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April 30, 2006

Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Aaron Yates claimed his third AMA Superstock podium in as many races this afternoon at California Speedway despite the race being red-flagged.

Said the defending Champion: “Man, I’m glad that race is over. That was tough and I’m just happy to have my Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 up here on the podium and to finish in the top three; so thanks to my Yoshimura Suzuki crew and Dunlop tyres and for all the fans for coming out.”

On the previous Saturday afternoon, Yates posted a fastest lap time of 1:24, 470 which was quick enough to get him into the second spot on the starting grid. “Qualifying was really good,” said Yates. “I was a bit surprised at the time we ended up with and I thought we had a shot at pole position. But the race is where it’s at and I’m looking forward to putting the Yoshimura Suzuki back on top.”

The Georgian got a good start in the 17-lapper and was running with the leaders when a downed rider caused a red flag. With the re-start, he was again out front and finished strong with a podium position.

“My Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 got me off the line really good,” said Yates. “Before the red flag, we had used a different Dunlop tyre than everyone else. It didn’t have as much grip but I hoped that would work out towards the end of the race. But then we had the red flag and we changed the tyre and adjusted the bike. I ended up struggling with a couple of sections on the track so I’m just happy to bring home third place.”

Superstock Top 10 Finishers:

1 Jason Disalvo (Yamaha)
2 Jamie Hacking (Yamaha)
3 Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki)
4 Geoff May (M4 EMGO Suzuki)
5 Eric Bostrom (Yamaha)
6 Steve Rapp (Jordan Suzuki)
7 Jason Pridmore (Jordan Suzuki)
8 Josh Hayes (Honda)
9 Jake Holden (Jordan Suzuki)
10 Matt Lynn (Suzuki)

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