Chris Ulrich has been around motorcycle road racing as long as he can remember and has been competing in AMA Pro Racing events for 14 years. He grew up riding in a box van with his parents John and Trudy Ulrich to racetracks all over the U.S. during the early years of Team Hammer, the racing program owned and operated by his family. Chris started mini-road racing on 50cc and 80cc motorcycles, then moved to purpose-built 125cc and 250cc Grand Prix racebikes as a teenager.
Chris did his first professional season in 1998 in the AMA Pro 250cc Grand Prix class, and finished third in the championship the following year with two podium finishes on the Kids: Donít Smoke! Yamaha TZ250. Another podium and strong finishes in 2000 resulted in fifth overall in 250cc Grand Prix Championship with the World Sports Yamaha team. In his spare time, Chris rode with Vesrah Suzuki to the Willow Springs 24-Hour victory and the WERA National Endurance Championship on a GSX-R1000, becoming the first second-generation National Endurance Champion.
In 2001, Chris left the two-strokes completely behind and concentrated on the AMA Pro 750cc Superstock Championship with Team Roadracingworld.com Suzuki, winning at Laguna Seca and earning two other podium finishes. A shoulder injury suffered in a crash during magazine testing during the off-season healed initially, but complications and more injuries plagued Chrisí racing performance for the next several seasons.
Chris moved to the Valvoline Suzuki team for 2002, with a win at Mid-Ohio and four top-10 finishes, finishing eighth in the 750cc Superstock Championship. In his second year with the team, Chrisí luck turned sour and another injury held him back. For 2004, he ran an abbreviated season with Team Roadracingworld.com Suzuki in the AMA 600cc Supersport class while he started to regain his racing health.
Chris moved to the new AMA 1000cc Superstock class for 2005 on the Team Roadracingworld.com Suzuki GSX-R1000, and there were glimpses of the previous form he had shown prior to his injuries. For 2006, Chris founded what is now Chris Ulrich Racing LLC to take charge of his own program, fielding himself and Robertino Pietri under the Roadracingworld.com banner, with technical support from Team Hammer, Inc. With good health, a good team and good momentum, 2006 was the turnaround season that Chris needed and he was able to start riding to his full potential again, finishing ninth in the AMA Superstock championship and co-riding to another WERA National Endurance Championship with Vesrah Suzuki.
Chris continued to run his Chris Ulrich Racing program in 2007, again joined by teammate Robertino Pietri. Chris ended the 2007 season ranked sixth in the AMA Superstock championship standings with 203 points. He earned a pole position at Road America and finished in the top 10 in all but two races that season. He also co-rode to the WERA Endurance Championship again with Vesrah Suzuki.
In 2008 Chris and Robertino again teamed up on Chris Ulrich Racing machines run under the Roadracingworld.com Suzuki banner, and Chris opened the 2008 season with a fourth-place finish at Daytona followed by a return to the AMA Superstock Podium with a third at Barber Motorsports Park. However, Chris' return to form was interrupted when he shattered his left hand mid-way through the season at Road America. Chris finished sixth in the 2008 AMA Superstock Championship. Chris was also part of Vesrah Suzukiís 2008 WERA National Endurance Championship winning team for a fourth time.
Joined by Santiago Villa and Russ Wikle on the Chris Ulrich Racing squad in 2009, Chris finished 12th in AMA Superbike while developing the team's Suzuki GSX-R1000K9.
After strong late-season and off-season performances, Chris signed to ride the #18 M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike for the 2010 season while Villa continued to carry the flag for Chris Ulrich Racing. Chris finished eighth in the final AMA Pro Superbike point standings despite missing two races due to injury. For 2011, Chris returned on the #18 M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike, hoping to continue improving his race and points finishes. But the season went all wrong when Chris was caught up in a massive, end-over-end crash during the second event weekend of the season, suffering a broken back, internal injuries and a concussion when his flying racebike came down and hit him. Chris spent time healing on the couch before trying to return to competition--in retrospect--too soon; he struggled to regain race fitness and failed to finish a single additional race.
With a new multi-year title sponsorship deal from GEICO Motorcycle and continued technical and logistical support from Team Hammer, Chris Ulrich Racing fielded Martin Cardenas on a GSX-R600 in the 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship, under the GEICO Suzuki banner. Chris himself again competed in AMA Pro Superbike, riding an M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and continuing to recover from his 2011 injuries, finally returning to form late in the season with a string of top-10 finishes. Cardenas won eight races and earned the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title for the second time, while Ulrich posted a best finish of sixth en route to 10th in final AMA Pro Superbike points.†
For 2013, Chris Ulrich Racing is campaigning Honda motorcycles with technical and logistical support from Team Hammer. Dane Westby is racing Chris Ulrich Racingís GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship, while Chris is racing Team Hammerís M4 Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR1000RR in the AMA Pro Superbike Championship.
When he's not racing Superbikes, Chris Ulrich continues as Racing Editor for Roadracing World magazine, traveling to new model introductions and racebike tests around the world and filling in readers on life as an AMA Pro in his monthly column called The Adventures of a Racer.
Personal Status: Married to Jamie with two children, Van and Ava.