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May 29, 2013

Decker, Pianykh Star At Round Two Of UtahSBA Masters Of The Mountains Series At Miller Motorsports Park

UtahSBA Masters of the Mountains: Oleg Pianykh (57) leads Jesse Sherstan (999). Photo by Brian Whipple/www.latebraker.com, courtesy of UtahSBA

Decker and Pianykh take a string of victories at Masters of the Mountains Round 2

May 29, 2013. Tooele Utah – The second round of UtahSBA’s Masters of the Mountain saw Canadian Scott Decker and local rider Oleg Pianykh take a rout of victories on Miller Motorsports perimeter track this past weekend.

Round two of the championship boasted a sizable turnout of racers – some of which were preparing for the upcoming WERA National and AMA Pro-Racing events scheduled to be run on the same configuration later this season. Racing got off to a start Saturday morning with Pianykh securing two victories in the Deseret Dash double-header on his Moto-Station prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Scott Decker never put a wheel wrong all weekend and firmly stamped his authority in the Middleweight classes taking wins in King of the Mountain GTU, Heavyweight Superstock and Middleweight Superbike. In the premier King of the Mountain GTU event, strategy was the name of the game as Decker made the holeshot into Turn one and progressively gapped the remainder of the field in the opening laps. This saw his fellow Canadian Royce McLean and local rider Jerry Hicks engage in a relentless battle for the remaining podium positions. On the third lap, McLean made a seemingly impossible pass on the short straight between the Clubhouse and Wind-up Corners and secured the second podium slot.

No rider could have been more devastated this weekend than that of Hicks. After being engaged in the thrilling six lap King of the Mountain ‘U’ battle, and within striking distance of the finish line that promised him a well earned third, his Honda CBR600RR expired with a mechanical failure. A disappointed Hicks reminisced after the race: “The bike just shut-off on the last corner and I coasted and pushed the bike to the finish line. It is so disappointing.”

Despite a crash on the warm-up lap for the Open Superbike race, Oleg Pianykh redeemed himself; winning a tightly fought battle during the King of the Mountain ‘O’ race. When the flag dropped, the machines of Pianykh, Jesse Sherstan and Bodhi Edie screamed three-abreast down Miller's long straightaway and into the fast Sunset Bend. It was Pianykh who emerged the hole-shot leader with his rivals close behind. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Sherstan hounded Pianykh for the remainder of the race – challenging his rival at the Blackrock Hairpin and then again at the entry of Clubhouse.

“I could hear him [Sherstan],” Pianykh said after the race. “I just kept my head down. I could see the signals from my pit-crew on the pit wall and knew that he was close.”

Sherstan was relentless, but it was Pianykh who took victory with Sherstan only tenths of a second adrift. The BMW S1000R piloted by the young Canadian Bodhi Edie secured a well-earned third.

In the amateur classes, local rider Damien Olson took home two first place trophies for wins in the Sportsman class and also in the Novice GTO race. In his first year of racing, Olson is a student of the RacingExperience program and races with the Team Five ‘O’ Racing team.

“We’re a team of Law Enforcement Officers, and this is our first season of racing with the UtahSBA,” Olson said. “Last round I took second in these classes. With a little more practice this weekend I got my first wins of the season.”

Olson went on to thank his sponsors: Bazzaz, Go Pro, Vortex, Hot Bodies, Maxima and Spiegler Performance.

UtahSBA also thank their class sponsors and vendors for their support this season; Apex Trackdays, BMW/Triumph of Utah, Cortech, Darkside Tactical, ECS HVAC, Edge Motorsports, Fastline Racetire, Fulmer Helmets, Honda Suzuki of Salt Lake, Lamonica’s Restaurant Services, Maverik Kick Start Radio, Moto-Station, Salt Lake Motorsports, South Valley Motorsports, Trackstar, Vortex Racing and Wrights Parts & Accessories.

The UtahSBA Masters of the Mountains series shall resume on June 29-30 racing on Miller Motorsports East track.

The Masters of the Mountains is a motorcycle road racing series organized by the Utah Sport Bike Association, held at Miller Motorsports Park, and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). The UtahSBA is a member-based non-profit organization committed to furthering the sport of motorcycle road racing through racing, rider education and safety. For more information on schedule, rulebook, class sponsors, purses and contingency please visit www.utahsba.com/racing or link to the UtahSBA page on Facebook.

Masters of the Mountains 2013 Round 2 Results

King of the Mountain O 1. Oleg Pianykh (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Jesse Sherstan (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Bodhi Edie (BMW S1000RR) 4. Michael Bradshaw (BMW S1000RR) 5. Peter de Graaf (Suz GSX-R1000) 6. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000RR) 

King of the Mountain U 1. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Royce McLean (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Andy Dibreno (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Nobi Iso (MV F3 675) 5. Jeff Stern (Kaw ZX-6R) 6. Randy Callicoat (Yam YZF-R6) 

Deseret Dash (Expert – Combined Results R1 and R2) 1. Oleg Pianykh (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Ryan Brand (BMW S1000R) 3. Peter de Graaf (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Jeff Stern (Kaw ZX-10R) 5. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000RR) 6. Andy Dibreno (Yam YZF-R6) 

