Utah: Team YZF Yamaha weekend summary

DIFFICULT SUNDAY FOR NAKATOMI The Miller Motorsports Park race, the first one in the United States since 2004 for the Superbike World Championship, will not be unforgettable memories for the Japanese rider. Sixteenth in the first race, he...

DIFFICULT SUNDAY FOR NAKATOMI

The Miller Motorsports Park race, the first one in the United States since 2004 for the Superbike World Championship, will not be unforgettable memories for the Japanese rider. Sixteenth in the first race, he retired in the second one because of a bad choice of tyre.

In front of 51,000 spectators, Spaniard Carlos Checa won superbly both races on his Ten Kate Honda. This is the first Superbike World Championship victory for the Catalan and the first this year for Honda. The championship leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) was very unfortunate in America as he could not score any points, crashing in race 1, and retiring in race 2 with a shifter problem. Bayliss had a 78 points lead on Checa when he arrived in Salt Lake City, but left with only 28. Good races for his Ducati teammate Michel Fabrizio who climbed two times on the podium in 3rd position. German Max Neukirchner (Suzuki) was second and fourth.

Troy Corser (Yamaha) was a brilliant second in race 1, but had the bad luck to crash in race 2. Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) hurt his right collarbone on Saturday morning when he crashed, and he fell down again in race 1. Courageously, he finished 6th in race 2.

Team-manager Martial Garcia: "To finish 16th at 34 seconds of the winner is not very good. The motorcycle had some difficulties entering the curves. The rear tyre did not last very well, like it happened to several riders. It is too bad because Nakatomi was 13th for a while. In race 2, he was the only rider to chose an A tyre, the softest compound available. Obviously, this was not a good choice."

7th round of the Superbike World Championship: June 15th at the Nurburgring (Germany)

-credit: yzf yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , Troy Corser , Michel Fabrizio , Max Neukirchner