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

Team Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Motorex, Parts Unlimited, Dunlop, Shorai, Sunstar, K&N Performance Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, RK Racing Chain, Genmark Automation, Pilot, Chicken Hawk Racing and Zeta.

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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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