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TEAM YOSHIMURA SUZUKI CONCLUDES 2012 SUPERBIKE SEASON WITH SOLID PODIUM FINISH

October 7, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 7, 2012) - Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young wound up the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike season with a flourish, racing his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a celebratory podium finish at the final round of the series at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA.

This past weekend started out with Yoshimura Suzuki’s Young getting an excellent start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Saturday’s 18-lap race. Young got off the line in second place and turned in a smart, savvy ride to bring home the runner-up spot on the podium. On Sunday, Young was running in second place and en route to another podium finish when he suffered some bad luck when another rider collided with him and he had to retire for the day.

“On Saturday, I got a pretty good start,” said Young. “The only thing I would change is that I would have liked to turn faster laps at the start of the race. I put a lot of pressure on myself but it was a good race, and I guess I’m pretty happy with second. The Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 was working good for me and, as always, my team worked hard for me. It’s been a tough season, but hats off to my Yoshimura Suzuki crew for always giving me 110 percent.”

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s Young finished the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship season in second overall, with three wins and 13 podium finishes. Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark was unable to contend the final race of the season due to illness.

NOLA SBK Race 1:
1.  Josh Hayes
2.  Blake Young
3.  Roger Hayden
4.  Chris Fillmore
5.  Robertino Pietri
6.  Larry Pegram
7.  Taylor Knapp
8.  Steve Rapp
9.  David Anthony
10. Aaron Yates

NOLA SBK Race 2:
1.  Josh Hayes
2.  Ben Bostrom
3.  Danny Eslick
4.  Aaron Yates
5.  Chris Fillmore
6.  Chris Ulrich
7.  Robertino Pietri
8.  David Anthony
9.  Steve Rapp
10. Jordan Burgess

2012 Superbike Standings:
1.  Josh Hayes – 580
2.  Blake Young – 426
3.  Roger Hayden – 314
4.  Josh Herrin – 307
5.  Geoff May – 277
6.  Ben Bostrom – 271
7.  Larry Pegram – 260
8.  Danny Eslick – 242
9.  Steve Rapp – 216
10. Chris Ulrich – 186

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit, and quality that have been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.

About American 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 147 distributors in 201 countries/regions.  For more information, visit www.suzukicycles.com. Follow Suzuki on facebook for exclusive team content http://www.facebook.com/SuzukiCycles.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki, Parts Unlimited, Dunlop, Motorex, Renthal, BMC Air Filter, Zero Gravity, Catalyst, RK Racing Chain, Motion Pro, Chicken Hawk Racing and Speedcell.

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