WSB: Miller Motorsports Park to get World Superbik

MILLER Motorsports Park has signed a multi-year agreement to host the FIM Superbike World Championship beginning in 2008.

It has been three years since the FIM Superbike World Championship raced in America. The race will be part of the Honda Summit of Speed, scheduled for June 1, 2008.

"We are thrilled to bring the FIM Superbike World Championship to Miller Motorsports Park," said track owner Larry H. Miller. "This will be the biggest international sporting event in this state since the Olympic Winter Games in 2002. We look forward to welcoming the international motorcycle racing community to Utah, as well as thousands of new fans from across the United States and the world, who will be visiting Utah and our facility for the first time."

"This announcement marks a significant achievement for Miller Motorsports Park," said MMP General Manager and CEO Alan Wilson. "The FIM Superbike World Championship is a very prestigious event, and I would like to thank Maurizio Flammini of FGSPORT for his help in crafting this agreement."

Maurizio Flammini, President of the FGSPORT Group that has organized the FIM Superbike World Championship since 1989, said that Miller Motorsports Park is the ideal venue for the series' return to the North American market.

"We consider Miller Motorsports Park a very interesting circuit, with top facilities compared with the American standard," he said.

"I am sure that the riders, teams, sponsors and media representatives who currently participate in our events - a community exceeding 2,000 people - will very much enjoy this circuit and the State of Utah."

The FIM Superbike World Championship will share the Honda Summit of Speed weekend at Miller Motorsports Park with the AMA Superbike Championship and its support series. The weekend will be an action-packed celebration of two-wheeled competition for fans, with double-header races for both the FIM Superbike World Championship and the AMA Superbike Championship. The AMA Superbike Championship has been a fixture on the annual schedule at Miller Motorsports Park since its opening in 2006.

The tentative schedule has practice sessions for the AMA Superbike Championship on Thursday, May 29, with practice and qualifying sessions for both the FIM Superbike World Championship and AMA Superbike Championship on Friday, May 30. The FIM Superbike World Championship Superpole session plus the first of two AMA Superbike races and the AMA Superstock and Formula Xtreme races are scheduled for Saturday, May 31, and both FIM Superbike World Championship races plus the second AMA Superbike race and the AMA Supersport races will take place on Sunday, June 1.