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2001 News

Chris Ulrich Signs Two-year Contract With Valvoline EMGO Suzuki
Chris Ulrich has signed a two-year contract with Team Hammer, Inc., racing as Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki, to ride in the AMA 750cc Supersport and AMA Formula Xtreme Series.
November 08, 2001
Kipp Signs With Valvoline EMGO Suzuki
Tom Kipp has signed to ride in the AMA Formula Xtreme and 600cc Supersport Series for Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki in 2002.Kipp, 32, raced in 2001 as a replacement rider for another team, winning the Formula Xtreme race at Mid-Ohio and fnishing second at Pikes Peak.
October 31, 2001
Hopkins Wins AMA Formula Xtreme Championship
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins won the AMA Formula Xtreme Championship by finishing fourth in the final race of the 2001 season, at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) Saturday, September 29.His teammate, Grant Lopez, finished second in the race and third in season points.Young Californian Hopkins, 18, rode a GSX-R1000 prepared and fielded by Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki.
September 29, 2001
Josh Hayes Signs With Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Again
Josh Hayes has signed a contract with Team Hammer, Inc., racing as Vavoline EMGO Suzuki, to compete in the AMA Formula Xtreme and 600cc Supersport Series in 2002.Hayes rode for the team from 1996 through 1999, co-riding to the 1996 and 1997 WERA National Endurance Championships, winning the 1998 Formula USA Pro Sport Championship, winning the 1998 WERA National Challenge Series 600cc Superstock Championship, winning the 1997 GSX-R1100 Suzuki Cup Final and winning the 1998 GSX-R1100 and GSX-R600 Suzuki Cup Finals.
September 17, 2001
Mechanics McMahan And Fenton Re-sign With Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki
Mechanics Barry McMahan and Todd Fenton have re-signed with Valvoline EMGO Suzuki.McMahan has worked with Tray Batey, Josh Hayes and John Hopkins during his tenure with the team, which operates out of Crew Chief Keith Perry's race shop in Athens, Alabama.
September 01, 2001
Spies Wins AMA 750cc Supersport Race At Pikes Peak, Hopkins Moves Into Tie For Formula Xtreme Points Lead
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Ben Spies won the AMA 750cc Supersport race at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Saturday, August 25, taking the lead on the first lap and marching to victory, unchallenged.
August 26, 2001
It All Goes Wrong For Lopez At Pocono
Defending Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Champion Grant Lopez crashed during practice at Pocono International Raceway late Tuesday afternoon and was transported to a local hospital via helicopter.The use of a helicopter to transport unconscious riders is standard procedure for the raceway.
August 21, 2001
Schedule For Team Hammer School, Ride, Practice At Pocono This Thursday
Team Hammer Advanced Riding School, Track Ride, Pro PracticeAugust 23, 2001Pocono International Speedway, Long Pong, PAFormula USA CourseSCHEDULE(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)7:00-8:00 a.m., Tech open8:00 a.m., Mandatory Riders Meeting For Pro Practice Participants8:15 a.m., Mandatory Riders Meeting For Track Ride Participants8:30 a.m., First school classroom session9:00-9:30 a.m., Pro Practice Track Session #19:30-10:00 a.m.,Track Ride Track Session #110:00-10:30 a.m., School Track Session #110:30-11:00 a.m., Pro Practice Track Session #211:00-11:30 a.m., Track Ride Track Session #211:30-12:00 noon, School Track Session #212:00-1:00 p.m., Lunch1:00-1:30 p.m., Pro Practice Track Session #31:30-2:00 p.m., Track Ride Track Session #32:00-2:30 p.m., School Track Session #32:30-3:00 p.m., Pro Practice Track Session #43:00-3:30 p.m., Track Ride Track Session #43:30-4:00 p.m., School Track Session #44:00-4:20 p.m., Pro Practice Track Session #54:20-4:40 p.m., Track Ride Track Session #54:40-5:00 p.m., School Track Session #5
August 21, 2001
Team Regroups For Big End-of-season Push
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki is regrouping for a big end-of-season push in the AMA and F-USA motorcycle racing series, with action scheduled to resume in two weeks.The August 24-26 weekend will be a critical one for the team, with both an AMA National at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado and a Formula USA National at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania happening at the same time.Grant Lopez will practice at Pocono on Monday, August 20, then fly to Pikes Peak, practice, qualify and compete in the AMA Formula Xtreme race on Saturday, August 25, fly back to Pocono Saturday night, practice Sunday morning and take a provisional start in the first of two Formula USA races at Pocono.Meanwhile, John Hopkins and Ben Spies will concentrate on the AMA races at Pikes Peak.
