UtahSBA: Bradshaw Comes From Behind To Win

UtahSBA: Bradshaw Comes From Behind To Win

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Travers Johnson on behalf of UtahSBA:

Editorial Note: The following press release was received well within our three-day deadline but was not published at that time due to no fault on behalf of UtahSBA.

The Utah Sportbike Association held Round 4 of the Utah Motorcycle Law Masters of the Mountains Race Series on July 10th. Racers from across the country traveled to Grantsville to battle it out on Utah Motorsports Campus’ West Track. Although the temperatures were high, riders were not phased and were ready to race in Round 4.

The morning started with the Trackstar/Dunlop and Moto Station/Pirelli King of the Mountain qualifying taking to the track. In the first session Genaro Lopez quickly set a time of 1:33.973 and then beat that with a 1:32.652. Eric Jones was also out to set an early morning lap time, first with a 1:33.628 and then lowering that to a 1:32.684. After the track had warmed up, racers went back out for their second qualifying session. David Meyer set a 1:33.484 early in his session and then topped that with a 1:32.128 to take the fourth grid spot. Anthony Norton had a solid session setting a 1:31.803 which was good for the third grid spot. Lopez bettered his lap time from Q1 with 1:31.616 for grid spot two. Pole position went to Jerry Hicks who set a 1:32.152 and then dropped that time to a 1:31.585.

With qualifying done it was time to go racing, starting off with the Karl Malone Powersports Moto 2 race. As bikes launched into turn 1 Brian Childree emerged with the holeshot followed by Peter Hofpointner. At the start of lap 2 Childree continued to lead followed by Hofpointner and Cole Phillips. On lap 3 red flags were out due to a rider down and a bike too close to the track. The shortened race would restart from original grid positions. As the lights went out again, Hofpointner battled for the holeshot, but Childree took it. Phillips was in third but made a big move on the inside of Hofpointner in turn 7. Childree and Phillips then began pulling away from the rest of the group. Hofpointner took third, Phillips took home second, and Childree with the win.

The next race was the Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 GTO. It began with Eric Jones taking the Holeshot, and at the start of lap 2 Meyer and Davis followed Jones over the line. On lap 2 Davis, who had been trying to find a way through Meyer, made his pass stick on the inside of turn 5. As racers crossed the line to begin lap 4, Jones led followed by Davis and Meyer, Davis then began stalking Jones. On lap 5 Davis made his attack, battling Jones down the back straight to lead into turn 5. Meyer finished in third, Jones crossed the line in second, and Davis took the win.

With the morning’s racing in the books it was time for the King of the Mountain race to begin. The red lights went out, tires grasped the pavement, and riders launched their bikes across the line. Hicks put his Kawasaki’s launch control to work with a monstrous start taking the holeshot into turn 1 and began pulling away from the rest of the group almost immediately. Hicks was maintaining his breathing and trying to rely mostly on corner exit and the drive he was getting from the SCX tire. As Hicks crossed the line to begin the second lap, he pulled an impressive 1:32 from the standing start while being followed by Braden Jones and Lopez. As Hicks was extending his lead in lap 2 disaster struck when he lost grip in the front end of his ZX-10R and lowsided out of the race. Hicks reported that he had “been struggling a lot with front end edge grip” and that he was “quite nervous going into KOM.” Thanks to Kory, the Moto Station crew, and the USBA staff, Hicks was able to get his bike fixed and teched to race the rest of the day.

