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It's Miller Time!
yes, we thought we'd get that sad pun out of the way ...
by dean adams

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The backdrop of the Miller Motorsports Park is beautiful mountains.
nelson & riles, snapping shutters and breaking hearts since '76
"Miller Motorsports Park is the best racetrack in America. Already." -- Neil Hodgson.

The US Superbike series hits Utah this weekend for the first-ever Superbike race in a state well known for its Salt Lake, Salt Flats and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormons.

The Miller Motorsports racetrack is new-brand new-and construction crews were still working on the facility earlier this week and will probably be working through the weekend to tie up last minute foibles. While all of the US Superbike teams have tested at Miller Motorsports Park, they're still trying to come on pipe in getting to terms with the place. The track is wide, fast and expansive and as the aforementioned Hodgson quote reveals, most of the riders are already spewing superlatives about the place.

If the AMA hasn't already bestowed track designer and Miller GM, Alan Wilson, with every award they can possibly think of, they better get on it.
The fact that there is no race history at Miller and that the surface is still—to a degree—curing, means that there will be a bit of an unknown in machine set ups and tire selections. Does this mean that the Suzuki juggernaut of 2006 will end and another make will win races, or at least a non-Suzuki or Honda will be on the podium? Ducati's Ben Bostrom was fastest at the semi-recent Miller test, and perhaps just as intriguing, Tommy Hayden's Kawasaki was fast as well (this before Tom's well publicized Mid-Ohio get-off).

One thing is for sure. If the AMA hasn't already bestowed track designer and Miller GM, Alan Wilson, with every award they can possibly think of, they better get on it. Because in a current racing climate where some say 80% of all sponsor dollars go to one series-NASCAR-Wilson is the best friend AMA Superbike racing could hope for, dream for, pine for. His work at Barber, while not perfect, gives the series a showplace that makes it on par with any open-wheel series, and now his Miller Motorsports Park work gives the series, which 11 years ago featured a race across the road from a gigantic, reeking, smelly landfill, an amazing facility to race our Superbikes.

The Soup crew will be repelling rappelling into Utah later today. As for the GP, Hirst was just dragged to a pub in downtown London by a bunch of women for free beer and all the yelling you can stand about some kickball game, or something. He swears he'll have GP data on the site moments after tomorrow's sessions end. Lets see how he does, eh?

ENDS

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