Team M4 EMGO Suzuki picked up their ninth top-five result of the 2006 AMA season on Sunday at Infineon Raceway. Geoff May continued to display both speed and consistency by claiming his fourth consecutive fourth-place Superstock finish.
The Georgian was actually in position to contend for a podium result until the race was red flagged on lap eight of a scheduled 17 and then called complete due to weather and scheduling concerns.
“I think I’m going to have to think about switching my number to ‘4’,” May joked after the race. “But we’re happy. We’re still in the points race and everything’s good. The Pirelli tires worked great and my Suzuki GSX-R1000 was flawless.”
“Unfortunately we got a red flag when we were really coming on strong,” he explained. “We had the bike set up for the end of the race and we only got half of it in. I turned my fastest lap the lap prior to the red flag. So that was a little disappointing but you can’t really complain about fourth.”
May and teammate Michael Barnes also had high hopes for Sunday’s Supersport final based on their exceptional qualifying performances the day before. Barnes actually rocketed off into the lead on the opening lap but the race was stopped shortly after it started and cancelled due to rainfall that hit the Sonoma, CA racetrack.
May commented, “There’s not much you can do about the weather, but I’m kind of disappointed that we did all the practices, did all the qualifying, and even started the race and then we got nothing for it. There’s nothing to show for it.”
Round 5 of the 2006 championship will take place in two weeks time at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on June 2-4. Last season May nearly won the Superstock final at the high-speed circuit, claiming a close second at the flag. Currently fourth in the ’06 Superstock points race, May is hoping to get on top of the podium this time around.
He said, “I think Road America is one of our strongest tracks. That one barely got away from us last year and I feel like we’re going back there for a little payback this year. If we go win a few races we’re going to be right there fighting for the title at the end of the year.”