Tooele • Everything was going as expected Sunday afternoon.
Spain’s Carlos Checa owned the fastest lap time in the final moments of Superpole 3, meaning he was about the claim the pole position for Monday’s FIM Superbike World Championship races.
Here is Monday’s complete schedule at Miller Motorsports Park:
9:20 a.m. » World Superbike warm-up
9:50 a.m. » AMA Pro V&H XR1200 warm-up
10:20 a.m. » AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike warm-up
11:05 a.m. » Pit walk
11:30 a.m. » Opening ceremonies
11:40 a.m. » World Superbike sighting laps
Noon » World Superbike, Race 1 (21 laps, 64 miles)
1:10 p.m. » AMA Pro V&H XR1200 sighting lap
1:20 p.m. » AMA Pro V&H XR1200 race (8 laps, 24.4 miles)
1:50 p.m. » AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike sighting laps
2 p.m. » AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race (16 laps, 48.8 miles)
3:10 p.m. » World Superbike sighting laps
3:30 p.m. » World Superbike, Race 2 (21 laps, 64 miles)
$40 for adult general admission, $50 for adult grandstand seating, $5 general admission for children (6-12), $10 grandstand seating for children (6-12). Children under 6 are free. For more information: 1-435-277-7223.
Hello, Jakub Smrz.
A 29-year-old from the Czech Republic, Smrz came flying down the long straight at Miller Motorsports Park and, on his last lap, snatched the pole away from Checa.
Smrz’s blistering time of 1 minute, 47.626 seconds translated into his first pole since 2009 and only the second of his career.
In six years on the World Superbike tour, Smrz has only four top-three finishes. He is still seeking his first victory.
Upon closer inspection, however, Smrz’s win in Superpole 3 shouldn’t have come as a huge surprise. His Ducati 1098R motorcycle has been one of the fastest in free and qualifying practice sessions.
By taking the pole from Checa, Smrz simply put an exclamation point on one of his best-ever performances.
"I’m very happy to take the pole because, in all the practices, we have been doing a good job and my bike has been perfectly prepared," Smrz said.
"I had small crash in free practice, but we got the bike back in time for Superpole and we should have good pace for the races tomorrow."
Checa will start next to Smrz in search of his fifth and sixth victories in Utah since 2008.
The reigning world champion, Checa’s top lap time in Superpole 3 was 1:47.810.
"I am quite satisfied," he said. "I think we did a good job. I expected to take the pole position but, at the end, Smrz went faster, and congratulations to him."
Checa believes the forecast for warmer temperatures and less wind on Memorial Day could be beneficial.
"I feel quite comfortable and I think the sun will arrive," he said. "This track is pretty nice in the dry, so hopefully, it will be good weather."
In other racing Sunday:
• Pole-sitter Hayden Gillim of Owensboro, Ky., scored a wire-to-wire victory over Jake Lewis of Princeton, Ky., in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class. Gillim prevailed by 1.062 seconds.
"I didn’t have any idea I could get out in front and get a gap," he said. "My tires started going away at the end and they started reeling me in. But I had a big enough gap they couldn’t quite catch me."
• In the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, Martin Cardenas of Medellin, Colombia, edged Jason DiSalvo of Batavia, N.Y., by the length of a motorcycle after a thrilling battle over the final two laps. The official margin of victory was one-tenth of a second.
"I had to push as hard as I could to catch Jason because he was very fast," Cardenas said. "But I pushed 100 percent and caught him and ended up winning."
• Josh Hayes of Gulfport, Miss,. secured the pole position for Monday’s AMA Pro National Guard Superbike race with a best lap time of 1:49.729 during two qualifying sessions.
Season points leader Blake Young of Waunakee, Wis., will start next to Hayes, who said, "I’m happy. The bike is running well. Everything seems to be clicking."
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