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Rapp In The Top 10 Again At Slick Pikes Peak Speedbowl

By June 1, 2003April 26th, 20212003 News

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki rider Steve Rapp collected a pair of top-10 finishes on Sunday at Pikes Peak in addition to the one he already nabbed on Saturday. His teammate, Chris Ulrich, scored his second top-15 of the weekend.

Rapp guided his Michelin-shod GSX-R1000 to a solid 10th in the red flagged 40-lap Superbike marathon. A few hours later, the Californian backed the result up by taking injured teammate Matt Furtek’s GSX-R750 to seventh in the Superstock event.

Meanwhile, Ulrich took the same 750cc machine he claimed 15th with in Saturday’s Formula Xtreme finish to an identical result in Sunday’s Superstock race. The two-time Superstock race winner maintained his 11th-place standing in the title hunt.

Both riders’ Superstock results could have been even better had they — like many other of the Superstock regulars — not encountered difficulties getting their bikes to hook up properly on the Colorado speed bowl. Ulrich explained, “It was a bit frustrating for me. I had a great start but proceeded to go backwards. Quite frankly it’s quite disappointing. I know I can finish better and the bike is better than where I finished. It’s just a matter of getting it to hook up. We’ll just have to keep pushing it. I know I can win, we just need to get all of the pieces of the puzzle to fit together.”

Next weekend the squad will compete at Road America, a high-speed road course that will allow the fire-breathing Valvoline EMGO Suzukis to show their legs on the four-mile course.