Press releases from the World Superbike teams, organizer and track after qualifying on Sunday at Miller Motorsports Park:
Smrz scores his first pole of the season
Carlos Checa is good around Miller Motorsports Park. It suits his style and it suits his bike. Going into Superpole, he was a firm favourite to be on the front row, along with top qualifiers Jakub Smrz and Tom Sykes. With the morning qualifying starting off cold and damp and the afternoon practice being just as cold, if not as damp, it would be safe to assume that the faster riders in those sessions would do equally as well in Superpole.
A dry Superpole gave us three sessions.
In Superpole 3, a last minute dash by Jakub Smrz skating on used tyres put him on top with an astounding pole position nobody was expecting yet Carlos Checa's front row start still puts him as a firm favourite for the win. Laverty didn't record a time in the third session as his bike failed on his out lap.
Carlos Checa set the fastest lap of the weekend before crashing out while Jakub Smrz, out on a fast lap, also crashes before managing to top Checa. Jonathan Rea sets consistent quick laps early on, showing good race pace and Marco Melandri, the fastest bike in a straight line this weekend, also goes well, followed by Sylvain Guintoli.
This session started slowly, with a damp, patchy track. Riders were able to post fast times in the first sector, but the conditions meant the remaining sectors slowed them down to longer times than yesterday. Only towards the end of the session did riders start to put in faster laps than in the first timed session.
Press releases from the World Superbike teams, Infront and Miller Motorsports Park after the first day of practice in Utah:
Smrz Fastest in World Superbike Qualifying Practice
Hayes Tops AMA SuperBike, ‘Quest for 200’ Continues
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 26, 2012) — Jakub Smrz of the Czech Republic, riding the No. 96 Ducati 1098R for Liberty Racing Team Effenbert, recorded the fastest lap in Saturday’s qualifying practice for the FIM Superbike World Championship, the featured event of the BigM Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park.
Miller Motorsports Park in the US took the role of high altitude track off South Africa's Kyalami, providing racing against a backdrop of spectacular mountains with the thinner air sapping power off the bikes like no other track on the calendar.
The race is held on Monday, instead of the usual Sunday, to give the US fans three days of Memorial Day holiday weekend packed with AMA Pro and World Superbike races. The World Supersport championship doesn't race this weekend.
Jakub Smrz just edged out last year's double winner Carlos Checa out of provisional pole while Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi took the remaining spots on the provisional front row
It was a dry session, but with a headwind down the start/finish straight that sapped the bikes of their top speed and stability.
Brett McCormick, injured seriously in a crash at Assen, has recently been seen photographed with fans in Canada, wearing a neckbrace and standing tall. He is aiming to return to racing in August. The Effenbert Liberty Racing Team rider states that his thumb is healed and the pain in his broken neck has reduced enough for physiotherapy. The Canadian is tweeting regular updates on his Twitter feed.
In what continues to be a theme for 2012, another weekend's racing opens with wet weather. Jakub Smrz was consistently one of the faster men throughout the session and, on his last lap to the chequered flag, he was over two seconds faster than everyone else.
The first 30 minutes, most riders were lapping around 2'11 until the rain eased off a little, and at the end, everyone started putting in faster laps.
After the earlier press conference with Sylvain Guintoli, Miller Motorsports Park also organized a press conference with BMW Motorrad's Marco Melandri. Melandri faced questions on the difference between the V4s and BMW's inline 4, his adaptation to the BMW and that controversial incident in the final corner of race two at Donington Park. Below is the press release interview issued by Miller Motorsports Park with Melandri:
Miller Motorsports Park Presents: Five Questions with Marco Melandri
Press releases from the World Superbike teams ahead of this weekend's US round of WSBK at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah:
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Salt Lake City - Preview
The weather finally smiled on Ducati's testing efforts on Thursday, providing a full day of testing under excellent conditions. After parts of the first two days were lost to rain and a wet track, the sun shone all day Thursday, with the track being too hot, if anything. Though the post-test press release is as free of detailed information as ever, the positive vibe that came through in both the press release and in the responses from various sources at the test is evident.