Team M4 EMGO Suzuki concluded the Road America weekend with another tremendous performance on Sunday. One day after Mike Barnes claimed a podium finish in the Formula Xtreme race at Elkhart Lake, WI, his teammate Geoff May finished as the runner-up in the 60k Superstock final.
The two were both major players aboard their Pirelli-shod GSX-R1000s Sunday, with Barnes leading the race’s opening laps and May sweeping by to hold down the top position for the next portion of the exciting race. Once out in front, the Georgian fought to break away for the win but ended up second after a final-lap clash for victory.
May was pushed back to second early on the last lap and unfortunately his hope to draft back by for the win was foiled when he just ran out of time.
He explained after coming up less than a second short of the top spot on the box, “I made some time in Canada Corner, and I made some more time up in the back section, but there wasn’t enough real estate left to get the draft.”
Afterwards, he spoke of his podium finish. “It’s great. I could never imagine what it would be like. It’s a lot different than winning club races — this is the show. I was racing for the lead with guys I remember watching when I was in high school.”
After leading early, Barnes picked up a solid sixth-place finish in his second Superstock ride of the season with Team M4 EMGO Suzuki filling in for Vincent Haskovec. The Floridian almost joined May on the podium, finishing just 1.164 seconds off of third place.
May also enjoyed a fine ride in the Supersport contest. He piloted his GSX-R600 to sixth place, his best result of the season, to conclude the successful Road America weekend for the team.
May and Barnes will next race with the M4 EMGO Suzuki team at Laguna Seca on July 8-10.