Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Virginia Podiums For Yoshimura Suzuki's Hayden And Elias

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Yoshimura Suzuki riders Roger Hayden and Toni Elias had a productive weekend of MotoAmerica Superbike racing at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. In Sunday’s Superbike race one both Hayden and Elias scored podium finishes on their Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000s. In race two Elias scored a second podium of the day with third, while Hayden finished fourth.

Saturday was highlighted by both Yoshimura riders using the power and handling of their Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbikes to earn front-row starts.

At the end of the weekend Hayden came away with more points than his Spanish teammate and now sits third in the standings, 21 points out of the series lead. Elias is fourth, just five points back from Hayden.

On Saturday it was an impressive Superpole qualifying session for the Yoshimura Suzuki riders. They both qualified on the front row with Hayden’s 1:24.545 lap time putting him second and Elias rounding out the row with a time of 1:24.662.

"I'm pretty happy," Hayden said after Superpole. "I haven't always been too strong here, but this week I have a great feeling with the bike. This morning I did a lot of laps in the 25s, so I feel good for tomorrow. Qualifying wasn't the greatest, because it's kind of difficult to get a rhythm, and there's a lot of guys out there trying to get a tow. It makes things challenging, but I'm happy with the front row. A good start here's important - it's a tough place to pass."

Race one was an intense battle start to finish with Hayden finishing second by just .307 of a second. Elias took third giving the team two out of the three podium spots.

In race two it was Elias’ turn to finish in front of his teammate. The former Moto2 World Champion led much of the first half of the race and was in the hunt for the victory until the final lap. His third-place result in the second leg was the more impressive of Elias’ two podium finishes. Race two's pace was faster, four seconds quicker over the 25 laps.

"The position was the same as before," Elias said of his second thirdplace finish. "But before I wasn't satisfied, but now I'm really satisfied with this position."

The picturesque Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America will next host the MotoAmerica series on June 3-5, 2016. The races will be televised on beIN SPORTS.

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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden, Jake Lewis & Toni Elias @ Circuit of the Americas MotoAmerica Superbike Test

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Check out the behind the scenes action of Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Roger Hayden, Jake Lewis replacement rider, Toni Elias and their team at the pre-season MotoAmerica Superbike test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas

 
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki Lineup Roger Hayden, Toni Elias, & Jake Lewis

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There is something to be said for tradition. The consistent and time-honored experiences and rites that over the years eventually become the stuff of legend. And when it comes to road racing, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing is truly steeped in tradition – the tradition of racing and, perhaps more importantly, the tradition of winning. Indeed, the team is legendary.

For decades, Suzuki has been the dominating force in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike. No other manufacturer even comes close to approaching the extraordinary number of records that Suzuki has set within this genre of racing. From the number of championships captured, to the overall races won, to the pole positions set, Suzuki stands alone.

For the 2016 season, Yoshimura Suzuki is poised to add even further to its winning traditions. Former AMA Pro SuperSport Champion Roger Hayden, who finished third in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike last year, is again joined by former AMA Road Racing Rookie of the Year Jake Lewis. The team will also host well known Grand Prix racer Toni Elias riding as a sub for the team.

The trio of talented riders will race the championship-winning Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike this year.

Thanks to Suzuki’s proven Championship DNA and superior technology, the upcoming year of racing Yoshimura Suzuki is looking for nothing less than another championship. The 2016 AMA Superbike season will once again see Suzuki Own The Racetrack.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden is the veteran member of the championship-winning Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team for 2016. Prior to joining the factory team in 2014 he raced the GSX-R1000 for a Suzuki satellite team. Hayden picked up his first-ever AMA Superbike victory in 2012 before finishing third overall in the series. He followed up that performance by finishing on the podium six times and taking fourth overall in the 2013 standings. Then in 2014 Hayden had his best season to date, scoring eight podiums, including a victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park, to finish runner-up in the series standings. Last season Hayden was a model of consistency, finishing on the podium 15 times in 18 rounds to finish third in the championship. Now starting his third year with Yoshimura Suzuki, Hayden is eager to earn more podiums and wins as he contests the MotoAmerica AMA Superbike title with Suzuki’s full factory support.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Jake Lewis returns with Yoshimura Suzuki in 2016 to contest his sophomore season in America’s premier road racing championship. Yoshimura Suzuki has a long history of taking young up-and-coming racing talent and molding them into champions. Both Kevin Schwantz and Ben Spies got their first shots at a full-time AMA Superbike ride with Yoshimura Suzuki and now teenager Lewis is hoping to follow the same path as those past legends. A former AMA Horizon Award winner and AMA Pro Racing Rookie of the Year, Lewis was the leading MotoAmerica Superbike rookie in 2015, finishing fourth in the championship and earning an impressive five podium finishes.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias Former MotoGP winner and Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias will substitute for the injured Jake Lewis in the early portion of the 2016 MotoAmerica schedule. While Elias has primarily been a Grand Prix rider for most of his career, the 32-year-old Spaniard is no stranger to Superbike racing. He raced for an Aprilia satellite team in the Superbike World Championship in 2013 and 2014. This will be Elias’ first opportunity to race on the legendary Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s veteran rider Roger Hayden continues to build upon his rich legacy in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike racing. In 2015, Hayden had an outstanding campaign scoring podium results in all but three rounds resulting in a third-place finish in the championship. Remarkably he also only missed the podium three times in 2014, meaning Hayden has one of the most consistent two-year spans in the history of the series. Prior to joining Yoshimura Suzuki, Hayden raced the premier class for one of Suzuki’s support teams and really began to come into his own. In 2012, Hayden picked up his first-ever Superbike victory and pole position aboard the Suzuki GSX-R1000. In 2013, he raced to podium finishes six times and wound up fourth overall in the title chase before being Superbike runner up in 2014, scoring a race win along the way.

