UtahSBA: Robarts Stars In Season-Opener At UMC West

UtahSBA: Robarts Stars In Season-Opener At UMC West

© 2020, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By James Riggs and Danny Egbert/UtahSBA:

The UtahSBA held its season opening Round 2 Saturday May 30th on Utah Motorsports Campus’ West track.

The UtahSBA faced many challenges in getting the 2020 season started following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships associated with it. Through the tireless work of the UtahSBA board of directors, volunteers, and the deepened support of the club’s members and sponsors, including new title sponsor Utah Motorcycle Law, Round 2 moved forward and was very successful using a temporary single day racing format.

On Friday prior to the round the club hosted 17 New Racer Certification (NRC) students and 6 Advanced Racer course (ARC) students for a variety of skills development on and off the track. The classes were held in partnership with Apex Trackdays utilizing what is ordinarily their C group. The classes went very well with accelerating lap times across both groups of students and only one set of bars touching down throughout the day marking a strong start to the modified weekend and season schedule of the UtahSBA. Spirits were high and everyone was excited to be back on track.

With the new one-day racing schedule Saturday moved into high gear after some brief practice sessions in the morning. Riders in the Formula 40 GTO/GTU class (colloquially referred to in the pits as “formula old guy”) lined up early in the day for one of the club’s most celebrated races. As red lights turned off 16 riders flew down the straight into turn one. By the end of the first lap Bill Davis of Phoenix, Arizona had maneuvered himself from 9th into the first-place spot followed closely by Erik Grim and Michael Bradshaw. Bradshaw fought hard and managed to overtake Davis and Grim simultaneously in the 5th lap. Bradshaw held onto this lead taking the win with Davis in 2nd and Grim in 3rd.

Racing continued with Moto Station and AZ Riding Academy King of the Mountain (KOM) Qualifying. Out of the gate all qualifiers laid down blistering lap times considering the green track and the despised yet familiar Tooele Valley sustained southerly winds. Adam Robarts, of Duvall Washington kicked things into overdrive early on, laying down a 1:33.26 early in qualifying, a time that could have secured him pole. Undeterred by the irritating wind, Robarts and his BMW S1000RR fitted with Pirelli WSBK slicks and suspension built by Penske and GP Suspension shaved another nearly 1.5 seconds off to a 1:31.883. No one had a chance to best that as the session ended early, red flagged due to possible oil on track.

The KOM combined race kicked off with a dust-devil start and 17 racers banging for position for the entire lap first lap. 2018 KOM Champion Michael Bradshaw was leading into turn 10; as the racers approached the final turn Robarts made his move to overtake Bradshaw in the belly of the hairpin corner. The two nearly made contact as they howled onto the front straight with Robarts sticking the pass. Robarts switched on his BMW’s overdrive seen in qualifying and gapped the back from retirement Bradshaw. As racing progressed the real battle on the track was playing out for 3rd with 2019 KOM Champion Jerry Hicks on his R6 out cornering youngster Genaro Lopez and his BMW S1000RR and Bill Davis’ Beemer through lap 4. The 3 stayed close until the start of lap 6 when Lopez made a brave yet futile attempt to block pass Hicks into turn 1 but couldn’t make it stick. He stayed close and 1 lap later Lopez succeeded in turn 1. Lopez then set his sights on Bradshaw, who had built up a respectable gap courtesy of Lopez and Hicks’ shenanigans. Mother nature had other plans, however, with the winds increasing during lap 11 dramatically reducing visibility as a dust storm kicked up. The winds made short work sending debris of all kinds flying and the race was immediately red flagged. Since the race distance exceeded the half-way mark it was ruled complete with Robarts as the winner, Bradshaw 9.0 seconds behind and Lopez just 0.3 seconds behind Bradshaw.

It is springtime in the high desert, and our storm left us to destroy the marina at the Great Salt Lake. Racing did persist throughout the afternoon without incident, very successful racing all around. Notables include sophomore racer James Kling winning ee Racing Corps Open Twins and Bill Squires winning Blud Racing Lubricants Nov-O, Pilot Bill Davis taking Edge Powersports Deseret Dash Expert honors, Dave Purcell finally getting some over Brad Moore in the Inspired Financial Prod 500, and Jerry Hicks winning MotoStation Middleweight Superbike.

Even though the virus decreased numbers of racing enthusiasts during round 2, as racers rolled up their rugs and toolkits, you could feel the blustery excitement building for the upcoming Utah Motorcycle Law Masters of the Mountains Classic Round 3, scheduled for June 20th on UMC’s East Track and the chase for points offered by any season.

