It's wet in Utah. And to demonstrate exactly how wet, Scott Jones sent us a few photos illustrating the situation.
The second session of qualifying practice at Miller was run on a very wet track, leaving the order established during yesterday's dry qualifying session unchanged. But the wet weather did see a few different names near the top of the timesheet. Fastest man in the session was Aprilia's Leon Camier, who had been 2nd fastest in the dry. But in 2nd and 3rd came Effenbert Liberty's Jakub Smrz and BMW's Leon Haslam, both scoring better in the wet than in the dry. Fastest man in the dry, Carlos Checa, set the 4th fastest time of the session.
Press releases from the World Superbike teams after the first day of practice at Miller Motorsports Park:
Checa rules on first day of American action
Miller Motorsports Park (USA), Saturday 28 May 2011 - Carlos Checa continued his brilliant first day form on the Althea Racing Ducati machine at Miller Motorsports Park, the points leader and fastest rider in the first free session this morning blasting his way to a time of 1 minute 48.260 seconds and provisional pole.
Carlos Checa dominated the first session of qualifying for the World Superbikes at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, leading the session from his first lap out of the pits and never relinquishing top spot. The Althea Ducati rider ended the day nearly eight tenths ahead of the man in 2nd place, Leon Camier, who was in turn a quarter of a second ahead of his Alitalia Aprilia teammate, Max Biaggi.
The return of the 1000cc MotoGP bikes in 2012 is keenly awaited, and testing for the 2012 season is now well underway. Ducati has had two days of testing at Jerez back in April, while Casey Stoner put in two days on the Honda at Jerez earlier this month.
Three more press release previews from the World Superbike teams prior to this weekend's Miller Motorsports Park round, from Althea Ducati, Alstare Suzuki and Kawasaki. The Kawasaki release contains details of Chris Vermeulen's decision to withdraw from the Miller round of WSBK round, and allow more time for the elbow he damaged at Monza to heal. Here are the releases:
CARLOS CHECA (ALTHEA RACING) KEEN TO RETURN TO FAVOURITE TRACK MILLER FOR WORLD SBK ROUND 5
The next round of World Superbike racing is nearly upon us, with the WSBK field racing at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on Monday, May 30th. So here's the first round of previews issued by the teams in the run up to the event, including previews from BMW, Yamaha, Honda, the World Superbike press office and Miller Motorsports Park itself:
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Salt Lake City - Preview
28 – 30 May 2011
05 of 13 race weekends
With the names of the teams admitted to the next stage of the entry process for the 2012 MotoGP season, attention is turning to who will be supplying the future teams with bikes. It is an open secret that Norton have submitted a request for two grid slots for next season, entering as a factory team - therefore limited to 9 engines for a season and 21 liters of fuel. But the more interesting prospect is who will be riding what as a CRT team, with a range of possibilities open.
Marco Simoncelli is probably the most exciting rider in MotoGP at the moment. Obviously, his physical presence - tall, lanky, with an enormous and tangled bush of hair atop his head - helps him stand out from the crowd, but it is his riding which has endeared him to the fans. The boy is fast, utterly fearless and willing to fight for every inch of the track. Simoncelli stands aside for no man, which means that at any time, at any track, he can pull the most astonishing moves to try and either defend his position or snatch a place from out of the blue. The fans love it.