MotoAmerica Returns to Utah

MotoAmerica Heads to Utah
Yamaha’s Josh Hayes

The great state of Utah will be host to MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series in 2016. Round seven of the nine-round MotoAmerica series is set for the newly re-branded Utah Motorsports Campus, formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park.

Beginning on Thursday, June 23, and concluding on Saturday, June 25, two featured MotoAmerica Superbike races will take place. Friday and Saturday will also feature the MotoAmerica Supersport, Superstock 600 and KTM RC Cup Classes. Superstock 1000 will race within the Superbike class both of which are schedule for Saturday, June 25.

“The circuit itself is one of the premier venues in the United States and the plans currently underway look to enhance that further,” said MotoAmerica partner Chuck Aksland. “The nature of the track can produce some great racing and it’s a favorite track among the riders and teams. It’s a real challenge with the variety of corners and high speeds obtained down the straight. We think racing on Saturday will be a good change and we plan on giving race fans three solid days of quality on-track action. Salt Lake City and its surrounding area is a true destination spot and we are confident that this event will continue to grow year by year.”

Josh Hayes, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha rider won both Superbike races in Utah in 2015 after two intense battles with teammate and 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion, Cameron Beaubier. Rounding out the rest of the podium was Yoshimura Suzuki’s Rodger Hayden, finishing third in both of the June races.

“We are delighted that Utah Motorsports Campus will be part of the 2016 MotoAmerica championship,” said Alan Wilson, president of Utah Motorsport Campus. “Our track has historically been very popular among motorcycle racers, providing many memorably competitive events. We look forward to more of the same in 2016.”

Geely, the largest independent automotive manufacturer in China, recently came to an agreement with Tooele County in Utah to purchase Miller Motorsports Park and have subsequently re-dubbed it the Utah Motorsports Campus. Located on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, the track has hosted both MotoAmerica and World Superbike racing since its opening in 2006.

As always, we are very excited to hear news of more motorcycle racing on Ultimate MotorCycling’s home soil.