047)
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World Superbike heads for Salt Lake

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 18:07

The Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship heads for the USA this weekend for the seventh round, which takes place close to Salt Lake City in the state of Utah. The venue is the Miller Motorsports Park, about half an hour away from the state capital, on the Interstate highway road that leads to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. The circuit, inaugurated just a few years ago in 2006, welcomes the Superbike teams and riders for the second time, and on this occasion they will be accompanied by their World Supersport colleagues, who get the chance to race on what is considered to be the best circuit in North America.


The track is unusual in that it can be used by cars, bikes and karts and has various configurations. This weekend's races will be held on the 4.907 km version, with a total of 15 curves. The circuit itself is rather flat but has several key areas where rider ability comes into play. Last year's races were totally dominated by Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who set pole position, new fastest lap and a double win.


DUCATI TAKE CONTROL - The races at Kyalami two weeks ago highlighted in no uncertain way the fact that Ducati Xerox men and machines are currently the ones to beat. Thanks to a double win in South Africa, Noriyuki Haga stretched his lead at the top of the points table, and his closest rival can now be found on the other side of the pit garage, in Michel Fabrizio, who moved into second place. The Japanese rider goes to Miller above all to wipe out the bad memories of his race last year, when he broke his right collarbone in practice. This accident didn't prevent him from racing however and it was only sheer determination that took him to sixth in the second race after crashing out of the first. After two DNFs for Troy Bayliss, the best Ducati rider was in fact Fabrizio, who stepped onto the podium twice. The young Italian from Rome will be aiming to put one over his Japanese team-mate this weekend in the hope of keeping his title chances very much alive.


SPIES FAVORITE - The two Ducati men however will not have things their own way at Miller, especially because the Utah circuit looks to be particularly favourable to the four-cylinder machines. It is also the home track for Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike), who will not only be aiming to make amends for his DNF at Kyalami, but also to beat off the foreign invasion on home ground. Last year the Texan dominated the AMA championship race from his friend Jamie Hacking, who will be taking the place of the still convalescent Makoto Tamada in the Kawasaki team, and who is also an expert at this track. Spies can rightly be considered as the man to beat, and hopefully his weekend will be free of the technical problems that have hampered his title ambitions. And still on the subject of American riders, John Hopkins (Stiggy Racing Honda) is not yet ready for battle and his place will once again be taken by Jake Zemke.


HONDA AND SUZUKI - In the wake of their domination in 2008, Honda will be looking for a similar result this time around. The form of Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing) confirms the British rider as one of the revelations of the season, and then the podium in South Africa of young British talent Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate), the first in his career, have taken the Japanese manufacturer back amongst the front-runners. For the moment Carlos Checa is missing from the top slots, but the Spanish rider aims to capitalize on his good form in South Africa to kick-start his championship on a track where he triumphed last year. Currently without their star rider and leader Max Neukirchner, runner-up in race 2 in 2008, Suzuki Alstare put their faith in Fonsi Nieto once again following his return to SBK in South Africa. The Spanish rider knows Miller and now he has got to grips with the 2009 machine, he will be looking for a top 10 placement, just like his team-mate Yukio Kagayama.


APRILIA AND BMW - The US track will be totally new for Aprilia and BMW, but both Max Biaggi and Troy Corser, back in action at Miller, as well as Ruben Xaus know the track well so this could help the Italian and German machines get quickly up to speed. In South Africa the four-cylinder Italian bike had a few problems but picked up an overall positive result, with Shinya Nakano finally competitive. The intention is to get closer to the top teams and riders, and Biaggi could spring a surprise or two. As for BMW, they want to turn over a new leaf after a double zero result in South Africa, and surely the return of Corser to the team will help redress morale in this so far difficult rookie season for the German squad.


LANZI RETURNS - After failing to obtain a permanent ride for this season, Miller will also see a return to action for Lorenzo Lanzi. The Italian will replace Regis Laconi, who was seriously injured at Kyalami. Lanzi will race the DFX Ducati left free for the time being by the French rider, the right machine to launch his ambitions in a championship in which he is a three-times race winner.


