World Superbike kicks off at State Capitol
Eight riders from the Superbike World Championship (Ben Spies, Noriyuki Haga, Max Biaggi, Yukio Kagayama, Carlos Checa, Jamie Hacking, Troy Corser and Jake Zemke) and their race bikes appeared at a press conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City late in the afternoon for an official welcome from Lt. Governor Gary Herbert, Larry H. Miller Group CEO Greg Miller and HANNspree Superbike World Championship General Manager Paolo Ciabatti. Following the press conference, the racers mounted their race bikes to lead a parade of motorcycles from the State Capitol to the EnergySolutions Arena, the venue for the SBK Bike Bash.
Later the Arena was transformed into a motorcycle festival with a variety of entertainment taking place, including an exhibition by top freestyle motocross and BMX stars, a skateboarding demonstration, and exhibitions by BMW stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer and trials riding expert Geoff Aaron. Many of the top racers from the World Superbike and World Supersport championships were on hand to participate in an autograph session for the fans.
The evening’s attraction saw top rock band Hoobastank take the stage inside the Arena. The members of the band are huge motorcycle racing fans, and actually contacted Miller Motorsports Park to inquire about getting involved with this year’s event.
The HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship Utah USA Round gets underway Friday, May 29. Support series will include the Supersport World Championship race. Friday will include practice sessions, with additional practice, qualifying and Superpole on Saturday. Races for the Superbike World Championship (12.00 and 15.30) and Supersport World Championship are scheduled for Sunday.