August 08, 2001
Hopkins Second Again In AMA Formula Xtreme At Brainerd, Cutting Points Gap to 13
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís John Hopkins finished second in AMA action at Brainerd International Raceway and cut the points gap in the Formula Xtreme Championship chase to just 13 points with three rounds and about 111 points still in play in the season.Hopkins led most of the race but was passed in the final corner and just beaten to the line by half-a-wheel-length.
July 29, 2001
Hopkins Second In AMA Formula Xtreme At Mid-Ohio To Close Points Gap
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís John Hopkins took his GSX-R1000 to a hard-fought second place in the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Mid-Ohio, closing the points gap on first place.
July 22, 2001
Hopkins Leads Most Of The Way But Finishes A Close Second In Formula Xtreme At Laguna Seca
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins led 11 of 17 laps, including laps 6 through 16, but got block-passed in the final corner and crossed the finish line 0.122-second behind in the AMA Formula Xtreme race at Laguna Seca.Hopkins charged forward to take the lead and held off his challengers for all but that last corner, but his finish vaulted him into second place in the championship, 25 points behind.
July 07, 2001
Tough Day For Lopez At VIR, But F-USA Title Repeat Is Still Within Reach
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Grant Lopez had a tough day of Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Competition at Virginia International Raceway, but left just 10 points out of the points lead, with 150 points still in play before the end of the season.Lopez, still suffering with a dislocated shoulder, qualified 10th and got off to a slow start in the first Unlimited Superbike race at VIR.
July 01, 2001
Hopkins Wins Formula Xtreme Race At Loudon
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins won the Formula Xtreme race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, coming from behind to run down and pass the early leaders and crossing the finish line 0.553-second in front.The win on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 vaulted Hopkins to 3rd in series points.His teammate, Grant Lopez, still recovering from a separated shoulder suffered at Road Atlanta, finished 7th in the race on his GSX-R1000 and is 4th in points.
June 16, 2001
Hopkins Third-fastest On Race Tire In Formula Xtreme Qualifying At Loudon
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins qualified third-fastest for Saturday's Formula Xtreme race at New Hampshire International Speedway at Loudon, New Hampshire on his Suzuki GSX-R1000.
June 15, 2001
Two Podiums For Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki At Road America
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki had a strong weekend in AMA action at Road America, reaching the podium in two of three races and remaining in the thick of the title points chase in two classes, 750cc Supersport and Formula Xtreme.In Formula Xtreme, John Hopkins qualified second-fastest on race tires while Grant Lopez, still struggling with a right shoulder injury suffered at Road Atlanta, qualified ninth.
June 10, 2001
Grant Lopez To Make Public Appearances In Phoenix Saturday, June 2
From a Valvoline press release:VALLEY BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF PHOENIX REV UP JUNE WITH VALVOLINE'S CARING HANDS PROGRAMMotorcyclists Invited to Spend the Day with Professional Race Champion Grant Lopez while Supporting Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters of PhoenixPhoenix, AZ, June 2: Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters of Phoenix and professional motorcyclist Grant Lopez will be at the Steel Horse Saloon (1768 West Bell Road/ 9:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.) and the Hard Rock Cafe (2621 East Camelback/1:00-4:00 p.m.) today to collect tire prints from motorcyclists.Valvoline will donate $10 for each tire print to Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters (up to $4,000!).All participating motorcyclists will receive a free hat or T-shirt as well as be eligible for Caring Hands prize raffle giveaways featuring tickets to the NASCAR Winston Cup race at the Phoenix International Raceway (Oct.
June 02, 2001
Hopkins Wins Road Atlanta Formula Xtreme With GSX-R1000 Power
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins won the Formula Xtreme race at Road Atlanta, using the power of his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to blast past the competition.The race was run in two parts, red-flagged due to a crash and then postponed by a thunderstorm after seven laps on Saturday, then restarted on Sunday.The restart saw Hopkins take the lead and hold off all challengers, crossing the finish line first and recording his first Formula Xtreme victory.His teammate Grant Lopez, who suffered a separated shoulder in a crash in practice on Friday, toughed it out and finished eighth, maintaining second in series point standings, just four points out of the lead after two of 10 races.In 750cc Supersport, Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Ben Spies finished a strong third and moved into a tie in series point standings, after three of 11 scheduled races.In 600cc Supersport, Hopkins finished seventh and is now 12th in points.
May 20, 2001
Lopez Injured After Going Under Formula Xtreme Lap Record At Road Atlanta
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez crashed and separated his right shoulder after turning lap times underneath the official Formula Xtreme lap record at Road Atlanta.Lopez fell during the first official practice for the Formula Xtreme class Friday morning, soon after turning a lap at 1:25.4.
