TOOELE — Superbike riders qualified Friday on the 4.5-mile track at Miller Motorsports Park.

Josh Hayes, the defending AMA Formula Xtreme champ, set the mark at 2 minutes, 52.77 seconds for one lap and grabbed the pole position for today's race.

For the second part of the main event, the riders in the HANNspree World Superbike races did little more than try to acquaint themselves with a new track in preparation for Sunday's twin-bill.

The American riders and the riders on the world tour will race on separate track configurations, which will make it impossible to compare the two tours. Riders say apart from the fact that Americans ride factory bikes and the world riders are open to their own designs, and that the world tour requires use of a specific tire where the American tour doesn't, there are few differences.

This will be the third year the AMA has raced at the Miller track. This will be the first time in four years the world tour has raced on American soil.

Last year, the AMA riders stayed on the outer course, which is only three miles long.

Hayes' teammate, Jake Zemke, was the second top qualifier. His time was 2:53.177. Both men ride for Honda.

Zemke comes into the Miller race having won the last three races and is the current points leader in the series.

The other two riders filling in the four-rider front row at the start are Steve Rapp and Chaz Davies, both riding for Kawasaki.

In qualifying for the AMA Superbike race, Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking had the fastest run in practice on Friday, but couldn't back it up in qualifying in the afternoon. Suzuki's Ben Spies posted the fastest run with a time of 2:47.037. His teammate, Mat Mladin, was second.

The first race in the AMA Superbike event will start at 12:45 p.m. today. The Xtreme race will start at 4:55 p.m. The first race on Sunday will start at 10:40 a.m. The first world event will be at noon on Sunday and the second race at 3:30 p.m.

The Superbike World Championship races on Sunday will be broadcast live on 95 television networks to 173 countries.

For more information on the HANNspree Superbike World Championship, visit the series Web site at For more information on the AMA Superbike Championship, visit their Web site at

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