Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki Sweeps Superbike Races at Mid-Ohio!!

Blake Young wins on Saturday & takes over championship points lead, Tommy Hayden wins on Sunday

LEXINGTON, OH (July 10, 2011) -- Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki took the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike races by storm this past weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. The weekend started with Blake Young winning Saturday's AMA Pro Superbike race and moving into the overall championship points lead. The weekend finished with Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden winning Sunday's AMA Pro Superbike race, with Young finishing second and extending his newly acquired points lead.

On Saturday, Young came out of the gates swinging. He got a great start on his Yoshimura-prepped Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was running in second place. About eight laps in, however, a rider went down and there was a red flag. When the race re-started, Young came out in fourth but quickly moved back up into second place. With just a few laps left, however, Young made a bid for first and held it until the checkers. On Sunday, Young was again quick off the line at the start, and then he battled for the lead throughout all 21 laps. In the end, he walked away with a solid second-place finish.

"Saturday was the fifth anniversary of my dad's passing," said Young. "And that put a little bit extra on me... This place is pretty special to me - I won my 2005 Horizon Award here with my dad and I really wanted to get the win and dedicate it to him... I came to Mid-Ohio just really wanting to win it for my dad's fifth anniversary, and that's what we did."

Meanwhile, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Hayden's day to shine was Sunday. The 21-lap race saw him get a good start and slot into fourth place. Then, he maneuvered his Yoshimura-prepared Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 into third, then second and then finally, he passed Young for the lead, took the win and capped off an all-Suzuki sweep of the podium. Hayden had also had a strong showing on Saturday. Although he struggled a bit initially, after the re-start he was right there. Hayden picked off competitors until he was in a podium position. Although he made several attempts at second, he finished up in a strong third place.

"Overall, my weekend went pretty well," said Hayden. "For some reason, we were struggling a bit on Friday, but my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team kept working hard and making improvements, and I was able to put up a good fight for the win on Saturday. I ended up on the podium for good, solid result. We made a few changes today that helped us be a little stronger. I was able to make passes a little easier. I got a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000, was able to pick some guys off early and get in a good position with the leaders. It was a battle all the way to end, and it came down to the last lap with my teammate and, fortunately, I came out on top today."

The 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki team's next event of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, on July 22 - 24, 2011.

Mid-Ohio Superbike Results, Race 1:
1. Blake Young
2. Josh Hayes
3. Tommy Hayden
4. Roger Hayden
5. Martin Cardenas
6. Larry Pegram
7. Chris Fillmore
8. Steve Rapp
9. David Anthony
10. JD Beach

Mid-Ohio Superbike Results, Race 2:
1. Tommy Hayden
2. Blake Young
3. Roger Hayden
4. Josh Hayes
5. Martin Cardenas
6. Ben Bostrom
7. Larry Pegram
8. JD Beach
9. Chris Fillmore
10. Geoff May

2011 AMA Pro Superbike Class Standings:
1. Blake Young - 290
2. Josh Hayes - 279
3. Tommy Hayden - 233
4. Martin Cardenas - 187
5. Larry Pegram - 154
6. Ben Bostrom - 152
7. Roger Hayden - 145
8. Chris Clark - 120
9. Steve Rapp - 108
10. Geoff May - 103

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) founded The Motorcycle and ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, CA, in 1963. ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries. For more information, visit www.suzukicycles.com. Follow Suzuki Scoop on facebook for exclusive team content www.facebook.com/suzukiscoopfans.

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Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Rockstar Energy Drink, Makita Industrial Power Tools, Yoshimura R&D, Dunlop, Motorex, Parts Unlimited, Galfer, Renthal, BMC Air Filter, NGK Spark Plugs, F. Fabbri, Catalyst, RK Racing Chain and Motion Pro.

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