Yoshimura-Backed Teams Show Their Strength in Past Week of Racing

CHINO, CA (March 15, 2011) – Yoshimura-backed teams were strong throughout the past week of racing, which included the opening round of the AMA Pro Superbike Championship at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL and the tenth round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki road race and supercross teams and the Honda Racing supercross team showed the advantage of their Yoshimura products with solid results in a week of extremely competitive racing.

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki celebrated a tremendous AMA Pro Superbike opening-round weekend at Daytona, with Blake Young winning both races and teammate Tommy Hayden joining him on the podium in both events. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders raced their Yoshimura-prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000s flawlessly, with Young celebrating the double victories in style and Hayden bringing home impressive second- and third-place finishes.

“Today was great,” enthused Young. “The only thing we could have done better was to lead more laps and get that pole position. Coming out of here with two wins, I’m ecstatic. I haven’t had the best of luck at Daytona. Last year we had a fifth and a seventh, so this year is definitely a positive. But it’s a long season, and Daytona is just one of the races. We just need to chalk this one up and work hard in the seven weeks we have off. I’m happy for my guys; they worked really, really hard for me in the off-season to get me and my Suzuki on top of the box both days.”

“Today’s race was about what I expected,” said Hayden. “Blake and Josh (Hayes) were riding really well, so it was a tough race for me and my Suzuki. I was third today, and I thought it was an alright position. I was second yesterday, and Blake won from third yesterday, you know, so I figured I’d try it from that way. But I didn’t get a very good run on the straight. That’s the way this place goes. Yesterday I got too good of a run; today not good enough.”

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey rode strong in a fast-paced race aboard his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 in front of a crowd of 60,789 fans in Indianapolis. Teammate Brett Metcalfe did not race in order to recover from his recent crashes in Atlanta and Daytona. Metcalfe is expected to return to action at next week’s event in Jacksonville, FL.

"This was a tough one tonight,” said Dungey. “We worked throughout the day to get the Rockstar Makita Suzuki just right for the main. I mean, the bike was good tonight, but I didn't get the holeshot and lost sight of the lead. I got up to the back of (Chad) Reed and clipped his back tire while trying to knife under and went down. He checked up, and the next thing I knew I was losing my front end. I got back up and closed on him again with, I think, two laps to go. I tried putting a couple passes on him on the last lap but never quite got it to stick. Jacksonville is next week and it's time for a win."

American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard finished a solid sixth in Indianapolis, while Cole Seely made his supercross class debut with the team and earned a respectable top ten finish.

“I’m stoked about setting the fastest time in qualifying this weekend,” said Canard. “I definitely feel like I made some good progress this week. Along with qualifying fastest, I also managed a good start in the main, which is something I have concentrated on over the last few weeks. It’s a real bummer that I messed up near the end of the opening lap because I had really good speed and feel I could have been a real contender for a top spot this weekend. From here I will focus on next weekend’s Jacksonville race. I’m excited because I like the dirt at Jacksonville so it should be a good race.”

“My goal for this race was to finish inside the top ten and I achieved that tonight,” said Seely. “I’m really happy with ninth and I learned a lot out there racing against some really experienced racers. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to ride Josh’s CRF450R for a few rounds and I’m hoping to do even better next weekend in Jacksonville. I really want to thank American Honda and Troy Lee for giving me this opportunity.”

The next stop of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship for the Yoshimura-backed teams is Saturday, March 19th, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL. The 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki road race team’s next event of the 2011 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on May 13 – 15, 2011. You can meet the Rockstar Makita Suzuki supercross team riders on Friday, March 18th, from 6 to 7 PM at Beach Blvd. Suzuki, 10315 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL.

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