Suzuki Teams Prove Their Dominance on the Asphalt and Dirt As They Roll Into Summer

BREA, CA (July 1, 2011) -- Suzuki teams continue to show their domination as they approach the mid-season mark for the 2011 road race, motocross and off-road cross-country series'. Utilizing the awesome power and performance of their GSX-Rs, RM-Zs, and QuadRacers, Suzuki teams are outclassing the competition in all disciplines.

On the road race side, Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Blake Young and Tommy Hayden have consistently run their Yoshimura-prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000s up front in one of the most exciting AMA Pro Superbike seasons in some time. After taking his fifth win of the season and a podium at the last event at Barber Motorsports Park, Young sits firmly in second place in championship points, just two below the top spot. Hayden is just behind his teammate in third.

Suzuki riders totally dominated the Saturday card at Barber Motorsports Park, taking eight out of nine possible podiums in the classes they competed in. Starting the day off in the AMA Pro SuperSport race, Elena Myers got a great start on her SuzukiScoopFans Suzuki GSX-R600 and charged into the lead after just a few laps. She went on to lead the pack for several laps, posted the fastest lap of the race, and grabbed a third-place podium finish, her best of the season. Just ahead of Myers was fellow Suzuki rider, James Rispoli, who powered his GSX-R600 to the second step of the podium. Myers is in fifth place in points in the AMA Pro SuperSport West Division and Rispoli leads the pack on his Suzuki in the East.

In the Daytona Sportbike class on Saturday at Barber, Suzuki riders swept the podium, proving the GSX-R600 is the bike to beat. Geico Racing's Danny Eslick, who has been strong all season and sits at the top of the points standings, led the Suzuki sweep. The second podium spot was claimed by M4 Suzuki's Dane Wesby and Vesrah Suzuki's Cory West rounded out the podium with a third- place finish on his GSX-R.

Saturday's AMA Pro Superbike podium at Barber was all Suzuki as well, with the top spot going to M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas. Cardenas rode a strong race aboard his GSX-R1000 to claim his first-ever win in the premier class. Following Cardenas on the second step of the podium was Michael Jordan Motorsports' Ben Bostrom, who carded his best finish of the season. Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Blake Young completed the Suzuki show of dominance.

On the motocross side, Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey grabbed his first overall victory of the season last weekend as he piloted his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 to a strong two-one moto finish at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, CO, the fifth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Dungey has been consistent all season, with podiums in nine of ten races. He sits third in championship points as they approach the halfway point at this weekend's event at the Rockstar Energy Drink Redbud National in Buchanan, MI. Teammate Brett Metcalfe has been consistent all season aboard his RM-Z as well and sits sixth in the championship points, just one point out of fifth and four points out of fourth.

In the off-road category, FMF Makita Suzuki's Josh Strang edged out the competition and piloted his FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to take the checkers at the sixth round of the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series at the Snowshoe Mountain resort in Snowshoe, WV on Sunday. Strang continues to dominate the XC1 field, as he rode strong throughout the entire three-hour race, pulling off the race win and extending his championship points lead to 11 with seven rounds remaining.

On the ATV side, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chris Borich continues to show his skills and the power of his QuadRacer R450, winning four of seven rounds so far in the 2011 ATV Grand National Cross Country Series. Borich, the reigning champion, and his QuadRacer sit at the top of the championship points standings in the XC1 Pro class.

All in all, Suzuki riders showed the performance advantage of their Suzuki motorcycles and ATVs with their strength and domination throughout the season. Once again, they've proven that Suzuki "owns the racetrack."

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