“It was a little frustrating to have been so close so many times last season and coming up just short,” Hayden said. “But I also took a lot of positives with me from 2015. My guys on the Yoshimura Suzuki team made the bike better all year and we were right there in nearly every race, especially in the second half of the season. I’m really looking forward to this season. We’ve got exciting things coming, so hopefully we’ll be in an even better position to win in 2016.”

In addition to personal goals Hayden also feels a responsibility, along with the other elite riders of the MotoAmerica Series, to help build the popularity of road racing in America.

“You look at the popularity of MotoGP and a few of the other championships and we want to have that kind of attention focused on American Superbike racing. Yoshimura and Suzuki have been committed to the series since the very beginning, good times and bad, and I’d like to do my part to help MotoAmerica develop this series to reach its full potential.”

Achieving goals of winning championships is something you might say Hayden was bred to do. He won the AMA Supersport title in 2007, when the series had a slew of factory and factory-supported riders. He’s been racing motorcycles for most of his life and knows just about everyone in the sport, if for no other reason than that he’s been a paddock regular since he was a kid. Indeed, Hayden comes from a large family of two-wheeled competitors, including his brothers Tommy and Nicky, both former AMA Champions. Nicky of course went on to become MotoGP World Champion.

“Now that I’m in my third year with Yoshimura Suzuki I think we’ve developed great team communication,” Hayden said. “We’ve got a solid, veteran crew and we know how to work together and we all have the same goal.”

Hayden is very familiar with the GSX-R1000 because he’s spent the last five years successfully racing the championship-winning motorcycle. Having plenty of good things to say about the Suzuki GSX-R1000 of his past, Hayden is even more effusive with his praise for the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 of his future.

“I really like the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000,” said Hayden. “It seems like everything on it just works perfectly. All the small things seem to work so well. Last year we worked with new engine regulations, I’ve gotten along with the bike really well since those updates and we’ve had some successful tests. I think a lot of potential to improve even more as the season progresses.”

Riding for a Yoshimura Suzuki, Hayden reached his highest ranking ever in AMA Superbike. Now that he has two full seasons of experience with the squad behind him, there should be no stopping him.

The youngest member of the Yoshimura Suzuki squad, Jake Lewis is widely considered one of America’s leading up-and-coming young riders. The 20-year-old from Princeton, Kentucky, cut his teeth as a youth rider on dirt tracks across the Midwest before beginning to focus on road racing when he was 13.

Before he embarked on his professional career, Lewis earned the prestigious AMA Horizon Award in 2011, recognizing him as the top amateur road racer in the country that year. He didn’t skip a beat when he turned pro in 2012. That year he burst onto the scene by winning the AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship scoring three wins along the way.

Lewis stepped up to the highly-competitive Daytona SportBike class in 2013 and scored three podiums en route to finishing fifth in the championship. That performance earned him Rookie of the Year honors. He then continued his meteoric rise by finishing runner-up in the Daytona SportBike class last season, breaking through to earn two victories along the way.

Last season Lewis was again earned the honor of being MotoAmerica Superbike’s Rookie of the Year. He earned that honor on the strength of five podium finishes, including a season high of second in Road Atlanta’s Superbike race two.

Now Lewis begins his sophomore season in Superbike and hopes a year’s worth of experience will serve him well in 2016.

“I learned a lot and at times we had the speed to be right there with the leaders,” Lewis said of his rookie Superbike season. “I stepped up my training program in the off season and now that I have a full year of Superbike experience I think this year gives me an opportunity to be going strong and confident right out of the box at the first race.”

A pre-season training injury in late February, which resulted in a shoulder and hand injury, will delay Lewis’ entry into the championship in 2016. He hopes once he returns to action to not miss a step.

“I want to race and I’m doing everything I can to do so when I return I'm 100 percent ready,” Lewis said. “I can't thank everyone enough for the support throughout my injury and I especially want to thank my Yoshimura Suzuki team for being behind me. I'll be back”

The lanky Kentuckian hopes upon his comeback to follow in the footsteps of past young up-and-comers who Yoshimura Suzuki helped guide to ultimate success such as Kevin Schwantz and Ben Spies.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias 2010 Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias is a 16-year veteran of Grand Prix racing, having raced in all three class categories of GP racing. Now he begins a new chapter in his illustrious racing career as a substitute rider with Yoshimura Suzuki.

Elias is one of the most accomplished GP riders of his era. He has 17-career GP wins, including a legendary MotoGP victory at the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2006. In that race Elias was in third on the final lap, but made daring passes on Valentino Rossi and Kenny Roberts, Jr. to take over the lead. Rossi actually got back into the lead but Elias tucked in and drafted past Rossi at the checkered flag. The race was so close it had to be reviewed to determine the winner. It was the closest finish in MotoGP since the advent of electronic timing. Elias became Moto2 World Champion in 2010, scoring seven Moto2 victories along the way.

“We’re happy to have a rider of Toni’s caliber available to fill-in for our team,” said Yoshimura R&D of America Senior Vice President Don Sakakura. “Toni certainly has the credentials with his career in both Grand Prix and World Superbike racing. With his vast experience we hope he can step right in and provide us with valuable feedback. We want to make his move to MotoAmerica AMA Superbike racing as seamless as possible.”

