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Another Top 10 For Rapp In Virginia Superbike
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki spent Labor Day racing at Virginia International Raceway, with Steve Rapp scoring another top-10 finish in the Superbike race.
September 01, 2003
Rapp Charges To Fourth In Virginia Superstock
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp scored another top five finish at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, charging to fourth place in the Superstock event.
August 30, 2003
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Back In Action In Virginia
Following a month-long break in the AMA road racing schedule, Team Valvoline Suzuki got back onto the track Friday at Virginia International Raceway.
August 29, 2003
Mid-Ohio Superstock: Rapp Leads Start Of Last Lap, But Comes Up Just Short At The Line
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp fell just 0.116-second short of claiming his third Superstock victory of the season Saturday at Mid-Ohio.
July 26, 2003
Rapp On Superstock Pole At Mid-Ohio, Re-signs With Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki For 2004
Steve Rapp further cemented his place among the Superstock elite on Friday at Mid-Ohio, qualifying the Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R750 on the pole.
July 25, 2003
Rapp Charges From Last To Fifth In Superstock At Laguna
RAPP FIFTH FOR TEAM VALVOLINE EMGO SUZUKI While Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp's two-race Superstock victory streak was snapped at Laguna Seca on Sunday, he still managed to impress.
July 13, 2003
Rapp Second In Superstock Qualifying At Laguna
Friday at Laguna Seca saw Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki continue a strong midseason charge, qualifying two men on the front three rows for Sunday's Superstock final.
July 11, 2003
Rapp Under Superstock Lap Record At Laguna--Before Crashing
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki found Thursday at the AMA National at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca to be somewhat of a mixed bag.
July 10, 2003
RAPP VICTORIOUS AGAIN IN BRAINERD SUPERSTOCK
Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp won his second consecutive Suzuki Genuine Parts Superstock race on Sunday, emerging victorious after a race-long battle on the 3.0 mile Minnesota circuit.
June 29, 2003
Rapp Second In Superstock Qualifying Despite Making TV Highlights With Dramatic Save
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Steve Rapp faced a heavy Saturday afternoon schedule at Brainerd International Raceway featuring the Formula Xtreme race and the final Superbike and Superstock qualifying sessions.
June 28, 2003
Rapp Flying At Brainerd
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Steve Rapp made his presence felt in the opening day of action at Brainerd International Raceway.
June 27, 2003
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Concludes Road America Weekend
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki wrapped up their activities at Road America on Sunday. Saturday Superstock victor Steve Rapp had a less memorable afternoon Sunday, retiring from the Formula Xtreme final after running in the top 10, due to mechanical problems.
June 08, 2003
Rapp Victorious at Road America
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Steve Rapp rode his GSX-R750 to victory on Saturday at Road America, winning the AMA Superstock race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
June 07, 2003
Rapp On A Charge At Wet Road America
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki was back to full-strength on Friday at Road America, with all three riders in action and the team battling in three separate classes of AMA road racing action in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
June 06, 2003
Rapp In The Top 10 Again At Slick Pikes Peak Speedbowl
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki rider Steve Rapp collected a pair of top-10 finishes on Sunday at Pikes Peak in addition to the one he already nabbed on Saturday.
June 01, 2003
Another Top-10 For Rapp In Pikes Peak Formula Xtreme
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Steve Rapp came away from a drama-filled Formula Xtreme race at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Saturday with yet another top-10 finish.
May 31, 2003
Rapp On Formula Xtreme Front Row At Pikes Peak
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp had a successful first day at Pikes Peak International Raceway Friday, putting his GSX-R1000 on the front row for Saturday's Formula Xtreme race.
May 30, 2003
Rapp A Charging 6th In Superbike Race At Infineon Raceway, 4th In Formula Xtreme
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp finished a charging 6th in the first Superbike race at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, California.With gridding based on Superbike points after qualifying and most of practice was rained out, Rapp had to start on row 11 of the packed, 44-rider grid.
May 04, 2003
Rapp On Radio
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp was interviewed on the Fast Track radio show, hosted by Tim Jeffreys.The show airs between 9:00 and 11:00 every Saturday morning on KNBR 1050 AM, one of two all-sports radio stations in San Francisco.
