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Best Talent Search Finisher Will Get Race-ready GSX-R750
A race-ready Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R750 will be presented to the best-finishing Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars finalist at the 2003 Suzuki Cup Finals.Two finalists in the Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars will receive full rides in the 2003 Suzuki Cup Finals, including the use of a Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki racebike, free tires, a mechanic, entry fees and a complete set of Alpinestars leathers, boots and gloves in team colors.
December 31, 2002
Rapp Breaks Lap Record During Tests At North Florida
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp set a new motorcycle lap record on the second day of tests at North Florida Motorsports Park, then lowered the record again on the third day.
December 19, 2002
Registration Now Open For 2003 Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars
Copyright 2002, Team Hammer, Inc.Preliminary details of the 2003 Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars have been released and registration is now open.Preliminary details of the 2003 Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by AlpinestarsThe Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by Alpinestars is a comprehensive career development program designed to help participants reach the highest level their talent will allow in motorcycle road racing.
December 11, 2002
Team Hammer Announces Talent Search
Team Hammer, Inc., long known for finding new talent, is establishing a new rider development program aimed at launching qualified riders into professional road racing careers.One of the team’s most recent success stories is 2000 AMA 750cc Supersport and 2001 AMA Formula Xtreme Champion John Hopkins, now racing in the MotoGP World Championship.
October 16, 2002
Rapp Signs With Team
Steve Rapp has signed a one-year contract with Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki and will make his debut with the team this coming weekend during a Formula USA event at Daytona.Rapp, 30, lives in Corona, California and has been racing for 10 years.
October 14, 2002
Chris Ulrich Undergoes Surgery
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich, 22, of Lake Elsinore, California, underwent surgery Tuesday evening in Fremont, California.Orthopedic Surgeon Arthur Ting reconstructed Ulrich's right shoulder, which was initially injured last January and which degenerated during the 2002 AMA road racing season.Ulrich was awake and in the recovery room at 8:00 p.m.
September 10, 2002
Hayes 5th, Craggill 6th In Formula Xtreme
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Josh Hayes finished 5th with teammate Marty Craggill 6th while the team's Tom Kipp DNF with a broken crankshaft.Craggill's race was hampered by tire choice, when the front tire he selected started to push after seven laps.
July 28, 2002
Chris Ulrich Wins At Mid-Ohio
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich won the AMA Superstock race at Mid-Ohio Saturday, coming from fourth into turn one to take the lead on lap 7 of 16 on the 2.4-mile course and pulling away to win by a 2.869 margin of victory.
July 27, 2002
Ulrich Oh-So-Close Second in AMA Superstock Qualifying At Mid-Ohio
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was a close second in AMA Superstock qualifying At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, hanging on to the fastest time until the closing moments of the second qualifying session.Ulrich set his time in the first qualifying session, for even-numbered bikes, turning a lap at 1:31.198 for an average speed of 94.739 mph.The time wasn't bettered until late in the second session, for odd-numbered bikes, when another rider turned a 1:31.076."Being on the front row is good," said Ulrich, who turned his time on a Suzuki GSX-R750 with race set-up and Michelin race tires.The AMA Superstock race will be held Saturday afternoon at Mid-Ohio.
July 26, 2002
Hayes To Leave Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki After VIR
Josh Hayes and Team Hammer, Inc., racing as Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki, have reached an agreement which will see Hayes leave the team following the AMA National at Virginia International Raceway August 9-11.The team and Hayes have negotiated a settlement of his contract.“We think the world of Josh and wish him the best in everything he does,” said team owner John Ulrich.
July 25, 2002
A Solid Fourth For Kipp In Formula Xtreme At Laguna Seca
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp finished a strong 4th on his GSX-R1000 in the Formula Xtreme race at Laguna Seca.His teammate Josh Hayes finished 6th on John Hopkins' 2001-Championship winning GSX-R1000, Chris Ulrich finished 11th by a wheel on his Superstock GSX-R750 and Marty Craggill faded to 14th with an electrical problem that made his GSX-R1000's ignition cut out sporadically.Craggill had qualified 6th with Kipp 10th fastest, Hayes 11th fastest and Ulrich 13th fastest.Kipp was 11th in the Supersport race with Hayes 14th.
July 13, 2002
Craggill Wins In AMA Formula Xtreme At Brainerd!
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Marty Craggill fought off the pain from a broken left foot and came from behind to win the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Brainerd International Raceway, averaging 107.938 mph in the 13-lap, 39-mile race.Craggill, who broke his foot during practice at Road America three weeks ago, rebroke bones in the foot during the race, when he saved a near-highside but in the process slammed the top of the injured foot against the footpeg.Iron man Craggill took a few laps to overcome the pain, took a deep breath and went back on the charge, running down and working his way through the lead group.