Elias came to America to race in the Superprestigio of the Americas in Las Vegas last November, and one of the reasons he came was to seek an opportunity to race in America.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to ride with Yoshimura Suzuki,” Elias said. “I’m wishing a quick recovery for Jake and I hope that I can help the team in developing the Suzuki as the season begins. I know about the many legendary riders who have raced in the American championships and I’m excited to have the chance to be part of that history.”

Toni Elias raced in all three categories of Grand Prix racing starting in 125cc GP in 1999, moving to 250cc GP in 2002 and then MotoGP in 2005. Earned three GP wins in the 125cc category with a career high ranking of third in 2001. Won seven 250cc Grand Prix races with a career high ranking of third in 2003. Scored one MotoGP victory in 2006 and earned a career high ranking of seventh.

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2016 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike Unveiled

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Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing unveiled the new racing livery of the 2016 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike and the team at the Circuit of The Americas today. The design for the team this year more closely align with the livery of the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR MotoGP machine and some of the production versions of Suzuki’s iconic GSX-R models.

On hand for the unveiling were 2016 riders Roger Hayden and Jake Lewis, along with substitute rider Toni Elias as well as members of the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Superbike team.

“We’re pleased to present the new livery of the team for 2016,” said Don Sakakura, Senior Vice President of Yoshimura R&D of America. “This distinctive color scheme will certainly allow fans to immediately identify that the motorcycle they are looking at is a Suzuki and it’s important for us to build brand recognition by making our race bikes look very similar in appearance to not only Suzuki’s MotoGP machine, but the street version of the GSX-R as well.”

This season marks the 40th anniversary of MotoAmerica’s AMA Superbike Championship and Yoshimura Suzuki is proud to have been a part of the history of the championship from its inception. The Suzuki GSX-R line is the leader in nearly every category throughout the decades-long tradition of the America’s premier road racing series.

The edgy and clean GSX-R styling incorporates fairing and bodywork details aimed at reducing turbulence and drag. The new livery should allow fans and TV viewers to instantly distinguish the bikes as Suzuki.

The 2016 MotoAmerica season kicks off at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on April 8-10, 2016.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett in Detroit Supercross

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Things were on track for Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett in Detroit. In front of 46,259 fans inside Ford Field, Baggett got a good start on his powerful Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 in the main, was running well inside the top ten and seemed on his way to score his best result of the season when he was forced to make a pit stop to change a tire after a crash. Baggett got back on track after the stop, but by then he was three laps down and finished 19th.

It was a disappointing end to what otherwise might have been another strong step up the ladder in Baggett’s comeback from shoulder injury. Yet in spite of the difficulties he faced, Baggett left Detroit with the confidence that his comeback to full fitness is progressing – perhaps even ahead of schedule.

Baggett began the day in Detroit qualifying 13th. He then finished a solid second in his semi to make the main. Once the gate dropped for the main Baggett tapped into the muscle of his Yoshimura Suzuki and emerged near the front of the pack. “I had a solid main event going,” Baggett explained. “I got a really good start and drove it down into the first turn and came out pretty good. I didn’t get through the whoops as well as I wanted to on that first lap, so I got shuffled back pretty bad right there. I was working my way forward from there got into sixth place and then we had the mishap (the flat) and I had to come in to do a pit stop. That set us back for sure, but it’s just one of those things that happen in racing every once in a while and we’ll bounce back. I’m looking forward to getting back on the track in two weeks in Santa Clara.”

Baggett leaves Detroit 18th in the series standings with five rounds remaining.

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate James Stewart did not race in Detroit. He continues rehabbing from bruising suffered in his crash at Daytona and hopes to return at Santa Clara.

The series now takes a rare weekend off before heading cross country to Santa Clara, California, and Levi’s Stadium on April 2. Baggett will be in the area a day early to meet fans and sign autographs on Friday, April 1 at Fremont Suzuki, 41315 Albrae Street, Fremont, California

The race at Levi’s Stadium can be watched live starting at 10:00 pm Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki Blake Baggett AMA/FIM Supercross Toronto

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and the team at the 2016 AMA/FIM Supercross event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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, RG3, Elf Racing Fuels, Seven, Hinson Clutch Components, 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.

Yoshimura R&D of America is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Toni Elias Substitutes For Jake Lewis @ MotoAmerica

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Former MotoGP winner and Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias will substitute for the injured Jake Lewis in the upcoming MotoAmerica tests at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on March 23-24.

While Elias has primarily been a Grand Prix rider for most of his career, the 32-year-old Spaniard is no stranger to Superbike racing. He raced for an Aprilia satellite team in the Superbike World Championship in 2013 and 2014. In Austin he’ll test the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike.

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“We’re happy to have a rider of Toni’s caliber available to test with the team in Austin later this month,” said Yoshimura R and D of America Senior Vice President Don Sakakura. “We’re not certain of Jake’s timeline to return, so it’s possible that Toni could also race with the team for a round or two.”

Lewis was injured late in February in a training accident suffering broken bones in his hand and shoulder. He is slated to return later this season.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to ride with Yoshimura Suzuki,” Elias said. “I’m wishing a quick recovery for Jake and I hope that I can help the team in developing the Suzuki as the season begins.”

Elias is a 16-year veteran of Grand Prix racing, having raced in all three class categories of GP racing.

