Team Releases from Mid-Ohio

Lexington, Ohio...(July 18, 2010) the Honda Super Cycle Weekend Presented by Dunlop Tire at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course proved to be a banner weekend for the Crozier Roberson Motorsports/DNA Energy Drink Team.

Taking two top ten finishes in the AMA Pro SuperSport class, DNA Energy Drink pilot Joey Pascarella grabbed the 2010 SuperSport West title for DNA Energy Drink.

"We came into this event with a large lead in the point's battle coming," explains Pascarella. "We knew if we finished ahead of Elena Myers, we could take the title and that was our goal. Everything went according to plan and I couldn't be more pumped.

Crozier Roberson Motorsports is a really good team and DNA Energy Drink is a great sponsor. It is really awesome to bring both of them this Championship. Now that we have the title locked up, we can go for the win at Laguna Seca and I'm definitely looking forward to that."

For Bobby Fong, Mid-Ohio also proved to be an outstanding weekend as he took back-to-back podium finishes for the team in both AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races.

"We finally got the monkey off our back and showed what we can do," said an obviously elated Fong, who earned a second on Saturday and a third on Sunday. "Those are my best finishes in this series to date. The team gave me an incredible Ducati. It ran flawlessly all weekend. They really out did themselves. I want to congratulate Joey for winning the SuperSport West crown."

Adding additional words of praise was teammate Michael Beck who unfortunately didn't have as good a weekend as Fong and Pascarella.

"This was just one of those ‘that's racing' weekends," said Beck. "I got a good start today and was already moving up through the field when we had a mechanical that put us out of the race. But, we will be ready for Monterey and that should be a good one for us."

"Getting two podium finishes and a championship, all is one weekend, is unbelievable," smiles co-team owner Robbie Roberson. We had hoped to do well this time out, but I didn't dream the weekend would be this spectacular. It is amazing."

"I am so proud of everyone on this team, said team manager and co-owner Mark Crozier. "They did an outstanding job. All the long hours and their determination definitely paid off. Things are good and I know there is more to come. Both Robbie and I want to thank all our sponsors who made winning the title possible, especially DNA Energy Drink. They are a pleasure to work with and we are looking forward to carrying their banner on to the podium time and time again."

Crozier Roberson Motorsports is sponsored by: DNA Energy Drink, Quality Brands, Inc., FMF, Arai Helmets, Race Tech, Motion Pro, Pit Bull, EBC Brakes, EK, Melillimoto Ducati,, XES, Thrust Company, HEL, Woodcraft, Armour Bodies, Puma, Held Gloves, GP Tech, Active, Zero Gravity and Christopher Bean Coffee.


Sunday was a dramatic but ultimately positive day for Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki at Mid-Ohio as Martin Cardenas made a heroic recovery to beat the odds and make up ground in the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title fight.

Cardenas was again firmly in the mix at the front of Sunday's 21-lap SportBike contest, swapping positions at the front of a six-man dogfight. However, apparent disaster struck on lap 11 as the Colombian crashed out of second place while negotiating the Carousel.

Undaunted, Cardenas quickly picked his GSX-R600 up off the ground and re-entered the battle. He raced back up to sixth position with just one lap to go. Unexpectedly, the championship leader crashed on the final lap, elevating Martin to fifth at the stripe while re-energizing his championship hopes.

Cardenas now stands third with 222 points, 27 out of first.

He said, "I started well and the race was much the same as yesterday with the same riders up front. In the first few laps I got a warning from the front tire. I wasn't ready for that but I saved that one. A few laps after that in the Carousel, I don't know what happened. Maybe I hit the curb a little bit or maybe was a little too tight with my line and I lost the front tire. I picked the bike up as fast as I could.

"I did what I could to gain as many positions as I could and I finished fifth in the end. It's bad that I crashed but I think it's an okay result for crashing.

"I'm going to continue to try to close the gap and try to beat them in every race."

Chris Ulrich suffered a poor start in the afternoon's AMA Pro American Superbike race, falling from his second row grid position to 14th at the conclusion of the opening lap. However, Ulrich put his head down and charged his GSX-R1000 back up to eighth at the flag. Still, he was left wondering what might have been.

"Today's race was over at the start," Ulrich said. "I rolled a little bit and I pulled the clutch back in and when I let it out it wheelied.

I came through the pack but I never completely recovered. I'm disappointed because I felt I had the pace to run in the top five today. Yesterday I picked the wrong tire and today I just had a bad start. If I could merge the two it would be a great day.

