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New to Class Suzuki GSX-R750s Instantly Aggressive in Supersport

BREA, Calif., Could 23, 2022 — Suzuki Motor USA and Crew Hammer loved one other trophy-winning efficiency as Spherical 3 of the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Highway Racing Championship concluded on Sunday at Virginia Worldwide Raceway.

For the second consecutive day, that podium was delivered by 16-year-old MotoAmerica Supersport rookie Tyler Scott. The fast-rising Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki star once more battled for the win deep into the competition with a pair of premier-class champions earlier than in the end guiding his GSX-R750 to a third-place end.

“The bike felt nice all race,” Scott mentioned. “We made some modifications in a single day and so they helped, however the tempo was sooner immediately. General, it was an amazing weekend. The crew has been superb. The GSX-R750 was excellent, and I’ll simply preserve engaged on my driving.”

Scott’s Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate, Sam Lochoff, rebounded from a chaotic Saturday to return dwelling one spot additional again in fourth. The South African did so regardless of affected by a decrease leg damage and the extraordinary warmth to maintain his title hopes very a lot alive.


After a troublesome Race 1, Sam Lochoff (44) bounced again and takes fourth in Race 2. Photograph by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.


Lochoff mentioned, “I’m extraordinarily blissful in regards to the work my crew has put in on this GSX-R750. I feel we’re almost there, and we simply have to do a little bit of fine-tuning now. I’m positive we’re going to win some races on it this 12 months.

“I used to be hurting from yesterday’s crash immediately, however we’re popping out swinging at Highway America,” continued Lochoff.

Whereas third Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki Supersport pilot Liam Grant crashed out of competition early, Altus Motorsports Suzuki’s Justin Jones made positive three Crew Hammer-built GSX-Rs completed inside the highest ten with a tenth-place efficiency.


Liam Grant (90) looks to the next round after a fall in Race 2.. Photo courtesy Team Suzuki Press Office.
Liam Grant (90) seems to the following spherical after a fall in Race 2.. Photograph courtesy Crew Suzuki Press Workplace.


In the meantime, Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki Superbike teammates Richie Escalante and Jake Lewis spent the majority of the competition embroiled in an intra-team battle for sixth place. Their battle almost carried them to the highest 5, as collectively they, mounted on their Suzuki GSX-R1000R race bikes, drew in on the place late earlier than working out of laps to problem for the spot.

In the long run, rookie Escalante completed in sixth with reigning Inventory 1000 champion Jake Lewis shut behind in seventh.


Richie Escalante (54) with another top ten finish aboard his GSX-R1000R. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.
Richie Escalante (54) with one other high ten end aboard his GSX-R1000R. Photograph by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.


Escalante mentioned, “Immediately was significantly better. I began each races very properly, which is necessary to remain shut with the entrance group. I didn’t have the tempo to go for the rostrum, however I raced for fifth the entire race.

“I proceed to work to regulate my driving model to assist the bike work a bit of higher, particularly on nook exit. I’m actually pleased with the method. I’m getting nearer over one lap and race distance. I’m fairly pleased with that and I’ll preserve working to seek out the following step.”


A pair of top-ten finishes from Jake Lewis (85) looks to carry the momentum into the next round. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.
A pair of top-ten finishes from Jake Lewis (85) seems to hold the momentum into the following spherical. Photograph by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.


Crew Hammer shall be again in motion on the high-speed Highway America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on June 3-5.

Suzuki Motor USA would additionally like to acknowledge Hayden Gillim aboard his GSX-R1000R for taking double wins within the Inventory 1000 class.


The 2022 season marks Crew Hammer’s forty second consecutive 12 months of working as an expert street racing crew. Racebikes constructed and fielded by Crew Hammer have gained 128 AMA Professional and MotoAmerica Nationwide races, have completed on AMA Professional and MotoAmerica Nationwide podiums 332 occasions, and have gained 11 AMA Professional and MotoAmerica Nationwide Championships, in addition to two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport.) The crew has additionally gained 137 endurance races total (together with seven 24-hour races) and 13 General WERA Nationwide Endurance Championships with Suzuki bikes and holds the U.S. file for mileage coated in a 24-hour race. The crew additionally competed within the televised Nineteen Nineties Method USA Nationwide Championship, famously working “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and gained 4 F-USA Championships.