He has 17-career GP wins, including a legendary MotoGP victory at the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2006. In that race Elias was in third on the final lap, but made daring passes on Valentino Rossi and Kenny Roberts, Jr. to take over the lead. Rossi actually got back into the lead but Elias tucked in and drafted past Rossi at the checkered flag. The race was so close it had to be reviewed to determine the winner. It was the closest finish in MotoGP since the advent of electronic timing. Elias became Moto2 World Champion in 2010, scoring seven Moto2 victories along the way.

Elias is an avid flat track racer as well and he participated in last year’s Superprestigio of the Americas in Las Vegas.

The 2016 MotoAmerica season kicks off at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on April 8-10, 2016.

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett @ Rogers Centre, Canada

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Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett continued his comeback from shoulder injury Saturday night in front of 50,605 fans at Rogers Centre for the return of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, to Canada. Baggett survived a massive first-lap pileup to finish 11th, his best result in three finishes so far this season aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450.

While Baggett continued to work his way back into racing shape in Toronto after his extended layoff, his Yoshimura Suzuki teammate James Stewart was sidelined last weekend, still recovering from a crash the previous round at Daytona International Speedway that left him badly bruised. Stewart hopes to return to action soon, perhaps as early as this coming round in Detroit.

In the return to the Rogers Centre, at the base of the famous 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower in downtown Toronto, Baggett finished 13th in timed qualifying with a time of 55.81 seconds.
“Qualifying went pretty good,” Baggett said. “I was just trying to ease back into it.”

He then qualified for the main via a second-place finish in Semi 2.

The 20-lap main event started out chaotically, with front-running Justin Bogle going down setting off a chain reaction that caught up a big group of riders including Baggett. Fortunately, Baggett somehow kept his Suzuki RM-Z450 on two wheels in the melee, but he was stuck waiting while riders around him tried to untangle from the pile.

Baggett then recovered to run a solid pace the rest of the way to finish 11th. He described the race.

“I was hoping to get a top ten and I came up just short in 11th,” he said. “It was near carnage in the first turn. I almost went down when I got into the back end of (Chad) Reed. Then I got into the back end of Bogle when he went down and got stuck. All in all, I’m just trying to get better each weekend. We’re doing some good testing now and hopefully we can keep improving and try to get into that top five and maybe on the podium before Supercross is over and then head into the outdoors.”

With his 11th in Toronto, his third finish of the year, Baggett moved up to 18th in the series standings. There are six rounds remaining in this year’s AMA/FIM Supercross Championship.

The series now moves to Detroit’s Ford Field next Saturday, March 19, 2016. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 starting at 7:00 pm Eastern.

Baggett will be on hand early to meet fans and sign autographs on Friday, March 18 at Roseneau Powersports, 24732 Ford Road in Dearborn Heights, MI from 6-7 PM.


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Monday, 7 March 2016

Yoshimura Pairing Blake Baggett & James Stewart @ Daytona

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Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett made his return to racing Saturday night in front of a great crowd of fans at the prestigious Daytona Supercross inside the sparking confines of the newly revamped Daytona International Speedway. Baggett rode the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a 13th-place result to earn his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM Championship finish of the 2016 season.

Baggett’s teammate James Stewart wasn’t as fortunate. The former champ had a big crash in his heat race, causing him to miss the Daytona Supercross main event.

It was a night of ups and downs on the most grueling track on the Supercross circuit. Baggett has traditionally done well at Daytona. His relentless riding style suits the hybrid Supercross/Motocross style track perfectly. He’d twice won the Daytona 250 East Supercross class and scored his first career AMA Supercross podium with a third in the historic race last year aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450.

But Baggett’s expectations for this year’s Daytona were a bit more modest. Shoulder surgery just before season started and then a re-injuring of that shoulder after a fall in Oakland five weeks ago, left Baggett with the goal of simply qualifying and finishing this year’s Daytona Supercross. He came through on both counts.

After qualifying ninth, Baggett got into the main with a strong semi and then in the main ran steady in about in his ultimate finishing position the entire race.

“It was good to be back riding again,” Baggett said afterwards. “I just started riding on Monday before the race, so it was about four weeks since I’d been on the bike. I rode Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then showed up here. I had pretty good starts. I had the speed, but just faded. It’s a good start. I’m coming out of here healthy and now I’m jumping in the season at the halfway point. I’ll try to build from here. Each week I hope to get more time on the bike and gradually get my fitness back. I got 13th tonight and now I’m looking forward to Toronto.”

Stewart qualified 12th, but tough luck struck again in his heat when he suffered a hard get off. He was checked out in at the track’s medical facility and it was discovered he’d suffered deep bruising to his lower back. Stewart hopes to be racing in Toronto next Saturday, but at this point the team says it’s too early to tell.

The series now heads north of the border next week, Saturday, March 12 with its annual visit to Toronto, Canada and the Rogers Centre. The race will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 7:00 pm Eastern.

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Friday, 4 March 2016

Cautionary Tale of CFNM Sex, Drugs, STDs, Babes & Baby

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Getting pregnant is considerably easier than falling of a motorcycle, even easier is catching a multitude of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, but according to the Scary Bitches 'She said if you use a condom you can do just what you please They stop you getting pregnant and catching STDs'

Fearing one might possibly be pregnant focuses the mind, discovering you're not - such a relief, abortion ruled out again. Being told other symptoms might be an indication of something more unpleasant – waiting for test results - drink oneself into oblivion. Doesn't solve the problem but neither does it do much harm – apart from pickling the liver. All clear – a virus, some were not so lucky though – colleagues, acquaintances, and total strangers I'd shared a weekend with.

