Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Independence Day RedBud National Top 10 For Blake Baggett

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Buchanan, Michigan – On Saturday the AMA Pro Motocross Championship made its annual Fourth of July weekend visit to the famous RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan, amid the celebrated fan’s yell of “Red Bud!” For Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett the race was a challenging outing. Tough starts meant he spent both motos chasing from behind and having to deal with constant traffic and heavy roost kicked up by the riders he was pursuing. In the end Baggett managed to race his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 back into a solid eighth-place overall with moto finishes of 6-9.

Yet another top-10 result keeps Baggett solidly in fourth in the series standings as the second half of the summer’s outdoor national season is underway.

The speed and agility of Baggett’s RM-Z450 netted him a strong qualifying time of 2:02.119 on the demanding RedBud track, giving him the seventh gate pick for the start of the pair of 30-minute, plus-two laps motos.

Blake Baggett - Suzuki RM-Z450
“The track was definitely filled with lots of ruts,” Baggett said after his first laps around RedBud on a 450cc machine. “It was super technical and soft in some spots. The track was a new to everyone since they made a few changes from last year.” Things got a little off-kilter right out of the gate for Baggett at the start of the first moto.

“In moto one I got a little bit sideways off the gate,” he explained. “I came in contact with the rider next to me and didn’t get the greatest drive around the first turn. I started down in about 12th and made it to sixth. I couldn’t work my way any farther forward than that. I didn’t have the greatest flow today.”

Baggett found the going even tougher in moto two. A traffic jam in turn one was what greeted the 450 Motocross rookie. He ended up mired somewhere in the middle of the dirt-spattered jumble of the 40-rider field.

“I got a bad jump off the gate and was towards the inside,” he said. “I got pinched off and was just buried. I made it up to ninth and could get any more than that. Even though I was trying left and right, I couldn’t gain any more positions.”

Blake Baggett RM-Z450
Baggett reflected on the RedBud weekend and looks forward to Millville in two weeks’ time. He described the ongoing learning process halfway through his rookie 450 MX season.

“Eighth overall wasn’t the greatest day for us,” Baggett admitted. “I’m looking forward to the weekend off and keep working on my riding being a little bit smoother and a little more precise in some areas, while also letting it hang out in other areas. I’m looking forward to preparing for Millville.”

As he mentioned, the series takes a weekend off before Yoshimura Suzuki and Baggett return to action in the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on July 18 with the La Crescent Wine and Spirits Spring Creek National from Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. It will serve as the eighth stop of the 12-round championship.

Baggett will be in Minnesota a day early to meet with fans on Friday, July 17 at River Valley Powersports, 5327 East Frontage Road NW in Rochester, Minnesota, from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Red Bud 450 Motocross Results:
1. Justin Barcia (2-1) 2. Ryan Dungey (1-2) 3. Ken Roczen (3-3) 4. Broc Tickle (4-7) 5. Weston Peick (5-6) 6. Christophe Pourcel (10-4) 7. Fredrik Noren (7-8) 8. Blake Baggett (6-9) 9. Justin Brayton (9-10) 10. Thomas Hahn (8-12)

450 Motocross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 303 2. Ken Roczen, 259 3. Justin Barcia, 240 4. Blake Baggett, 212 5. Jason Anderson, 197 6. Broc Tickle, 190 7. Christophe Pourcel, 186 8. Weston Peick, 171 9. Phil Nicoletti, 151 10. Fredrik Noren, 132

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Dunlop, Motorex, Showa, Renthal, Vortex, Shorai, Elf Racing Fuels, Seven, Hinson Clutch Components, RG3, Matrix, Works Connection, GET, Excel, NGK, D.I.D., Twin Air, Moto Tassinari, Roy’s Cyclery, Guts Racing Products, Mechanix Wear, Kokusan Denki, N-Style and Ogio.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett @ Budds Creek

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and his team at the sixth round of the 2015 AMA Pro Motocross Championships in .


Since 1989, Budds Creek has hosted an AMA Motocross Championship event every year, whether it be a 125cc/500cc National, a 125cc/250cc National, or in the current form – 250cc/450cc National. It always promises some of the best races of the season.

The natural terrain track has been home to some epic events including 125, 250 and 500 AMA Nationals and three World Championship’s. It also hosted the Motocross Des Nations in 2007. Budds Creek also hosts numerous amateur motocross races. By far the most popular track is Budds Creek, and home to Mid Atlantic Motocross Association’s. Rarely a weekend goes by without an event at Budds Creek.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Utah MotoAmerica Superbike Podiums For Roger Hayden

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Tooele, Utah (June 29, 2015) – Roger Hayden continued to show great speed in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike action aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000, enough in fact to lead parts of race two at Miller Motorsports Park on Sunday. In the end Hayden found a way to finish on the podium, in third, in both races in Utah, in spite of having a few issues along the way. Hayden’s teammate Jake Lewis continued his progress in his first year of Superbike racing. Lewis was fourth in both legs, good enough to hold onto third in the series standings. Hayden’s string of podium results has moved him to within two points of Lewis in the points.

Roger Hayden
This weekend’s races were held in 100-degree heat of Utah’s Great Basin testing both man and machine. Hayden and his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 were up to the task qualifying on the front row with a time of 1:50.968 on the expansive 3.048-mile outer course.

In the first Superbike race Hayden and Lewis finished third and fourth, less than a second apart, but well back from the leaders. Adjustments were made and for Hayden things were looking up in race two. He battled Josh Hayes for the lead and actually led portions of the race. But then Hayden’s machine experienced a mechanical issue and he reluctantly had to give up the battle for the lead and instead focus on finishing the race. Although he was down a bit on power, the handling of the GSX-R1000 helped Hayden cross the line once again in third.

