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Lopez Wins Twice In Formula USA

By May 17, 1998April 26th, 20211998 News

Grant Lopez rode a Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSXR750 to win both Formula USA races at Pikes Peak International Speedway in Fountain, Colorado on Sunday, May 17. His teammate, Tray Batey, finished third in both races.

Lopez qualified second fastest with a lap of the 1.3-mile Pikes Peak road course in 57.080 seconds. Batey won pole with a 57.050.

Lopez came from behind in both races, consistently turning 57-second laps. He took the lead midway in race one and with a few laps remaining in race two.

The two wins give Lopez the series points lead.

Lopez also qualified on the pole for 126 HP race on a GSXR750 but crashed while leading that event and finished 12th. Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki’s Josh Hayes also crashed in that race.

Hayes qualified second-fastest for the 103 HP race and finished second on a Suzuki GSXR600.