From a colleague I barely knew - perhaps the occasional 'Good morning' or similar – an invite to her 'CFNM' hen party aka 'CFNM' bachelorette party weekend. Hardly my scene, three hen parties in Northern Ireland with the silliest of childish girlies was already three to many. Up until then, it had been a reasonably good year, motorcycle track days and testing sessions aplenty with frequent bouts of sex only being interrupted by the need to earn a salary. Feeling obliged to make an effort to appear sociable, the invitation was reluctantly accepted.

Fifty-seven females – fifty-one of whom I'd never met before - flying off to an Eastern European destination North East of the Czech Republic. If nothing else the hotel was reasonably clean, not where I'd have chosen to stay but since it was to be the base only for Friday night through to Monday morning - make do and survive. A few of us immediately went out for a meal, the rest went on a drinking spree. After a pleasant night with my chosen room-mate, we lazed about Saturday morning, did the obligatory afternoon sightseeing thing.

Eight-thirty Saturday night, a private party venue, a bar, a DJ and 'CFNM entertainment' – what more could fifty-seven females ask for? Having researched CFNM - clothed female, nude male parties - prior to accepting the invitation - one drink, a glass of red wine, I'd decided in advance. The offered relaxant pill – you know the sort of thing – lowers your inhibitions, ensures you're a rather more placid and subservient with strangers than usual. Probably Rohypnol or similar which some girls, even back in Northern Ireland use recreationally, get over intoxicated, then claim their drinks were spiked by some innocent bystander. I've used them twice before but the trick is - everything in moderation girls, except of course when it comes to motorcycling and sex.

The dimly lit dingy venue resembled a poorly converted abandoned industrial unit, or perhaps it was an Eastern European version of shabby chic. Overly loud  irritating headache inducing moronic music blasted out from a stack of speaker cabinets which would probably have filled a stadium somewhere, not that anyone else appeared to have noticed. By 9pm they had progressed to quite literally pouring alcohol down each others throats - some used funnels. When six male strippers took to the stage to 'entertain' us, my 56 fellow hens/bachelorette were very much under the influence of alcohol with added benefits, all of which had well and truly kicked in sweeping away all sexual inhibitions. The six gloriously nude male studs on stage certainly stirred something within. The venue mysteriously begun to resemble a bright new world where something good might just make the weekend all worthwhile.

Very soon though it had become difficult to tell who was entertaining - servicing who, not that there were any complaints, leastwise from moi. Despite a determination to be reasonably celibate and not get laid, wanton as ever, one just had to indulge oneself. Intercourse had been ruled out, who knows where these guys had been planting their seeds. A hands on approach lasted for all of 20 minutes, not as up close and personal as taste testing, you just have to feel the difference. Several more totally nude guys had appeared. A large muscular black guy being one of them, intoxicatingly ugly and so deliciously athletic - a man amongst mere boys.

Black guys I've had previously, and vice versa, have claimed white girls might possibly enjoy sex more than black girls, are more adventurous, don’t talk back, and do whatever we're told - whenever - obviously referring to moi. For sure they would appear to see white girls as sexual objects of desire, just as I see large black guys. Magnificent muscles rippled as he walked, with good reason, this guy was comfortable with every inch of his flawlessly sculptured body - it was glorious perfection. He hadn't used a condom, though surprisingly he had pulled out before the final assault, indicated to kneel before him and I had - divine was the elixir of life and the food of the Gods - on the downside though, my throat ached for more than a week.

Six months on - exact numbers unknown have a Sexually Transmitted Infection - STI or a Sexually Transmitted Disease - STD. Four have admitted they were pregnant, three of whom have since had abortions - the fourth is going the distance. The wedding was cancelled - probably something to do with the bride being one the three to have an abortion. Unbelievably though, it's back on - a June wedding - love covers over a multitude of sins so one has to wonder what sins the groom has previously committed!?!

Sex is an amazing solo pastime but like riding a powerful motorcycle at speed, it's altogether more enjoyable with friends, strangers - males or females even both - black and/or white. Also like riding a motorcycle very fast, sex can change your life - though not always for the better. One wouldn't contemplate jumping onto a motorcycle without wearing adequate protection - a desirable male though is more exciting without protection. Ride fast, ride often and stay safe.
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Another Season For Tom Coronel In FIA WTCC 2016

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In 2016, Tom Coronel will again be participating in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). After a long and uncertain time of preparation, the Dutch driver is now in a position to announce that he will be competing for another year at the highest level in touring car racing together with Italian team, ROAL Motorsport. In 2016, Coronel will again be racing a Chevrolet Cruze in the yellow colours of DHL. The car is currently being prepared to the latest specifications to be on the grid in France for the start of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship season.

"Never before did it take me so long before I was able to announce my plans in motorsport," Tom Coronel says. "It was uncertain until the very end and now, I feel privileged that I am able to announce a further season in the FIA WTCC. I have been racing in this series since it started and many people feel that the FIA WTCC without Tom Coronel is unthinkable of. But all the pieces have to come together for it to happen. Earlier this year, I did the Dakar rally and I helped my brother Tim after I had retired. He was able to win his class. Right after my return, I immediately started working on the WTCC plan again. DHL had informed me that they wanted to support me as the main sponsor for another year and several other regular sponsors also decided for another year as my partners, so that gave me some more certainty. I also had to give my word to ROAL Motorsport for the preparation of the car. That has now been taken apart completely and will be rebuilt to the latest specifications including modifications to the front and rear wheel suspension and the engine. Thus, the first steps have been made and we can start looking ahead to the things that are coming up. It is certain that we will have two days of testing prior to the first race. Next to the sponsors that have remained on board, we were able to add some new ones as well, companies that have chosen for the opportunities that the World Touring Car Championship provides. In the process, they are certain of TV exposure, because like last year and during the Dakar Rally, the TomCam will be used again. With my camera, I will document many things and this will be included in the race reports to be broadcast on RTL 7."

