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1998 News

Lopez's Racebike Held Hostage By EPA In Atlanta
The Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSXR750 which Grant Lopez rode in the Macau Grand Prix was still stuck in the Atlanta airport almost month after the event, due to a paperwork foulup by agents of a freight forwarding company.
December 18, 1998
Lopez Eighth In Macau Street Race
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez finished eighth in the 32nd Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, a through-the-streets race held annually in the Portugese colony on the south coast of China.
November 21, 1998
Hayes, Lopez Star In Suzuki Cup Finals
Teammates Josh Hayes and Grant Lopez starred in the Suzuki Cup Finals held as part of the WERA Grand National Finals at Road Atlanta...
October 18, 1998
Hayes Wins Three Championships At WERA Grand National Finals
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Josh Hayes won three Championships during the WERA Grand National Finals held at Road Atlanta October 14-18.
October 18, 1998
Lopez Charges To Second, Crashes in AMA Formula Xtreme at Las Vegas
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez charged from fifth to second and pulled away from his pursuers in the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Las Vegas, then crashed.
October 04, 1998
Hayes Wins Formula One At Texas World
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Josh Hayes won the featured Formula One race during a WERA National Challenge Series event...
September 20, 1998
Batey Finishes Second, Lopez Fourth In Formula USA Championship
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tray Batey finished second in final Formula USA Series points with teammate Grant Lopez fourth...
August 30, 1998
Batey Takes Points Lead As Lopez Is Knocked Down At Loudon Amid Controversy
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tray Batey qualified fastest and took the Formula USA Series point lead with two close second-place finishes at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
August 09, 1998
Batey Second In Loudon Formula Xtreme
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tray Batey finished second in a crash-marred Formula Xtreme race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
June 21, 1998
Lopez, Batey Maintain Points Advantage At Portland
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki teammates Grant Lopez and Tray Batey maintained their advantage at the top of the Formula USA Championship Point Standings with strong finishes in two races at Portland International Raceway.
June 19, 1998
Batey Second-Fastest In Portland F-USA Qualifying
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tray Batey was second-fastest in Formula USA qualifying at Portland International Raceway...
June 18, 1998
Hayes A New Star At Mosport
When the Formula USA race planned in conjunction with a Canadian Superbike National at Mosport was cancelled due to contract problems between the sanctioning body and the track lease holders, most Formula USA teams simply cancelled their plans to attend.
June 07, 1998
So Much Potential Goes Wrong At Road Atlanta
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki looked set for strong showings in the Formula Xtreme and the Superbike races during the AMA National weekend at Road Atlanta, until disaster struck.
May 31, 1998
Lopez And Batey Lead F-USA Points
Formula USA point standings released following the May 17 event at Pikes Peak International Raceway show Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki teammates Grant Lopez and Tray Batey leading the points.
May 20, 1998
Lopez Wins Twice In Formula USA
Grant Lopez rode a Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSXR750 to win both Formula USA races at Pikes Peak...
May 17, 1998
Smith Leaves Team
Mike Smith will no longer ride for Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki and has been replaced on the team's Formula USA, Formula Xtreme and Superbike machines by Grant Lopez.
May 13, 1998
Lopez Takes NASB Points Lead
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez took the points lead in the NASB Series' featured class, EBC Brakes Sport Bike, with a second-place finish at Road America in Elkhart Lake.
May 10, 1998
Another Strong Formula Xtreme Finish For Batey And Smith, Who Now Head Back To Formula USA
After another pair of strong finishes in the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Willow Springs on 840cc GSXR750s...
April 26, 1998
Batey Third In Laguna Seca Formula Xtreme
Tray Batey rode his 840cc GSXR750 to third in the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Laguna Seca, in his first visit to the scenic Monterey, California racetrack.
April 19, 1998
Barry McMahan Signs On As Tray Batey's Mechanic
Barry McMahan has replaced Jerry Daggett as Tray Batey's Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki mechanic.
April 06, 1998
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Sweeps 3 of 4 At Talladega
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki riders Grant Lopez and Josh Hayes swept three of four WERA National Challenge Series races they entered at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in Talladega, Alabama April 5.
April 05, 1998
A Strong Start To The F-USA Season
Team Vavoline EMGO Suzuki's Mike Smith, Tray Batey, Grant Lopez and Josh Hayes made a strong start to the Formula USA season...
March 15, 1998
Luck Of The Draft At Daytona
Lady luck and the Daytona Draft intervened in the closing stages of the EBC Brakes Sportbike race at Daytona, thwarting what had looked to be a certain trip to winner's circle for Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Josh Hayes.
March 01, 1998
Team Tests at Roebling Road
Tray Batey, Mike Smith and Grant Lopez tested at Roebling Road Raceway in Faulkville, Georgia January 24-25.
January 25, 1998
First Tests Of Season, At Talladega
New Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki member Mike Smith joined team veteran Tray Batey and teammates Grant Lopez and Josh Hayes during a one-day test session at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway...
January 16, 1998