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Bayliss Tops the Time Sheets in First Qualifying At Miller Motorsports Park TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH -- Two-time Superbike World Champion Troy Bayliss set the pace as the HANNspree Superbike World Championship riders got their first taste Miller ...

Bayliss Tops the Time Sheets in First Qualifying At Miller Motorsports Park

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH -- Two-time Superbike World Champion Troy Bayliss set the pace as the HANNspree Superbike World Championship riders got their first taste Miller Motorsports Park in the first practice and qualifying sessions for the StriVectin-SD USA Round on Friday.

Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team) was fastest in both HANNspree Superbike World Championship sessions on Friday. He lapped the 3.048-mile Outer Course in 1:49.394 on his No. 21 Xerox-sponsored Ducati 1098 F08 in the day's final session, edging the No. 11 Yamaha YZF-R1 of fellow Australian Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) by 0.242 sec. Spaniard Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was third-fastest on his No. 7 Honda CBR1000RR, a further 0.096 sec. in arrears. Ducati riders Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Racing by Grifo's) and Bayliss' teammate Michel Fabrizio completed the top five, followed by Team Suzuki Alstare teammate Fonsi Nieto and Yukio Kagayama, Ducati-mounted Ruben Xaus, Ayrton Badovini (Kawasaki) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha). The top 10 riders were separated by .0955 sec.

There will one more qualifying session for the HANNspree Superbike World Championship riders prior to the Superpole session, in which the top 10 riders will take to the track one at a time to determine the starting grid, at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

In AMA action today, Erion Honda Racing's Jake Zemke stamped his name in the record books as the Formula Xtreme Championship's winningest rider by leading today's race from start to finish,.

Breezing to his 16th victory in this class, Zemke topped teammate Josh Hayes, the defending series champion and 10-time class winner, by 2.678 seconds after nine laps around the 4.5-mile Full Course. Attack Kawasaki rider Steve Rapp filled out the podium.

With his fourth consecutive victory, Zemke leads the 11-race championship by 26 points over Rapp, with LeoVince Foremost Insurance Ducati Team rider Larry Pegram five points back and Hayes moving up to fourth, 47 points adrift of his teammate.

In the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, defending champion Ben Spies took the provisional pole with a 2:45.568 run, topping fellow Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Mat Mladin and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing rider Jamie Hacking. Final AMA Superbike qualifying will take place on Saturday at 9:30 am, with the first of two races taking the green flag at 12:45 pm.

Riding a two-race streak of pole positions and race wins in AMA Superstock Series presented by Dynojet competition, Corona Honda Racing's Jake Holden took another pole, fending off Michael Jordan Motorsports -- Suzuki rider and series points leader Aaron Yates with a 2:47.639-second lap. Yates' teammate Geoff May and M4 EMGO Suzuki's Blake Young fill the front row for tomorrow afternoon's race s scheduled for 1:55 pm.

Off the track, Miller Motorsports Park helped the Federation International De Motocyclisme (FIM), the international sporting body for motorcycle racing, celebrate World Environment Day with a ceremony at the facility's new Adminisrtation Building. Top riders Corser, Checa and Max Neukirchner joined officials from the FIM, FGSport (which owns and operates the HANNspree Superbike World Championship) and Miller Motorsports Park to plant six ash trees to commemorate the occasion.

The HANNspree Superbike World Championship StriVectin-SD USA Round and Honda Summit of Speed AMA Superbike Championship weekend is the biggest event ever staged at Miller Motorsports Park, and may well be the biggest international sporting event in the State of Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Superbike World Championship races will be broadcast live on 95 television networks to 173 countries and an estimated television audience of 120 million. Advance ticket sales have exceeded any other event in the track's history.

In addition to the on-track action, the weekend includes a myriad of off-track entertainment for fans including stunt bikes, freestyle motocross exhibitions, live bands, helicopter rides and sky diving.

-credit: millermotorsportspark.com

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Series AMA , World Superbike
Drivers Larry Pegram , Steve Rapp , Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Jamie Hacking , Geoff May , Aaron Yates , Noriyuki Haga , Ruben Xaus , Jake Zemke , Ben Spies , Fonsi Nieto , Yukio Kagayama , Jakub Smrz , Blake Young , Max Neukirchner , Jake Holden
Teams Ducati Team