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May 20, 2006

Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Aaron Yates brought home a second-place finish in the AMA Repsol Superstock race, the defending AMA Superstock Champion moving from third-place to second-place overall in the points standings.

The Superstock racing action began late Saturday afternoon when Yates qualified in fifth position on the second row after posting a best lap time of 1:37.557. He fell during the morning’s practice and tweaked the shoulder he’d injured during testing last February.

He said: “I hurt my shoulder when I fell this morning and I just can’t push as hard as I need to.”

In Sunday afternoon’s 17-lap race, however, Yates got a good start and was out front in third position. He stayed put for several laps before taking over second place and was riding aggressively on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 when a red flag was thrown with eight laps completed. Because of anticipated weather, the AMA called the race at that point.

“You always want to win the race,” said Yates afterwards. “But it was a good race. I got hung up for a while in third place and then I was able to get by and get into second. I tried to chase after the leader but he was too far out there when we got the red flag. Even though I’d rather get the win, second is good for the points in the championship.”

Superstock Top 10 Finishers:

1. Jamie Hacking (Yamaha)
2. Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki)
3. Eric Bostrom (Ducati)
4. Geoff May (M4 EMGO Suzuki)
5. Jake Holden (Jordan Suzuki)
6. Marty Craggill (Hotbodies Racing Mat Mladin Motorsports Suzuki)
7 Steve Rapp (Jordan Suzuki)
8. Josh Hayes (Honda)
9. Matt Lynn (Suzuki)
10. Aaron Gobert (Honda)

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