Utah: Team YZF Yamaha preview

After the French GP podium With the superb results of the Yamahas at Le Mans in the MotoGP class (1st Valentino Rossi, 2nd Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd Colin Edwards), there is great confidence. Shinichi Nakatomi and the Superbike World ...

After the French GP podium

With the superb results of the Yamahas at Le Mans in the MotoGP class (1st Valentino Rossi, 2nd Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd Colin Edwards), there is great confidence. Shinichi Nakatomi and the Superbike World Championship riders are in Tooele, near Salt Lake City (Utah / USA), to discover the Miller Motorsports Park where none of the WSBK riders ever raced before.

The World Superbikes and the AMA Superbikes will not use the same track. "The WSBK bikes will use the 3.048-mile Outer Course this weekend. The AMA Superbikes will use the 4.5-mile Full Course (they have used the Outer Course in previous years)" says John Gardner, Media Manager, Miller Motorsports Park. Interestingly enough, the WSBK races this year will have exactly the same length as the AMA races last year: 2 times 21 laps (2 x 103 km). So even if they have never been here, the World Superbike teams can obviously ask for some help about the settings from their American colleagues. There were AMA national races here in 2006 and 2007.

Martial Garcia (team manager): "The main problem for this race is that nobody knows the track, including Shinichi Nakatomi and all the riders. We have done the best possible job on our Yamaha R1, there is a very long straight and the top speed will be important. We scored points in 7 of the 8 last races, which proves that our motorcycle is reliable."

Miller Motorsports Park: the track

The road course used for the World Superbikes is the "Outer course" which is 3.048 miles (4.876 kilometres) long. It is very wide, from 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 metres). The main straight is 3500 feet long (1.050 km) and 50 feet wide. An interesting corner is the final turn, a 50-foot-wide, nine-degree banked sweeper that leads onto the main straight. The heaviest-braking and slowest corner on the track, turn W5 also called "Black Rock Hairpin", has a 45-foot-wide entrance that encourages overtaking. While the track is basically flat, Miller Motorsports Park's design incorporates several significant elevation changes in order to add character, challenge and unparalleled sightlines for spectators.

Who is Larry H. Miller?

Lawrence Horne "Larry H." Miller (born April 26, 1944) is the owner of the Miller Motorsports Park. He started his business in 1979 with a single Toyota dealership. Throughout the 1980's and early 1990's, he acquired a number of automobile dealerships, creating the Larry H. Miller Automotive Group. In 2007, Selling Power listed him as the tenth largest U.S. automotive dealer, with forty-two dealerships and sales of $2,327,000,000. His 7,000 employees are selling cars made by Jeep, Buick, Honda, Hyundai, Dodge, Subaru, Cadillac, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Ford, Pontiac, Toyota, Chevrolet, Kia, Volkswagen, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Lincoln, Mercury and Mazda. Larry H Miller is also the owner of the Utah Jazz (basketball) and Salt Lake Bees (baseball).

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , Jorge Lorenzo , Shinichi Nakatomi