MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 13) -- GEICO Suzuki racer Chris Ulrich closed out the MotoAmerica season with one of his best performances of the year, racing to a pair of top-five finishes in the Championship of New Jersey Superbike race Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Ulrich finished fifth in class in the first 25-lap race and then came home fourth in the second on the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway layout. A test last week on the "Lightning" layout at NJMP helped Ulrich and his team fine-tune the Suzuki.

"This is the most complete weekend we've put together all year," Ulrich said. "The test really allowed us to get on top of the electronics and work on some new suspension stuff. This is the best performance, overall, of the season between qualifying and racing.

"Each practice we were in the mix, qualifying we made stuff happen, we made Superpole 2, so it was a complete weekend overall."

Ulrich started the season with a new manufacturer, returning to a Suzuki. And he closed it with five top-five finishes in the final six races to finish sixth in the Superbike points standings.

"It's been an up-and-down year with some challenges," Ulrich said. "The team and I did well, and I feel like I'm riding well. The team is working really hard, and we never gave up. This weekend is proof that we kept charging and got a good result."

Sunday's first race was interrupted by rain twice, and the stoppages hampered Ulrich's progress.

"The first race, I'm a little bummed about," Ulrich said. "We were in a decent position, and the red flag came out because of rain and conditions were a little bit sketchy. We got the thing restarted, and the launch was OK, but going into Turn 1, it was a mad scramble going in there. It was pretty tricky, and I came out on the losing end and lost a few positions there.