UtahSBA: Norton Wins Another King Of The Mountain GTO Race

UtahSBA: Norton Wins Another King Of The Mountain GTO Race

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

Round Two of the Utah Sport Bike Association Masters of the Mountain Race Series, presented by Utah Motorcycle Law, was held on May 28 at Utah Motorsports Campus on the East course configuration.

The morning races presented challenging conditions as race direction determined that they would be run under wet race procedures. In the Karl Malone Powersports Moto 2 race Utah local Josh Fisher would jump out to a commanding early lead. On lap three Peter Hofpointner would narrow the advantage by turning a 1:48.5 versus the 1:48.75 put in by Fisher. Fisher answered back with a 1:47.75 on lap four to re-establish his growing lead enroute to victory. The Moto 2 race would be a harbinger of things to come as it would be the first of four victories Fisher would tally on the day.

After lunch, racing action kicked off with the premier race, Moto United King of the Mountain GTU combined with Moto Station/Pirelli Tire King of the Mountain GTO. Fastest qualifier Genaro Lopez would suffer a mechanical on the start but would be granted a reprieve as a first lap red flag caused by a gridding error would bring the field in for a restart. As the red lights went out Round One winner Anthony Norton on the Apex Assassins Kawasaki ZX10 would lead Dave Meyer and Lopez into Turn One. Lopez would quickly pass Meyer on lap one, making the running order Norton, Lopez, Meyer at the start of lap two. In what was to be a pattern, Norton would build a lead through the first half of the course, with Lopez regaining contact in Turn 11, and attempting a variety of different passes at different times in Turns 11-14 unsuccessfully throughout the ensuing laps. On the penultimate lap Lopez would succumb to the pace, suffering a high-side, breaking his hand in the process. From there Norton would cruise to victory unchallenged for the remaining lap and a half. After the race Norton commented, “I struggled all day in Turn 11 and I could hear Genaro (Lopez) gaining on me. Luckily, I was able to build enough of a gap on the first half of the track to hold him off in Turn 11 where he was faster. It was a bummer to see him go down there. It would have been fun to take that one to the line.”

The third through fifth place chase group was led by Dave Meyer, being chased by Will Russell and Cole Phillips. Russell would make the pass for third on lap four with Phillips following behind in fifth. Phillips would regain contact with Meyer, now running fourth, on lap four, but by lap six Phillips would lose touch. Russell, Meyer, and Phillips would all move up one position after the Lopez crash to third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

After the competitors gridded up and brought the RPM’s up for the Off Highway Van Combined U race, the red light went out and first year expert Chayce Lance would get a jump on the field and lead Josh Fisher and Belisario Arango into Turn One. As the race progressed Scott Christensen would battle with Arango for two laps before finally making a pass stick on lap three. The running order now Lance, Fisher, Christensen, Arango. By the start of lap three Lance had begun to open a gap that would eventually grow to 15 seconds by the white flag lap. As Lance came through Turn Seven on the final lap, the Utah Motorcycle Law R6 would break rear traction, sending the chin bar of Lance’s helmet through his windscreen before he was able to regain control of the motorcycle. Fortunately for Lance the lead would hold and he was able to secure the checkered flag. Fisher and Christensen would drag race to a photo finish with Fisher barely edging Christensen for second. “I had a really stressful work week and I guess all the aggression just came out in the race. I really want to thank my dad, Utah Motorcycle Law, and the guys at One 7 Six for all their help with my racing,” said Lance.

After the on-track battles, the racers gathered for their traditional BBQ to bench race and smack talk ahead of round three, which will be held on June 18th at Utah Motorsports Campus on the East track configuration. The Utah Sport Bike Association races thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and we wish to offer a sincere thanks to them, in addition to our volunteers, our racers, and their families. We look forward to seeing you all at Round Three!

 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.