April 12, 2003
Rapp 7th In Formula Xtreme At Fontana
Copyright 2003, Team Hammer, Inc.Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Steve Rapp finished 7th in the debut of the teamís 2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000, in Sundayís AMA Formula Xtreme race at California Speedway.Available tire choice had much to do with the finishing order; Rappís choices came down to a tire that would for sure last the 17-lap distance in ambient conditions at race time, or a tire that was 1.5-seconds a lap faster and might or might not last the distance.
April 06, 2003
Rapp 4th Fastest In Formula Xtreme At Fontana
Copyright 2003, Team Hammer, Inc.Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp qualified his 2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000 4th-fastest for Sunday's Formula Xtreme race at California Speedway in Fontana, California.The new bike had never been on a racetrack before practice started on Thursday.Rapp was 2nd fastest early in the session but ended qualifying with a fastest lap of 1:27.09 to fill out the front row.His teammate, Chris Ulrich, is still feeling the effects of breaking a rib at Daytona three weeks ago and qualified 15th at 1:30.502 on his 2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000.The race will be held Sunday afternoon.
April 05, 2003
Ulrich's Tough Superstock Race At Fontana: 37th To 19th After Being Rammed Off The Track On Lap One
Copyright 2003, Team Hammer, Inc.Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich had a tough time in the AMA Superstock race at Fontana Saturday afternoon.He was rammed by another rider in the third turn on the first lap, barely escaped crashing, and ran way, way off the track.
April 05, 2003
Five Talent Search Riders Enjoy Three Days At Fontana
Copyright 2003, Team Hammer, Inc.Five participants in the Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by Alpinestars--first-year Expert Ivan Garza, second-year Expert Paolo Mariano, Jack Pfeifer, Chris Siglin and first-year Expert Matthew Wise--gathered at California Speedway Friday, March 28 for the second of three Talent Search set-up and riding days, followed by two days of practice in conjunction with a Fastrack Riders weekend.The Talent Search team working with the five included 1991 AMA Superbike Champion Thomas Stevens, Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki rider Chris Ulrich, Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki mechanic Ken Hill and racer Vincent Haskovec.ďI had a blast,Ē said Siglin.
March 31, 2003
Ulrich Diagnosed With Broken Rib
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was diagnosed with a broken rib, more than a week after he raced at Daytona.Ulrich crashed during Superstock qualifying on Thursday, March 6 at Daytona, and slid into haybales in the chicane.
March 19, 2003
Team Hammer Hauler Graphics Get Updated
Team Hammer's transporter is on its way back to the shop from Motorsports Designs, where its graphics were updated for the 2003 season.
February 20, 2003
Nine Riders In Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars
A total of nine riders have signed up for the 2003 Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by Alpinestars.The final four riders accepted into the program include first-year Expert Ivan Garza, 26, of El Paso, Texas; second-year Expert Paolo Mariano, 22, of Canyon Country, California; second-year Expert Darren Luck, 28, of Bonita Springs, Florida; and Jack Pfeifer, 35, of Las Vegas, Nevada.They join previous program signees Matt Elliott, 17, a first-year Expert from Blountville, Tennessee; Greg Moore, 25, a first-year Expert from Brookwood, Alabama; John Ross, 39, of San Antonio, Texas; Chris Siglin, 22, of Clayton, California; and Mathew Wise, 24, of McKinney, Texas.Two program finalists will be seeded into the GSX-R750 heat races and will enjoy full rides at the 2003 Suzuki Cup Finals, including the use of a Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R750 tended by a team mechanic, Michelin tires, entry fees and a complete set of Alpinestars leathers, boots and gloves in team colors.
February 13, 2003
Furtek Signs With Valvoline EMGO Suzuki
Matt Furtek, 18, of South Holland, Illinois has signed a contract with Team Hammer, Inc. to ride a Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R750 in the 2003 AMA Superstock Series.
February 05, 2003
Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars Draws Range Of Participants
With only a few days left before the sign-up deadline, participants in the Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by Alpinestars range in age from 17 to 39.The oldest participant was also the first to sign up, being John Ross, 39, of San Antonio, Texas.
January 28, 2003
Texan Is First To Sign Up For Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars
John Ross of San Antonio, Texas is the first racer to sign up for the Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars.Ross started racing in 1987 and co-rode to the 2002 CMRA Overall Endurance Championship, with a finances-dictated break from racing in 1991-1997."Iíve been watching Team Hammer win races for years," said Ross when asked what motivated him to sign up for the Talent Search program.
January 01, 2003

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