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2011 World Superbike Preview: Miller Motorsports Park

Miller_Motorsports_ParkFor the first time this year the World Superbike series will make the journey over the Atlantic to America, as the fifth round of the 2011 WSBK season will be held at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Carlos Checa currently leads the series, and he will be heading to a track where he has found success. Checa did the double in 2008 at MMP and holds the lap record at the Utah circuit.

“Miller is a track that suits me very well,” Checa said. “It is perhaps the best track for me and my riding style. I’d say that, seeing how both I and my bike are performing right now, that we will be able to adapt well to the track this year."

But Checa isn’t the only rider to do the double at Miller. Max Biaggi took home both wins in 2010. Biaggi, the 2010 World Superbike champion, has yet to take a race win this year. Biaggi is currently in third place, 28 points behind the leader, but he could cut into that lead this weekend.

Jonathan Rea doesn’t have the win record of Biaggi or Checa at MMP, but the Irish rider did get a chance to test the track before this weekend’s race.

“We nominated Miller as our test track this year because last season we really struggled with bike set-up,” Rea said. “I really enjoy riding here in America but the bumpy nature of the circuit makes it very difficult to find the optimum settings for the bike.”

Eugene Laverty will be looking to carry some momentum into the BigM weekend. Laverty earned an incredible double at Monza during the fourth round of the World Superbike series, and jumped up the leader-board into fifth place. Laverty is still 60 points behind Checa.

The World Superbike series will join the AMA Pro Racing series this weekend. Since it’s a holiday weekend in the states, the races will take place on Monday.

World Superbike Standings

  • Carlos Checa - 145
  • Marco Melandri - 118
  • Max Biaggi - 117
  • Jonathan Rea - 89
  • Eugene Laverty - 85
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