May 18, 2001
Hopkins Third In Formula Xtreme Qualifying, Spies Second in 750cc Supersport At Road Atlanta
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins was third-fastest on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Friday qualifying for Formula Xtreme at Road Atlanta, turning a lap in 1:25.458 on race tires.
May 18, 2001
Hopkins Sixth, Lopez Ninth In Restarted 600cc Supersport Race At Sears Point
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's John Hopkins came from behind to finish a charging-and-gaining sixth in the restarted 600cc Supersport race at Sears Point.
May 06, 2001
Brave Spies Stays In 750cc Supersport Points Chase With Eighth At Sears Point Despite Broken Wrist
Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's young Ben Spies took eighth in the 750cc Supersport race at Sears Point despite riding with a broken wrist.Spies, 16, broke and dislocated his left wrist when he crashed his motocross bike four weeks ago.
May 05, 2001
Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez Second In GSX-R1000 Formula Xtreme Debut At Sears Point
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez came from fifth on the grid to finish second in the Formula Xtreme race at Sears Point Saturday, May 5.Lopez charged his way forward, picking off competitors one by one with his Suzuki GSX-R1000.The event marked the team's first AMA Formula Xtreme race with the new Suzuki."I didn't get the start I wanted to," Lopez said in the post-race press conference.
May 05, 2001
Lopez Leads Both F-USA Races At Willow But Ends Up 5-3 On The Day
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez led both Formula USA Unlimited Superbike races at Willow Springs Raceway April 22 but came away with fifth in the first race and third in the second.
April 22, 2001
Lopez Ends Road Atlanta Tests With Lap At 1:25.42 And Top Speed Of 171 mph
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez ended three days of testing at Road Atlanta with a fastest lap at 1:25.42 Thursday morning and the highest top speed speed of the tests at 171 mph.During three days of testing, Lopez tried dozens of combinations and parts, including several front ends, two transmissions and two completely different engine set-ups, one built for top speed and the other for torque.Lopez and the team now head for Willow Springs Raceway and the April 19-22 Formula USA Nationals.
April 12, 2001
Lopez Hustles GSX-R1000 Around Road Atlanta At 1:25.8
Grant Lopez hustled his AMA Formula Xtreme Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R1000 around Road Atlanta at 1:25.8 during testing Wednesday morning.The near-record time was turned on a race set-up and race tires, and it is still early in the machine's development.Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki will continue to test at Road Atlanta through Thursday, April 12.
April 11, 2001
Lopez Under Formula Xtreme Record At 1:25.5 At Road Atlanta
Grant Lopez dropped more time on a Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Formula Xtreme trim during testing at Road Atlanta Wednesday afternoon, turning a fastest lap at 1:25.5 with string of laps in the 1:25.7 and 1:25.8 range.His teammate, Ben Spies, turned a fastest lap of 1:27.38 on his AMA 750cc Supersport-spec GSX-R750, well under the pole time and winning race pace in last year's race at Road Atlanta.
April 11, 2001
Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Formula Xtreme GSX-R1000 Fastest During Road Atlanta Tests
Grant Lopez's Valvoline EMGO Suzuki Formula Xtreme GSX-R1000 registered the highest top speed on radar during multi-team tests at Road Atlanta April 10, reaching 168 mph.
April 10, 2001
Spies Second In 750cc Supersport, Hopkins Leads But Crashes In 600cc Supersport
John Hopkins (21) leading the 600 Supersport field. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Ben Spies finished a very close second in his debut AMA 750cc Supersport race at Daytona, on Friday March 9, after qualifying quickest and leading the most laps.
March 09, 2001
Spies on 750 Supersport Pole, Hopkins Second Fastest in 600cc Supersport
Team Valvoline Emgo Suzukiís Ben Spies qualified fastest for the 750cc Supersport race in Daytona turning 1:52.487.
March 09, 2001
Lopez Wins Unlimited Superbike, Hopkins Second in Sportbike
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzukiís Grant Lopez ran away with the first Formula USA Unlimited Superbike race at Daytona and became the overall winner when the second race was canceled due to weather and a loss of daylight.
March 04, 2001
Race Wins And New Track Record For the Team At Homestead
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez used a 2001 Suzuki GSX-R1000 to break the motorcycle track record at Homestead Miami Speedway en route to winning the Unlimited Grand Prix race during a CCS regional event attended by the team for pre-season testing.
February 11, 2001
Team Hammer Signs 3-Year Deal With Suzuki, Staffs Up, Expands Shop
Team Hammer, Inc. has signed a 3-year racing sponsorship contract with American Suzuki Motor Corp. to compete in AMA and Formula USA races.
January 06, 2001