With Hicks out of the race it left Braden Jones, Lopez, and Norton close together and fighting for position. Lopez began the attack on Braden Jones in lap 2 passing him on the exit of turn 1. As the riders started their 4th lap Lopez was leading followed by Braden Jones and Norton with Norton pushing to pass Jones. Finally, in turn 9 Norton made it through on the inside of Braden Jones and moved into P2. Meanwhile in P4 former KOM champion Michael Bradshaw was finally in his groove catching the top 3 after an 11th place grid position and a rough start. The first lap for Bradshaw and his GSXR1000 was wild, with all sorts of bumping and shoving for position in the pack. Bradshaw just kept his wits about him and worked his way through, he was feeling good and set the fastest lap of the race with 1:31.344 while trying to catch the front three racers. On lap 6 Bradshaw got a killer drive through turn 3 and kept it flat through turn 4 and made the pass on Braden Jones on the brakes into turn 5. By the start of lap 7 it was Lopez in the lead followed by Norton, Bradshaw, Davis, and Braden Jones. Norton was all over Lopez’s rear tire looking for a place to get through as the two riders came through turn 5 right on top of each other. Norton, who knew that Lopez favored a wider line in turn 6 attempted to make a move on Lopez’s inside when his front tire let go and he started to lowside as the bikes tipped into the corner, collecting Lopez, and knocking them both out of the race. As red flags flew results rolled back to the positions at the start of lap 7 leaving Bradshaw as the winner followed by Davis and Braden Jones. In a post-race interview Bradshaw wanted to thank the community that helped him get his bike working well enough to ride, especially Rick Squires for spare Suzuki parts, as well as Kory Cowan and James Peterec from Moto Station for helping him sort through electronics issues.

As track temps crept even higher the MotoUnited Open Superstock race lined up on the grid. The race saw Hicks on pole position with Lopez out due to a crash in KOM and Bradshaw on P3. As the track went green, Meyer on P5 took the holeshot followed by Davis and Bradshaw. At the start of lap 2 Bradshaw forced his way up the inside to pass Davis in turn 1. On lap 3 Meyers was leading followed by Bradshaw and Davis. Bradshaw got a solid drive through turns 3 and 4 and passed Meyer inside on the brakes into turn 5. Bradshaw secured first position for the time, and just focused on managing the tires. At the start of lap 4 Davis made an overtake on Meyer into turn 1 for second position. Hicks, trying to make up time after a bogged start, was on his way into turn 7 and passed Davis for second. The final standings had Meyer in fourth, Davis in third, and Hicks taking second. Top podium spot went to number 96 Bradshaw.

The rest of the day held some awesome racing and a few upsets as the season championship took shape. In the Legion of Speed Novice GTO race, Joshua Fisher took the holeshot from P2 holding the lead until lap 3 when he was overtaken on the inside into turn 1 by Sam Arquit. Fisher’s woes were far from over with Malichi Roybal overtaking him into turn 1 on the fourth lap and Remington Mathews charging around him on the front straight. On lap 4 Roybal made his way through Arquit in turn 10 to take first. On lap 5 Mathews made his pass on Arquit, and quickly caught Roybal on lap 6 to pass on the inside into turn 1. Mathews took the win, Roybal held second, and Arquit took third. Later in the day we had the Velosio Production 500. Childree took the holeshot to begin his stretch away from the pack. Behind Childree was Gerwe in second and Brad Moore in third. Kirk Doyle was on the charge from fourth and made the pass on Moore down the back straight for third. On lap 2 Childree led followed by Gerwe and Doyle. In turn 1 Doyle passed Gerwe for second position and on lap 4 turn 9 Gerwe went back through the inside of Doyle. At the start of lap 7, Doyle responded by making a pass on Gerwe in turn 2. After a great back and forth Gerwe finished the race in third position and Doyle in second. Childree would take the win in the class.

After the races had been wrapped up, club members gathered for the traditional post-race BBQ, awards, and to talk about the day’s trials and tribulations. Afterwards racers reluctantly began packing up their garages and loading up their bikes with excitement for Round 5 buzzing strongly in the air. Round 5 is set to be held on Utah Motorsports Campus’ Perimeter configuration on August 14th. The club has not run the Perimeter configuration since 2019 and spirits are high to see it return. We look forward to seeing you all then!

The Utah Sport Bike Association is a Utah Non-Profit dedicated to promoting education, safe riding, and competition in the Intermountain West. You can find more information about the USBA, upcoming events, and schools at www.utahsba.com or find us on Facebook.