"The positives are that I'm much, much faster this year and the bike is pretty good. Last year I would have been doing back flips about eighth place but today I'm gutted. We're looking forward to getting some redemption next weekend at Laguna."

Jake Holden was unable to add to his run of two consecutive top-five placings for the team as he was forced to retire from the contest with a mechanical issue.

Holden said, "It was a tough weekend for us, but we'll regroup and come back strong next weekend."

Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki will be back in action next weekend, July 23-25 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California as they share the spotlight with the superstars of the MotoGP World Championship in the highly anticipated combined MotoGP/AMA Pro Road Racing weekend.


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Vesrah Suzuki's Cory West took 7th place Sunday in Daytona SportBike Race 2 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington Ohio. Chris Fillmore rebounded from an early crash to finish 12th and currently is 9th in the points chase. Cory is now back into 5th place in the season point standings after slipping back to 6th after the previous round. Nick Hansen repeated his performance from the previous day with an 11th place finish in Supersport Race 2.

Mark Junge - Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki

"The team made progress every time we went out on the track and I am proud of my riders and crew for never giving up and always striving for more. I have to thank my former mechanics Jeff Wolfe and Pat Holly for coming back out to the track this weekend and taking care of Nick."

Cory West - Vesrah Suzuki #57

"My start was a little better in today's race and I was close to the lead group right away. While I was dicing for position I got run wide a few times that kept me from latching on to the leaders. After I lost touch with them I raced with a few guys but had a pretty uneventful race. My crew worked their butts off this weekend to try and get me to the front but it just wasn't our weekend. Fortunately we collected more points and took advantage of other rider's misfortunes to move back into 5th place in the championship. Now we will focus on a better result next weekend at Laguna! Thanks again to the whole Vesrah Suzuki crew for their hard work and we'll see everyone next weekend."

Chris Fillmore - Vesrah Suzuki #55

"I had a good start but couldn't find an opening going into turn 1 and on lap 4 coming onto the back straight I lost my front which I almost saved but then it totally lost grip. I was able to pick the bike up and continue charging back to 12 place at the finish, I'm super disappointed about today's race but happy that I was at least able to salvage some points. I'm looking forward to Laguna and hopefully my race there will be better."

Nick Hansen - Vesrah Suzuki #97

"I was ready to go in the morning and all pumped up. During morning warm up I was riding behind some of the fast guys so I could see their race line. During the race I had an awesome start and got hooked up with a lead group and kept on the back of them. As the laps started to fade away I could feel my tires doing the same. I had a few close calls that I kept from high siding but I kept my head down and fought on. On the last lap I saw someone pull up next to me so I out broke them and tried to stay in front. On the last turn I had a close call and just tried to get to the checkered flag first which I did so I was stoked. This weekend was good but I am definitely going for a top 10 next race."

Vesrah Suzuki wants to thank all of their sponsors for their support for the 2010 season - Vesrah, American Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Drink, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Dainese Leathers, Boots and Gloves, AGV Helmets, Graves Motorsports, Hotbodies Racing Bodywork, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Vortex, DID Chain, Penske Racing Shocks, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, GP Tech, Active & Road Rage Designs

TOUGH WEEKEND FOR TEAM ROADRACINGWORLD.COM SUZUKI AT MID-OHIO Suzuki battled through a difficult outing at the Mid-Ohio round of the AMA Pro Road Racing championship.

Santiago Villa struggled in his search for front-end feel and was only able to qualify 24th for the weekend's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike doubleheader at 1:35.728. The races weren't any easier as the multi-time Colombian champion ran off-track in Saturday's contest before continuing on to claim 22nd. Sunday was a similar affair as Villa crashed after coming together with a fellow rider, but he picked his machine back up and soldiered onto a 23rd-place ride.

"It was not a very good weekend for us," Villa admitted. "I never had a good feeling with the front of my bike and I couldn't progress during the weekend like we had hoped. I had some bad luck and that didn't help, either. In the second race I touched with another rider and that was it."

Meanwhile, Daniel Guevara qualified 18th best in the combined AMA Pro SuperSport field at 1:35.728. He improved on his starting position to finish 15th on Saturday and 14th on Sunday aboard his GSX-R600. He stands seventh in the East Region standings, just seven points removed from a fifth-place ranking.

