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Toseland and Crutchlow get set for Salt Lake City Miller Motorsports Circuit Yamaha Sterilgarda riders Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland are gearing up for the U.S round of the World Superbike Championship this coming Monday at the Miller ...

Toseland and Crutchlow get set for Salt Lake City

Miller Motorsports Circuit Yamaha Sterilgarda riders Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland are gearing up for the U.S round of the World Superbike Championship this coming Monday at the Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City. Last year the team saw a double victory here at the hands of rider Ben Spies, success they will be looking to repeat in 2010 with British riders Crutchlow and Toseland.

The Salt Lake City round is the seventh of the 2010 Championship, with six rounds now remaining before the finale in Magny Cours in October. Toseland heads into this weekend in fifth place in the championship on 125 points, 16 points behind Carlos Checa in fourth. Team mate Crutchlow sits in ninth with 86 points, nine points behind Michele Fabrizio in eighth.

"I'm really looking forward to Salt Lake City," said James Toseland. "It's a brand new track for me. I got to drive a couple of laps in one of the Miller Racing School's Mustang's this week which has given me an idea of the track layout, but there's nothing like actually riding it on a bike to understand it. I've always enjoyed coming to American tracks to race, I love Laguna Seca and Indianapolis so I'm looking forward to the challenge of learning this one and getting up to speed as quickly as possible. I hope we don't have the grip level problems as we did in Kyalami."

"It's great to be back here again," said Cal Crutchlow. "I loved racing here last year on the Supersport bike; it's a great track so I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into it on the R1. I know the bike works well here, so I'm confident we can get up there and fight to be at the front to finish the weekend on the podium."

Miller technically speaking according to Frankie Carchedi, James Toseland's Crew Chief

"Kyalami proved to be a tough weekend for the team, but James gained some valuable points towards the championship. Miller is a new track for James, so the key will be for him to do as many laps as possible in the first few sessions and learn the track. The second day we will work hard on the setting so that James can again fight for the top three places. Miller racetrack is very different to Kyalami and has hardly any change of elevations. We will work hard on making sure we can also maintain good grip levels for the whole race, as this is a key factor for us. We have some good data from last year and we will use this to our advantage to work towards an optimum set up as quickly as possible."

Miller technically speaking according to Marcus Eschenbacher, Cal Crutchlow's Crew Chief

"The circuit has two or three different characters, and at least two different tarmac surfaces to deal with. You have the fast flowing part and then the last part which is more twisty with a different tarmac surface so we have to see what the grip situation is and what our level of traction is. We will start with one bike on our base set up and the second bike we will try something new. We want to have more dynamic transfer on the bike so we will adjust the bike to achieve this which will hopefully give us more traction without compromising steering. We will also try a new clutch to see if we can improve on our starts."

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager

"Miller Motorsports circuit seems to be one of the good circuits for us, last year we ran very well here with no problems so we're preparing for the weekend with confidence and determination, we believe we can achieve good results. After South Africa we haven't worked on our bikes as they came directly from Kyalami to here but we are ready with a good base set up to begin on Saturday with the first session."

The Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team riders will be looking to build on the current run of victories by both the R1 and the R6 in the USA national championships. Team Graves Yamaha R1 rider Josh Hayes took double AMA Superbike wins in California two weeks ago, with fellow Yamaha Pat Clark Motorsports R1 rider Ben Bostrom taking two second places behind him to make it a double Yamaha one-two on the podium. The R6 was also dominating the AMA weekend, with podiums by Tommy Aquino, Josh Herrin and Dane Westby. In AMA ProSupersport, the Saturday saw five of the top six places taken by the R6 whilst Sunday saw it take the chequered flag.

*Please note that this Weekend's World Superbike races at Salt Lake City will take place on the Monday, not the Sunday. First qualifying sessions will be Saturday and second qualifying and Superpole on Sunday.

-source: yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Carlos Checa , James Toseland , Ben Spies , Cal Crutchlow , Dane Westby , Tommy Aquino , Ben Bostrom , Josh Hayes