SUPERSPORT - Supersport appears on the Miller event schedule for the first time, and therefore everyone will start on equal footing, except for Kenan Sofuoglu who took part in last year's Superbike race. The two riders most in form are points leader Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) and Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda), winners respectively of two and three races. They are the favourites for Miller but all eyes will also be on the two champions in the championship-winning Ten Kate Honda team, Andrew Pitt and Kenan Sofuoglu, who won't be abdicating their titles easily. Possible outsiders include Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda), Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport), Spain's Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Provec) and Triumph riders Garry McCoy and Gianluca Nannelli. Meanwhile the Supersport race will see, for the first time ever, two women entered for a round of the world championship; American Melissa Paris (Yamaha) and Canada's Marie-José Boucher.
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Good luck to Ben, hope he takes the double win.


At least take superpole which would be a record.

7 in a row!
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And the new RSV 4 will be introduced to the US market during this weekend as well.

The AF1 guys (the whole shop) are taking the week off to be at the track helping out Aprilia USA with the introduction.
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Id like to see haga brake in both races, and spies take 2 wins


I don't like to wish bad on anyone, but .... does MMP have any large, easily spooked, anti-ducati-rider birds this time of year?
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I don't like to wish bad on anyone, but .... does MMP have any large, easily spooked, anti-ducati-rider birds this time of year?
Well, look who surfaces to the Racer's Lounge again!


Oh yeah, +1
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John Hopkins will not be ready to make his World Superbike return at his home Miller Motorsports Park event this weekend, prompting the call-up of fellow American Jake Zemke.

Former MotoGP star Hopkins dislocated his left hip and fractured his femur in the opening minutes of his second WSBK weekend at Assen on April 24. Zemke was subsequently hired by Stiggy Honda to replace Hopkins at Monza, where the reigning AMA Formula Extreme champion finished 18th and 20th.

Stiggy chose to run only Leon Haslam at the recent Kyalami round, but - with Hopkins missing his target of being fit for his home round - 33-year-old Zemke will be back on the second bike at Miller.

“I am definitely excited to be back on the Stiggy Honda at Miller Motorsports Park,” said Zemke. “I was real disappointed with our results at Monza; I know that the team and myself are capable of much more than what we showed. Now with a better understanding of the team and also the Pirelli tyres, we will be looking at fighting inside the top ten.”

The American fans will have three home riders to support this weekend; Zemke, Jamie Hacking (replacing Makoto Tamada at PBM Kawasaki) and five-time 2009 WSBK race winner Ben Spies (Yamaha).

Zemke finished third, behind Spies and Yoshimura Suzuki team-mate Mat Mladin, in the 2007 AMA Superbike Championship.

Hopkins also missed his home Laguna Seca round of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship through injury, but was at least able to ride on American soil in the Indianapolis Grand Prix later in that season.

Hopkins will now have three more weeks to recover before the Misano round of the 2009 WSBK championship takes place on June 21.
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Intresting to see if Checa does as well here as he did last year, somehow I doubt it!!
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At least take superpole which would be a record.

7 in a row!
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GO DUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although Super bayliss did pretty bad last year i am hoping that Haga or Fab do good here.
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I will be at Miller this weekend !
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GO DUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although Super bayliss did pretty bad last year i am hoping that Haga or Fab do good here.
I want to reach through the screen and choke you, you blasphemous bad man dont you know its Big Bens weekend! we need Haga to dnf twice and Ben to win twice!
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I want to reach through the screen and choke you, you blasphemous bad man dont you know its Big Bens weekend! we need Haga to dnf twice and Ben to win twice!
ok, just for the sake of the sport and make the WC better lets hope for that
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I don't like to wish bad on anyone, but .... does MMP have any large, easily spooked, anti-ducati-rider birds this time of year?
evil laugh5

I say we use bald eagles on his .
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