AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Preview - Miller Motorsports Park
NEWS July 31, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
TOOELE, Utah (July 31, 2013) - This weekend's AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport doubleheader at Miller Motorsports Park should be another exciting affair. Coming off a terrific three-way fight for the win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca two weeks ago, the series for up-and-coming racers and fast club aces has built momentum all season long with five different winners in 2013. The wide-open circuit in Tooele, Utah should make for a close weekend of competition.
Joe Roberts (No. 2 California Superbike School Roadracingworld.com Honda CBR600RR) returns for another AMA Pro event in Utah. The 16-year old has been perfect in his three races, but it wasn't easy in California. Roberts was able to get his third straight win to start his AMA Pro career but it took a last-lap pass to get it done. Roberts was able to earn a gap at Barber Motorsports Park in his debut AMA Pro event, but the contest at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca showed his rivals were ready for him this time out. Unlike Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Roberts has ridden at Miller Motorsports Park before.
For Roberts, a Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup participant, the Miller round will be the last time he gets to race with AMA Pro this season. He has a chance to continue his unprecedented GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing debut streak and build momentum towards the next step in what will surely be a long and illustrious career.
West points leader Tomas Puerta (No. 12 Roadrace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) was the rider who came up just short in challenging Roberts for the win at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Puerta made a move in the last corner and showed aggression on the last lap, but came up just 0.177 short of the win. Still, it was a big weekend for Puerta who pulled further away in the points. He now leads by 45 and is in fine shape to take his first AMA Pro title with two events to go.
Puerta is a veteran of the series and the Colombian has often shown flashes of brilliance since the class began in 2009, but this season has seen a steep rise in his competitiveness. Even when he hasn't been the victor, he's been a factor at the front in every race. In the West contests, Puerta has finished fifth or better in every race, with three podiums in five finals. Add in a win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and two podiums at Barber Motorsports Park and it makes for a fine season for the Colombian. Puerta could the clinch the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Championship this weekend should everything fall his way.
His counterpart Corey Alexander (No. 5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) leads the East division. Alexander was in fine form at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, fighting for the win with Roberts and Puerta and finishing just 0.294 short of the win. Alexander has bounced back from some struggles after his blockbuster Road America double victory. His five podium results are proof that he has improved dramatically in 2013 and it appears he's fast and focused. Alexander also has a win in Utah to his credit, having won in 2011.
Alexander is also at the top of the Roadracing World Young Gun of the Year Award standings with 191 points over Stefano Mesa's 168 tallies. The newly-named award will provide a $2,500 cash bonus to the top young, rising star in GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing. To be eligible for the award, riders must have been no older than 18 at the start of the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. The award will go to the eligible rider with the most overall points in either the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport or GoPro Daytona SportBike classes and a check will be presented during the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Awards Banquet.
Hayden Gillim (No. 69 Team 95 Yamaha YZF-R6) also has a win at Miller Motorsports Park, and he's one of the men challenging Alexander for the East points lead. The Kentuckian found his form of late. Gillim won his last race at Mid-Ohio and finished second twice before that, setting up a showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park with Alexander and Mesa. Last year, Gillim showed fantastic form in his runaway win in Utah and this weekend will provide him with another shot at young hotshot Roberts.
Stefano Mesa (No. 37 Motosport.com RSRacecraft Yamaha YZF-R6) has a chance at the title but the fast Colombian needs to reverse a few trends of late. After winning at the season opener in Daytona, Mesa has not only been shut out of the win column, he hasn't made his normal runs at the front in the last few races. Since this weekend won't count for him in the points, it's a good one to fine-tune his game for New Jersey and really go for it.
Miles Thornton (No. 72 CTR Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) is a rider who has that momentum. Thornton won pole at Mid-Ohio and followed up a front row start and two fifth-place results at Barber Motorsport Park, with twin third places at Mid-Ohio. Thornton is yet to win in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport but looks to be getting closer with each race.
Jeffrey Tigert (No. 91 Baby Appleseed CM Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6) is second in West points and the veteran has notched a strong campaign in 2013. After problems in Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway, Tigert has finished in the top five in each West round since.
Some other young riders will be in action in Utah, including Conner Blevins (No. 33 Akax Kawasaki ZX-6R), Wyatt Farris (No. 9 Meen Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6), CJ Weaver (No. 13 BP Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), and Ryan Matter (No. 122 Gearzy Yamaha YZF-R6).
In total, 42 riders have pre-entered for the event and it is shaping up to be another good one. With five different winners in 2012, what happens next is anyone's guess.
The AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport races from Miller Motorsports Park will be streamed live on AMA Pro Live at http://www.amaprolive.com.
For tickets to this weekend's event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, please visit http://www.millermotorsportspark.com/events/ama-pro-road-racing-race.html.
Live Streaming on AMA Pro Live
Live streaming of both of this weekend's AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport races from Miller Motorsports Park will be available on AMA Pro Live. AMA Pro Live puts fans in the director's chair, allowing them to choose from a variety of viewpoints including track cameras, paddock cameras and a press conference channel.
Located at http://www.amaprolive.com/, AMA Pro Live provides fans with multiple channels of behind-the-scenes video feeds and, for select sessions each weekend, a fully produced, high definition live video stream is also available for fans to enjoy. Thanks to support from Gearzy, the fully produced, high definition feeds for a number of Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport races will be streamed live for fans to watch at no cost in 2013.
Live streaming will begin with coverage of the weekend's practice and qualifying sessions on Friday, August 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Coverage of Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race 1 will begin on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT, with Race 2 scheduled to conclude the weekend's racing activities on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT. Log on and tune in at http://www.amaprolive.com/.
Television Broadcasts on CBS Sports Network
Leading into coverage of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Round 6 at Miller Motorsports Park, CBS Sports Network will broadcast the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike and AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike races from the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular in a primetime special on CBS Sports Network beginning Friday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
Following the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca broadcasts, a primetime airing of the weekend preview show for the Miller Motorsports Park event will begin on Friday, August 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.
This weekend's racing coverage will include three hours of LIVE broadcasts from Utah. AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 will air LIVE on Saturday, August 3 at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT and will be followed by a same-day delayed broadcast of AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 slotted for 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.
Sunday's coverage will include a two-hour block of LIVE coverage, beginning with GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 on Sunday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 noon PT followed by National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.
For an up-to-date list of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing broadcasts scheduled on CBS Sports Network, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/events/tvlistings.cfm?year=2013. To locate CBS Sports Network on your cable or satellite provider, please visit the Channel Finder at http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder.
Fully produced, high definition broadcasts of this weekend's races from Miller Motorsports Park will be available to audiences outside of the United States and Canada through AMA Pro Live, AMA Pro Racing's live streaming video website. At the low introductory cost of $0.99 USD per race, international fans can follow along with their favorite GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing stars this weekend by logging on at http://www.amaprolive.com/rr/.
The international pay-per-view channel will be available for the following races:
• GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 (Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m. ET)
• National Guard SuperBike Race 1 (Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET)
• GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 (Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET)
• National Guard SuperBike Race 2 (Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET)
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About GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing:
GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The 2013 schedule consists of nine rounds of competition on the country's finest road courses. The Series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.