Team owner Chris Ulrich said, "The guys had a trying weekend but the positive thing is the team gets to try again in a few days. Having a quick turnaround to the next race is always good after a difficult weekend. We'll see how it goes in California."

Villa is expecting stronger results in next weekend's combined MotoGP/AMA Pro Road Racing weekend at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. "I'm really looking forward to next week. Laguna is my favorite track. We'll shake the bad luck and go to the next round."

Tommy Hayden Claims Third Superbike Victory in Sunday's Race at Mid-Ohio

Tommy Hayden started second on the grid, and launched his GSX-R1000 to a great start. Hayden quickly made the move into first, and held it for most of the race.

• Hayden's win on Sunday was his third career Superbike win.

• Tommy's victory places him a mere four points behind the leader for the championship.

Lexington, OH - July 19, 2010 - Tommy Hayden piloted his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to victory in race two at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. This marks his third career Superbike win, and places him a mere four points out of the championship lead. "Hats off to my team!" said Hayden. "They made great changes to my bike after yesterday, and today it did exactly what I wanted it to do."

Hayden got off to an excellent start in the race by putting his GSX-R1000 just behind the leader going into turn one, and quickly making his move for the lead. Tommy held the lead position for several laps before briefly dropping back to second, but a few laps later Tommy was back on the gas and regained the lead.

As the race wore on, the heat began to take its toll on both riders and machines. While many of the riders were slowing due to the heat, Tommy and his GSX-R began to pull away from the competition. Tommy crossed the finish line with a 0.194 second lead, earning him his third Superbike victory and 31 points toward the championship.

The 2010 AMA American Superbike season has been a close contest so far, but no other manufacturer can claim the same kind of success that Suzuki has had this year. Suzuki bikes topped the podium in two of Sunday's three races, and made up half of the top ten in the Superbike class. Suzuki GSX-R motorcycles are the best racing machines available, and the results prove it!

The next round of the AMA American Superbike Championship will take place at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on July 23-25. With only four points separating Tommy from the championship lead, this is one race that you won't want to miss!


Lucas Oil RMR Suzuki's Elena Myers registered a convincing performance in AMA Pro SuperSport action at Mid-Ohio this weekend, scoring a pair of strong results despite facing off against a deep field in combined East/West action. In the midst of a learning season, the talented teen racer continued to hone her craft during some tough on-track battles at the challenging circuit.

Having to wait six weeks for a chance following a difficult round at Road America, the Infineon Raceway SuperSport winner was immediately on the pace, ranking near the top of the sheets of the first practice. Qualifying proved to be more of a challenge but she found her form once again during the races.

Starting ninth after qualifying with a time of 1:33.206 aboard her GSX-R600, Elena found herself emerged in a race-long scrap for eighth position in Saturday's contest. She earned the position by a narrow margin of less than three tenths of a second after 17 laps of racing.

Sunday's race was similar, only this time she battled for seventh in a three-way tilt. While looking as if she had the measure of her rivals, a last-lap mechanical issue cost her a position. Elena held on for a second eighth-place result of the weekend as the three riders were separated by just 0.087 seconds at the checkered flag.

Elena said, "We started really great this weekend, running fourth in the opening practice, but I had a bunch of struggles in qualifying. I don't know why, but for some reason I couldn't go as fast as I did in practice.

"But the first race was quite fun. We had a good battle and it was really close right to the end and I came out on top of my fight for eighth.

"Sunday's race went great. I made my way up from ninth into seventh and held the lead in that battle for the last four or five laps of the race. Unfortunately, on the last lap we had a problem with the bike, which was really a bummer. I still held on for eighth, so it was another good race in the end."

Myers heads to next weekend's combined MotoGP/AMA round at Laguna Seca ranked second in the West Region with 118 points and expecting another strong result.

"I'm all warmed up for Laguna now so I'm really looking forward to a good result there. I raced at Laguna last October and it went well. It's now my favorite track so I'm really looking forward to going there," said Myers.


Lexington, Ohio...The Honda Super Cycle Weekend Presented by Dunlop Tire at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course proved to be a tough weekend for AMA SuperSport rider Ryan Kerr and his Ryan Kerr Racing Team.

"Things definitely didn't go according to plan," said the young Ohio native, who is an instructor for the Mid-Ohio Motorcycle School. "The old medium compound Dunlop front tire was not lasting a whole session, so we decided to switch to the new hard compound front tire. Unfortunately, it had tremendous chatter in the corners to the point that the bike was almost impossible to ride part of the time."