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 at www.utahsba.com

 

Overall Results:

Motostation/AZ Riding Academy KOM Overall:

1. Adam Robarts (BMW S1000RR)

2. Michael Bradshaw (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

4. Jerry Hicks (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

6. Duncan Biles (YAM YZF-R1)

 

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Adam Robarts (BMW S1000RR)

2. Michael Bradshaw (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

4. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

5. Duncan Biles (YAM YZF-R1)

6. Cody Cochran (BMW S1000RR)

 

AZ Riding Academy KOM GTU:

1. Jerry Hicks (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Brian Childree (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Dennis Stowers (TRI 675R)

4. Ryan Richardson (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Cole Phillips (YAM YZF-R6)

 

Harrison Eurosports Combined GTO

1. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Rick Squires (HON CBR1000RR)

3. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

4. Joshua Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA 400)

6. Miguel Alamillo (SUZ GSX-R600)

 

Kimco Combined GTU

1. Grant Cowan (Yamaha YZF-R1)

2. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSX-R600)

3. Raymond Clark (SUZ SV650)

4. Max Tseng (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Phil O’Bryan (KAW ZX-6R)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

2. Braden Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Eric Jones (YAM YZF-R6)

4. David Meyer (SUZ GSX-R1000)

5. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

6. Michael Montgomery (KAW ZX-6R)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Rick Squires (HON CBR1000RR)

2. James Kling (DUC 1198)

3. John Hewett (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Raymond Clark (SUZ GSX-R600)

5. Braxton Young (HON CBR600RR

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. Michael Bradshaw (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. Erik Grim (BMW S1000RR)

4. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Eric Jones (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Jason Johnson (DUC 848)

2. Phil O’Bryan (KAW ZX-6R)

3. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA 400)

5. Richard VanderStraten (HON CBR600RR)

6. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848)

 

The Edge Powersports Lightweight Superbike

1. David Purcell (KAW NINJA 400)

2. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

3. Christopher De La Torre (SUZ SV650)

4. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA 400)

5. Brock Jones (KTM RC 390)

 

Moto Station Middleweight Superbike

1. Jerry Hicks (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Brian Childree (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Grant Cowan (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Michael Montgomery (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Cole Phillips (YAM YZF-R6)

 

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Genaro Lopez (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Grant Cowan (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Cole Phillips (YAM YZF-R6)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. David Meyer (BMW S1000RR)

2. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSX-R1000)

3. James Kling (DUC 1198)

4. Marshall Miller (BMW S1000RR)

5. Josh Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

6. Rick Squires (HON CBR1000RR)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Grant Cowan (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Jason Johnson (DUC 848)

3. Phil O’Bryan (KAW ZX-6R)

4. Michael Montgomery (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Raymond Clark (SUZ GSX-R600)

6. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSX-R600)

 

MotoUnited Moto 2

1. Genaro Lopez (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Ryan Richardson (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Dennis Stowers (TRI 657R)

4. Grant Cowan (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Michael Montgomery (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSX-R600)

 

The Edge Powersports Moto 3

1. David Purcell (KAW NINJA 400)

2. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

3. Matt Phoumyxay (SUZ SV650)

4. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA 400)

5. Christopher De La Torre (SUZ SV650)

6. Timothy Nielsen (KTM RC 390)

 

Blud Racing Lubricants Novice GTO

1. James Kling (DUC 1198)

2. Rick Squires (HON CBR1000RR)

3. James Dailey (DUC V4R)

4. Joshua Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

5. John Hewett (KAW ZX-10R)

6. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSX-R600)

 

Blud Racing Lubricants Novice GTU

1. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSX-R600)

2. Belasario Arango (KAW ZX-6R)

3. Raymond Clark (SUZ GSX-R600)

4. Max Tseng (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

6. Russell Carpenter (YAM YZF-R6)

 

Moto Station Open Superbike

1. Adam Robarts (BMW S1000RR)

2. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

3. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

4. Brian Childree (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Jerry Hicks (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Duncan Biles (YAM YZF-R1)

 

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Genaro Lopez (BMW S1000RR)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. Cody Cochran (BMW S1000RR)

4. David Meyer (SUZ GSX-R1000)

5. Steven Marco (YAM YZF-R1)

6. Spencer Kruger (YAM YZF-R1)

 

ee Racing Corps Open Twins

1. James Kling (DUC 1198)

2. Dennis Stowers (TRI 675R)

3. Jason Johnson (DUC 848)

4. Raymond Clark (SUZ SV650)

5. Matt Phoumyxay (SUZ SV650)

6. Christopher De La Torre (SUZ SV650)

 

Inspired Financial Production 500

1. David Purcell (KAW NINJA 400)

2. Brad Moore (YAM YZF-R3)

3. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA 400)

4. Brock Jones (KTM RC 390)

5. Phil O’Brian (KAW NINJA 400)

 

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Russell Carpenter (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX-6R)

3. John Hewitt (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Chris Cramer (APR 1100R)

 

C&R Coatings Stock 1000

1. Cody Cochran (BMW S1000RR)

2. David Meyer (SUZ GSX-R1000)

3. James Peterec (SUZ GSX-R1000)

4. James Dailey (DUC V4 R)

5. Rick Squires (HON CBR1000RR)

6. John Hewett (KAW ZX-10R)

 

Mountain Autosport Super Street Bike

1. Cole Phillips (YAM FZ8)

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