This year’s visit to Utah by the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship will be the biggest and best yet, officials from Miller Motorsports Park announced in a press conference today.
The event, which will take place over Memorial Day Weekend, will include a major classic-rock concert, a downtown street party at The Gateway outdoor mall, a stirring tribute to America’s military and a number of additional new features.
Like last year, the Memorial Day Weekend activities will begin on Friday, May 28th on the steps of the State Capitol and will feature team riders, sponsors, and track and elected officials. It is anticipated that Governor Gary Herbert will be in attendance and officially commence the festival weekend. The racers, on their race bikes, will then lead a parade of motorcycles, in which the motorcycle-riding public is invited to participate, to The Gateway, which will be closed to all but motorcycle traffic. The Gateway will be the site of a street party that will include live music, autograph sessions and stunt bike demonstrations to celebrate the weekend. Each brand of motorcycle will have its own reserved parking area.
Racing action will begin on Saturday, May 29, capped by a classic-rock concert at the track featuring Foreigner, Styx and Kansas (and a possible surprise addition to be named later), with fireworks at its conclusion. Racing will continue on Sunday and Monday, with the feature races for the Superbike World Championship and Supersport World Championship on Monday. The support races will be the second annual Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge, with events for both the GTU and GTO classes.
Our nation’s military will be honored with a 2,010-flag Tribute Field in the track’s infield throughout the weekend. Other highlights will include demonstrations by the Lucas Oil Stunt Plane, stunt bike exhibitions, manufacturer displays and parking corrals, military flyovers and an expanded Vendor Village.
Single-day tickets are now on sale for the event. All tickets will include paddock access, and single-day Saturday tickets will include admission to the concert. Three-day discount ticket packages are available for Grandstand and General Admission guests. There will be expanded camping and RV opportunities this year at the Deseret Peak Recreational Complex next door to the track, and the complex’s outstanding aquatic center will be open for guests’ enjoyment.
John Larson Speaks…
"We are very excited about this year’s event," said John Larson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. "We have added a significant amount of entertainment to complement the outstanding racing provided by the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship. This will be the biggest international sporting event in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the beginning of a Memorial Day weekend tradition for families throughout Utah and the United States to enjoy."
Paolo Ciabatti Speaks…
"The 2010 event at Miller Motorsports Park promises to be the most exciting U.S. round ever in the history of World Superbike," said Paolo Ciabatti, Director of the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship. "Our championship will be returning to Utah this year with 26 permanent riders in the top class and 20 riders in World Supersport and with two young American stars: Roger Lee Hayden, riding a Kawasaki in World Superbike, and Jason DiSalvo riding for the factory Triumph team in World Supersport. We are extremely pleased to see all the thrilling activities that have been put together and are sure that fans from all over the country will come to Miller Motorsports Park in huge numbers to enjoy a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!"