Pulling off the grid, Kerr got a really bad start and was in last place going into the first corner. Putting his head down and doing the best he could, he made it from last up to 14th before the end of the race.

"It was really frustrating," he said. "The crew worked on my Kawasaki when the race ended and they got it a little better for Sunday's event. We started off pretty good and were running pretty strong until about mid-way. Then the front end began chattering and once again I was all over the place. I even went off the track at one point which lost me about four positions. We ended up coming in 15th place which is not where I wanted to be."

Never one to dwell on the bad, Kerr and his crew are already at work looking for ways to make his race bike better.

"Luckily we have a three week break before the next race at VIR," he says with a smile.

"We are going to be testing some different suspension set-ups and we should be in good shape for next event. We dropped a couple of spots back in the points, but with a little luck, we shouldn't have too much trouble moving up."

Ryan Kerr Racing is sponsored by MJ USA, 614Paintworx, Leo Vince, Arai, Di-Digital Impressions, Woodcraft,, Kawasaki and MJ Motorgear, and Mid-Ohio School.


Lexington, OH (July 18, 2010) - LTD Racing earned third and fourth in the final AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio, with Huntley Nash adding another trophy to his collection while Tomas Puerta continued his streak of finishing inside the top five in every one of his races this season.

The race turned into a three-man fight for third, with Huntley and Tomas battling with Dustin Dominguez for the final podium position. Both Nash and Puerta were able to pass Dominguez and hold him off at the checkered flag.

"We had a chatter problem yesterday and we worked hard to improve the bike for today, and it was better," said Huntley. "I got a good start and was able to run up front for a while and then in second place for a while behind Cameron Beaubier. I ended up racing with several riders - Joey Pascarella, Dustin Dominguez, Tomas, and J.D. Beach - at some point during the race. We had a good three-rider fight for third and it was pretty crazy. The last lap, I really rode protective of my lines and came out with the position."

Nash led the first lap of the contest. It was his sixth podium finish of the year.

Puerta, in third place, leads Nash by one point in the East standings. "I started better than yesterday but I went to the inside on turn one and everyone else took the outside. We had a good battle out there for third place," said Puerta. "One of the riders made some moves I did not like very much. There was some bumping, but that's racing. In the last turn, I tried to pass Huntley but it wasn't possible. He was riding very good. I was disappointed not to get on the podium this weekend, but maybe we can make it happen at Laguna Seca next week."

Sam Nash did not race after experiencing problems with his broken right hand on Saturday.

"It was a better race today and we found a better setup for the boys. The team is not happy unless we're winning, but things were better today," said Gary Medley. "We're looking forward to getting to Laguna Seca next weekend."

Joey Pascarella clinched the AMA Pro SuperSport West Division championship on Saturday. Pascarella won three races for LTD Racing before he received an offer from DNA CNR Motorsports to join their squad before the Infineon round. LTD Racing would like to congratulate Joey on his title.


Lexington, Ohio...(July17,2010) Deftly piloting his DNA Energy Drink Ducati,Crozier Roberson Motorsports pilot Bobby Fong took 2nd place in today's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"Bobby rode an incredible race," echo team owners Robbie Roberson and Mark Crozier.

"We are really proud of him. He was on it the whole time and actually came within a stones throw of winning. Our whole team has been working double time over the last six weeks and it definitely paid off. This is our best finish to date and the first of many to come."

Thundering off the Starting Grid in 8th place, Fong began making his way up through the field. By lap 13 he was in 2nd. Falling back into 4th on lap 15, Fong put his head down and showed his incredible determination.

"I wasn't going to settle for 4th," said the rider from Stockton, Calif. "I was going to finish the race on the podium."

And, finish on the podium he did, taking over the 2nd place slot on the final lap.

"What a rush," said Fong. "I'm pretty much speechless. I wanted to be the first member of our team to put the DNA Energy Drink banner on the podium and I succeeded. I couldn't be more pleased.

Running for 21 laps on the 2.4 Mid-Ohio track, Fong averaged a speed of 96.0 mph, the same as the leader.

"The team gave me an awesome bike. My Ducati was flawless. We were just 0.045 seconds behind the leader and that is pretty close. We will definitely be ready for more tomorrow. Hopefully, we can land on the podium two times in a row."

Teammate Michael Beck, who fell to the back at the start, also did a great job. Moving up at a steady rate, he managed to pass a number of riders for a 13th place overall.

