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 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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