It marked Hayden’s fourth consecutive podium finish and moved him just two points out of third in the standings.

“It’s hard to complain about two podium finishes,” Hayden said. “I think the whole team was a little disappointed though because we were battling for a win there in the second race. We just had a little mechanical issue the last six laps and I brought it home third. Luckily we actually got to finish the race. I thank my whole team. It was hot this weekend and they did an incredible job. We’re looking forward to Laguna.”

Roger Hayden
Lewis meanwhile scored another fourth-place finish in race two and continues to be turn in solid performances as a rookie in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike. Remarkably Lewis continues to hold third in the standings after six event weekends and 12 races.

"This weekend went pretty well,” he said. “I was a little disappointed to finish fourth both races, but I rode as hard as I could. We had a few small issues that cost us a little bit, but I'm happy to leave the weekend healthy and I'm looking forward to the next round"

Yoshimura Suzuki will be back in action during the combined MotoAmerica and World Superbike weekend at on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula and Laguna Seca, in Monterey, California, on July 17-19. The Laguna race will air nationally on CBS Sports Network on July 26 at 2:00pm Eastern.

2015 Miller SBK Race 1:
1. Josh Hayes (Yam) 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yam) 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 5. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 6. Danny Eslick (Hon) 7. Bernat Martinez (Yam) 8. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 9. Elena Myers (Suzuki). 10. Sebastiao Ferreira (Kaw)

2015 Miller SBK Race 2:
1. Josh Hayes (Yam) 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yam) 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 5. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 6. Danny Eslick (Honda) 7. Bernat Martinez (Yam) 8. Sebastiao Ferreira (Kaw) 9. Matthew Orange (BMW)

2015 Superbike Standings:
1. Josh Hayes (Yam), 245 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yam), 241 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki), 171 4. Roger Hayden (Suzuki), 169 5. Bernat Martinez (Yam), 117 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki), 94 7. Danny Eslick (Hon), 92 8. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki), 81 9. Chris Fillmore (KTM), 75 10. Mathew Orange (Hon), 40

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Tom Coronel 7-2 @ Circuit Paul Ricard WTCC Races

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A good result for Tom Coronel in WTCC races at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. His strong seventh place in the second race makes him best-placed Dutch driver in 2015 WTCC

Paul Ricard, 28 June, 2015 – For Tom Coronel, the FIA WTCC meeting at Circuit Paul Ricard again was a weekend of survival. In the free practice sessions, things went well, but in qualifying, he was four hundredths of a second short of making it into the second session with his ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze. Thus, he wasn't able to secure a better starting grid position for the second race. Now, he had to start from 13th place for both races.

In the first race, he had a decent getaway and battled with a group of drivers for tenth to 13th place. He moved up into eleventh position and charged with everything he had for a top ten result. He just missed out on that and eventually also saw his eleventh place taken away by Rickard Rydell on the finish line.

Tom Coronel
The second race of the day was a more turbulent affair and there were huge fights for positions ahead of Coronel. Due to penalties and retirements for other drivers, the Dutchman soon found himself in the top ten and showed a strong performance. He overtook Lada driver Jaap van Lagen, he managed to stay ahead of team-mate Tom Chilton and after a very exciting battle in the closing stages, he finished seventh in the provisional results. In the FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers' standings, Coronel is currently twelfth with a total of 33 points.

"In free practice sessions and qualifying, we had to work hard to set a decent lap time," Coronel starts his report. "We didn't manage to end up further up the ranks. Eventually, I missed out on making it into the second session by only four hundredths of a second. That is the session in which the starting grid positions for the second race are determined, but unfortunately, I wasn't one of the drivers in that session. Too bad, because in 13th place on the grid for both races, I had to move up through the ranks twice. In the first race, I had no way to do so. The car didn't run well, I had no grip and no acceleration. It was like driving on barbed wire. I fought for what I was worth and I even lost one more place to Rickard Rydell at the finish line. In between the two races, we have changed the settings of the car and that worked out well. In the second race, things were going much better. The tyres had more grip, the car had better throttle response and it was easier to battle with the drivers around me. I even overtook several drivers. Moreover, I had some luck with drivers in front of me, so that I was able to finish seventh."

"Now, we are staying here at Paul Ricard and tomorrow (Monday), we will be filming for RTL and our YouTube channel. For Tuesday, we have four sets of tyres for extensive test sessions. Actually, we have never really been able to do so last year and this year. We hope to complete the final fine-tuning for the rest of the season with this test. The next races take place at a street circuit in Portugal, which is new in the championship and new to me. Normally, I am doing quite well on street circuits and I hope that we can put in a good performance there with the test sessions we will be doing now," Coronel says.



Result Race 1: 1. Sebastien Loeb 16 laps; 2. Yvan Muller +6.020; 3. José Maria López +7.147; 4. Ma Qing Hua +9.102 (all Citroën C-Elysée WTCC ); 5. Tom Chilton (ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1) +12.638 and 12. Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1) +31.822.
Result Race 2: 1. José Maria López 16 laps (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC); 2. Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic WTCC) +1,449; 3. Ma Qing Hua +2.156; 4. Yvan Muller +3.165 (both Citroën C-Elysée WTCC); 5. Gabriele Tarquini, (Honda Civic WTCC) +12.071 and 7. Tom Coronel, (ROAL Motorsport-Chevrolet-RML Cruze TC1) +16.681.