In SuperSport, Joey Pascarella managed to score a 7th place finish despite getting a bad start of the grid.

Crozier Roberson Motorsports is sponsored by: DNA Energy Drink, Quality Brands, Inc., FMF, Arai Helmets, Race Tech, Motion Pro, Pit Bull, EBC Brakes, EK, Melillimoto Ducati,, XES, Thrust Company, HEL, Woodcraft, Armour Bodies, Puma, Held Gloves, GP Tech, Active, Zero Gravity and Christopher Bean Coffee.


Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki's Martin Cardenas was a major player in Saturday's thrilling AMA Pro Daytona SportBike final at Mid-Ohio, scrapping hard at the front en route to his seventh podium result of the season.

Cardenas got away quickly aboard his GSX-R600 from his outside front row qualifying position, picking up a couple spots and ultimately taking control of the contest at the front as the race settled in.

The former Spanish Supersport champion found himself embroiled in a four-rider dogfight for victory as the laps ticked away. He traded the top spot back and fourth multiple times during the decisive final two laps. He reestablished the lead with less than two laps remaining but was pushed back to second entering Turn 2 on the final lap. Martin made a stunning pass around the outside on the brakes at the end of the back straight to take the lead once more, however, his maneuver was countered by a similarly brave inside move with a turn later. A subsequent minor miscalculation saw him bumped down to the third in the final run to the checkered flag by a meager 0.206 seconds.

After the race Cardenas explained, "I made a good start and was in second and then third for a while before moving into the lead. I tried to set a good pace--not on my limit, but a good pace but I wasn't gapping anyone so I tried to just maintain the pace.

"I was dropped down to second for a few laps and in the final three laps I tried to think what I was going to do. I made a move two laps from the end and was thinking someone might try to pass me on the back straight, but he came a little bit earlier. So I passed him back in the hard braking but I didn't shut the door like I should and he put the bike on my inside and there was nothing I could do. Then on the next corner I made a small mistake and I opened the door again and got passed again.

"Still, it's a good result. My bike was working really good, but unfortunately it wasn't the result that we needed in order to close the gap in the championship. We'll try again tomorrow and see what happens."

Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki enjoyed a strong showing in the American Superbike class on Saturday as well. Jake Holden and Chris Ulrich ran in formation aboard their GSX-R1000s early in the contest, holding down seventh and eighth position.

Holden put in a charge at mid-distance, ultimately clawing his way up to a fifth-place result at the conclusion of the grueling 21-lap affair contested in extreme heat. It equalled his best result of the season and was his second straight fifth-place finish.

"I was a pretty good race for us," Holden said. "I got a bad start and got stuck behind some guys for a little bit. Once I finally got some space, I started catching the guys a little further ahead and made up some positions.

"I've just been having a few issues getting comfortable with the front end of this bike and it seems like with a full fuel load it works better for me but once the fuel starts going away I lost a little bit of feel. I saw I had a gap back to sixth so I kind of backed off with a few laps to go. I'm hoping we can improve some for tomorrow and run at the front. That's our goal and we're improving."

Ulrich added a second top ten result for the squad in Superbike, coming home in ninth after moving into seventh at one point in the race. His hopes for an even higher position were dashed when his tire went off in the closing laps.

Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki will round out the Mid-Ohio round on Sunday with the second half of the weekend's SportBike and Superbike doubleheaders.


Lexington, OH (July 17, 2010) - Tomas Puerta earned fourth and Huntley Nash took sixth in the opening AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday. Sam Nash retired from the race due to his hand injury.

The first laps were eventful as Tomas made a couple of mistakes and was bumped by other riders, but the Colombian quickly rebounded to charge forward in the extreme heat. "I was going for the podium but I couldn't get it this time. I bumped with (Miles) Thornton and (Dustin) Dominguez early and I was lucky to stay up. I was able to make up some positions and catch up with Huntley but I couldn't pass for a few laps. Eventually I got by him, but there was not enough laps left to move up and fight for third and the podium. It was a very hot race, too. Maybe tomorrow!"

Puerta is the only rider in AMA Pro SuperSport to finish fifth or better in each race this season. The consistent Colombian has put together a solid season and is third in East points. "Tomy is just one really consistent rider," said LTD Racing's Director of Competition Gary Medley. "You can always count on him to run in the top five. My feeling is he will continue to find more speed and become even more familiar with the very limits of what the bike can do."