Deseret Dash (Novice – Combined Results R1 and R2) 1. Sean Griffiths (KTM RC8) 2. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Tanner Hicks (Kaw ZX-6R) 4. Ted Perkins (Kaw ZX-10R) 5. John Degnasro (Tri 675) 6. Steve Caruso (Hon CBR600RR) 

 Endurance GTO / GTU / LWT 1. Jim King (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Dana Wilson (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Riley Hicks (Hon CBR1000RR) 4. Raymond Clark (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600) 6. Lindsey Willis (Suz SV650) 

Super Twins 1. Eric Grimm (KTM RC8) 2. Joel Spalding (Duc 1199R) 3. Sean Griffiths (KTM RC8) 4. Courtney Lindorff (Duc 1199S) 5. Chris Crump (Buell 1125R) 6. Brian Childree (Mor MD250H) 

Middleweight Superbike 1. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Royce McLean (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Austin Carpenter (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Andy Dibreno (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Chad Swain (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Steven Hildum (Yam YZF-R6) 

Womens GTO 1. Kimberly Prichard (Tri 675) 2. Lisa Bellehr (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Lindsey Willis (Suz SV650) 4. Amanda Mahue (Kaw 250R) 

Novice GTU 1. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 2. Travis Froehlich (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Tarik Alnaqeeb (Suz GSX-R600) 4. Scott Peck (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Devon Husband (Kaw ZX-6R) 6. Ryan Luke (Suz GSX-R600) 

Open Superbike 1. Bodhi Edie (BMW S1000R) 2. Jesse Sherstan (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Peter de Graaf (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Ryan Brand (BMW S1000R) 5. Michael Bradshaw (BMW S1000R) 6. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000RR) 

MOTO 3 1. Brian Childree (Kaw 250R) 2. Ian Champness (Hon CBR250R) 3. Gauge Rees (Kaw 250R) 4. Nathan Mattison (Kaw 250R) 5. Jeff Masters (Kaw 250R) 6. Dale Bell (Kaw 250R) 

Combined GTO 1. Erik Grimm (KTM RC8) 2. Sean Griffiths (KTM RC8) 3. David Peterson (Suz GSX-R750) 4. Scott Peck (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Travis Froehlich (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Jeff Healy (Duc 848) 

Combined GTU 1. Donald Ellsworth (Kaw ZX-6R) 2. Tarik Alnaqeeb (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Aaron Nourbakhsh (Tri 675) 4. Scott Peck (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Travis Froehlich (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Nicholas Nelson (Tri 675) 

Formula 40 GTO 1. Michael Bradshaw (BMW S1000RR) 2. Peter de Graaf (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. John Hopperstad (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Kevin Dolan (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Tyler Smith (Hon CBR1000RR) 6. Courtney Lindorff (Duc 1199S) 

 Formula 40 GTU 1. Jim King (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Steve Caruso (Hon CBR600RR) 

Twins GTO 1. Jeff Healy (Duc 848) 2. Chris Crump (Buell 1125R) 3. Brian Childree (Mor MD250H) 4. Brad Moore (Suz SV650) 

Twins GTU 1. Tim Gallagher (Suz SV650) 2. Brian Childree (Mor MD250H) 3. Lindsey Willis (Suz SV650) 4. Amanda Mahue (Kaw 250R) 5. Gauge Rees (Kaw 250R) 

Open Superstock 1. Michael Bradshaw (BMW S1000RR) 2. Ryan Brand (BMW S1000RR) 3. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000RR) 4. Peter Tabor (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Eric Grimm (KTM RC8) 6. Shane White (Suz GSX-R1000) 

Heavy Weight Superstock 1. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Darrel Cherry (Hon CBR600RR) 3. David Peterson (Suz GSX-R750) 4. Damon Stewart (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Nicholas Nelson (Tri 675) 6. Michael Hawkins (Suz GSX-R600) 

Sportsman 1. Damien Olson (Hon CBR1000RR) 2. Jarvis Hofhines (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Scott Peck (Suz GSX-R600) 4. Marshall Miller (Yam YZF-R1) 5. Lincoln Staake (Yam YZF-R1) 6. Steven Olsen (Hon CBR1000RR) 

Formula 5 (GTO) 1. Peter Tabor (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Kevin Dolan (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. John Hopperstad (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. David Petersen (Suz GSX-R750) 5. Trent Owens (Hon CBR600RR) 

Formula 5 (GTU) 1. Jonathan Howard (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Damon Stewart (Kaw ZX-6R) 3. Jeff Healy (Duc 848) 4. Danny Egbert (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Ryan Luke (Suz GSX-R600) 6. Nicholas Nelson (Tri 675) 

Production 250 1. Ian Champness (Hon CBR250R) 2. Amanda Mahue (Kaw 250R) 3. Gauge Rees (Kaw 250R) 4. Nathan Mattison (Kaw 250R) 5. Jeff Masters (Kaw 250R) 6. Kimberly Prichard (Kaw 250R) 

Novice GTO 1. Damien Olson (Hon CBR1000RR) 2. Tarik Alnaqeeb (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Jarvis Hofhines (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Scott Peck (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Travis Froehlich (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Steve Olson (Hon CBR1000RR) 

Middleweight Superstock 1. Royce McLean (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Randy Callicoat (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Matt Lewis (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Clint Gibson (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Nobi Iso (MV F3 675) 6. Steven Hildum (Yam YZF-R6)