FIA WTCC standings after 14 of 24 races: 1. José Maria López 282 points; 2. Yvan Muller 243; 3. Sebastien Loeb 208; 4. Tiago Monteiro 114; 5. Ma Qing Hua 113 and 12. Tom Coronel 33.

(Results and standings subject to confirmations by the stewards)

2015 FIA WTCC calendar:
France (Paul Ricard), 26-28 June Portugal (Vila Real), 10-12 July Japan (Motegi), 11-13 September China (Shanghai), 25-27 September Thailand (Buriram), 30 October-1 November Qatar (Losail), 26-27 November*
*subject to signing of the event promoter contract.

In the FIA WTCC 2015 season, Tom Coronel is being supported by: DHL, McGregor, Valvoline, TW Steel -big in oversized watches-, ERU Prestige, Equinix, Amando Face & Body Care, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, De Wild Multi Print Solutions, ASC Group, Lesonal, Canvassite.nl, Allsecur, Playseat, Intrax, Super-B, RSII and CM.

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Blake Baggett Scores @ Budds Creek AMA Pro Motocross

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Mechanicsville, Maryland – A 4-2 in the mud earns Blake Baggett His Second-Career 450 MX Podium. Blake Baggett not only survived, but actually thrived in atrocious conditions at the Budds Creek National Saturday in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Baggett raced his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to third overall with a 4-2, in spite of facing a track turned into a mud bog in the second moto. Thunderstorms hit the facility and delayed the second moto turning the hilly Maryland circuit into one of the most challenging adventures the riders would face all season.

Blake Baggettt
The strong podium finish moved Baggett up to fourth in the series standings (just eight points out of third) at the halfway point of the 12-round AMA Pro Motocross Championship. In timed qualifying Baggett provided no clue of the amazing day he was about to have. He clocked a decent 2:17.228 on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, which placed him ninth.

At the start of the first moto Baggett used the power of his RM-Z450 to run fourth in the early going. He ran rock steady inside the top five the entire moto and had to make his way around fellow Suzuki rider Ken Roczen in the final two laps to take home fourth.

The second moto was delayed for a couple of hours after thunderstorms postponed the proceedings. The track was badly flooded in several sections so that also took time for officials to remedy.

In spite of track maintenance’s best efforts, the track was far from ideal in moto two. Throughout the moto riders crashed left and right and many dropped out or blew up before the end. However Baggett found the tractable motor of his Yoshimura Suzuki working flawlessly despite the conditions. He ran in the top three the entire way in the moto and he and Christophe Pourcel engaged in a torrid battle in the closing laps. Both riders pushed so hard they fell, but it was Baggett finding a way to get past the Frenchman in the closing minutes to earn him second place.

The runner-up result in the second moto was the best moto finish so far for Baggett in his rookie 450 Motocross campaign.

Blake Baggett
“Christophe (Pourcel) went down and I got around him,” Baggett explained of his late battle. “And then I went down and he got back around me. Then I made a last-ditch effort and got him at the off-camber corner there at the end. All in all it was a good weekend. This place is always awesome to me whether I win or I don’t. I love this place and I always love coming back, rain or shine it doesn’t matter. I’ve got to give it up to the whole Yoshimura Suzuki team for sticking behind me.”

Yoshimura Suzuki and Baggett return to racing in the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on Independence Day next Saturday, July 4, as the series moves to the legendary Red Bud National in Buchanan, Michigan.

Baggett will be on hand for a meet and greet with fans at North End Cycle, 2426 Cassopolis Street, Elkhart, Indiana, on Friday, July 3 from 6-7:00 pm.

Budds Creek 450 Motocross Results:
1. Justin Barcia (3-1) 2. Christophe Pourcel (2-3) 3. Blake Baggett (4-2) 4. Ken Roczen (5-4) 5. Ryan Dungey (1-12) 6. Jason Anderson (7-7) 7. Broc Tickle (6-9) 8. Phil Nicoletti (11-5) 9. Tommy Hahn (12-6) 10. Wil Hahn (8-14)

450 Motocross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 256 2. Ken Roczen, 219 3. Justin Barcia, 193 4. Blake Baggett, 185 5. Jason Anderson, 178 6. Broc Tickle, 158 7. Christophe Pourcel, 157 8. Weston Peick, 140 9. Phil Nicoletti, 132 10. Eli Tomac, 125

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Jake Lewis Grabs Brace Of Elkhart Lake Superbike Podiums

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It was three podium finishes in two races for Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s dynamic duo Sunday at a sunny, cool and crisp Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. MotoAmerica Superbike rookie Jake Lewis scored a pair of podium finishes on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike in front of a big crowd at the scenic, four-mile road course. His teammate Roger Hayden was runner up in race one and finished fourth in the second leg.

The finishes kept Lewis and Hayden in third and fourth respectively in the MotoAmerica AMA Superbike standings after eight races.

Jake Lewis
Lewis qualified on the front row, third, in the rainy Superpole on Saturday. Yet it was a weekend of marked contrast in both the changeable spring Wisconsin weather, but for rider luck as well. Hayden raced a little beat up on Sunday after crashing in the rain during Saturday’s qualifying session.

The fall off in Superpole meant Hayden started from ninth on the grid on Sunday, but that proved not to be an issue as he was able to quickly motor his way to the front in race one using the horsepower on tap with his GSX-R1000. Hayden nearly put himself in a position to draft into the lead at the finish of race one, but came up just shy of taking the victory. The official margin between Hayden and winner Cameron Beaubier was a scant 0.136-seconds.

