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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

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