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Ulrich 4th Fastest In AMA Superstock Qualifying At Road Atlanta Despite Crashing
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich qualified 4th fastest in AMA Superstock at Road Atlanta despite crashing out late in the session, the final on-track activity of the day.After turning a lap at 1:27.239 for an average speed of 104.815 mph, Ulrich highsided his GSX-R750 coming underneath the Suzuki bridge and suffered abrasions when the back of his leather racing suit tore apart upon impact.It was the beginning of a long night for Ulrich, who suffered an allergic reaction to an over-the-counter disinfectant containing lidocaine, which he was using to remove dirt and grit from his abraded back.
May 17, 2002
Ulrich Diagnosed With Impingement Syndrome, Bone Spurs In Shoulder
On Monday, May 6, Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was diagnosed with impingement syndrome and bone spurs in his right shoulder, which was injured during pre-season testing.The condition will be treated with anti-inflammatories and icing until the end of the racing season, when a decision regarding further treatment will be made.
May 06, 2002
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's New Race Transporter
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's brand new Volvo 770 tractor and just-built 53-foot Wildside trailer, with graphics by Motorsports Design featuring a photo of Tom Kipp taken by Brian J.
May 06, 2002
Craggill Third In Formula Xtreme Debut
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Marty Craggill, the two-time Australian Superbike Champion who showed up at Sears Point to substitute for injured Josh Hayes--finished a close third in the Formula Xtreme race despite mistaking the start of the race for a sighting lap and getting run off the track by a competitor on the last lap!Craggill was confused at the start of the Formula Xtreme race, after watching the Supersport race, which as part of the pre-race action for live TV, features a sighting lap, a return to the grid, a warm-up lap, a return to the grid, and then the start.The Formula Xtreme race, which is not televised live, has a warm-up lap, a return to the grid, then the start.Craggill, who had qualified on the front row, said he was caught off guard and let about six riders pass him before he figured out that the race was on!Craggill still was quickly in the battle for second place, and was still in contention until a few bad breaks in traffic late in the race, and then held off strong challenges for third.It was still a remarkable performance for Craggill's first race in the U.S., first time on the tortuous Sears Point Raceway, and first time on Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's potent GSX-R1000 on Michelin tires.
May 05, 2002
Kipp Leads Supersport But Fades As Heat Takes Its Tole On Traction
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp led most of the first two laps of the AMA Supersport race at Sears Point, but then started a slow drift rearwards on his Suzuki GSX-R600 as he lost rear tire grip.The problem came down to tire choice, a choice complicated by a dramatic rise in ambient temperature on race day.Kipp and the team had not encountered similar conditions and track temperature during runs in practice, and the extra heat on race day made the tire test data from the rest of the weekend invalid.Kipp was upbeat after the race and said he was looking forward to the AMA National at Road Atlanta in two weeks.
May 05, 2002
Kipp Third-fastest In Supersport Qualifying, Craggill Third-fastest In Formula Xtreme Qualifying At AMA Sears Point
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tom Kipp qualified third-fastest on Saturday for Sunday's AMA Supersport race at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, California, while teammate Marty Craggill qualified third-fastest for the Formula Xtreme race.Kipp turned a best lap of the 2.32-mile Sears Point road course at 1:35.287, for an average speed of 94.910 mph.Craggill, who led most of Saturday's Formula Xtreme qualifying session, was bumped back to third-fastest when two competitors pitted for one-lap qualifying tires in the closing moments of the session.
May 04, 2002
Tough AMA Superstock Race For Ulrich
Team Valvoline Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was in the lead group early in the AMA Superstock race at Sears Point on Saturday, May 4, but faded as his shoulder, separated during testing in February, lost strength and slowed his corner-to-corner transitions.
May 04, 2002
Chris Ulrich Second-Fastest In AMA Superstock Qualifying At Sears Point
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Chris Ulrich was second-fastest in qualifying for tomorrow's AMA Superstock race at Sears Point International Raceway.Ulrich turned his time in the first of two timed qualifying sessions and ended up second fastest in overall times, turning a lap of the 2.32-mile road course in 1 minute, 36.264 seconds for an average speed of 94.241 mph.
May 03, 2002
Australian Marty Craggill To Join Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki At Sears Point
Former Australian Superbike Champion Marty Craggill will compete at Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, California this weekend, after accepting an invitation by Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki to replace injured team member Josh Hayes.Craggill (33) will head to America from his home in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday April 30 to compete at this weekend's AMA Championship round, which will be his first competitive ride since competing in the final round of last year’s Superbike World Championship at Imola in Italy.Hayes suffered a serious injury to his left hand while practicing for round two of the AMA Championship at the California Speedway on April 6, where he was to compete in both the 600 Supersport and Formula Xtreme events.It is expected that Craggill will compete for the team for the period of time that Hayes is out of action while he undergoes rehabilitation for his injured hand and is ready to return to the track.For Craggill, the opportunity to race in America with a very competitive team is what he has been searching for over the past two years.
April 29, 2002
Daggett Returns To Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki As Chief Mechanic For Chris Ulrich
Jerry Daggett has agreed to return to Team Vavoline EMGO Suzuki as the full-time chief mechanic for Chris Ulrich for the remainder of the 2002 season and for 2003 and beyond.Daggett got his start as a professional road racing mechanic with the team a decade ago, working out of the team's Athens, Alabama race shop.
March 18, 2002

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