“I kind of put myself into a hole in qualifying, crashing out and having to start ninth,” Hayden admitted. “But I got a really good start and was right there with the leaders in turn one thanks to the power of the bike. I just hung on there for a while and then Josh (Hayes) crashed and we lost a little bit of time. I caught back up to Cameron and just was right there. I was really hoping to make a pass on him on the last lap, but I just didn’t make it happen.

“The second race didn’t really go as planned. We had little bit of an issue that hampered us the whole race and we got fourth. We still had a good showing and almost got the win in the first race. I feel like we’re right there and I’m looking forward to Barber. It’s one of my strongest tracks. I’ve got to thank my whole team because they had to do a lot of extra work after my Saturday crash. They did a great job as always.”

An illustration of just how strong Hayden and the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 combination was came in race one when Hayden turned the fastest lap of the race with a 2:13.798.

For Superbike rookie Lewis, Road America marked a pair of races running consistently up front. Two consecutive podiums shows that the maturation into an elite Superbike rider by the lanky Kentuckian is continuing at a pace better than many expected. Lewis finished third in both Elkhart Lake rounds.

Roger Hayden
“This weekend was pretty good,” Lewis explained. “I was pretty happy with two podiums and I felt I rode a lot better than I have recently. I was able to run with the front guys in both races and see what I need to work on. I had a good qualifying session and got off to two great starts. I felt good in all the conditions we had here. It gives me a lot of momentum and confidence going into the next round. Hopefully I’ll be fighting up front again and finish even a little higher up.”

The Road America races will be nationally televised on June 7th on CBS Sports Network at 2:00 pm Eastern.

The Yoshimura Suzuki squad returns to action on June 12-14 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Check out www.motortrendondemand.com/live/ to watch the races live on June 14.

Elkhart Lake AMA Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam) 2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 4. Danny Eslick (Honda) 5. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 6. Josh Hayes (Yam) 7. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 8. Bernat Martinez (Yam) 9. Stefano Mesa (Honda)

Elkhart Lake AMA Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yam) 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yam) 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 4. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 5. Danny Eslick (Honda) 6. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 7. Bernat Martinez (Yam) 8. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship Points:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam), 176 2. Josh Hayes (Yam), 150 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki), 116 4. Roger Hayden (Suzuki), 101 5. Bernat Martinez (Yam), 84 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki), 70 7. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki), 54 8. Danny Eslick (Honda), 48 9. Stefano Mesa (Honda), 35 10. Chris Fillmore (KTM), 32

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Check Out Roger Hayden & Jake Lewis @ VIRaceway

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Check out the behind the scenes action of Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Roger Hayden, Jake Lewis and their team at the third round of the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike series at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.



Recently chosen as one of Car and Driver Magazine’s top six road courses in the nation, VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road course offering professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing, as well as a wide range of track events. Each year, VIR draws tens of thousands of spectators for some of the best road racing in the country. Its uphill Esses and sharp elevation changes not only make it a fan and driver favorite, but have also established it as a prominent testing facility for the automotive industry. While racing is the heart of VIR, the expansive 1,300-acre property located at the Virginia-North Carolina border is so much more. America’s first true “motorsport resort,” it’s an entire vacation destination with a number of onsite hotel and lodging options. Within the property’s rolling hills and miles of lush forest, guests can enjoy unique amenities such as the exclusive Driver’s Club, karting, off-road racing, skeet shooting, pistol, and rifle ranges, skid pad, dining options, spa and more.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Blake Baggett Misses Podium @ Hangtown Motocross Classic

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Yoshimura Suzuki Rookie Just Misses the Podium in Opener @ Hangtown Motocross Classic, Rancho Cordova California. Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Supercross rookie Blake Baggett was impressive in his 450 Motocross debut Saturday, May 16 at the historic Hangtown Motocross Classic, the opening event of the 12-round AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Baggett raced his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to fifth-place overall with a 4-6 moto finish in front of a national television audience on NBC Sports Network.

Blake Baggett Suzuki
Baggett began the day carefully learning the characteristic of the RM-Z450 on an outdoor national circuit, a machine that is considerably more powerful than what he raced last year in the 250MX class. In spite of his measured approach Baggett still managed to come out eighth in Timed Qualifying.

“It went pretty well,” Baggett said of his early laps on the RM-Z at Hangtown. “I ended up qualifying eighth and I’m just learning. Learning what the track is going to be like on national day and how it plays out. I’ve got to clean up a few areas and smooth out a few things. I was tending to rush a few turns and I lost a bit of time, but I definitely think once I clean up a few areas I should be ready to go for Moto 1.”

Once the gate dropped on the 2015 outdoor nationals, Baggett got a solid start and ran fourth in the early laps. He then battled back and forth with a couple of riders, fell to fifth at one point before coming back to finish the grueling moto in fourth.

Baggett’s quest for a possible podium was hampered early in the second moto when he got caught up in traffic in the early set of turns and emerged way back in 12th on lap one. Fortunately Baggett had the power and handling of his RM-Z450 at his disposal and he started methodically making his way through the field. Getting pelted by roost and having to battle hard for every position predictably took its toll and in the end of the moto he came upon fellow Suzuki rider Ken Roczen. Even though he’d closed the gap fairly rapidly on Roczen, by the time he got there Baggett found he’d hit the redline physically.

BlakeBaggett Suzuki
Amazingly, had Baggett found a way to get by Roczen on the final lap he would have been on the podium. As it was he finished sixth in Moto 2 and ended the day fifth overall, tied in points for fourth and a mere one point out of third in the standings going into next week’s event.

Baggett was exhausted after his first 450 national, but he was satisfied knowing he gave his all on the track on what turned out to be a memorable 450 debut at Hangtown.

