Team M4 EMGO Suzuki closed out the Virginia International Raceway race weekend in strong fashion, picking up three top ten on Sunday. The squad had high hopes in particular for Geoff May in the Superstock final and he delivered with a top five result in the hotly contested class.
The Georgian didn’t get the start he had hoped to from his second row grid position, dropping to eighth by the conclusion of the opening lap. However, May battled his way up the order throughout the race on his GSX-R1000, climbing to fifth by the time the race was prematurely ended after 13 of a scheduled 17 laps due to a red flag.
Teammate Michael Barnes had a harder go it during the race. Missing his set-up slightly, the Floridian fought hard to break into the top ten, claiming tenth in the final results after running in twelfth early.
May came back out in the afternoon for the Supersport contest. Continuing the day’s trend of movement up through the field, May guided his Pirelli-shod GSX-R600 from tenth early to seventh by the time he took the checkered flag. He was the highest placed Suzuki-mounted rider in the race.
Team M4 EMGO Suzuki crew chief Keith Perry said, “With a little bit better start, we felt Geoff could have finished a position or two higher than he did in the Superstock race. But even without it he finished fifth and I can’t argue with top fives. The guys are working hard and the tires keep coming along better and better. We’re by no means perfect yet, but things are progressing.”
He continued, “VIR was another track that we come close to hitting it big — we’ve run really, really strong. We just need to find that consistency to be able to do it all the time. All in all, it was a good day.”
Next up is the 2005 AMA season finale at Road Atlanta this upcoming weekend, September 2-4.