BEN SPIES SETS THE PACE AT MMP Inaugural Superbike Race A Dramatic One Tooele County, Utah (June 17, 2002) -- Ben Spies can now lay claim to winning the first ever AMA Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park. It was a...
BEN SPIES SETS THE PACE AT MMP
Inaugural Superbike Race A Dramatic One
Tooele County, Utah (June 17, 2002) -- Ben Spies can now lay claim to winning the first ever AMA Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park. It was a storybook beginning as fans were greeted to one of the most exciting races of the year. After running a very calculated race Spies was able to hold off teammate and six-time series champion Mat Mladin.
"It was an awesome race, said Spies. "I told Mat before we got on the podium that even if I had finished second, that would have still be the most fun race of the year. We had four guys up front and they were battling and swapping paint. It was a fun race and luckily we came out on top. It was the toughest race of the year. I think tomorrow is going to be the same thing."
Mladin finished second followed by Ben Bostrom. Jake Zemke, who took the early lead and seemed headed to winner's circle, finished in 8th after crashing on lap 18.
In other action at Miller Motorsports Park Honda rider Josh Hayes set the pace and won the Lockhart-Phillips USA Formula Xtreme event. Rounding out the top three were teammate Aaron Gobert and Eric Bostrom.
The action continues on Sunday, June 18 with the running of the Repsol Lubricants Superstock Race, Pro Honda Oils Supersport presented by Shooei Helmets Race and the second AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited Race. Spectator gates open at 7:30 a.m. with practice sessions beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the first race getting underway at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets for these events can be purchased on line at www.millermotorsportspark.com or at the Miller Motorsports ticket office.