Nash had a frustrating race. He was unable to charge at full potential due to a tire chatter problem, but that did not stop him from putting in a strong performance that saw him get a good start and defend his position in the running order throughout the race. That was a tough proposition in a 17-lap contest that featured the combined East and West divisions of AMA Pro SuperSport and the biggest field of the year. Nash ran much of the race in fourth place but finished sixth and picked up valuable points.

"I got an okay start but didn't get a good start as I wanted and wasn't able to close off (eventual winner) J.D Beach and take the lead off the line. After that, I thought I could stick with him. But it didn't take very long before he was gone and I had bad front-end chatter. The chatter got worse as the race went on. After J.D got away, I tried to ride my own race but it was tough. I couldn't do anything but try to ride around the chatter. I did the best I could and hopefully tomorrow will be a better race. It was frustrating."

Sam Nash retired from the race with two laps to go, his broken right hand causing him issues. "It started out okay, but my hand is still injured and it was causing me to lose concentration. I'm a competitive person and it was frustrating for me out there. Then the pain got even worse and I pulled in."

Despite having two riders in the top six, the team wanted more from the first Mid-Ohio race. With four wins and 13 podiums this season, the team anticipates the very best possible results. "The race today wasn't what we were expecting. We had some technical issues and we have to address them," said Medley. "Huntley tried as hard as he could and Tomy did his part, too. We're not satisfied unless our riders are at the very front so we'll work hard tonight and see what happens tomorrow."

The second Mid-Ohio AMA Pro SuperSport race of the weekend begins at 12:30 local time on Sunday.

Tommy Hayden Podiums in Race One at Mid-Ohio

________________________________________• Tommy Hayden qualified second on the grid during Saturday morning's qualifier.

• Hayden took third in Saturday's race at Mid-Ohio, earning him valuable points in the closely contested race for the championship.

• Tommy's finish places him only ten points behind the current points-leader.

Lexington, OH - July 18, 2010 - Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden finished on the podium in the first of this weekend's races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Tommy worked his way up to a podium position after struggling for the first few laps. "I expected to be up near the front battling for the lead, but it just didn't work out today," said Hayden. "We'll be back here tomorrow to try again."

After taking the preliminary pole on Friday, and qualifying second on the grid, Hayden got off to a rocky start in race one. After struggling through the first few laps, Tommy began a rally that would put him on the podium. With each lap, he managed to gain precious time on the third-place rider before making the pass for the position. Tommy quickly poured on the speed to make up some ground, but there weren't enough laps left in the race to catch the leaders. Tommy's third-place finish places him well within striking distance of the current points leader.

Looking ahead to Sunday's race, the team will make some changes to Tommy's GSX-R1000 to better suit the Mid-Ohio circuit, and Tommy is confident that those changes will make a difference in his results. "We're going to come back tomorrow after we make some adjustments and hopefully do better," said Hayden.

With Tommy and his GSX-R1000 tuned to perfection for Sunday's race, look for them to be running at the front of the pack!


Vesrah Suzuki's Chris Fillmore and Cory West took 7th and 8th place today in Daytona SportBike Race 1 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington Ohio. Chris was able to put in a quick lap in this morning's qualifying session to bump him to 5th on the grid, which is his best qualifying in AMA roadracing to date. In the race the 2 teammates ended up running together and finishing within a tenth of a second of each other.

Young Gun Nick Hansen joined the Vesrah Suzuki squad to contest the Supersport class for this round and after adapting to a new machine and crew was able to qualify in 14th place and finish in 11th place in Supersport Race 1.

Mark Junge - Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki

"This is the first time the team has raced at Mid Ohio and we are still learning - We have made progress in every session on track so far and have a few things to try for tomorrow's races."

Cory West - Vesrah Suzuki #57

"We really struggled in our qualifying sessions to find our set-up and that made my life difficult in the race. Coming from the 4th row made for an exciting first half of the race, but I managed to pass quite a few people and raced at the front of the 2nd pack of riders. I wish I could have been closer to the lead group but tomorrow we have a few things to try to improve our lap times. I'm not thrilled about finishing 8th but we collected some valuable points and we will come back stronger tomorrow."