“It was gnarly,” Baggett said. “I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I learned a lot today and I’m just going to go back to work and keep plugging away and try to work my way towards the podium.”

The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next Saturday, May 23, with the FMF Glen Helen National in San Bernardino, California. Fans can meet and get an autograph from Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett on Friday, May 22, at Chaparral Motorsports, 555 S H Street in San Bernardino from 5-7:00 PM.

Hangtown 450 Motocross Results:
1. Eli Tomac (1-1) 2. Ryan Dungey (2-2) 3. Jason Anderson (3-7) 4. Weston Peick (8-3) 5. Blake Baggett (4-6) 6. Broc Tickle (6-8) 7. Brett Metcalfe (7-9) 8. Christophe Pourcel (5-12) 9. Fredrik Noren (10-10) 10. Phil Nicoletti (9-14)

450 Motocross Standings:
1. Eli Tomac, 50 2. Ryan Dungey, 44 3. Jason Anderson, 34 4. Weston Peick, 33 5. Blake Baggett, 33 6. Broc Tickle, 28 7. Brett Metcalfe, 26 8. Christophe Pourcel, 25 9. Fredrik Noren, 22 10. Phil Nicoletti, 19

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Two MotoAmerica Superbike Podiums For Roger Hayden

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Roger Hayden jumps from 7th to 4th in MotoAmerica Superbike Standings with a pair of podiums aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Virginia International Raceway

ALTON, VA (May 17, 2015) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden worked hard to claw his way back into the championship picture this weekend in the MotoAmerica Superbike doubleheader in front of a big crowd at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Hayden scored a strong pair of podium finishes. Meanwhile Superbike rookie Jake Lewis had a learning weekend at VIR scoring fifth in Race 1 before rebounding to improve to fourth in the second leg.

Roger Hayden
Under hot and humid conditions in Southern Virginia, Hayden raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a pair of podium finishes, including runner-up in Race 2, to jump all the way from seventh to fourth in the series standings. Lewis remains third in the series after three of nine MotoAmerica events.

Hayden kicked off the weekend qualifying on the front row with a time of 1:25.411. Lewis said he never got a clean lap during the short Superpole session and qualified seventh at 1:26.557.

“I would have liked to have been a little bit quicker,” Hayden admitted. “But personally I’m just struggling a little bit this weekend putting the whole track together. In one section I would be good and then kind of mess up the next one. So hopefully I can get it together tomorrow for 25 laps. The bike feels good; I’ve just got to be a little bit better. I look forward to racing.”

In a red-flag shortened Race 1 Hayden battled the leaders early before finishing third. In Race 2 he came back and ran with leader Josh Hayes in the first couple of laps, and then held off Cameron Beaubier in the end to take second. It marked Hayden’s best finish of the young season.

Roger Hayden
“I really want to thank my whole team,” Hayden said after the successful VIR weekend. “I really felt bad after Atlanta they had to go to North Carolina for three days and build me two bikes for this weekend. So I’m really appreciative to the whole Yoshimura crew. It was a tough race (referring to Race 2). Cameron was pushing me hard so I never really had the time to take a breather. Around lap 18 I picked up the pace to see if I could get a little bigger gap. It was a good race. I was glad to have a solid 25 laps and maybe at Road America we can be a little stronger.”

Lewis also felt more positive after a better run in Race 2.

“In the second race we made a few changes to the front end and had really good grip,” Lewis said of his nimble Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. “It felt good and I was able to get up there with the front guys and see what I need to work on for the future. There’s definitely some work to do, but I’m happy with the way the day went and I’m looking forward to Road America in a couple of weeks.”

The VIR races will be nationally televised on May 24th on CBS Sports Network at 4:00 pm Eastern. The Yoshimura Suzuki squad returns to action on May 29-31 at the scenic Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Check out www.motortrendondemand.com/live/ to watch the races live on May 31.

VIR AMA Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 4. Danny Eslick (Honda) 5. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 7. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 8. Stefano Mesa (Honda) 9. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 10. Mathew Orange (BMW)

VIR AMA Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 3. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 5. Danny Eslick (Honda) 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 7. Stefano Mesa (Honda) 8. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 9. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha)

2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship Points:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha), 131 2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha), 115 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki), 84 4. Roger Hayden (Suzuki), 68 5. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha), 67 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki), 54 7. Elena Myers (Suzuki), 53 8. Stefano Mesa (Honda), 28 9. Danny Eslick (Honda, 24 10. Mathew Orange (BMW), 15

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Las Vegas SX With Blake Baggett & Team Yoshimura Suzuki

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and his team at the final round of the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.




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Monday, 4 May 2015

Blake Baggett Takes 5th In Rookie 450 Supercross Season

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Las Vegas (May 2, 2015) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Supercross rookie Blake Baggett finished out his rookie 450 Supercross season with yet another solid placing, taking sixth in the Las Vegas Series finale in front of 35,241 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium. It marked the13th top-10 finish in the series this year and helped him close out the 2015 Supercross season as the fifth-ranked rider.

Not only was Baggett’s sixth in Las Vegas another strong ride for the 23-year-old Californian, it made him part of an exclusive club of just four riders in 2015 to finish in all 17 rounds of the AMA/FIM Supercross Series. Baggett credits his experienced team and the reliability of his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 for helping him to be part of that small group of elite riders.

Blake Baggett
Baggett started his day in Las Vegas by qualifying 11th in the combined timed qualifying sessions. From there he made it directly into the Main from his Heat race.

