Miller Motorsports Park, Utah, USA

2011 WSBK Miller Race 2 Results: Winner Takes Commanding Victory From The Start

Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park:

Carlos Checa has rounded off a perfect weekend at Miller Motorsports Park by taking an utterly commanding victory in race 2. With his victory, he has extended his championship lead to 61 points, and heads back to next week's meeting at Misano in charge of the WSBK title race.

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2011 WSBK Miller Race 1 Results: Dominant Victory In Incident-Packed Race

Results and summary of Race 1 for the World Superbikes at Miller Motorsports Park:

Carlos Checa has taken victory in the first World Superbike race at Miller, and taken it very much in the manner expected after practice, by a very comfortable margin. On a largely dry track, the Althea Ducati rider took an early lead, controlled the race from the front, and went unchallenged for the win.

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2011 WSBK Miller Sunday Roundup: In A Downpour, Racing Motorcycles Looks Like The Hard Work It Is

A drop or two of rain always adds an extra dimension to motorcycle racing, and Sunday at Miller saw more than a drop or two of rain. That rain had a pretty big impact on the order, with riders such as BMW's Leon Haslam, who had struggled in the dry, suddenly finding themselves near the very top in the morning downpour, then dropping back as the conditions improved a little.

In fact, the rain may have inadvertently highlighted BMW's problem: In the dry, Corser was going strongly while Haslam struggled. In the wet, Haslam positively flew while Corser dropped down the order. As the conditions improved, the fates of the two men reversed, Haslam knocked out of Superpole 2 - crashing while trying to push - while Corser secured a spot on the second row of the grid. The settings of one appear not to suit the settings of the other, and that may go some way towards explaining why the development of the S1000RR has been erratic. The electronics, especially, have been the BMW's bugbear, with the complex system that BMW has developed in-house causing the riders, team and engineers plenty of headaches.

Castrol Honda's Johnny Rea suffered the opposite fate. Competitive in the dry, the Ulsterman was nowhere in the wet, not even making it past Superpole 1. The team's gamble that nominating Miller Motorsports Park as their official test track - allowing them to test at the circuit before the race - would help them on race weekend has failed, thwarted by the weather.

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2011 WSBK Miller Superpole Results - Updated

Results and summary of a semi-dry Superpole from Miller Motorsports Park:

Superpole 1

The track filled up immediately once it was opened, the riders heading out onto a wet but slowly drying track. The track was still treacherous, though, with Leon Camier being thrown off in a huge highside within the first couple of minutes. The Aprilia rider hurried back to the pits, and just made it out in time on his second bike.

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2011 WSBK Miller FP2 Result: Camier Edges Corser As The Rain Stops

The second session of free practice started out wet, but conditions improved as the session progressed. The rain more or less stopped falling by the end, with riders improving their times rapidly. Leon Camier grabbed the top spot, finishing ahead of Troy Corser, the two men having alternated the lead for a good part of the session.

The weather is starting to lift, and conditions could be a little better for Superpole. 

Results:

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2011 WSBK Miller Weather Update - A Pictorial Essay

It's wet in Utah. And to demonstrate exactly how wet, Scott Jones sent us a few photos illustrating the situation.


Note the fresh snow on the mountains behind Melissa Paris' pit board holder.


Jake Holden, trying to keep a clear visor. Duct tape to the rescue, as ever.

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2011 WSBK Miller QP2 Result: No Changes In Drenched Second Session

The second session of qualifying practice at Miller was run on a very wet track, leaving the order established during yesterday's dry qualifying session unchanged. But the wet weather did see a few different names near the top of the timesheet. Fastest man in the session was Aprilia's Leon Camier, who had been 2nd fastest in the dry. But in 2nd and 3rd came Effenbert Liberty's Jakub Smrz and BMW's Leon Haslam, both scoring better in the wet than in the dry. Fastest man in the dry, Carlos Checa, set the 4th fastest time of the session.

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