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Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. (SMO) distributes Bikes, ATVs, Scooters, Automotive Components, Equipment, and ECSTAR Oils & Chemical substances by way of an intensive seller community all through 49 states. Suzuki Motor Company (SMC), primarily based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide producer of Bikes, ATVs, Scooters, Vehicles, Outboard Motors, and associated merchandise. Based in 1909 and included in 1920, SMC has enterprise relations with 201 nations/areas. For extra data, go to




Extra, from a press launch issued by Tytlers Cycle Racing:

PJ Jacobsen, Hector Barbera and Travis Wyman bag a number of high ten finishes at VIR

Tytlers Cycle Racing raced to a number of high ten finishes within the newest spherical of the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike championship at Virginia Worldwide Raceway with riders PJ Jacobsen and Hector Barbera attaining a better of fifth and sixth respectively throughout the weekend.

Their BMW M1000 RR machines as soon as once more carried out beautifully permitting each riders to battle for the entrance working positions on Saturday and Sunday.

For Jacobsen, who missed Highway Atlanta by illness, it was a optimistic return to the monitor, the #66 popping out on high of a three-way battle for P5 within the opening race on Saturday earlier than racing to seventh on Sunday.

Spain’s Hector Barbera maintained his level scoring file with sixth and ninth, including seventeen factors to his already spectacular tally for the season. He stays fifth total within the standings.

Travis Wyman, one of many crew’s Stock1000 regulars was additionally in motion within the Superbike class. He completed tenth in each races.


PJ Jacobsen (66). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.
PJ Jacobsen (66). Photograph courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.


PJ Jacobsen: “The opening race was tough. I suffered with rear grip, and it was laborious to handle. I did what I might, and it was fairly uncomfortable by half race distance. We knew we might lap sooner and so we regrouped in a single day earlier than Race 2. Sunday was higher. We have been capable of repair a number of issues and I used to be blissful to bag a P5 end. I used to be not pleased with what occurred on Saturday, however the crew did an amazing job, and we have been capable of present our potential. It’s a brand-new crew and a brand-new bike so the info we gathered right here will definitely assist us within the coming races.”


Hector Barbera (80). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.
Hector Barbera (80). Photograph courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.


Hector Barbera: “All weekend, due to the warmth, I struggled to get the sensation I wished with the entrance tyre and so the races have been fairly tough. Once we improved the entrance, it made the rear worse. In Race 1 I used to be spinning all over the place. I attempted my finest, handed just a few riders and was capable of end sixth. Race 2 I had issues with the tyre, and I couldn’t battle for a greater place. We are going to proceed to check and proceed to work laborious, and I’m positive we will arrive on the entrance quickly.”




Extra, from a press launch issued by Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing:

Travis Wyman delivers one other Stock1000 podium as Zac Schumacher makes progress and Corey Alexander avoids critical damage

Corey Alexander, Zac Schumacher, and Travis Wyman have been again on monitor at VIR this previous weekend for the Tytlers Cycle Racing powered by Experience HVMC squad within the newest spherical of the MotoAmerica Stock1000 championship with Wyman delivering one other podium for the squad in Saturday’s opening race.

Qualifying fifth, Wyman ensured he was within the combine from the off taking a well-earned P3 on the finish of the nine-lap encounter. He completed eleventh on Sunday.

Zac Schumacher was racing at one other new circuit. He progressed properly all through the weekend ending nineteenth and eighteenth respectively to make sure one other double high twenty end.

Spherical 1 winner Alexander had a nasty wanting spill early within the weekend after working strongly in apply. Crashing laborious he fortunately escaped critical damage however missed each races. He shall be again on monitor at Highway America.


Travis Wyman (10). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle RideHVMC Racing.
Travis Wyman (10). Photograph courtesy Tytlers Cycle RideHVMC Racing.


Travis Wyman: “After lacking most of apply and qualifying we ended P5 on the grid which I used to be tremendous blissful about. I made an amazing begin in Race 1 and after a race lengthy battle was capable of convey it dwelling in third for an additional podium. I used to be within the lead group off the beginning once more in Race 2 however sadly with about 4 laps to go I crashed after making a cross for second place. I tucked the entrance however was capable of get going once more and end eleventh, salvaging some factors which can make all of the distinction on the finish of the season. See you all at Highway America.”


Zac Schumacher (90). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Ride HMVC Racing.
Zac Schumacher (90). Photograph courtesy Tytlers Cycle Experience HMVC Racing.