The Sam Boyd Stadium track was one of the longest and most complex in series history. Baggett stormed to a strong start, but a few slips cost him and he was caught in a big group of riders battling over position in the early going. At one point he ran as far back as eighth. But as always Baggett was persistent and eventually worked his way back to sixth by the end of the 20-lap final.

“Here in Las Vegas I had a few sections that were good and a few sections that were bad,” he said. “I got out of here in one piece and finished up fifth on the season. Now I’ve got one weekend off and we head to the outdoors.”

Blake Baggett
Looking back Baggett exceeded almost all expectations in his rookie Supercross campaign and he took on the added responsibility of being Yoshimura Suzuki’s sole entry after it was discovered his veteran teammate James Stewart would not be permitted to race. In spite of the having the weight of the entire team thrust upon his shoulders, Baggett performed in a solid and veteran-like fashion all season. He scored four top-five finishes including a season-best podium (3rd) at Daytona. And he ended the championship in Las Vegas with the highest series ranking he’d attained all year in fifth.

In addition Baggett finished the Supercross series as the second ranked rookie among the highly touted Class of 2015, which included Cole Seely, Jason Anderson, Dean Wilson and Baggett.

Baggett now turns his attention to his first season on the 450s in the outdoor nationals, as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off on May 16 at the Hangtown Classic near Sacramento.

Las Vegas 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey 2. Eli Tomac 3. Weston Peick 4. Cole Seely 5. Josh Grant 6. Blake Baggett 7. Chad Reed 8. Justin Barcia 9. Justin Brayton 10. Broc Tickle

Final 2015 450 Supercross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 390 2. Eli Tomac, 305 3. Cole Seely, 277 4. Chad Reed, 226 5. Blake Baggett, 223 6. Trey Canard, 204 7. Jason Anderson, 200 8. Broc Tickle, 194 9. Andrew Short, 180 10. Weston Peick, 160

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Behind The Scenes @ Supercross Championships in East Rutherford, New Jersey

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and his team and catch up with James Stewart at the 16th round of the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships in East Rutherford, New Jersey



East Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,913, reflecting an increase of 197 (+2.3%) from the 8,716 counted in the 2000 Census. It is an inner-ring suburb of New York City, located 7 miles (11 km) west of Midtown Manhattan.

By an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 17, 1889, a portion of the old Union Township was incorporated under the name of Boiling Springs Township. The new township took its name from a spring in the community. On March 28, 1894, the Borough of East Rutherford was created, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day, and Boiling Springs Township was dissolved. While there was no change in its borders, the name and form of government were changed. The borough was the second formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.


East Rutherford is the home of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which includes the Izod Center, the former home of the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association and the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, and current home of the Ticket-City Legends Classic and Fordham Rams basketball as well as concerts and other events; and MetLife Stadium, home of the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets and the site of Super Bowl XLVIII, which made East Rutherford the smallest city ever to host a Super Bowl, and the site of WrestleMania 29, as well as the former site of Giants Stadium, which hosted the Giants, Jets and the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. East Rutherford is the only municipality with fewer than 10,000 residents to have been home to five professional sports teams simultaneously.

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FIM Appeal Denied For Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart

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Multi-Time Champion Now Looking to 2016 Return

Chino, California (April 28, 2015) – Yoshimura Suzuki learned Monday that the FIM appeal by James Stewart that might have allowed him to begin racing the upcoming 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has been denied. Instead the suspension will remain in place until August 11, 2015. Stewart says he will now focus on his return to competition.

As they have through the entire process, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing will continue to support Stewart and look forward to his return to competition.

Yoshimura Suzuki team manager Mike Webb said the appeal process has been frustrating and costly. There were several delays requested by the FIM throughout the appeal process.

“It was an incredibly frustrating process and disappointing decision, but we’ll have James on board with the team for 2016 and beyond and we look forward to his return. We have a few warm-up events later this year and then we’ll be back in full force for the 2016 Supercross season.”

Even though it’s been a trying time, not only for the delays, but also for not knowing the outcome of his appeal, Stewart said at least he can now look forward to putting this behind him and is looking forward to racing again.

“It’s extremely disappointing that my appeal was denied,” Stewart said. “But I’m glad this is over and now I can turn my full attention back to preparing for the few events I’ll be competition in this year and coming back strong for 2016.

“I thank Yoshimura Suzuki, my sponsors and all the fans who have given me a ton of support through all of this. The one thing this time off has done is made me realize how much I miss racing, so it’s going to be a great day for me when I get to see that gate drop again.”

Stewart plans to defend his Red Bull Straight Rhythm title later this year and is also slated to contest the Monster Energy Cup in October.

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Ryan Dungey Grabs 2nd @ East Rutherford Supercross

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East Rutherford, New Jersey – Red Bull KTM factory rider and 2015 450 Supercross World Champion, Ryan Dungey wrapped up his race with a solid second place in the main event of the penultimate round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM Championship.

Ryan Dungey
Ryan Dungey was the second fastest qualifier in the morning practice sessions and was placed in the first 450SX heat, where he had a great jump off the line and came around the first corner in third place. Halfway into the first lap he had moved into the lead where he stayed for the remainder of the race. Dungey's heat win gave him the top transfer spot into the main event.

Dungey had a mediocre start aboard his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition at the gate drop of the main event and was in eighth position coming around the first corner. But he advanced into the top five after just three laps and began to apply pressure. With five laps to go Dungey was able to close in on the second place ride of Cole Seely. He made the pass stick, moved into runner-up position and carried it to the flag.

“The track was a little rough today and it was hard to make passes in the main event,” stated Dungey. “All in all, it was a really great day of racing. I’m happy to be on the podium and looking forward to the final round in Las Vegas.”

