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Yoshimura Suzuki Concludes Day One of Testing at California Speedway

February 8, 2006

BREA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2006) -- Team Yoshimura Suzuki concluded the first day of a two-day test at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., today. The 2005 AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin, 2005 AMA Superstock Champion Aaron Yates and AMA Superbike frontrunner Ben Spies were on hand at the 21-turn, 2.36-mile circuit.

“This is just the final shakedown of equipment leading into the first round of AMA Superbike at Daytona,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Don Sakakura. “Also, we have had several updates to the new Suzuki GSX-R600 - mostly with suspension and chassis - and we needed to address those.”

In his first 2006 U.S. test, Mladin was fastest on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 with a best lap time of 1:24.708 and he was upbeat at the end of the day. “It was a good first day,” said Mladin. “We’re just running through a bunch of stuff we tested earlier in the year in Australia. What we have now is what we’re going to start the season with.”

Teammate Spies spent the day developing the new Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600. “This is really the first time I’ve been able to put any real miles on the 600,” said Spies. “It’s a little difficult because I’m the only guy in the U.S. who’s developing the bike. But we found out what we needed to do and the guys are going to work on some stuff tonight, then we’re going to go back out tomorrow.”

Yates, meanwhile, had an unfortunately short day as a get-off in the back-straight kink resulted in a broken right shoulder blade. “Going into that right/left, I got into a tank-slapper and went off over the front and landed on my shoulder,” described Yates, who went to the doctor after the incident. “Most likely, I won’t need surgery and I’ll be ready for Daytona.”

Team Yoshimura Suzuki will continue the two-day test tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 8, while the season-opening round of AMA Superbike is scheduled for March 8-11 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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