Zac Schumacher: “It was my first time at VIR. I crashed in FP1 and missed the complete session which meant I used to be nonetheless studying the monitor in qualifying. I certified twenty-ninth and was capable of end P19. Race 2 was a bit of higher. We a few modifications in a single day and located the sensation I had been looking for. I began twenty-seventh and was capable of cross a number of riders, ultimately ending P18. I wish to say an enormous because of the Tytlers Cycle guys. With out them my weekend would have been over.”


Corey Alexander (23). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Corey Alexander (23) in motion at VIR earlier than his crash. Photograph by Brian J. Nelson.


Corey Alexander: “I’m bummed to have missed each races this weekend however am very grateful to have walked away in addition to I did. I’m simply recovering with some street rash and a pair bruises in addition to some fog from the concussion I suffered however in any other case my Arai Helmet, Alpinestars swimsuit with Tech-Air bag and the Highway Racing World Motion Fund Air Fence absolutely saved my life. I’m hopeful to return to Highway America and choose up the place we left off previous to the crash. Due to everybody for the messages and assist.”




Extra, from a press launch issued by Aprilia:



ALTON, VA – 23 MAY 2022 – MotoAmerica Twins Cup arrived at Virginia Worldwide Raceway this weekend for the third spherical of the championship. 35 riders lined as much as grid for race one, because the participation and competitors of the Twins Cup class continues to develop within the sequence.

Leaving the second spherical in Atlanta, a single race weekend for the Twins Cup, the stakes have been excessive upon arrival in Virginia for the groups, understanding there was a possible 50 factors up for seize within the weekend’s two races. When Qualifying 2 had accomplished, the story was harking back to 2021, with Jody Barry, besting his finest time and lap file set final 12 months on his RS 660 of 1:30:823, with a pole place secured with a time of 1:30:082 on his Veloce Racing RS 660 on Saturday morning.

In race one of many weekend, after 13 full laps, it got here all the way down to the road with a photograph end victory that displaying Jody Barry throughout the road simply inches forward of the following rider.

Race 2 had an early crimson flag which pressured a restart, however with an identical battle to Saturday’s race, Sunday proved to be one other final lap sprint to the road, the place Jody Barry locked up his second win of the weekend, and third of season.


Jody Barry. Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Aprilia.
Jody Barry. Photograph by Sara Chappell Photographs, courtesy Aprilia.


Jody Barry, Veloce Racing

“I’ve at all times cherished this monitor. I had confidence popping out of Highway Atlanta, and we began the weekend fast, getting the setup dialled in. By the top of each races, it was a chess sport, working with grip, pushing the entrance finish and dealing with monitor circumstances.

I’ve a number of confidence working with the Veloce crew, which makes it simple for me to chill out and concentrate on my driving. I really feel comfy with the RS 660 and discovering any options with the crew to stick with it entrance. I’ve to thank the entire Veloce crew, and all of the sponsors and companions that assist placing a motorbike underneath me, together with CycleTune, LiquiMoly, Vesrah, Arai, Bison, and Aprilia which assist us compete and get these wins.

I’m excited for Highway America, my dwelling monitor. Final 12 months didn’t go how we wished, with a flight to the hospital, however we gained’t repeat that this 12 months. My household shall be there, the vibes shall be cool, and we’re wanting ahead to it.”

MotoAmerica heads to Highway America, June 3-5. Championship Schedule, Competitor data, and Class Guidelines might be discovered at




Extra, from a press launch issued by Robem Engineering:

Robem Engineering Aprilia riders rating three top-10 finishes at MotoAmerica spherical at VIR

Hobbs, Gloddy end Could 20-22 spherical second, eighth in Twins Cup factors standings

ALTON, Va. — The 2022 MotoAmerica Superbikes at Virginia spherical turned out to be a wrestle for Robem Engineering Aprilia riders Teagg Hobbs and Ben Gloddy. But, the duo restricted the harm to their championship aspirations on the Could 20-22 occasion by scoring a complete of three top-10s in two Twins Cup races at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway.

Regardless of a difficult weekend on monitor, each stay within the hunt to assert Robem Engineering’s second Twins Cup title in two years. Hobbs did sufficient to carry onto second place within the standings with 63 factors. Gloddy is in eighth place with 40 factors.

The VIR spherical began properly for each riders. Hobbs topped the time sheets and Gloddy was sixth in Friday apply. The primary of two qualifying periods passed off Friday afternoon, and Hobbs and Gloddy completed that session third and eighth, respectively. Saturday’s Qualifying 2 session didn’t go as properly, as each riders misplaced some tempo to the opposite Twins Cup entrance runners and ended up qualifying eighth and Tenth.