 

Motostation/Moto United KOM Overall:

1. Anthony Norton (KAW ZX10R)

2. David Meyer (YAM R1)

3. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

4. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX10R)

5. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

6. Mike Bishop (APR RSV4)

 

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Anthony Norton (KAW ZX10R)

2. David Meyer (YAM R1)

3. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

4. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX10R)

5. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

6. Mike Bishop (APR RSV4)

 

Moto United KOM GTU:

1. Peter Hofpointner (KAW ZX6R)

2. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX6R)

3. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

 

AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO

1. Steven Marco (YAM R1)

2. Christopher Mousley (YAM R1)

3. Scott Christensen (YAM R6)

4. Nicholas Koken (YAM R6)

5. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

6. Matthew Cooper (APR RSV4)

 

Off Highway Van Combined GTU

1. Chayce Lance (YAM R6)

2. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

3. Scott Christensen (YAM R6)

4. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

5. Zach Jenson (YAM R6)

6. Kevin Caputo (YAM R6)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

2. Steven Marco (YAM R1)

3. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

4. David Meyer (KAW ZX10R)

5. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

6. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

2. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

3. Zach Jenson (YAM R6)

4. Landon Mattson (SUZ GSX-R600)

5. Dustin Lance (YAM R6)

6. Mario Fernandez (YAM R6)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX10R)

2. Alex Zinaich (YAM R1)

3. Jeff Taylor (YAM R1)

4. Christopher Mousley (YAM R1)

5. David Meyer (HON CBR1000RR)

6. Mike Bishop (APR RSV4)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Brian Naylor (ZAW ZX6R)

2. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

3. Dustin Lance (YAM R6)

4. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX6R)

5. Eliu Heredia (YAM R6)

6. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

 

Velosio Lightweight Superbike

1. Daniel Egbert (APR RS660)

 

The Weekend Garage Middleweight Superbike

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Brian Naylor (KAW ZX6R)

3. Peter Hofpointner (KAW ZX6R)

4. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

5. Nicholas Koken (YAM R6)

6. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR)

 

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

3. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

4. Kevin Caputo (YAM R6)

5. Alex Hatfield (YAM R6)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSX-R1000)

2. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

3. Joshua Snow (YAM R1)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX6R)

4. Mario Fernandez (YAM R6)

5. Landon Mattson (SUZ GSX-R600)

6. Steven A Nagie (YAM R6)

 

Karl Malone Powersports  Moto 2

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Peter Hofpointner (YAM R6)

3. Nicholas Koken (YAM R6)

4. Daniel Egbert (APR RS660)

 

Redline Realty Moto 3

1. Ian Jenson (YAM R3)

 

Legion of Speed Novice GTO

1. Jeff Taylor (YAM R1)

2. Christopher Mousley (YAM R1)

3. Scott Christensen (YAM R6)

4. Alban Bonilla (BMW S1000RR)

5. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM R6)

6. Eliu Heredia (YAM R6)

 

Trackstar Novice GTU

1. Scott Christensen (YAM R6)

2. Nolan Kiiskila (KAW ZX6R)

3. Zach Jenson (YAM R6)

4. Brian Gerwe (HON CBR600RR)

5. Mario Fernandez (YAM R6)

6. Jeff Leeman (YAM R6)

 

Vortex Open Superbike

1. Anthony Norton (KAW ZX10R)

2. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

3. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX10R)

4. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX10R)

5. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX10R)

6. Steven Marco (YAM R1)

 

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

3. Steven Marco (YAM R1)

4. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

5. Mike Bishop (APR RSV4)

6. Matthew Cooper (APR RSV4)

 

Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins

1. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

2. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

3. Daniel Egbert (APR RS660)

 

TruSolace Production 500

1. Ian Jenson (YAM R3)

 

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Jordan DeJarnett (YAM R6)

2. Rachel Kuns (YAM R6)

3. Jared Baird (DUC 1299)

4. David Schulz (YAM R6)

 

Napa Auto Parts Tooele Stock 1000

1. Anthony Norton (KAW ZX10R)

2. William Russell (SUZ GSX-R1000R)

3. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

4. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX10R)

5. Cole Phillips (KAW ZX10R)

6. Mike Bishop (APR RSV4)

 

Carbonsmith Super Street Bike

1. Daniel Bodon (KAW ZX6R)

2. Remington Mathews (KTM 1290R Super Duke)

3. Robert Jojola (DUC 1199)

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