“We are very proud of both of our champions,” stated Roger De Coster Red Bull KTM Team Manager. “To claim both championships in the same season is a remarkable feat. We will celebrate these wins and continue to move forward toward our next goal in the outdoor series.”

Next Event: Las Vegas, NV – May 2, 2015

Results 450SX Class East Rutherford
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, 18:12.765 min (20 laps) 2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +12.805 sec 3. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +24.198 4. Blake Baggett (USA), Suzuki, +32.608 5. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +57.793 Other KTM 11. Shane Mcelrath (USA), KTM, 19 laps DNF Justin Brayton (USA), KTM




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Blake Baggett Scores @ East Rutherford Supercross

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East Rutherford, New Jersey (April 25, 2015) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Supercross rookie Blake Baggett put together his now almost full season of experience and raced to one of his top results of 2015, with an excellent fourth-place finish aboard his powerful Suzuki RM-Z450. Baggett turned in the strong ride during an historic afternoon in the greater New York City area on Saturday, as 60,582 fans were on hand inside MetLife Stadium to be a part of the first ever live broadcast on the FOX broadcast network.

Blake Baggett
Not only was Baggett’s Meadowlands result his fourth top-five finish of the year, it also marked his best finish since his Daytona Supercross podium in early March. It moved Blake up in the standings one more spot to fifth with just a single round remaining.

Baggett kicked off his day at the Meadowlands by qualifying ninth in the combined timed qualifying sessions.

“After practice we definitely know what we need to work on,” Baggett explained. “We’ll make some changes to the bike before the Heat races and hopefully those will go in the right direction. We’ll see what I’ve got.”

Baggett made the Main via a second-place finish in the second Semi. From that point on things started going progressively better for the rookie sensation.

It was a difficult start to the 20-lap main – he was ninth on the first lap - but then a characteristic Baggett rally that saw him move all the way up to fourth, just coming up one position short of a podium result.

“It went pretty well,” Baggett explained. “I didn’t get the greatest start and was pretty buried, but I just plugged away and worked my way forward and I ended up getting up to fourth. Third was still a little bit in front of us. I was probably slowly inching up on them, but the track was technical today, which made it hard not to make a mistake in pretty much every rhythm lane. It was hard to get a full clean run in the rhythm lanes, much less a full clean lap. I’m going to keep working to close out the series strong and I look forward to Las Vegas.”

Blake Baggett
The 2015 Supercross season concludes this coming Saturday, May 2nd at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Baggett will be attempting to remain ranked in the top-five in the final standings. Fourth-place is even within reach.

Fans can meet and get an autograph from Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett on Friday, May 1, at Carter PowerSports, 6275 S Decatur Blvd. in Las Vegas from 6-7:00 pm. Fans can also catch the action live from Las Vegas on Fox Sports 1 starting at 10:00 pm Eastern.

East Rutherford 450 Supercross Results:
1. Eli Tomac 2. Ryan Dungey 3. Cole Seely 4. Blake Baggett 5. Andrew Short 6. Broc Tickle 7. Josh Grant 8. Kyle Chisholm 9. Jason Anderson 10. Weston Peick

2015 450 Supercross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 365 2. Eli Tomac, 283 3. Cole Seely, 259 4. Chad Reed, 212 5. Blake Baggett, 208 6. Trey Canard, 204 7. Jason Anderson, 200 8. Broc Tickle, 183 9. Andrew Short, 180 10. Ken Roczen, 156

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Tom Coronel - The Moroccan WTCC Chevrolet Adventure

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A disappointing result for Tom Coronel in Moroccan WTCC weekend as the twisty street circuit of Marrakech once again becomes ‘Marracrash’ for Coronel.

Marrakech, April 19, 2015 – The almost 4.6 kilometres long Moulay El Hassan street circuit in Marrakech was the venue for the third and fourth race of the 2015 FIA World Touring Car Championship season. Last year, Tom Coronel incurred massive damage here and now he was all the more keen to score a good result. With his ROAL Motorsport Cruze in DHL yellow, the Dutchman frequently was the fastest Chevrolet driver and he was confident going into qualifying.

First qualifying went well, but while out on track with his second set of tyres in the second qualifying heat, a metallic noise in the car worried him. There was an issue with the airjacks, the hydraulic jack system underneath the car. Nevertheless, Coronel qualified ninth on the grid for the first race and benefited from technical problems for some other drivers. Thus, the 43-year old Dutch driver eventually started sixth on the grid.

His race, however, was a brief affair. On the opening lap, Coronel’s ROAL Motorsport team-mate Tom Chilton missed his braking point and all that was left for Coronel was to head back to the pits to have the car repaired for the second race. In that race, he was to start from the front row of the grid, so he had chances to score valuable world championship points. Coronel had a good start, didn’t take any risks, but was hit by Norbert Michelisz and sent into the wall. Thus, he twice incurred damage caused by other drivers and the car was heavily damaged. Currently, it is still uncertain whether the car can be repaired in time for the official test day at the Nürburgring and the next round in Hungary from 1-3 May.

Tom Coronel - Chevrolet
Afterwards, Tom Coronel was understandably disappointed: “This is not funny anymore. I am a positively thinking person and I know that something can always happen during a race, but being punted off twice without being able to do anything about it is really disappointing. In the first race, it was my team-mate who was at least five car lengths behind me and simply braked too late. He apologised afterwards, but that didn’t help me either. There was pretty big damage to the right front side of the car and the team did everything to have that repaired in time for the second race. In that race, I had a good start. Perhaps, it didn’t look like it, but to me it felt good. However, once again, it didn’t take long for be to be hit by Michelisz. He ran into the back of my car and kept pushing. For me, it all ended up in the wall with massive damage to the front end. For me, it is more ‘Marracrash’ than Marrakech. Let’s hope that the damage can be repaired in time.”

