Yoshimura Suzuki Captures SuperBike Podium at Miller Motorsports Park
NEWS May 29, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Press Release Courtesy of Yoshimura Suzuki Racing:
TOOELE, UT (May 28, 2012) – Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing turned in another successful performance in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship this Memorial Day weekend. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young made his seventh visit to the podium at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, on Monday afternoon. In the seven races so far this year, Young has either won or been on the podium. Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark lifted his game and brought home a very respectable eighth-place finish. Additionally, this result moved Clark up in the overall championship points.
At this weekend’s event, the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike riders shared the Miller Motorsports paddock with the World Superbike series, so they were subject to abbreviated practice and qualifying sessions and only one race, as opposed to the usual two. Additionally, because the race weekend fell on the Memorial Day holiday, the 16-lap Superbike race occurred on Monday instead of Sunday.
Despite these limitations, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Young made the most of his track time and qualified second on the starting grid. When the lights turned green, Young got a good launch on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and slotted into second immediately. He put his head down and held off the constant pressure from the competition before eventually finishing third.
“Today was a pretty tough day,” said Wisconsin-born Young. “To start with, I went out in the morning warm-up and I made a rookie mistake and wrecked my good bike. The Yoshimura Suzuki team had a back-up GSX-R1000 for me but I only got a few laps on it before the race. Overall, it was a hard race and we ended up third, but I’m happy to get away from Miller with the points. Now, I’m ready to go home to Elkhart Lake, and spend some time with my friends and family and get back to racing at the front.”
Teammate Clark continues to increase his comfort level with the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and has found more speed at almost every round. The race at Miller was no exception. After qualifying on the second row of the grid, Clark got a good start in the Superbike race and eventually settled into a solid eighth. From there, he clicked off consistent laps until the checkered flag flew.
“Miller is my favorite track,” said Clark. “And I was pretty confident that the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 would go good there. I’m getting more and more comfortable with the bike with every opportunity that I get to ride it, and I think my results this weekend show that. I’ve said all along that my goal is to finish the season in the top five overall and this weekend I moved closer to that goal. Now I’m just looking forward to Road America next weekend and hopefully progressing more.”
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s next event of the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship is at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, the weekend of June 1 - 3, 2012.
Miller SuperBike Race Results:
1. Josh Hayes
2. Josh Herrin
3. Blake Young
4. Geoff May
5. Ben Bostrom
6. Danny Eslick
7. Larry Pegram
8. Chris Clark
9. David Anthony
10. Chris Fillmore
2012 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Standings:
1. Josh Hayes – 194
2. Blake Young – 187
3. Roger Hayden – 114
4. Josh Herrin – 109
5. Larry Pegram – 96
6. Geoff May – 95
7. Danny Eslick – 86
8. Steve Rapp – 83
9. Chris Clark – 79
10. Chris Fillmore – 77
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