The World Superbike circus arrives in America this week for the U.S. round of the World Championship series. Miller Motorsports Park, just outside Salt Lake City, is hosting the seventh round, which marks the midway point of the series.
Coming into Miller, British rider Leon Haslam (Suzuki) has seen his championship points lead (222 points) dwindled slightly by the hard-charging Italian Max Biaggi (207) riding the V-4 Aprilia.
Currently third in the standings is another Brit, the always fast Jonathan Rea, aboard the Honda (with 141 points).
Ducati, suffering some inexplicably pour results from their factory squad of Noriyuki Haga (Japan) and Michel Fabrizio (the Bologna Bullet) has found salvation in privateer Spaniard Carlos Checa, who is tied for third in points with Rea.
Add in the resurgent James Toseland on the Yamaha (125 points), and another Ducati (Haga), before we get to the BMW of Troy Corser and that represents six of the seven manufacturers entered in the series filling out the top seven spots. The first Kawasaki, under the piloting of Tom Sykes (another Brit) is down in 15th.
Speaking of Kawasaki, lone American in the series and WSBK rookie, Roger Lee Hayden (currently 22nd) will finally be riding at a track he’s familiar with. Hopes are high the young Hayden will be able to put in a good finish on home soil.
The schedule for the Miller round has been altered to accommodate the race taking place on Monday, Memorial Day, in honor of our troops overseas and to commemorate U.S. men and women who have died while in military service.
Speed TV will air full coverage of the Miller round of WSBK same day (Monday, May 31st) with race 1 airing at 5:00ET/2:00PM PT and race 2 airing right after at 6:00PM ET/3:00PM PT.