UtahSBA: Lopez Wins The Final Battle, Meyer Wins The War

UtahSBA: Lopez Wins The Final Battle, Meyer Wins The War

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

The Utah Motorcycle Law Masters of the Mountains series held its final race of the year on September 3rd on Utah Motorsports Campus’ West track configuration.

In the premier class, Moto United/Moto Station-Pirelli KOM Combined, 50 points were on offer for a race win, and with less than 50 points separating the top four title contenders, the stage was set for a nail-biting finale. Further adding to the drama, prior race winner Anthony Norton was returning from injury and was back on the grid.

In the morning qualifying session, points leader Dave Meyer was the first to head out to set a lap time and qualified on pole with a fast lap of 1:32.64. Genaro Lopez was the second-place qualifier by the slimmest of margins, setting a time of 1:32.84. Ryan Richardson completed the front row for the race, qualifying in third with a time of 1:33.56.

As the RPM’s came up for the start, the combatants let out their clutches and roared into the first turn, led by Lopez. Richardson trailed behind in second and Meyer was third. Norton suffered a mechanical failure at the start and was forced to push his bike from the track. The top three running order remained unchanged for the first three laps as Lopez set the fastest lap of the race on lap two, turning in a 1:30.87 lap to establish a commanding gap to Richardson and Meyer behind. The running order at this point in the race would have shifted the championship points lead to Lopez from Meyer. Meyer would need to pass Richardson for second to secure the title.

Meyer hounded Richardson from behind for the first two laps in an effort to do just that. Meyer closed the gap in Turn Ten on lap two and continued to draft Richardson until making a pass stick in Turn Five of lap three. From there each of the top three went into race management mode and the podium stayed unchanged, Lopez in first, Meyer in second, and Richardson in third. Importantly, the second-place finish would secure the title for Meyer.

After the race Meyer commented on his championship, “I’d like to say a huge thanks to all of the guys in Utah for pushing each other to go faster, Genaro, Anthony, Ryan, and William. Thanks to my main sponsor, Velosio, a full-service technology partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics 365. Velosio is helping me keep my day job and keep my racing program mostly wife-approved. Thanks to Moto Station for all of their support and the awesome sticky Pirelli tires, the UtahSBA for putting on a great series, and last but not least Scott Rybarik, my coach and crew chief. This wouldn’t have happened without Scott.”

Of the race win Lopez remarked, “Of course I really wanted to win the championship but all I could do was win today’s race and hope for the best. After missing two rounds with injury, it just wasn’t meant to be. I want to thank Moto Station, Pirelli, Genaro’s Body Shop, Andrew’s Trucking, Utah Metal Works, and Vortex Racing.”

In other racing Donald Rothfuss led the pack into Turn One of the Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins race. Rothfuss was passed in Turn Two by Jared Baird and the two traded paint turn after turn for the remainder of lap one. Baird held the lead at the start of lap two but Rothfuss wasn’t far behind. Rothfuss attempted the pass for the lead in Turn Seven but couldn’t make anything stick. It wasn’t until lap three that Rothfuss was able to finally pass for the lead and break the race open and establish a sizable gap. From there the victory appeared to be a forgone conclusion for Rothfuss. A huge mistake in Turn Ten of the final lap saw Rothfuss run off the track. Fortunately, the gap was large enough for Rothfuss to regain control of the bike and pilot it home for the win unscathed.

Racing concluded in the afternoon with a one-time only race. Local racer Kevin Dolan is 69 this year and has been racing since 1981. In honor of Dolan’s racing career, a special “Formula 69” race was held. The club members gathered and were led by Dolan on a one lap race before the checkered flag was thrown by Dolan’s wife, Lisa. Congratulations to Kevin for a long and storied racing career.

Club racing is both the roots and lifeblood of the sport and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of our sponsors and the UtahSBA wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you. The UtahSBA and its board also wants to extend a sincere thanks to all the volunteers, track staff, the racers, and their families who show up round after round. Without you we wouldn’t be a club. Thanks again and We hope to see you all next year!

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 6 – UMC West – September 3rd, 2022 

Motostation/Moto United KOM Overall:

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

3. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

4. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Kellen Birch(YAM YZF-R1)

6. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

3. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

4. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Kellen Birch(YAM YZF-R1)

6. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

Moto United KOM GTU:

1. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

2. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

5. Sahar Zvik (KAW ZX-6R)

AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO

1. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Joshua Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

5. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

6. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

Off Highway Van Combined GTU

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

3. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

6. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Josh Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

5. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jake Ferdinand (APR RSV4)

3. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

4. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Cameron Holladay (YAM YZF-R1)

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Alex Zinaich (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Sahar Zvik (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Phil O’Bryan (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Dustin Lance (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Samuel Jensen (KTM RC 390)

The Weekend Garage Middleweight Superbike

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Kinzer Naylor (KAW ZX-6R)

3. Sahar Zvik (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

5. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

6. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Lee McNutt (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

4. Sahar Zvik (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. Joshua Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSX-R1000)

3. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

4. Cameron Holladay (YAM YZF-R1)

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Braxton Young (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

5. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

6. Marco Tellez (TRI 675)

Karl Malone Powersports  Moto 2

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX-6R)

2. Kinzer Naylor (KAW ZX-6R)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

4. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Andrew Skov (HON CBR600RR)

6. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

Redline Realty Moto 3

1. Brian Gerwe (KAW Ninja 400)

2. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

3. Ian Jenson (YAM YZF-R3)

4. Samuel Jensen (KTM RC 390)

 

Legion of Speed Novice GTO

1. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

3. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Zach Jensen (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Jake Ferdinand (APR RSV4)

6. Nolan Kiiskila (KAW ZX-6R)

Trackstar Novice GTU

1. Scott Christensen (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Zach Jenson (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

5. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Jake Ferdinand (APR RSV4)

Vortex Open Superbike

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Kellen Birch (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

6. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Matthew Lewis (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Kellen Birch (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins

1. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

2. Jared Baird (DUC 1299)

3. Jake Ferdinand (DUC 959)

4. Marco Tellez (TRI 675)

5. Robert Jojola (DUC 999)

TruSolace Production 500

1. Brian Childree (KAW Ninja 400)

2. Brian Gerwe (KAW Ninja 400)

3. Raab Gisseman (HON RS125)

4. Daniel Qualtire (YAM TZ250)

5. Samuel Jensen (KTM RC 390)

6. Ian Jenson (YAM YZF-R3)

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Marco Tellez (TRI 675)

2. Miguel Alamillo (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

3. David Schulz (YAM YZF YZF-R6)

4. Aaron Selbrede (HON CBR600RR)

5. Robert Jojola (DUC 999)

6. Andrew Love (KAW ZX-6R)

Napa Auto Parts Tooele Stock 1000

1. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

3. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

4. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

5. Kellen Birch (YAM YZF-R1)

6. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX-10R)

Carbonsmith Super Street Bike

1. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

2. Marco Tellez (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

3. Robert Jojola (DUC 1199)

4. Alex Zinaich (YAM FZ1)

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