For the second-consecutive year, Yoshimura Suzuki Factor Racing have partnered with Roger Hayden and Jake Lewis once again for the upcoming 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.Both Hayden and Lewis will pilot the proven Suzuki GSX-R1000. While being one of the most popular sport bikes in the United States, it also has the race pedigree to back it up; the GSX-R1000 has claimed more victories than any other motorcycle in MotoAmerica history.
This year is special; 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the Superbike racing in America, which has been running as a national series since 1976. Yoshimura has been with the organization every step of the way, participating in the series since the beginning.Don Sakakura, Senior Vice President of Yoshimura R&D of America, is proud of Yoshimura Suzuki’s support of the premier road racing series within the United States and its support does not appear to be waning in any way.“I have to admit I look back with some amazement to realize we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of MotoAmerica AMA Superbike and the fact that Yoshimura has been part of the series since its founding,” Sakakura commented. “The years sort of creep up on you and I guess it’s true when they say time flies when you’re having fun. This season will be special because of the 40th anniversary and we’re proud to have been a part of that rich history and tradition.“Roger and Jake work very well together as teammates. We’re looking forward to continue to develop and evolve the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike. It’s proven to be a great racing platform and we hope to be able to help both Roger and Jake be strong contenders for the championship this year.”The 2016 MotoAmerica season kicks off at the state-of-the-art Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on April 8-10th. For more information regarding Hayden and Lewis, visit Suzuki Racing.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.