Chris Fillmore - Vesrah Suzuki #55

"I jumped onto my B bike in qualifying and put in a smoking flyer that put me into 5th position which is my best AMA qualifying to date. Race 1 started good but I couldn't hold the pace of the front group and slowly faded. I had lots of front-end issues that kept me from running up front. I ran most of the race with my teammate and a few others with lots of trading positions going on. I ended up getting past Cory on the brakes going into turn 6 and ended the day in 7th place. A good day all considering but I hope to improve in tomorrow's race. Big thanks to the team."

Nick Hansen - Vesrah Suzuki #97

"Today started off not to hot because at the end of qualifying session 2 I was in 14th so I was kind of disappointed and had my head down. I took about an hour and went to the motor home to just clear my head. When race time came I was pumped and ready to go. I got a great start and was running with the lead group for a while but some slower riders just got in my way and made me fall behind. So then I was battling with these 2 guys and they were fast so I was kind of playing chess. On the last lap I got around 1 guy and was going for the next but I couldn't get him. Tomorrow I will be pumped and ready for a comeback."


Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki's Martin Cardenas was immediately on the pace as the AMA Pro Road Racing series picked back up on Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course following a six-week layoff.

The Colombian qualified his GSX-R600 on the provisional front row for the weekend's twin AMA Pro Daytona SportBike contests, posting the fourth best time of the session at 1:29.457.

After qualifying Martin said, "We tried both bikes this morning and decided on one for the afternoon. We struggled a little bit in the Keyhole turn. It's a bit slippery there and we were losing a little bit of time. Everywhere else the bike is working well. We managed to get in race distance on the race tires and they're looking good.

"I like the layout at Mid-Ohio but the asphalt is tricky because it's inconsistent. From one corner to the next the grip level is quite different. In some corners you don't know the limit, which makes it difficult.

Cardenas has been the class' most prolific winner again this season, having claimed five wins already in 2010--more than the remainder of the field combined. He's aiming to add to that mark this weekend and climb up from third place in the championship standings.

"We have to try to cut that gap and to do that we have beat our rivals every chance we get. They're fast too, so we have to just as hard as we can each race and try to get more wins."

Meanwhile, Jake Holden and Chris Ulrich put their GSX-R1000s alongside each other each other on the provisional second row in the day's AMA Pro American Superbike qualifying session.

Holden, who is filling in for the mending John Hopkins with Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki through the Laguna Seca round next weekend, was seventh fastest on Friday at 1:26.493. Ulrich was one position further back in eighth with a best time of 1:27.020.

On Saturday morning Cardenas, Holden, and Ulrich will claim their final grid positions for the weekend before turning their attention to the weekend's race action, which gets underway on Saturday afternoon.


Lexington, Ohio (July16, 2010) -- LTD Racing's Huntley Nash qualified third on Friday in the first of two AMA Pro SuperSportqualifying sessions at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Nash, the winner of the most recent AMA SuperSport race in Elkhart Lake, WI, is known more for his race prowess than his qualifying but the 17 year-old put in one of his best efforts yet to earn a spot on the provisional front row. Teammate Tomas Puerta earned fifth place. Puerta looked to join Nash on the front row but experienced a crash in the waning moments of the session that spoiled his bid for a faster lap. Sam Nash, LTD Racing's Top Gun entrant, returned to action after breaking his hand at Road Atlanta earlier this year.

Friday's action in the heat at Mid-Ohio saw an unusually large number of crashes in SuperSport and all three LTD Racing protagonists hit the tarmac at one point. Luckily, all three were relatively undamaged and looking forward to returning to the undulating Ohio track on Saturday.

"I was on pole for a while before everyone put in times on fresh tires at the end," said Huntley, from Marietta, GA. "I came in and then did about 10 laps after that, putting in my best lap on the sixth time around. It was a 1:31.4, a little off pole. I think the top guys are close when it comes to race pace and the weekend is going well for me. The track is slippery but I'm comfortable with it. I think it suits me more than some of my fellow competitors, maybe. This was probably my best qualifying session in a while. I was pretty bummed after the first session because I bumped into another rider and went down, but the team did a great job of getting my bike ready before qualifying. I think this is shaping up as a good race for us."

For the hard-charging Puerta, the session was positive until the end. "We were trying some new things with the bike and it was working well," said the Medellin, Colombia native. "With three minutes to go, I tried to push harder to get on pole and I lost the front. I'm okay but we'll have to see what happens tomorrow." Tomy's best time was 1:31.682.

Sam Nash's best time was 1:37.812 "It was my first sessions back after breaking the hand and I was a little rusty," said Sam, from Marietta, GA. "I've never been here before and was learning the track when I nearly highsided and ran off the tarmac and I ended up dumping it. Mainly, I have a bruised ego but I'm really looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow. I struggled a little bit but I think I have it sorted. I went back out for a couple of laps after the crash and I'll work on getting better."

"Everybody is trying real hard but the boys will have to back it down just a little bit," said LTD Racing's Director of Competition Gary Medley. "The track is greasy and, listening to the radio, there were people falling down everywhere. It's not the boys' fault. It's the way the track is and they are trying hard and being competitive."

Tomorrow's first 17-lap race of the Mid-Ohio SuperSport doubleheader begins at 1 PM local time.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden Eager to Race at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH - July 16, 2010 - Tommy Hayden and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team are eager to take on the competition this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, after taking over the points lead at Road America in June. "I'm looking forward to getting back to racing after the long break," said Hayden. "This is a track I like, and we hope to pick up some extra points here in Ohio."

The Mid-Ohio circuit is often called the most competitive track in America due to its high-speed layout that gives racers plenty of passing opportunities, and with Tommy and his GSX-R1000 in top form, this week's races are sure to be exciting ones.

The last round of the AMA American Superbike championship at Road America proved to be the most exciting yet. The first race saw Tommy battling with the leader right up to the finish, missing victory by a fraction of a second. Tommy came back in race two and unleashed the power of his GSX-R1000 to make a dramatic last-second pass for the lead, earning him the second Superbike win of his career. His victory also gave him enough points to take over the lead for the championship. Tommy currently leads with 229 points, and is looking to expand on that lead this weekend.

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been the most dominant bike of the 2010 AMA American Superbike season. Suzuki racers have taken more race wins and podium positions than any other manufacturer thanks to the precision and power of their Suzuki machines. Suzuki is dedicated to creating the highest performance and quality available, and the GSX-R1000 delivers.

Tommy and the other Suzuki racers will be signing autographs on Sunday, July 18th from 10:50 - 11:30, so come down and meet your favorite riders!

Exciting Times For RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing And AMA Pro XR1200 Series

The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series debuted at Road America and defending AMA Pro Daytona SportBike championship team RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing played a major role with top AMA Pro competitors Danny Eslick and Jake Holden battling for the win in the memorable first race for the class. Talented young racer Kyle Wyman just missed making it a podium sweep for the team and Joseph Rozynski earned seventh place. RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing is looking to top that amazing race this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing, along with partners GEICO Powersports and Lucas Oil, are excited to be a part of this new class. "It's a win-win for everyone," says team owner Richie Morris. "We think this series is really going to be a hit with the fans and put more people in the seats. First of all, the racing is really good. With everyone being on similar equipment, that always makes for a fun show and close racing every fan can enjoy. It leaves things up to the rider to make the difference. Also, we're addressing a different demographic with all the Harley-Davidson enthusiasts out there and we feel in the United States, that is very important. It's great to be involved with Harley-Davidson at the race track again."

Morris has been associated with the late Bruce Rossmeyer since 1994 and the XR1200 class is an ideal way for the world's largest new Harley-Davidson dealership to be involved in racing.

In addition to Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing, GEICO Powersports and Lucas Oil, the team has compiled a notable set of technical partners for their AMA Pro XR1200 effort. Industry leaders Revolution Performance, Pilot, EBC, Race Tech, and Orient Express will help the team prepare their Harley-Davidson XR1200 machines to the highest possible standards.

"The XR1200 is really a blast to ride," says Morris. "It's a fun machine, really sporty, and we think it translates well to the race track, too."

The historic first race for the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 class saw Eslick and Holden enthusiastically flog their RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing machines around the track as they fought for the win. The battle served to heighten interest in the following races for the class, including this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. "I'm really proud of how the team performed at Road America and the weeks leading up to it as we got ready. All the riders did a great job and so did Rick Bretl, who leads up the XR1200 program for the team. It's always a rush getting ready for the first race and we'll do an even better job now that we have a race under our belts. We are going to push preparing these bikes to another level."

While AMA Pro race-winner Jake Holden is the team's regular rider, a series of "special guests" will compete on the team's equipment that promise to bring more excitement to the series, as Daytona SportBike champion Danny Eslick showed in Wisconsin.

RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing has also prepared XR1200s for credentialed racers wishing to show their talent at upcoming races. Anyone wishing to ride or seeking additional information should contact Richie Morris at

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