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September 9, 2012

MILLVILLE, OH (September 9, 2012) - Team Yoshimura Suzuki racked up yet another podium finish in the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series this past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. Rider Blake Young raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a commendable third-place finish in Saturday’s race. With this result, Young handed Yoshimura Suzuki its 14th AMA Pro Superbike podium finish of the season so far.

On Saturday, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Young turned in what can only be called an inspiring ride in the first of the weekend’s two Superbike races. Young got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and immediately owned second position. He went on to battle for a podium spot for all 23 laps before finally finishing third. On Sunday, Young overcame a lackluster start to finish fourth.

“I really haven’t been doing myself any favors in qualifying,” said Young, who qualified fifth this weekend. “On Saturday, I got off to a good start on my Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and got into second. But I was never able to settle in and feel comfortable. The weekend’s been pretty frustrating for me and I know it has to be tough on my guys. The Yoshimura Suzuki team has been around for a long time and they deserve to win, so I need to perform better at Homestead in a few weeks.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark struggled with illness at the New Jersey event but remains optimistic. In Saturday’s race, Clark got a top-10 start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and ran in the top five for several laps before pulling into the pits due to nausea. He re-entered the race to salvage points and finished 15th. On Sunday, Clark was still ill but managed to finish 12th.

“I caught some sort of bug last week,” said Clark. “I tried to shake it before the race weekend but wasn’t able to. I got a good start in the first race and found myself in fifth, but it was tough to string good laps together and I ended up sick before the end of it. By Sunday, I was feeling pretty drained and didn’t have much strength or mental clarity left. I knew what I was doing wrong, I just couldn’t do anything about it. But overall, I felt like I showed some good speed, and now I just need to get well and show up strong in Miami.”

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s next event of the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL, the weekend of September 21 - 23, 2012.

New Jersey SBK Race 1:
1.  Josh Hayes
2.  Ben Bostrom
3.  Blake Young
4.  Taylor Knapp
5.  Josh Herrin
6.  Geoff May
7.  Larry Pegram
8.  Chris Fillmore
9.  Roger Hayden
10. David Anthony

New Jersey SBK Race 2:
1.  Josh Hayes
2.  Josh Herrin
3.  Roger Hayden
4.  Blake Young
5.  Ben Bostrom
6.  Steve Rapp
7.  Taylor Knapp
8.  Danny Eslick
9.  Larry Pegram
10. Chris Fillmore

2012 Superbike Standings:
1.  Josh Hayes – 478
2.  Blake Young – 380
3.  Josh Herrin – 287
4.  Roger Hayden – 250
5.  Geoff May – 224
6.  Larry Pegram – 219
7.  Ben Bostrom – 203
8.  Danny Eslick – 187
9.  Chris Clark– 167
10. Steve Rapp – 166

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