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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

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