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Jun 14, 2019

​MotoAmerica: Utah Motorsports Campus’ East Course To Be Used For First Time This Coming Weekend

MotoAmerica riders and team members inspecting Turn One of Utah Motorsports Campus' East Course. Photo by David Swarts, copyright Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

The MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series is racing this coming weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus, a familiar venue for America’s premier motorcycle road racing series. This year, however, MotoAmerica will not be racing on the usual 3.0-mile Outer/Perimeter Course and instead will be racing on the 2.2-mile East Course for the first time.

Using the shorter East Course eliminates the 3000-foot-long main straightaway of the Outer/Perimeter Course and makes the straightaway between Tooele Turn and Clubhouse Corner the longest on the East Course.

Using the East Course also changes the complexion of the race starts. Instead of a half-mile run from the grid to the long, wide Turn One of the Outer/Perimeter Course, the East Course only offers a 100-meter run from the grid to a tighter Turn One.

Finally, using the East Course also adds in seven new corners that only some riders in the MotoAmerica have ever ridden through.

“It’s fun because it’s pretty flowing,” said M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider Jake Lewis, who rode a streetbike on the East Course during a riding school in the recent past, “but Turn One is a lot tighter.”

In preparation for the event on the unfamiliar East Course, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias and Josh Herrin tested on the track on May 10. As a result, the gearing on their GSX-R1000 Superbikes has been made significantly shorter than they would have it for the Outer/Perimeter Course.

Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier didn't get to test on the East Course and said he didn’t remember ever riding on it in the past, but he said he familiarized himself with the new track by watching some on-board videos.

“It looks good,” said Beaubier. “The first part looks pretty fast and flowing, and we already know the second part. We already have a pretty good base setup, so I’m going to focus on getting the gearing figured out. We’ll see how it goes.”

During the setup day Friday, there were rumors going around the MotoAmerica paddock saying new sealer patches put in place ahead of last weekend’s UtahSBA race event on the East Course caused 23 crashes in one day. But UtahSBA President Scott Rybarik told debunked that rumor, saying they only had 14 crashes all weekend, and only one of those crashes appeared to involve one of the new patches, and that crash was more the result of a rider losing focus on a cool-down lap.

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