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. He finished seventh and slid from third to fourth in series points.
“I could hardly hang on after eight laps and it was frustrating,” said a disappointed Ulrich. “We had done the times and had a shot at winning that race but you can’t win if you can’t hang onto the motorcycle. The problem didn’t show up in practice, but we never put together a continuous run of 16 laps in practice, and this is the most physical track we race at. I thought my shoulder problems were over and it was healed, but I guess I thought wrong.”