For the 2016 season, some changes in the regulations were announced. Thus, the handicap weights will be determined after every race weekend and the weights can add up to a maximum of 80 kilograms. "That was 60 kilograms in the past, determined after every three events," Tom Coronel says. "So now, it is done quicker, which certainly enhances our chances as privateer drivers. The reversed grid remains in place, but now for the first race. That is something that is making me happy as well. In qualifying, we always aimed at a position somewhere around ninth or tenth place to claim a grid position on the front row for the second race. But then, you always had to survive the first race to be able to take part in the second race without any damage. Now, that has changed, too and that certainly is giving us more chances to score points."

DHL, the company for which Tom Coronel will be doing various corporate activities in all WTCC countries next to his racing commitments, retains a major influence on the colours of the livery of the Dutch driver's ROAL Motorsport car. This year, Coronel will be the only driver in the team of Roberto Ravaglia and Aldo Preo in the FIA WTCC, as it was the case in 2012 and 2013. "Tom's team will be identical to last year, so he will continue to work with Pietro as his regular technician, ROAL Motorsport team principal Roberto Ravaglia says. "I am glad that we will be able to compete with Tom as our driver in the FIA WTCC for the sixth year. Because of this long co-operation, we know each other well, which is a pleasant thing both for him and for our staff. As a team, you always want to perform at the highest level and that is certainly the case with our participation in the WTCC. Last year, ROAL Motorsport managed to win the Privateers' Cup as a team and repeating that certainly is one of our goals for this year. Moreover, we want to end up as high as possible with Tom in the drivers' standings. Of course, the privateers' title would be the most beautiful result."

Tom Coronel adds: "I know all the circuits we are visiting this year. I am particularly looking forward to the races on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, Vila Real in Portugal and Hungary. These are circuits where I have scored nice results. Now, let's get the car ready for the two days of testing as quickly as possible. Then I can say which position we are in. In spite of the late announcement of the plans, everything looks very well for this year. I, or I better say we, are looking forward to it!"

A new name on the yellow-red-black livery of the Cruze is the one of Eurol Lubricants. Tom Coronel: "They provide the lubricants and several other important fluids. We have had a longer relationship with Eurol through our participation in the Dakar rally and I know that their lubricants work very well in tough conditions. In recent times, the company has grown massively, also at international level, and is also present in all countries in which we are racing with the FIA WTCC, so together, we can make it a situation of mutual benefits and therefore, I am delighted with this new sponsor. Other new companies to have decided in favour of our concept are Tricorp Workwear, Farmlight lampoil and ASC Group." Next to DHL, the yellow colour on the Cruze also suits perfectly for ERU Prestige cheese, with its particular design on Tom Coronel's helmet and the message 'Eat My Cheese' on the bumpers of the car. Other loyal partners are TW Steel -big in oversized watches-, Equinix, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, 4.Brands (formerly known as De Wild), Lesonal, Allsecur, Playseat, Intrax, Super-B, RSII Advan Racing and CM sms service.

2016 FIA WTCC calendar:

01:WTCC Race of France (Paul Ricard), 1-3 April
02:WTCC Race of Slovakia (Slovakia Ring) 15-17 April
03:WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring), 22-24 April
04:WTCC Race of Morocco (Moulay El Hassan), 6-8 May
05:WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife), 26-28 May
06:WTCC Race of Russia (Moscow Raceway), 10-12 June
07:WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real), 24-26 June
08:WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo), 6-7 August
09:WTCC Race of Japan (Motegi), 3-4 September
10:WTCC Race of China (Shanghai), 24-25 September
11:WTCC Race of Thailand (Buriram), 5-6 November
12:WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail), 24 – 25 November

In his campaign in the 2016 FIA WTCC, Tom Coronel is supported by: DHL, Eurol Lubricants, Tricorp Worwear,Farmlight Lampoil, TW Steel -big in oversized watches-, ERU Prestige, Equinix, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, 4.Brands, Lesonal, Allsecur, ASC Group, Playseat, Intrax, Super-B, RSII Advan Racing and CM.

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Monday, 29 February 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart @ Atlanta Supercross

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A 14th-place finish would not normally solicit a smile from Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart, but considering the Atlanta Supercross, Saturday, in front of 61,683 at the Georgia Dome, marked the first Monster Energy AMA Supercross finish in nearly two years for the former champion, you can understand how he might view the race as an accomplishment.

Stewart finished the race in Atlanta hampered physically after jamming his knee in a qualifying race earlier in the evening. Many riders might have called it a night, but Stewart was determined to get a finish and he soldiered on even though he was far from 100 percent. For Stewart Atlanta marked what he hopes will be the beginning of a climb back to competitiveness after battling back from injury this season, which kept him off the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 for most of the year.

In Atlanta the results were not quite what fans have come to expect from one of the all-time greats of AMA Supercross, but as Stewart later explained, top results were not his primary goal on this night. He simply wanted to compete and get a race finish under his belt. The goal may have been modest, but to come back from what Stewart has gone through, the bottom line is, he was happy to accomplish what he set out to do.

Stewart finished timed qualifying in 12th. He then ran second in his heat race before crashing late. That put him in the semi where he qualified for the main, but in the process he badly jammed his knee. Even though there was considerable discomfort, Stewart was doggedly determined to race, and finish, the main even.

He ran in the top 10 early on in the main and eventually finished 14th. The fact of where he finished didn’t matter as much as it normally might - Stewart was content for now just to get back into the swing of racing.

“I’m just happy to be back and playing in the dirt,” Stewart said of Atlanta. “Today we worked on testing new pieces on the bike. We haven’t had a lot of testing time, so we came here and we were making a lot of changes. We made the bike a lot better for the heat race, unfortunately I went down on the next to last lap.

“I went to the semi and was running third, all good, then I jumped in that dragon’s back and jammed my knee pretty good. After that it was kind of survival mode. Even though in the main event it as kind of survival mode, but I refused to pull off. I’m happy we got through the weekend. It’s the first supercross race I’ve finished since April of 2014. I got 20 laps in and we’ll build off that. We’ve got some work to do, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Stewart said he is looking to move up as the season progresses. “We found some things that worked well on the bike here and I think that’s going to make us better in the next few races,” Stewart explained. “14th is not the finish I wanted, but it’s better than a DNF. We’ll get there.”

Stewart’s Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Blake Baggett continues to rehab an injured shoulder. So far he’s not set a timetable for his return. It will be dictated by the progress of his shoulder. The series now heads next week to the legendary Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona Supercross. The race will be shown on Fox Sports 1 starting at 10:00 pm Eastern.

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki Team Blake Baggett + James Stewart Out Of Arlington Supercross

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Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing will not compete in this weekend’s Arlington Supercross. The team learned this week that Blake Baggett will be unable to race for next few rounds due to continued pain associated with his injured shoulder. James Stewart has also elected to continue training for a return and will sit out this Saturday’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Baggett raced the most recent round of the series in San Diego, but found that his shoulder was still very painful under race conditions. He visited a specialist once back home in California, and it was discovered he had severe inflammation of his shoulder socket.

“The extra stress put on the shoulder on Saturday was just too much,” said Mike Webb, Yoshimura Suzuki’s team manager. “We don’t have a certain timetable on Blake’s return. It depends on how he reacts to treatment, but he hopes to be back after he sits out a few rounds and gets some rehab in.”

Stewart reports he is greatly improved from the concussion he suffered earlier this season, but he feels he hasn’t had enough seat time on the bike yet to make a return this weekend.

“James wants to get some laps on the bike this week and next before he tries to come back,” Webb explained. “Right now it’s just a matter of getting laps in to get his fitness level back up to where he can feel comfortable for an entire race. He’s shooting for an Atlanta return, but that’s not set in stone. Obviously it’s been a difficult Supercross season for us, but injuries are part of the sport and we want our riders to be healthy and confident that they are ready to go before trying to race.”

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart @ San Diego

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Check out what Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart had to say at the 2016 AMA/FIM Supercross event in San Diego, California


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Monday, 15 February 2016

Blake Baggett Tumbles Out Of San Diego AMA Supercross

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After missing a round nursing a sore shoulder, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett made his return to Monster Energy AMA Supercross competition Saturday night in front of 40,528 fans at Petco Park in San Diego. Unfortunately, a slick track caught Baggett out and he tumbled twice at inopportune times and as a result failed to make the main.

Baggett reported great improvement of his recently surgically-repaired shoulder, which he battered again in Oakland two weeks ago, but he admitted he was still far from 100 percent.

He slid out and fell while running second in a semi and then again in the first turn of the Last Chance Qualifier, ending Baggett’s final shot of making San Diego’s final.

“Blake knows trying to come back and work his way back into race shape in the middle of the season is a tough thing to do,” said Yoshimura Suzuki’s team manager Mike Webb. “But credit to him, he’s willing to take his lumps and fight his way back up the ladder.

“Things didn’t work the way we’d hoped in San Diego, but we’re happy to have Blake out there competing and representing the team. He showed flashes of what he’s capable of at times, but after being out so long, obviously he’s going to have to get through these kinds of nights before it all starts clicking for him. We admire his willingness to tough it out and race his way back into shape. We’re confident Blake will get back to his normal self as the season progresses.”

Baggett’s Yoshimura Suzuki teammate James Stewart was on hand to meet fans and sign autographs in San Diego. Stewart is slated to test this week and hopes to be back ready to race, possibly as soon as this coming Saturday in Dallas or perhaps by Atlanta in two weeks.



The Yoshimura Suzuki squad will be on hand as the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season continues next weekend with the championship's annual visit to the home of the Dallas Cowboys, Arlington, Texas, and AT&T Stadium on Saturday, February 20.

Both Stewart and Baggett are slated to be in town early for a dealer appearance on Friday, Feb. 19 from 6-7:00 pm at Arlington Motorsports, 2501 Centennial Drive, Arlington Texas, 76011, where fans can meet the riders and get autographed Yoshimura Suzuki posters.

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki Retains Roger Hayden & Jake Lewis

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Yoshimura Suzuki the winningest team readies for 40th Anniversary AMA Superbike season. Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing will once again field riders Roger Hayden and Jake Lewis in the upcoming 2016 MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Championship. Hayden and Lewis will race the legendary Suzuki GSX-R1000, the all-time winningest motorcycle in series history.

Roger Hayden
It’s a milestone season for the team and the series. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Championship, which launched as a national series in 1976. Yoshimura Suzuki is the team with the deepest roots in the series, having been a part of the prestigious championship since its inception. Don Sakakura, Senior Vice President of Yoshimura R&D of America, is proud of Yoshimura Suzuki’s long relationship with America’s top domestic motorcycle road racing championship.

“I have to admit I look back with some amazement to realize we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of MotoAmerica AMA Superbike and the fact that Yoshimura has been part of the series since its founding,” Sakakura commented. “The years sort of creep up on you and I guess it’s true when they say time flies when you’re having fun. This season will be special because of the 40th anniversary and we’re proud to have been a part of that rich history and tradition.”

Hayden and Lewis will be teammates for the second
Jake Lewis
consecutive year.

“Roger and Jake work very well together as teammates,” Sakakura continued. “We’re looking forward to continue to develop and evolve the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike. It’s proven to be a great racing platform and we hope to be able to help both Roger and Jake be strong contenders for the championship this year.”

The 2016 MotoAmerica season kicks off at the state-of-the-art road course, Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on April 8-10, 2016.

You can keep up with the team’s progress by visiting www.yoshimura-racing.com and via YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/SuzukiCycles.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki To Miss Phoenix Supercross Round

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Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing will miss this week’s round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, FIM Championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The reason for the absence this weekend is that both Yoshimura Suzuki riders are sidelined. Rider James Stewart is undergoing a series of tests to better understand the source of the blurred vision he experienced in last week’s race. He should find out more after getting those results about his schedule to return to action. Teammate Blake Baggett bruised his shoulder in Oakland and needs a bit of healing time.

Yoshimura Suzuki will return as soon as either rider is ready to ride and hopes to back in some capacity in San Diego.

“After retiring from the race with vision problems in Oakland, we encouraged James to undergo further testing and make sure he is 100 percent healthy before returning to racing,” said Mike Webb, team manager for Yoshimura Suzuki. “And Blake took a big hit to the same shoulder he just had surgery on this past weekend. Fortunately, he hasn’t re-broken the shoulder, however it is deeply bruised and at this point he only has limited range of motion. Blake is fairly confident that he should be ready to go by the following round in San Diego.”

The team will issue further updates when additional information is available.

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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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing @ Oakland, California SX

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Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart, Blake Baggett and the team at the 2016 AMA/FIM Supercross event in Oakland, California



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Monday, 1 February 2016

James Stewart & Blake Baggett @ Oakland SuperCross

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It was a day of firsts for Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Saturday at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum. In Oakland both team riders James Stewart and Blake Baggett were back in action for the first time together in round four of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, FIM World Championship. And while the final results weren’t what either rider hoped for, there was a still a good feeling inside the squad going into the night for being back to full strength and having everyone back at the track and working to move forward. That positive energy was tempered however later in the evening as Stewart pulled out of the race with vision issues and Baggett fell hard and banged up the same shoulder he’d recently had surgery on.

Stewart was back racing for the first time since suffering a concussion at round one of the series early this month in Anaheim, and Baggett made his 2016 racing debut upon returning from pre-season surgery.

Both riders looked strong aboard their potent Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450s, especially Stewart, who led most of the way in his heat race before finishing second.

Ultimately it was a difficult night for the riders. Stewart ran near the front early in the final before pulling out of the race on lap nine. Baggett looked fast out of the gate, but suffered a big crash in his heat race, which tempered his approach for the rest of the night. In his first race of 2016, Baggett made it into the main and then rode conservatively to finish 15th.

Stewart and Baggett came out of the gate with nice results in qualifying. Stewart qualified sixth with a time of 54.558 seconds around the challenging O.co Coliseum track. Baggett was 11th with a time of 55.199 seconds. Stewart qualified straight into the main with an excellent second-place performance in his heat race, which he led until the final lap. Baggett ran near the front in his heat before coming up short on a rhythm section and crashing hard. He rebounded and made the main by way of a fourth-place in his semi.

In the main Stewart used the starting power of his Suzuki RM-Z450 to get a solid jump and ran third early on. He looked good for about the first five laps before his lap times began dropping, with something obviously wrong. By lap eight he fell to seventh and then a lap later pulled off reporting blurred vision.

“James came in feeling he was good to go,” said Yoshimura Suzuki team manager Mike Webb. “He rode three days this week and put in a lot of laps. He was riding well and looked more like the old James. He was solid all day and did well in his heat although didn't feel 100 percent. He got a great start in the main but after a couple laps he started to struggle with blurred vision and by lap nine he pulled off. He's going to get some tests done early this week and we'll see where we are then.”

Baggett left Oakland a bit disappointed, in spite of meeting his main goal of finishing in his first race back. “It definitely didn’t go as planned here in Oakland tonight,” Baggett admitted. “It was my first race back after shoulder surgery. I felt pretty frisky in practice and got a really good start in the heat race. I was in fourth and then got into third and was battling. I got pushed high in a turn and went to seat bounce a jump and just committed to the something I probably shouldn’t have, but it was in the heat of the moment. I got wheel-spin off the face and ended up endoing of a rhythm triple and went down on my bad shoulder. From there the night was just tough. It [the shoulder] was just really sore. I’ll have to go back and rehab a little bit, but luckily everything I got surgery on is still good, just a little muscle sore.

“I fought through the night and dug deep, but was definitely in survival mode from lap one of the main event. So we’ll see how we can do next week in Arizona.”

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing will be back in action this coming Saturday, February 6 in round five at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, a new venue for the Supercross series. You can catch all the action live on Fox Sports 2 next Saturday evening starting at 9:00 pm Eastern. Baggett is slated to be in town early on Friday, Feb. 5, to meet and greet with fans at Ride Now Powersports, 8546 W Ludlow Drive Suite 100 in Peoria, Arizona from 6 - 7:00 pm.

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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