The riders of MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road-racing series, will descend upon Utah Motorsports Campus on Saturday and Sunday for the annual Championship of Utah — the fifth event on the series’ 10-event schedule.
The event will have a distinctly different look in 2019, as the racing will move to the 2.2-mile East Course after spending the past four years on the 3.4-mile Outer Course. Racing includes two races each for the EBC Brakes Superbike Class, the Liqui Moly Junior Cup and Supersport Class, as well as single races for Stock 1000 and Twins Cup riders.
MotoAmerica’s Superbike class features a tight battle at the top between a pair of riders who have had plenty of success at UMC over the years — former series champions Toni Elias and Cameron Beaubier are separated by just nine points in the season standings. Elias is a four-time winner at UMC, while Beaubier has won twice. The duo split the two Utah races in 2018.
JD Beach, who moved up to Superbike in 2019, won both Supersport races at UMC in 2018, and will also be a threat. Other contenders include Beaubier’s teammate Garrett Gerloff and Elias’ teammate Josh Herrin.
Herrin and Elias were the only riders to test on the East Course during a session in May, while Gerloff raced on the shorter layout as an amateur rider.
The Supersport class has Hayden Gillim of UMC-based Rickdiculous Racing leading Bobby Fong by seven points in the season standings. Gillim has won three races this season to Fong’s two.
In the Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Rocco Landers leads the standings by 21 points over Dallas Daniels with five wins in six races. The Junior Cup field also includes former Utah Sport Bike Association class champions Grayson Davidson and Gauge Rees, both of whom will be competing on their home track this weekend.
Four additional Utah Sport Bike Association riders will compete in the Stock 1000 class on Sunday — Oleg Pianykh, Sean Thomas, Sherwick Min and Justin Delong. Stefano Mesa leads Andrew Lee by seven points for the top spot in the class standings through four races.
The Twins Cup standings show Chris Parrish leading Michael Barnes by three points entering this weekend at UMC.
Saturday’s schedule includes three races, following a variety of practice and qualifying sessions that begin at 8 a.m. The Liqui Moly Junior Cup class will take to the track for an eight-lap race at 1:20 p.m., followed by a 15-lap race for the Supersport class at 2:10 p.m. The EBC Brakes Superbike class will wrap up the race action with a 23-lap event starting at 3 p.m.
There will be five races on Sunday afternoon. The Junior Cup’s 12-lap race starts at 1:10 p.m., followed by a 19-lap Supersport race at 2 p.m. The Superbike class runs a 23-lap race at 3 p.m., followed by a 14-lap Stock 1000 event at 4 p.m. and a 13-lap Twins Cup race at 4:45 p.m.
There will also be a number of off-track activities for fans. There is a Strider Bike Course for kids as well as the Cycle Gear Fan Party and Rider Meet-and-Greet in the paddock Saturday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will also be a Hot Pit Walk and Autograph Session from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets for this weekend’s event are available online at www.utahmotorsportscampus.com.