In Saturday’s Race 1, each Hobbs and Gloddy obtained good begins and had superior one place within the working order by the top of Lap 1. Hobbs was working as excessive as sixth earlier than he dropped to twelfth on Lap 8, however continued to push laborious to make up the positions he misplaced and completed the race in Tenth. Gloddy’s tempo improved relative to the riders round him because the race went on. Although he dropped as little as eleventh on Laps 3-5, Gloddy steadily labored his means up the working order to safe a seventh-place end.

Sunday’s Race 2 proved to be a wrestle. The pair obtained off the road properly, with Hobbs ending the primary lap in seventh and Gloddy in eighth. The race was stopped firstly of Lap 3 attributable to a crash at Flip 1, and Hobbs made an error whereas slowing down for the race stoppage and crashed at Flip 1. He was capable of get his Aprilia RS 660 working once more and needed to slowly make his means across the 2.25-mile course to pit lane. Hobbs’ delayed arrival within the pits induced him to overlook the sighting lap for the race restart, and he needed to take the restart from the again of the grid.

When racing resumed, Gloddy tried to work his means up the working order shortly and was working in fifth place throughout the first lap. Hobbs did his finest to make up monitor place on the opening lap and superior previous 13 riders on the primary lap of the restarted race. Although Gloddy was pushing his RS 660 laborious, he misplaced a number of positions because the nine-lap race went on and needed to accept a Tenth-place end. Hobbs’ cost up the working order slowed because the race progressed, although he managed to work his means as much as twelfth place aboard his broken bike by the top of the race.

The Robem Engineering Aprilia crew shall be again in motion on the subsequent MotoAmerica spherical, which takes place June 3-5 on the Highway America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis.


Ben Gloddy (72). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.
Ben Gloddy (72). Photograph by Sara Chappell Photographs, courtesy Robem Engineering.


Ben Gloddy / No. 72

“I had an incredible weekend total and might’t thank the Robem Engineering crew sufficient for every little thing they did to assist me this weekend. We struggled a bit of bit on Friday and Saturday, however had a greater race on Sunday. We simply couldn’t fairly cling with the leaders this spherical. We did get some issues discovered with our Aprilia RS 660s, and I can’t wait to do all of it once more in just a few weeks at Highway America.”


Teagg Hobbs (79). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.
Teagg Hobbs (79). Photograph by Sara Chappell Photographs, courtesy Robem Engineering.


Teagg Hobbs / No. 79

“This weekend had the very best of highs and the bottom of lows. We led just a few periods and located an excellent setup for our Aprilia RS 660. Sadly, each races have been fairly tough. All we will do is transfer on to the following spherical, and I can’t suppose Robem Engineering sufficient for working tirelessly by the entire weekend. Now it’s on to Wisconsin in just a few weeks!”

Robem Engineering’s technical companions for 2022 embody Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Heart for Plastic Surgical procedure, Synchrony, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Applied sciences, Dymag, Vesrah, Dash Filter, DID, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photographs, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Applied sciences, Motovation USA and SC-Challenge.




Extra, from a press launch issued by Pure Perspective Racing:

Chase Black delivers Junior Cup entrance row begin and high six end. Liam MacDonald baggage Twins Cup factors at VIR as Trevor Standish bounces again on Sunday

Virginia Worldwide Raceway was the setting for the newest spherical of the 2022

MotoAmerica Championship and Pure Perspective Racing was as soon as once more on the grid in each the Twins Cup and Junior Cup lessons.

Teenager Chase Black, in solely his second race weekend for the crew carried out beautifully all through the weekend. Operating strongly on the opening day earlier than qualifying on the entrance row of the grid in third in Junior Cup, for the primary time in his profession. He completed eighth in Saturday’s opening race earlier than taking an excellent fifth on Sunday.

Twins Cup continues to be one of the crucial aggressive classes in MotoAmerica this 12 months. Armed with the newest Yamaha R7 machines and Liam MacDonald and Trevor Standish have been as soon as once more within the combine for factors in each races. A DNF on Saturday for Trevor was a bit of disappointing, the #16 bouncing again on Sunday to complete seventeenth on the flag. Macdonald raced laborious, understanding learn how to journey the Yamaha, which is a brand new problem for him, with each lap accomplished. He added three extra factors to his championship tally with a thirteenth-place end within the Race 1 earlier than narrowly lacking a second factors scoring end on Sunday. He crossed the road P16 after a race lengthy battle with a number of riders together with his crew mate. With extra information gathered the pair look ahead to one other sturdy displaying subsequent trip at Highway America.


