UtahSBA: Lopez Rides Through Pain To Win KoM Race

UtahSBA: Lopez Rides Through Pain To Win KoM Race

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

The Utah SportBike Association held the final round of the Utah
Motorcycle Law Masters of the Mountains Race Series on September 4th.
Racers from across the country traveled to Grantsville to race on Utah
Motorsports Campus’ East Track and enjoy some perfect weather in Round
6.

The morning began with the Trackstar/Dunlop and Moto Station/Pirelli
King of the Mountain Qualifying. The first qualifying session was
uneventful due to low morning temperatures. In the second qualifying
session Ryan Richardson laid down a 1:37.596 which was good for P4.
Michael Bradshaw set a 1:37.206 and then bettered that time with a
1:37.108 for P3 on the grid. Jerry Hicks clocked a 1:37.021 and then
cut that down into a 1:36.976 for the second grid spot. Genaro Lopez
took pole position with a 1:36.522.

After the race day had kicked off with a couple of morning races it
was time for the Harrison Eurosport Formula 40 GTO. The race began
with Bill Davis taking the holeshot followed by Bradshaw. After the
completion of the first lap Davis continued to lead with Bradshaw and
David Meyer close behind. Shortly after the race was red flagged.
Riders re-gridded up in their original positions and Davis took the
holeshot again. At the completion of lap 1 Davis led followed by Meyer
and Bradshaw. On the way into turn 4 Bradshaw made his move on the
inside of Meyer for second. As the racers completed the third lap
Davis led followed by Bradshaw and Meyer. On lap 4 Bradshaw beat Davis
to the apex on the inside in turn 5 and took the lead. Bradshaw led
the final lap with Davis and Meyer close behind. As they rounded the
final turn Davis was all over Bradshaw’s rear tire, and it was a drag
race to the finish line with Davis taking the win by 5 thousandths of
a second. Bradshaw took second and Meyer held third.

As the morning continued it was time for the Legion of Speed Novice
GTO race to get underway. After the lights went out it was Sam Arquit
who took the holeshot with Joshua Fisher and Remington Mathews close
behind. Mathews quickly made a move on Fisher on the inside into turn
6 when Fisher went a bit wide. At the end of lap 1 Arquit led followed
by Mathews and Fisher. Meanwhile, Max Ledesma, who started from 15th
on the grid, was on the charge. Despite a bad start with no launch
control and heading into turn 1 in the back of the group, Ledesma was
able to find his way through the pack and into third place by lap 2.
On the third lap Mathews found his way through Arquit on the outside
into turn 2 to lead the race. At the start of the 4th lap Mathews
continued to lead with Ledesma close behind him. Behind them Arquit
and Fisher battled side by side through turns 13, 14, and 15 for P3.
But it was Arquit who led out of 15 down the front straight to hold
onto 3rd. At the start of lap 5 Mathews led followed by Ledesma,
Arquit, and Fisher. Fisher made his move for third passing Arquit into
turn 1 and holding it for the remainder of the race to take third
spot. On lap 6 Ledesma had been stalking Mathews and was patiently
waiting to make his move. As the leaders rounded the final turn
Ledesma began his attack and it was yet another drag race to the
finish line with Mathews taking it by .013 seconds. Mathews took the
gold and Ledesma walked away with a well deserved silver.

After a morning filled with exciting racing and a break for lunch it
was time for the King of the Mountain race. Rev limiters bounced and
tires gripped the pavement and Hicks took the holeshot into turn 1.
Following Hicks, was Lopez and Bradshaw. The grid was happy to see
Lopez back after he had suffered a wrist injury in Round 4, causing
him to sit out Round 5. Despite serious pain in his wrist Lopez was
pushing and focused on modifying his riding style in order to not put
so much strain on his injury. This served as somewhat of a benefit to
Lopez as he was consciously supporting his body with his legs and abs
in order to take pressure off his hands. This made the front end more
stable and the bike handle and turn in better. Although, the downside
to all of this was Lopez had trouble getting on the throttle like he
would have liked to. By the end of lap 4 positions had not changed
with Hicks leading followed by Lopez, and Bradshaw. Lopez began
closing in on Hicks and on lap 6 Lopez attempted to take Hicks on the
outside into turn 14 but couldn’t close. By the start of the 13th lap
positions remained the same for the top 3 and Lopez knew this was his
last chance. He overcame the pain and tested Hicks in turn 4, Lopez
stayed close through turn 7 and made his move on the inside of Hicks in
turn 13 to take the lead. Bradshaw finished the race with a third
place podium spot, Hicks took home second, and Lopez fought hard for a
deserved first place.