June 29, 2002
Kipp And Craggill Qualify 4th, 5th For AMA Formula Xtreme at Brainerd
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp and Marty Craggill qualified 4th and 5th for the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Brainerd International Raceway, riding their GSX-R1000 Suzukis.Kipp's 1:38.369 produced an average speed of 109.785 mph and put him on the front row of the grid for the race.Craggill was right behind Kipp at 1:38.443 and 109.708 mph on the 3-mile, 10-turn course, which he had never seen before the start of practice.Josh Hayes, making his return to racing after several months off with a hand injury, qualified 11th fastest on his GSX-R1000, at 1:39.821 and 108.194 mph.In AMA Superstock, Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich qualified 5th fastest at 1:41.308 and 106.606 mph on his Suzuki GSX-R750.In AMA Supersport, Kipp qualified 9th fastest on his Suzuki GSX-R600, at 1:43.076 and 104.777 mph.
June 28, 2002
Kipp 6th In Supersport, Ulrich 11th In Superbike At Road America
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp and Chris Ulrich pulled out decent finishes in Sunday's Supersport and Superbike races at Road America.Kipp charged up from 10th place in the 10-lap Supersport race for 600cc motorcycles, chasing down the lead pack and coming up just a few laps short of being in the mix for a podium finish.Ulrich ran his first Superbike race of the year on his GSX-R750, starting on the third row and quickly moving up from 17th on the second lap to catch the battle for 9th, making up 3.0 seconds in the process.A last-lap slide in the Road America carousel saw Ulrich settle for a sure finish even as one of the riders he was chasing crashed on the last lap.
June 09, 2002
Disastrous Day For The Team At Road America
It was a character-building day for Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki on Saturday at Road America, with Tom Kipp encountering mechanical problems and failing to finish the Formula Xtreme race and Marty Craggill struggling to 6th on a spare bike after his primary racebike blew up in practice.
June 08, 2002
Ulrich On Superstock Pole, Kipp And Craggill 10th And 12th In Formula Xtreme At Road America
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich, 22, qualified fastest for Saturday's AMA Superstock race at Road America, turning a lap on his Suzuki GSX-R750 in 2 minutes, 15.653 seconds for an average speed of 106.153 mph.
June 07, 2002
Kipp Starts On Spare Bike, On Cold Tires, Finishes 6th In Supersport At Pikes Peak
A problem on the sighting and warm-up laps saw Tom Kipp jump on his back-up bike and start the Supersport race at Pikes Peak on cold tires and with a different set-up than on his primary bike.Kipp discovered that his bike's clutch was slipping on the sighting lap, came in for a clutch adjustment, then found on the warm-up lap that the clutch was still slipping.
June 02, 2002
Kipp 5th, Craggill Crashes Out Of Pikes Peak Formula Xtreme, Ulrich 9th In Superstock
A tough start to the weekend at the Pikes Peak International Raceway bullring saw Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp finish 5th in Saturday's Formula Xtreme race, after teammate Marty Craggill crashed out.
June 01, 2002
Craggill 4th In Formula Xtreme, Kipp 7th In Supersport At Road Atlanta
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Marty Craggill finished a close 4th in the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Road Atlanta in a day marred by crashes, oil and water on the track and multiple red-flags and restarts.Craggill, who had qualified 7th fastest at 1:26.156 in his first visit to Road Atlanta, shot into second at the final Formula Xtreme restart and ended up battling hard for third, coming up just short at the finish line.Teammate Tom Kipp went into the final restart several laps down--his bike's clutch had failed on the second restart.
May 19, 2002
Injured Ulrich Toughs It Out To Finish In The AMA Superstock Points At Road Atlanta
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich toughed it out and finished 16th in the AMA Superstock motorcycle road race at Road Atlanta despite abrasions on his back and strained hip ligaments suffered in a crash during qualifying the day before, after he had turned the 4th-fastest time.
May 18, 2002
Ulrich 4th Fastest In AMA Superstock Qualifying At Road Atlanta Despite Crashing
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich qualified 4th fastest in AMA Superstock at Road Atlanta despite crashing out late in the session, the final on-track activity of the day.After turning a lap at 1:27.239 for an average speed of 104.815 mph, Ulrich highsided his GSX-R750 coming underneath the Suzuki bridge and suffered abrasions when the back of his leather racing suit tore apart upon impact.It was the beginning of a long night for Ulrich, who suffered an allergic reaction to an over-the-counter disinfectant containing lidocaine, which he was using to remove dirt and grit from his abraded back.
May 17, 2002
Ulrich Diagnosed With Impingement Syndrome, Bone Spurs In Shoulder
On Monday, May 6, Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was diagnosed with impingement syndrome and bone spurs in his right shoulder, which was injured during pre-season testing.The condition will be treated with anti-inflammatories and icing until the end of the racing season, when a decision regarding further treatment will be made.
