UtahSBA: Lopez Wins Rain-Shortened Feature Race

UtahSBA: Lopez Wins Rain-Shortened Feature Race

© 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Russell Carpenter of the UtahSBA board:

Round 5 of the Utah Motorcycle Law Masters of the Mountains series was held on Saturday August 6th on the Utah Motorsports Campus’ Perimeter track configuration.

Racing kicked off on Saturday morning with two qualifying sessions for the afternoon’s premier race, Moto United KOM GTU/Moto Station-Pirelli KOM GTO. Few contenders chose to participate in the first qualifying session but previous winner Genaro Lopez set a fast lap of 1:57. Qualifying session two saw almost the full field of competitors take to the track in an effort to best Lopez’s lap time from session one. The early fast lap time in session two was set by Ryan Richardson with a lap time of 2:01 with Kellen Birch posting a time of 2:01.837. Later in session two Richardson dropped his qualifying time to 1:59. Late in the session second place points holder Dave Meyer posted a lap time of 2:01.331 to squeak by Birch for the third place qualifying spot. Lopez’s lap time from session one held and the front row for the race would be Lopez, Richardson, and Meyer.

In the Mechanic Modern Vintage GTO/GTU race, GTU points leader Josh Fisher struggled to control a huge wheelie off the start, allowing Braxton Young to take the hole shot into Turn One. After Fisher regained control he tucked in behind Young in Turns Two through Four, ultimately making a pass for the lead in Turn Five.  The lead group of Fisher and Young controlled the race from there and came home in first and second respectively. Farther back in the pack, racers Brian Gerwe, Kirk Doyle, and Don Rothfuss had a heated three way battle for positions third through fifth on lap two exchanging positions multiple times. At the start of lap three Doyle in third led Gerwe in fourth, with Rothfuss losing the pace and falling behind in fifth. Eventually Gerwe passed Doyle to secure a podium spot, the final top three being Fisher, Young, Gerwe.

In the Moto United Open Super Stock race Richardson was on pole and got a great jump off the line and led Birch and Cole Phillips into turn one. Birch was unable to hold Phillips off for long and Phillips moved into second by the end of lap one. Richardson opened a large gap out front and cruised unchallenged for the win. Meanwhile, Alex Zinaich in fourth would close the gap to Birch in third in Turn Five on lap two. Phillips, Birch, and Zinaich were tip to tail leading into Turns Eight and Nine. Zinaich proved unable to match the pace ahead and drifted back, leaving Birch and Phillips to fight for second. On the last lap of the race Birch closed the gap to Phillips on the front straight and stalked him for the rest of the lap, ultimately trying an unsuccessful last turn pass attempt. As the checkered flag flew the final order was Richardson, Phillips, and Birch. After the race Richardson commented on the win, “I could see that I had a nice gap so I just tried to back it down, not take any unnecessary risks, and practice hitting my marks ahead of this afternoon’s King of the Mountains Race. I’m racing the MotoAmerica round at Pittsburgh so I need to thank all the people who are helping to make that happen: My dad, Trackstar, Dunlop, Crossbeam Builders, Moto United, E.C.S. Heating and Air, Moto United, Utah Motorcycle Law, and Kawasaki/Team Green.”

Moto United KOM GTU/Moto Station-Pirelli GTO King of the Mountain series points leader Anthony Norton was injured in an earlier crash and was forced to sit out Round 5 and plan on returning for Round 6. With Norton absent there were three riders all within striking distance of the number one plate all looking to close the points gap. When the starting lights went out, Richardson got off to a great start and beat other front row competitors Lopez and Meyer into Turn One. Lopez passed Richardson in Turn Five and posted a 1:56.665 lap time on lap two. Richardson in second was close enough to make it interesting, but with a best lap time of 1:57.038 he remained in second throughout the race and Lopez and Richardson finished in first and second. In the battle for third Birch passed Meyer on lap three. Further back, Cole Phillips was able to use the draft to pull within inches of Remington Mathews’ fender on the front straight of lap four. It took several laps but Phillips successfully overtook Mathews on lap six for fifth position. The following lap Phillips and Meyer traded places twice but Meyer ultimately came out ahead in fourth. On lap seven the rain began to fall and worsened until the race was red flagged on lap eight, two laps short of full race distance.  The top three were Lopez, Richardson, and Birch, this being Birch’s first time on the podium this season. In a post race interview Lopez wished to thank his wife, parents, and his family and friends. He also wanted to extend special thanks to the Motostation team and Pirelli for “giving me the winning package. Without them I would not be anywhere closer than I am now. Hopefully I can keep giving them good results.”

As the track fell silent, racers, family, and sponsors gathered around the barbeque to chew the fat and make plans for Round 6, which will be held at Utah Motorsports Campus on the West track configuration on September 3rd. As always the Utah Sport Bike Association races with the help of our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors. We can’t thank you all enough and we couldn’t do it without you. We look forward to seeing you all again at Round 4 in September.

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.

USBA Round 5 Results – UMC Outer – August 6th, 2022 

Motostation/Moto United KOM Overall:

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Kellen Birch(YAM YZF-R1)

4. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

6. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Kellen Birch(YAM YZF-R1)

4. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

6. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

Moto United KOM GTU:

1. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

2. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

5. Don Manuel (YAM YZF-R6)

AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO

1. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Joshua Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

4. Jeff Taylor (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

Off Highway Van Combined GTU

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Ryan Podgurney (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)


The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

4. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

5. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

6. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Dustin Lance (YAM YZF-R6)


Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Tim Johnson (BMW S1000RR)

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

The Weekend Garage Middleweight Superbike

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

4. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

5. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

3. Dave Loynd (HON CBR1000RR)

4. Cameron Holladay (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Tau Jeppesen (SUZ GSX-R750)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Braxton Young (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

4. Don Manuel (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

Karl Malone Powersports  Moto 2

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

3. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

5. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

Redline Realty Moto 3

1. Carey Fougere (YAM 450F)

2. Mark Taylor (KAW Ninja 400)

3. Brian Gerwe (KAW Ninja 400)

4. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

5. Ian Jenson (YAM YZF-R3)

6. Samuel Jensen (KTM RC 390)

Legion of Speed Novice GTO

1. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jeff Taylor (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Tau Jeppesen (SUZ GSX-R750)

Trackstar Novice GTU

1. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

5. David Schulz (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Zach Jenson (YAM YZF-R6)

Vortex Open Superbike

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

3. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

6. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Kellen Birch (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Alex Zinaich (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Belisario (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Tim Johnson (BMW S1000RR)

Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Jared Baird (DUC 1299)

3. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

4. Robert Jojola (DUC 999)

5. Marco Tellez (TRI 675)

TruSolace Production 500

1. Brian Childree (KAW Ninja 400)

2. Carey Fougere (YAM 450F)

3. Mark Taylor (KAW Ninja 400)

4. Brian Gerwe (KAW Ninja 400)

5. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

6. Ian Jenson (YAM YZF-R3)

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

3. David Schulz (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Robert Jojola (DUC 999)

5. Aaron Selbrede (HON CBR600RR)

Napa Auto Parts Tooele Stock 1000

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

3. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

6. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

Carbonsmith Super Street Bike

1. Remington Mathews (KTM Super Duke 1290R)

2. Robert Jojola (DUC 1199)

3. Alex Zinaich (YAM FZ1)

4. Marco Tellez (SUZ GSX-R1000)

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