The World Superbike Championship will continue to visit the United States until 2013 after organisers reached an agreement to keep the series at Miller Motorsports Park for another three years.
The Utah venue made its debut on the schedule in 2008, signalling a return to the United States and North America for the first time in four years when Laguna Seca previously hosted the event.
The original agreement had ensured Miller Motorsports Park would host the event until 2010, but this has risen to 2013 following fruitful discussions between the circuit owners and Infront Motor Sports.
“We could not be more pleased to reach this agreement with Infront Motor Sports,” said MMP CEO and President Dan Davis. “It was important to us to secure this event for Miller Motorsports Park and fans across North America. Over the past few years, the business plan for the FIM Superbike World Championship has proven to be insightful and prudent, and we feel the championship is better positioned than any other racing series in the world right now.
“The management and staff of Infront Motor Sports, as well as the teams in the championship, have been terrific to work with. We have established a very good working partnership, and we look forward to five more successful and mutually beneficial years together.”
“Miller Motorsports Park is a world class facility and we have been extremely satisfied with our first event in Utah last year” added Infront Motor Sports SBK director Paolo Ciabatti. “Teams and riders really enjoyed the experience and as a result they voted MMP for the “Circuit of the Year” award, as the best venue of the 2008 championship.
“The new agreement is a demonstration of the excellent relationships with the management and staff of Miller Motorsports Park and shows our commitment to the US market. With seven manufacturers officially engaged in our series and thirty permanent riders, the FIM Superbike World Championship is now stronger than ever and therefore we look forward to a successful and long lasting relationship with Miller Motorsports Park for the years to come.”
The deal, which also includes the World Supersport Championship, comes following an upsurge in interest in the United States following the arrival of Ben Spies to the series.