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Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Wraps Up Road Atlanta
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki closed out their Road Atlanta weekend by securing three top-ten finishes. After Vincent Haskovec lost out on a top-five finish in Saturdayís Formula Xtreme final due to an electrical problem, the team was committed to putting in a solid dayís work on Sunday, a goal they accomplished. After qualifying on the Supersport second row yesterday, Steve Rapp predicted a similar performance in todayís race. He was dead on, finishing in eighth place -- exactly where he qualified. For much of the race, the Californian looked set on outdoing his forecast, but electrical problems prevented him from tapping the full potential of his Michelin-shod GSX-R600 the entire 60K distance.
September 05, 2004
Haskovec 's Luck Runs Dry In Georgia
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki suffered through a trying Formula Xtreme race at Road Atlanta on Saturday, but remain optimistic about their Sunday prospects. Following an impressive third-place qualifying performance on Friday in a return to the scene of Vincent Haskovecís first career AMA roadracing victory, hopes were high for another stellar performance from the charismatic rider. Not content with a mere podium finish racing in a class with one full factory team, Haskovec has stated, "I won't be truly happy until I win a race this year."
September 04, 2004
Haskovec Third in Road Atlanta Xtreme Qualifying
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki were back on track on Friday following a month long break in the AMA roadracing calendar. This weekend sees the team attacking the challenging Road Atlanta road course for the tenth venue on the eleven-stop schedule.
September 03, 2004
Haskovec and Rapp Win At Barber Motorsports Park
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki headed directly from two days (Wednesday and Thursday, August 11-12) of Michelin tire testing at VIR in Virginia to a Formula USA race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, arriving late Thursday night. Yet when it came time to race, Haskovec quickly took the lead and rapidly pulled away to win the 17-lap Superbike race by a wide margin on his GSX-R600. Rapp did the same in the 17-lap Formula Sportbike race on his GSX-R750.
August 18, 2004
Peris Injures Ankle At Mid-Ohio
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Peris will miss upcoming rounds of the Canadian Superbike Series and an August 10-12 Michelin tire test at VIR due to injuries sustained in a crash during practice at Mid-Ohio last weekend.
July 30, 2004
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Earns Mid-Ohio Top Tens
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki added to Vincent Haskovecís Saturday podium finish by claiming four top-ten finishes on Sunday at Mid-Ohio. The placings were hard earned in a pair of chaotic, red-flagged halted finals.
July 26, 2004
Haskovec On The Mid-Ohio Podium
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Vincent Haskovec claimed his second podium finish of the season on Saturday, highlighting a impressive dayís work for the squad at Mid-Ohio. In addition to Haskovecís result, Steve Rapp also picked up a pair of top ten qualifying positions.
July 25, 2004
Front Row Start For Haskovec At Mid-Ohio
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki got off to a strong start at Mid-Ohio on Friday. Recent testing at the 2.4-mile circuit had the team and their tire supplier, Michelin, prepared to perform up to their potential at the undulating and demanding road course.
July 24, 2004
Rapp Sixth In Laguna Seca Supersport
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki concluded the combined AMA/World Superbike event at Laguna Seca on Sunday by picking up their second and third top-ten finishes of the weekend.
July 11, 2004
Haskovec Fifth In Laguna Seca Formula Xtreme
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki fought through a trying day at Laguna Seca on Saturday. Even a top-five race result picked up in the afternoon left the team wanting for more.
July 10, 2004
Haskovec On Front Row At Laguna Seca
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki opened the Laguna Seca AMA/World Superbike race weekend in impressive style on Friday.
July 09, 2004
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Launches New Website Promoting Team Activities
Team Hammer has launched a redesigned website at
June 30, 2004
Rapp In The Hunt For Brainerd Supersport Win
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki concluded their trip to Brainerd International Raceway with a pair of top ten finishes in Sunday's finals to augment yesterday's podium finish.
June 27, 2004
Haskovec On Brainerd Formula Xtreme Podium
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki had reason to celebrate at Brainerd International Raceway on Saturday. The 3.0-mile road course was the scene of the squad's first podium finish of the AMA season.
June 26, 2004
Rapp Ninth In Elkart Lake Superstock
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki suffered a difficult day to conclude the Road America weekend.
June 07, 2004
Rapp, Haskovec, and Peris Qualify at Pikes Peak
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki got up to speed quickly at Pikes Peak International Raceway in the opening day of the fifth round of the 2004 AMA roadracing series.
May 22, 2004
Print, Radio, TV: Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Two-seater Gives More Media Guest Rides At PPIR
Steve Rapp and the Valvoline EMGO Suzuki two-seat GSX-R1000 Superbike covered all the bases during promoter practice Friday, May 21 at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR), giving guest rides to reporters from newspaper, radio and television media outlets.
May 22, 2004
Who Rode The Two-seater At Barber
General news media reps rode on the back of the Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R1000 piloted by Steve Rapp at Barber.
May 17, 2004
Rapp Fifth In Supersport At Barber Motorsports Park
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp ended the team's weekend at Barber Motorsports Park on a high note...
May 17, 2004
Haskovec Challenges Honda Domination In AMA Formula Xtreme, Takes Pole At Barber
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Vincent Haskovec (1:27.793) rode a GSX-R600 equipped with a hand-cut, soft-compound Michelin slick to take his first pole position in the revised-for-2004 class.
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May 14, 2004
Two-up Ride Program Increased Exposure For Team At Infineon Raceway
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's two-up Superbike ride program was in action at Infineon Raceway last weekend.
May 03, 2004
So Close To The Podium, Yet So Far, At Infineon
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki concluded their weekend at Infineon Raceway with an up-and-down raceday.
May 02, 2004
More Top 10s In Qualifying At Infineon
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki enjoyed a solid day's work at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, claiming three top ten qualifying positions.
May 01, 2004
Top 10s At Fontana
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki ended round two of the 2004 AMA series at California Speedway on a high note Sunday, scoring top-10 results in each of the team's classes -- Formula Xtreme, Superstock, and Supersport.
April 04, 2004
Rapp And Peris Qualify In Fontana AMA Supersport
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki carried out another day of development and qualifying at California Speedway on Saturday.
April 03, 2004
GSX-R750s In Superstock At Fontana
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki entered the second round of the 2004 AMA championship campaign at California Speedway with a bold new strategy.
April 02, 2004
Rapp Ninth In AMA Supersport Opener
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp opened his2004 AMA Supersport campaign with a solid top-tenfinish at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
March 06, 2004
Rapp And Haskovec Battle For Race Glory At Daytona
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki claimed a pair of top ten finishes today in the opening races of the 2004 AMA season at the famed Daytona International Speedway.
March 04, 2004
Haskovec Qualifies On Front Row For Daytona Formula Xtreme Race
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki kicks off 2004 AMA race season at Daytona.
March 03, 2004
Haskovec And Rapp Win In F-USA Action At Daytona
From a press release issued by Daytona International Speedway:Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Shines At DaytonaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb.
February 29, 2004
Team Hammer Talent Search Now Open To Riders On All Bikes, Tire Brands
Due to popular demand, the Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by Alpinestars has been opened up to riders on all brands of motorcycles and all brands of tires, and the sign-up deadline has been extended to March 1.The program is designed to prepare riders for a professional career and to evaluate their potential.
February 16, 2004
Texan Signs Up For Talent Search
Mark Delano of Dayton, Texas is the first rider to sign up for the 2004 Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars.
February 03, 2004
2004 Team Hammer Talent Search Announced
Details of the 2004 Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by Alpinestars have been finalized and rider registration for the program is now open.
January 16, 2004