GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Roars into Utah
Professional Superbike racing returned to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on May 24-25, 2014 with the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha. Miller put on an impressive weekend of racing as the event was matched with the Utah Sportbike Association’s Vortex Master of the Mountains Series.
The last race of the three-event series, the Shootout was a welcome addition among pro riders as a remedy to AMA Pro Racing’s shortened road racing schedule for 2014. With a field of riders including Josh Hayes, Garrett Gerloff, and Martin Cardenas, as well as the region’s finest amateur riders, action was the order of the weekend on Miller’s legendary tarmac.
Thanks to mild temperatures, sunny skies, and excellent track conditions, riders kept throttles open and incidents remained minimal. Two races, the Dynojet Pro Sportbike and RaceFuelZ Pro Superbike, highlighted the weekend as Garrett Gerloff and Josh Hayes took top honors, respectively. Hayes, a Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team member, has experienced success at Miller, and continues to dominate the circuit, with a roster of wins including the AMA Pro National Guard Championship in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Regional riders also dominated the weekend. UtahSBA’s Vortex Master of the Mountains series, the premier road racing series for the Mountain West, put on a stunning round with races running in conjunction with the Shootout. Notable standouts in the Open Superbike and Superstock classes were Irnie Marcel, Peter deGraaf, Michael Bradshaw, and Utah favorite Gerald Hicks.
Local racing continues with UtahSBA’s third stop of the series scheduled at Miller for the weekend of June 28-29, 2014. For more information, check out the details here.
[photos | Jason Porter]