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Team Suzuki/Yoshimura checks out Utah's new Miller Motorsports Park

April 9, 2006

Team Suzuki/Yoshimura checks out Utah's new Miller Motorsports Park

Tooele, UT - April 9, 2006 - Team Suzuki/Yoshimura's Mat Mladin was among the first professional motorcycle racers to test out the new $80 million world class facility just 30 miles outside of Salt Lake City, UT.

The site is still under major construction with the freshly laid pavement still a little rough. This reduced tire wear and slowed down testing however the new track will certainly be smoothed out with plenty of action scheduled between now and the June 17th Honda Summit of Speed event.

"The facility itself is beautiful," remarked Don Sakakura of Yoshimura Racing. "I think it will become one of our premier venues of the year."

Mladin was impressed with the 3.06 mile track. "I like it. The track flows really well and the turns really link and flow well together."

Sakakura was pleased with the philosophy and the attitude of the track designers and management. "It was refreshing that after testing they would round up everyone and have a very open minded discussion on ways to improve the facility and learn what the riders perceived as troublespots -like paving problems and safety issues."

The track boasts a 3500-foot straightaway and promises to be one of the fastest tracks in North America. While the track is basically flat, Miller Motorsports Park's designers have incorporated several significant elevation changes in order to add character, challenge, and optimum sightlines for spectators.

Even though the site looks far from completion, Miller Motorsport's Carolyn Ashburn is confident: "Everything, and I mean everything, will be ready for the AMA event."

Team Suzuki/Yoshimura will be back in Utah at the end of May for additional testing. Meanwhile, however they are preparing to head to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham for Round on April 21st. "The improvements that we've put in this year are a huge improvement," Sakakura said. "We're looking forward to some great results this year."

If Daytona's one-two-three punch is any indication of what we're going to see this year from the Suzuki/Yoshimura Superteam, then bring it on.

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