Chase Black (14). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Pure Attitude Racing.
Chase Black (14). Photograph by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Pure Perspective Racing.


Chase Black: “I certified on the entrance row for the primary time in my MotoAmerica profession after an amazing run in qualifying. I made an excellent begin in Saturday’s first race however after just a few laps I began to lose contact with the group and ended P8. Sunday’s second race was superior, and I had a lot enjoyable. I used to be a lot nearer to the entrance, and I used to be capable of make some good strikes. I saved a potential excessive aspect and that price me a shot on the podium however after I look again on the weekend, to depart with a entrance row and a high six in solely my second race with the crew is fairly good.”


Liam MacDonald (37). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Pure Attitude Racing.
Liam MacDonald (37). Photograph by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Pure Perspective Racing.


Liam MacDonald: “It was nice to journey at VIR this weekend and satisfying to return away with extra factors in Race 1. We made just a few modifications particularly with the geometry of the bike and it gave me way more really feel. I had an enormous second early on, however I managed to remain on board and convey it dwelling in thirteenth. Sunday was a bit harder however however I had an amazing race with Trevor and a few different guys and while I simply missed out on different factors end it was an excellent race and to beat my crew mate for the primary time since I got here to MotoAmerica is a pleasant little bonus.”


Trevor Standish (16). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Pure Attitude Racing.
Trevor Standish (16). Photograph by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Pure Perspective Racing.


Trevor Standish: “We discovered a difficulty between Q2, and the primary race associated to the fueling, however we have been capable of resolve it. Nonetheless, the issue got here again on the nice and cozy up lap, and it turned out to be a difficulty with the clutch. I began behind the grid, however the issue obtained worse and that was the top of the race for me, so I made a decision to name it a day for security causes. On Sunday I used to be working properly within the first begin however then the crimson flag was thrown. Within the restart I struggled with grip and fought laborious with Liam and a few different guys, however I made just a few errors and wasn’t in a position to stick with them. I closed the hole however simply ran out of time. I’m actually bummed to depart VIR with no factors, however we are going to go once more at Highway America the place hopefully we will additional enhance the bikes as we’re nonetheless not at 100% but.”




Extra, from a press launch issued by Levi Badie Racing:

First MotoAmerica factors for Levi as he makes historical past by changing into the Belgian to attain factors within the US nationwide sequence

Levi Badie made historical past at VIR this previous weekend by changing into the primary Belgian rider to attain factors within the MotoAmerica sequence.

Racing for Bartcon Racing in a Kawasaki in Junior Cup, Levi certified eleventh on his debut on the circuit. Studying the circuit with each lap the gifted teen was within the combine all through Saturday’s opening race, claiming seventh on the flag – a mere 0.9s from the win.

Sunday noticed one other spirited effort from the #31 however his race was reduce brief after he was unable to keep away from a rider that fell in entrance of him.

Regardless of his third DNF of the season Levi continues to be one of the crucial talked about riders – bringing his European aptitude to the US nationwide sequence.


Levi Badie (71). Photo courtesy Levi Badie Racing.
Levi Badie (71). Photograph courtesy Levi Badie Racing.


Levi Badie: “It wasn’t a nasty first race given the circumstances. I made a nasty begin, however I used to be capable of shut the hole to the main group, I even set the quickest lap at one level. It was scorching circumstances, and the race was diminished to 5 laps after a crimson flag. I had been informed by the crew that there’s at all times loopy driving in VIR and other people getting taken out and so I wished to remain calm and get some respectable factors which I did. I used to be not so removed from the rostrum – solely 0.9s from the win. I made some steps in Sunday’s warm-up session after which I used to be working fairly sturdy in Race 2 on Sunday till one of many different riders fell and I had nowhere to go. I have to work on my begins, however I’ve proven I’m quick, and the crew is working properly so hopefully at Highway America I can present our actual potential. The circuit is essentially the most harmful I’ve ever raced – very completely different to Europe and so after I took to the grass, I used to be blissful to not be harm. I wish to thank everybody who’s supporting me and look ahead to driving at Highway America. It seems like an incredible monitor and one which I feel I might be quick at.”



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