In a post race interview we spoke with Lopez who explained the ups and
downs of the weekend, despite a wrist injury that caused hardship for
Lopez he was able to make the most of it and prevail. Lopez also
wanted to thank his family, friends, wife, Utah Metal Works, Genaro’s
Body Shop, Andrew’s Trucking, and El Tapatio Mexican Food. Lopez went
on to thank Kory Cowan at the MotoStation and his entire crew for
giving him the opportunity to be a part of their race program, as well
as getting him set up with Pirelli tires which have helped him to get
better faster.

The final round was coming to a close as the track went cold, UtahSBA
club members and family all came together for the traditional
post-race BBQ, awards, and to talk about the season’s trials and
tribulations. Racers began loading up their bikes and cleaning up
their garages for the final time in 2021. It’s time to break out the
skis, snowboards, and snowmobiles and get through another Utah winter.
Big things are coming to the 2022 Masters of the Mountains season! We
look forward to seeing you all then for our opening round.

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. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

4. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

5. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

6. David Meyer (YAM R1)

 

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

4. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

5. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

6. David Meyer (YAM R1)

 

Trackstar KOM GTU:

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM R6)

3. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

4. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

 

AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO

1. John Tran (YAM R1)

2. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

3. James Kling (DUC 1198)

4. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

5. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

6. John Tillotson (YAM R1)

 

C&R Coatings Combined GTU

1. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

2. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

4. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

5. Braxton Young (YAM R6)

6. James Riggs (YAM R6)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. Braden Jones (YAM R1)

2. David Meyer (YAM R1)

3. James Kling (DUC 1198)

4. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

5. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

6. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

2. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

3. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

4. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

5. Mario Fernandez (YAM R6)

6. Nolan Kiiskila (KAW ZX6R)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

2. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

3. David Meyer (YAM R1)

4. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

5. Steven Marco (YAM R1)

6. Chris Mousley (YAM R1)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX6R)

2. Raymond Clark (TRI DAYTONA 675R)

3. Victor Arias (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Erik Maxwell (KAW ZX6R)

5. Nathan Bell (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Travis Froehlich (YAM R6)

 

Bingham Cyclery Lightweight Superbike

1. Daniel Egbert (SUZ SV650)

2. Travers Johnson (KAW NINJA-400)

3. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

4. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

 

Blud Racing Lubricants Middleweight Superbike

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM R6)

3. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

4. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

5. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

6. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX-6R)

 

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

3. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

4. Braxton Young (YAM R6)

5. Erik Maxwell (KAW ZX6R)

6. Travis Froehlich (YAM R6)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

3. James Kling (DUC 1198)

4. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

5. Barry Ketmany (YAM YZF-R1)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

2. Tyler Donaworth (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

3. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

4. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6)

5. Braxton Young (YAM R6)

6. Victor Arias (SUZ GSX-R600)

 

Karl Malone Powersports  Moto 2

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

3. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

5. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

6. Brock Jones (YAM R6)

 

Redline Realty Moto 3

1. Brian Gerwe (KAW NINJA-400)

2. Travers Johnson (KAW NINJA400)

3. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

4. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

5. Alex Hatfield (KAW NINJA-400)

6. Savannah Jaska (KAW NINJA-400)

 

Legion of Speed Novice GTO

1. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

2. Max Ledesma (DUC V4R)

3. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

5. Matthew Cooper (APR RSV4)

6. Edwin Hofeling (SUZ GSXR-1000)

 

Brighton Peak Financial Novice GTU

1. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

2. Chayce Lance (YAM R6)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

4. Jeff Leeman (YAM R6)

5. Raymond Clark (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

6. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

 

Vortex Open Superbike

1. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

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

3. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

4. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

6. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

 

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Michael Jr Bradshaw (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. David Meyer (YAM R1)

4. Steven Marco (YAM R1)

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

6. Kory Cowan (YAM R1)

 

Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins

1. James Kling (DUC 1198)

2. Joshua Fisher (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

3. Daniel Egbert (DUC 1199S)

4. Raymond Clark (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

5. Tyler Donaworth (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

6. Moe Fareed (TRI DAYTONA-675R)

 

Velosio Production 500

1. Brian Childree (KAW NINJA-400)

2. Travers Johnson (KAW NINJA-400)

3. Savannah Jaska (KAW NINJA-400)

4. Brian Gerwe (KAW NINJA-400)

5. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

6. Alex Hatfield (KAW NINJA-400)

 

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Justin Stapleford (SUZ GSXR-1000)

2. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

 

Napa Auto Parts Tooele Stock 1000

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Genaro Lopez (YAM R6)

3. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

4. Max Ledesma (DUC V4R)

5. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

6. John Tran (YAM R1)

 

Carbonsmith Super Street Bike

1. Peter Hofpointner (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Victor Arias (YAM YZF-R6)

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