Overall Results:

Motostation/Trackstar KOM Overall:

1. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. Braden Jones (YAM R1)

4. David Meyer (YAM R1)

5. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. Braden Jones (YAM R1)

4. David Meyer (YAM R1)

5. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

6. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX10R)

Trackstar KOM GTU:

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM R6)

AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO

1. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Lee Mcnutt (YAM R6)

3. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

4. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

5. Max Tseng (YAM R6)

6. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

C&R Coatings Combined GTU

1. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

2. Lee Mcnutt (YAM R6)

3. Max Tseng (YAM R6)

4. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

5. Sam Corser (YAM R6)

6. James Riggs (YAM R6)

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. Eric Jones (YAM R1)

2. David Meyer (YAM R1)

3. Braden Jones (YAM R1)

4. Alex Zinaich (YAM YZFR1)

5. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

6. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

2. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

3. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

4. John Tillotson (YAM R1)

5. Tyler Donaworth (TRI DAYTONA-675)

6. Dustin Lance (YAM R6)

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

2. Eric Jones (YAM R1)

3. David Meyer (YAM R1)

4. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

5. Tyler Jones (YAM R-1)

6. Kevin Dolan (KAW R1)

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Victor Arias (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848-EVO)

3. James Snow (SUZ SV650)

4. Daniel Egbert (SUZ SV650)

5. Dustin Lance (YAM R6)

6. Andrew Love (KAW ZX6R)

Bingham Cyclery Lightweight Superbike

1. Ryan Smith (APR RS660)

2. Daniel Egbert (SUZ SV650)

3. James Snow (SUZ SV650)

4. Sean Groenstein (HON NSF250R)

5. Jeff Masters (YAM FZ-07)

6. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

Blud Racing Lubricants Middleweight Superbike

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM R6)

3. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

4. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM R6)

3. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

4. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

5. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

6. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. James Kling (DUC 1198)

3. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

4. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

5. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

6. Barry Ketmany (YAM YZFR1)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

2. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

3. Victor Arias (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

5. Daniel Egbert (SUZ SV650)

6. Andrew Love (KAW ZX6R)

Karl Malone Powersports  Moto 2

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM R6)

3. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

4. Max Tseng (YAM R6)

5. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

6. Brock Jones (YAM R6)

Redline Realty Moto 3

1. Brian Gerwe (KAW NINJA-400)

2. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

3. Kirk Doyle (YAM FZR400)

4. Alex Hatfield (KAW NINJA-400)

5. Stephen Webster (YAM R3)

6. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

Legion of Speed Novice GTO

1. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

2. Malachi Roybal (YAM R1)

3. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

5. Pratt Wellman (APR RSV4-RR)

6. John Tillotson (YAM R1)

Brighton Peak Financial Novice GTU

1. Brock Jones (YAM R6)

2. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

3. Victor Arias (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

5. Chayce Lance (YAM R6)

6. Tyler Donaworth (TRI DAYTONA-675)

Vortex Open Superbike

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW NINJA-ZX10)

2. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

3. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

4. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX10R)

5. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

6. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX10R)

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Jerry Hicks (KAW NINJA-ZX10)

3. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

4. David Meyer (YAM R1)

5. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

6. James Peterec (SUZ GSX-R-1000R)

Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins

1. James Kling (DUC 1198)

2. Ryan Smith (APR RS660)

3. Daniel Egbert (DUC 1199S)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

5. Mike Jensen (TRI 675R-DAYTONA)

6. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848-EVO)

Velosio Production 500

1. Brian Childree (KAW NINJA-400)

2. Brian Gerwe (KAW NINJA-400)

3. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

4. Alex Hatfield (KAW NINJA-400)

5. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

6. Stephen Webster (YAM R3)

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Russell Carpenter (YAM R6)

2. Miguel Alamillo (SUZ GSX-R-600)

3. Moe Fareed (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

4. Justin Stapleford (SUZ GSXR-1000)

Napa Auto Parts Tooele Stock 1000

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW NINJA-ZX10)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. David Meyer (YAM R1)

4. Alex Zinaich (YAM YZFR1)

5. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX10R)

6. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

Carbonsmith Super Street Bike

1. Victor Arias (KAW EX500)

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