AMA Pro Racing
The AMA boys (and girls) will be back on track May 2 and 3 for the official test at Miller Motorsports Park. The teams have had a chance to collect themselves following Daytona and now get ready to get the season into high gear.
Miller Motorsports Park, located in Toole, Utah (a 30-minute drive west of downtown Salt Lake City) is earning kudos as an exceptional facility (hence Miller having earned the only US round of World Superbike).
The majority of teams will take part in the two-day test, using the track time to fine-tune in prep for the 2nd round of the series, which takes place at Infineon Raceway (Sonoma, Calif.) May 13 through 15, before returning to Miller for the third round, which takes place alongside WSBK for what is billed as MMP’s BigM Weekend, May 28 through the 30.
The Miller test is open to fans and provides a more relaxed atmosphere than race weekends, and access to the superstars of the series.
Fourteen AMA Superbike riders are registered for the test including reigning Superbike Champion Josh Hayes on his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, and the current points leader, Blake Young, on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki.
Blake will be joined by teammate Tommy Hayden. 2010 Daytona Sportbike Champion, Martin Cardenas, aboard the Team M4 Suzuki, will be testing the Superbike-a new class for him-along with teammate Chris Ulrich.
Michael Jordan Motorsports’ Ben Bostrom and National Guard rider Roger Hayden will be in attendance. BMW will have three riders present; most notably Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, with Iron Horse BMW fielding Chris Perris and Tony Kasper, all aboard the S1000R.
In the Daytona Sportbike field twenty-two riders are registered for the Miller test, including Jason DiSalvo (Daytona 200 winner) on his Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati. Yamaha will be well represented with a total of eight R6s scheduled for the test, with Josh Herrin on the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, Tommy Aquino, on the Y.E.S./Pat Clark/Graves Yamaha, and Melissa Paris on the HT Moto Yamaha. Also, P.J. Jacobson (Celtic Racing), and Jake Holden (DNA Roberson Motorsports), are slated to attend.
Suzuki will have a solid presence with Danny Eslick (Richie Morris Racing/Geico Powersports), M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby and Santiago Villa, and Vesrah Suzuki’s Taylor Knapp and Corey West. One of the other ladies in the group, SuzukiScoop’s Elena Myers, will be sitting out the test having broken her arm in a Supermoto fall last week. Eight of the riders competing in the popular AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series will be testing at Miller, preparing for the big twins’ first ever appearance at the Miller circuit.
The Miller test runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with five morning sessions and seven afternoon sessions. Fans are welcome and admission is free.
For directions and information, visit millermotorsportspark.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223). For additional information about the BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, visit BigMweekend.com.
For information or tickets to AMA Pro Road Racing’s upcoming Round 2, May 13-15 at Infineon Raceway, visit infineonraceway.com.