May 06, 2002
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's New Race Transporter
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's brand new Volvo 770 tractor and just-built 53-foot Wildside trailer, with graphics by Motorsports Design featuring a photo of Tom Kipp taken by Brian J.
May 06, 2002
Craggill Third In Formula Xtreme Debut
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Marty Craggill, the two-time Australian Superbike Champion who showed up at Sears Point to substitute for injured Josh Hayes--finished a close third in the Formula Xtreme race despite mistaking the start of the race for a sighting lap and getting run off the track by a competitor on the last lap!Craggill was confused at the start of the Formula Xtreme race, after watching the Supersport race, which as part of the pre-race action for live TV, features a sighting lap, a return to the grid, a warm-up lap, a return to the grid, and then the start.The Formula Xtreme race, which is not televised live, has a warm-up lap, a return to the grid, then the start.Craggill, who had qualified on the front row, said he was caught off guard and let about six riders pass him before he figured out that the race was on!Craggill still was quickly in the battle for second place, and was still in contention until a few bad breaks in traffic late in the race, and then held off strong challenges for third.It was still a remarkable performance for Craggill's first race in the U.S., first time on the tortuous Sears Point Raceway, and first time on Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's potent GSX-R1000 on Michelin tires.
May 05, 2002
Kipp Leads Supersport But Fades As Heat Takes Its Tole On Traction
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp led most of the first two laps of the AMA Supersport race at Sears Point, but then started a slow drift rearwards on his Suzuki GSX-R600 as he lost rear tire grip.The problem came down to tire choice, a choice complicated by a dramatic rise in ambient temperature on race day.Kipp and the team had not encountered similar conditions and track temperature during runs in practice, and the extra heat on race day made the tire test data from the rest of the weekend invalid.Kipp was upbeat after the race and said he was looking forward to the AMA National at Road Atlanta in two weeks.
May 05, 2002
Kipp Third-fastest In Supersport Qualifying, Craggill Third-fastest In Formula Xtreme Qualifying At AMA Sears Point
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp qualified third-fastest on Saturday for Sunday's AMA Supersport race at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, California, while teammate Marty Craggill qualified third-fastest for the Formula Xtreme race.Kipp turned a best lap of the 2.32-mile Sears Point road course at 1:35.287, for an average speed of 94.910 mph.Craggill, who led most of Saturday's Formula Xtreme qualifying session, was bumped back to third-fastest when two competitors pitted for one-lap qualifying tires in the closing moments of the session.
May 04, 2002
Tough AMA Superstock Race For Ulrich
Team Valvoline Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was in the lead group early in the AMA Superstock race at Sears Point on Saturday, May 4, but faded as his shoulder, separated during testing in February, lost strength and slowed his corner-to-corner transitions.
May 04, 2002
Chris Ulrich Second-Fastest In AMA Superstock Qualifying At Sears Point
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was second-fastest in qualifying for tomorrow's AMA Superstock race at Sears Point International Raceway.Ulrich turned his time in the first of two timed qualifying sessions and ended up second fastest in overall times, turning a lap of the 2.32-mile road course in 1 minute, 36.264 seconds for an average speed of 94.241 mph.
May 03, 2002
Australian Marty Craggill To Join Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki At Sears Point
Former Australian Superbike Champion Marty Craggill will compete at Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, California this weekend, after accepting an invitation by Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki to replace injured team member Josh Hayes.Craggill (33) will head to America from his home in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday April 30 to compete at this weekend's AMA Championship round, which will be his first competitive ride since competing in the final round of last year’s Superbike World Championship at Imola in Italy.Hayes suffered a serious injury to his left hand while practicing for round two of the AMA Championship at the California Speedway on April 6, where he was to compete in both the 600 Supersport and Formula Xtreme events.It is expected that Craggill will compete for the team for the period of time that Hayes is out of action while he undergoes rehabilitation for his injured hand and is ready to return to the track.For Craggill, the opportunity to race in America with a very competitive team is what he has been searching for over the past two years.
April 29, 2002
Daggett Returns To Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki As Chief Mechanic For Chris Ulrich
Jerry Daggett has agreed to return to Team Vavoline EMGO Suzuki as the full-time chief mechanic for Chris Ulrich for the remainder of the 2002 season and for 2003 and beyond.Daggett got his start as a professional road racing mechanic with the team a decade ago, working out of the team's Athens, Alabama race shop.
March 18, 2002
One Of Those Character-building Races For Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki, At Daytona
It was a tough weekend for Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Josh Hayes, Tom Kipp and Chris Ulrich Friday at Daytona International Speedway.Ulrich, still recovering from a shoulder separation, qualified 12th fastest for the Superstock (formerly 750cc Supersport)race but ran off the track entering the chicane on the first lap, rejoining the fray in 31st.Ulrich charged hard for the remaining 17 laps, finally finishing a disappointed 11th.In Supersport (formerly 600cc Supersport), Kipp qualified 14th and Hayes qualified 15th.
March 08, 2002