Suzuki Riders Excel in American Finale and GP of San Marino

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

BREA, CA (Sept. 14, 2015) – It was the final weekend of action for Team Suzuki riders who contest the MotoAmerica Championship here in the U.S., while MotoGP continued with round 13 of 18 in Misano, Italy.

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Suzuki highlights for this weekend’s racing at New Jersey and Misano included:

  • Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden scoring two podiums in the MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike races in New Jersey.
  • Roger Hayden earning a front-row start in New Jersey, qualifying second in Superpole.
  • M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki’s David Anthony scoring a solid fourth-place result in MotoAmerica Supersport action in New Jersey.
  • Norwegian Champion Caroline Olsen making a strong return to racing in America with a sixth in Superstock 600 action riding with support from Loxy M4 Suzuki.
  • Aleix Espargaró scoring a top-10 result in the Grand Prix at San Marino with Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP.

Hayden Closes Strong at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden, riding a special red and black GSX-R1000 to commemorate 30 years of GSX-R performance, closed out the 2015 MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike season with a pair of podium finishes at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Hayden was third in race one and runner up in race two, missing the victory by just 44-100ths of a second aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The final event results gave Hayden a remarkable record of 15 podium finishes in the 18-race series. He finished the year ranked third in the MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike standings. Hayden also qualified on the front row in New Jersey.

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“It’s a little frustrating to have been so close so many times this season and coming up just short,” Hayden said. “But I also take a lot of positives with me from this season. My guys on the Yoshimura Suzuki team made the bike better all year and we were right there in nearly every race, especially in the second half of the season. I’m really looking forward to next season.”

Hayden’s rookie Superbike teammate Jake Lewis crashed in the first race and was out for the weekend with a separated shoulder. Lewis had an outstanding first season aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike that included five podium results, including a runner-up finish at Road Atlanta. Lewis was the highest finishing rookie in the series.

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“I learned a lot and at times we had the speed to be right there with the leaders,” Lewis said. “I hope to step up my training program in the off season and now that I have a full year of Superbike experience I think next year gives me an opportunity to be going strong and confident right out of the box at the first race.”

Good News Out of the M4 Suzuki Camp
M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki’s David Anthony locked up an outstanding fourth place in the final Supersport championship standings at this weekend’s MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Championship season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park. In addition to Anthony’s notable result, the M4 Suzuki squad also hosted former Norwegian road racing champion Caroline Olsen in her return to racing in America. Olsen turned in a solid ride, taking sixth inSunday’s Superstock 600 final on her Loxy M4 Suzuki GSX-R600.

Anthony reflected on his overall ’15 campaign, a season in which he racked up ten top-fives that were highlighted by a pair of podium results. He said, “Overall, it was a really strong season for us. I’m proud of the whole team and the effort we put forth.”

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Despite his status as a class newcomer, the Australian established himself as a Supersport frontrunner in the 2015 season opener and backed that status up with regularity as the year played out.

Curtis Murray also scored a top-10 Superstock 600 result on his 180 Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.

Aleix Espargaro Earns Another Top-10 in Misano
An amazing crowd of 92,000 fans watched a topsy-turvy MotoGP race in Misano, Italy, that saw conditions go from dry to wet to dry again, all in the course of the 28-lap race. In the end, Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Aleix Espargaro overcame the challenging conditions to finish tenth on the factory Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP machine. It marked Espargaro’s eighth top-10 result this season.

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Look for Team Suzuki riders to be back in action in the final months of the 2015 racing season.

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