Jayson Uribe In The MotoAmerica Superbike Mix At Utah
Jayson Uribe made a welcome return to the MotoAmerica Superbike series at the Utah Motorsports Campus this weekend, campaigning the sole Honda in the series and showing from the off that he wasn’t back simply to make up the numbers.
A new track configuration at UMC, situated close to Salt Lake City, levelled the playing field a little with Uribe qualifying an encouraging tenth position ahead of the opening twenty-three lap encounter.
A fast start followed by an aggressive but fair first few turns soon saw the #36 up into eighth where he sat comfortably on the back of the leading group. After losing touch slightly with the leaders as the race progressed after a small brake issue, Jayson rode smart to ensure he crossed the line eighth at the flag.
Race two saw Uribe end the opening lap in twelfth, the Californian easing himself into the weekend’s second twenty-three lap race. Up to ninth after a couple of laps, the race was halted prematurely on lap fourteen after a crash at turn six.
A short stoppage before the grid reformed for a ten-lap re-run allowed which gave the sole Honda on the grid a second bite of the cherry. A better start saw Jayson immediately slot into eighth where he would remain until the flag after a race long duel with former World Superbike top ten finisher Jake Gagne.
Jayson will be back on the grid at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in a few weeks’ time when MotoAmerica runs alongside the FIM Superbike World Championship.
“Had a great debut weekend in the MotoAmerica Superbike championship. We’ve been preparing for this weekend since early November 2018, and it seems that our hard work has paid off. Being a two-day race event, everything was pretty compact. Not much time to find a decent set up or fix problems. My Honda CBR1000RR ran like a champ, and we only had two minor mechanical issues throughout the weekend. We ran up front for a short period in both races. It was good for me to see where I was stronger, and weaker, than my competitors. Had rear brake problems in both races, but we ended up finishing P8 regardless. Had a killer battle with Jake Gagne – sorry about the extra rubber and red paint on your BMW Jake! – We came in with no expectations, and we’re leaving with high hopes of a top 5 in the future rounds. Can’t wait to get back out there! Also: I need to thank Danny Walker and Steve Karol for the parts. Without their help, I couldn’t build a bike to finish these long races.”
Action photo courtesy of Steve Midgley
Grid photo by Brian J Nelson