The weekend had started in a positive way. Tom Coronel: “Everything really looked set for a great weekend. The practice sessions and first qualifying went well. Frequently, I was the fastest Chevrolet driver, but then I started hearing a metallic noise while out with fresh tyres. Initially, I thought that it was the gearbox, the differential or the clutch, but eventually, the problem turned out to be in the airjacks. I couldn’t continue and just hope for things to still work out for me. Ninth place on the grid for race one and second place for race two was something I was very happy with. Technical problems for other drivers even allowed me to start sixth into the first race. Unfortunately, that lasted only two kilometres!”

Result race 1: 1.José Maria López 14 laps in 24:31.802; 2.Ma Qing Hua +0.942; 3.Sébastien Loeb +4.492; 4.Mehdi Bennani +5.405; 5.Yvan Muller +21.617 (all Citroën Racing C-Elysée); 6.Tiago Monteiro op 22.986 (Honda Civic WTCC) and retired Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze).

Result race 2: 1.Yvan Muller 14 laps; 2.Sébastien Loeb +0.552; 3.José Maria López +18.113 (all Citroën Racing C-Elysée); 4.Tom Chilton +22.754 (ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze); 5. Hugo Valente +26.490 (Campos Chevrolet Cruze); 6. Norbert Michelisz +37.677 (Honda Civic WTCC) and retired Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze).

FIA WTCC calendar 2015:
Hungary (Hungaroring), 1-3 May Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife), 15-16 May Russia (Moscow Raceway), 5-7 June Slovakia (Slovakia Ring), 19-21 June* France (Paul Ricard), 26-28 June Portugal (Vila Real), 10-12 July Japan (Motegi), 11-13 September China (Shanghai), 25-27 September Thailand (Buriram), 30 October-1 November Qatar (Losail), 20-22 November* *subject to signing of the event promoter contract.

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Yoshimura Suzuki Supercross Behind The Scenes Race Report

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Check out the “Behind The Scenes Race Report” of Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and his team at the 15th round of the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships in Santa Clara, California.
 

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Jake Lewis Grabs Road Atlanta AMA Superbike Podium

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Road Atlanta AMA Superbike, Braselton, Georgia, (April 19, 2015) - Jake Lewis had a red-letter day in the AMA Superbike races at Road Atlanta Sunday. The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000 rider scored his first and second-career Superbike podiums, taking third in race one and following that up with a second in race two. It was a breakthrough day for the Superbike rookie and it moved him up to third in the series standings after four races.

Jake Lewis
Veteran teammate Roger Hayden began the weekend with a bang, earning his first Superbike pole of the year, but from that point on the Road Atlanta weekend proved to be one Hayden will hope to put behind him. He led both races Sunday, but crashed out in treacherous conditions both times.

Hayden was the man who came out of Saturday’s 15-minute MotoAmerica Superbike Superpole 2 session with pole position on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Hayden led the wet session with a 1:35.308 lap to best the two Yamahas of Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier, who joined him on the front row.

“This weekend I’ve been working really hard on the halfwet, half-dry things where previously Josh [Hayes] has been really strong in those conditions,” Hayden said after earning his third career Superbike pole position. “I had a lot more confidence than normal and got a good first lap. On the second one I was like, ‘I’m going for it.’ I could have gone another lap, but I don’t think I could have gone any quicker and I didn’t really want to really go through that again. Going down the back straightaway it was just like all over the place. I’m happy to get pole, but tomorrow is what matters and I feel ready to go either wet or dry.”

Hayden was battling for the lead in race one when he crashed, then in race two he was pulling away and held a substantial lead when he crashed again.

“I was pretty down after today,” Hayden admitted on Sunday evening. “It was probably one of the lowest points in my career. I was off line maybe a couple of inches in both of those races and it cost me. Now I just have to focus on the race next month at VIR. I know I can run up front - we’ve proven that. Now I just have to put a complete weekend together. With the new points structure we’re not out of it and we won’t give up.”

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While Hayden’s weekend went from highlight to agony, his young teammate and friend Lewis was all smiles on Sunday.

Lewis, who was initially having trouble getting used to handling the powerful Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 in wet conditions, broke through what he felt was a psychological barrier on Sunday and raced to a pair of podiums in sketchy conditions.

“I was always a good rain rider, but I was having a tough time getting used to it on the 1000,” Lewis admitted. “My parents talked to me and told me they had confidence in me and reminded me I was good in wet conditions. I woke up and decided to push harder and it paid off. I got a lot of my confidence back racing in these conditions today and it feels great to be on the podium. Hopefully I can keep it up as the season goes on.”

Jake Lewis
The Yoshimura Suzuki squad returns to action on May 15-17 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Danville, Virginia. The races can be viewed live on FansChoice.TV and then nationally televised on May 24th on CBS Sports Network at 7:00 pm Eastern.

2015 Atlanta SBK Race 1:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 4. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 5. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

2015 Atlanta SBK Race 2:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 3. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 4. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 5. Stefano Mesa (Honda) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

2015 Superbike Standings:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam), 95 2. Josh Hayes (Yam), 65 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki), 60 4. Bernat Martinez (Yam), 51 5. Elena Myers (Suzuki), 38 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki), 34 7. Roger Hayden (Suzuki), 32 8. Ricky Orlando (Kaw), 14 9. Aaron Hersh (Suzuki), 13 10. Stefano Mesa (Honda), 11

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