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. He won the AFM California Championship in 1996 and joined the AMA series in 1997, winning two 750cc Supersport races and finishing second in the 750cc Supersport Championship before moving into the Superbike class full time in 1999. Rapp finished 7th in the U.S. Superbike Championship in 2000 and 2001; he moved into the Formula Xtreme and 600cc Supersport Championships in 2002 but missed much of the year with injuries.
Current plans call for Rapp to compete in the AMA Formula Xtreme and 600cc Supersport classes in 2003. His teammate will be Chris Ulrich of Lake Elsinore, California, who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery.