MotoAmerica Changes Qualifying Procedure For UMC Round

A new qualifying procedure will be in place for this weekend’s race in Utah. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

MotoAmerica has announced a slightly different qualifying procedure for the EBC Brakes Superbike, Supersport and Liqui Moly Junior Cup classes for this coming weekend’s Championship of Utah at the Utah Motorsports Campus, June 15-16.

Due to the time constrictions of the two-day schedule, Superpole has been eliminated for the UMC round and grid positions for the EBC Brakes Superbike class will be based on each rider’s fastest time from all qualifying practice sessions combined. With Superpole not on the schedule for UMC, Dunlop qualifying tires will not be made available.

For the Supersport and Liqui Moly Junior Cup classes, grid positions for race one will be based on the fastest time recorded by each rider in the qualifying practice, per usual. Grid positions for race two, however, will be based on the riders’ fastest lap from race one. Those classified as DNS will start race two from the back of the grid. Those riders who didn’t start race one will be gridded based on their qualifying time after all the other riders have been gridded.

“After our first two-day event at VIR, we requested feedback from our teams and modified the schedule and qualifying based on that feedback,” said MotoAmerica’s Chuck Aksland. “VIR posed some exciting challenges for the teams, and we think this change will both make the condensed schedule more manageable and a better show for our fans.”