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Team Suzuki Press Office – August 2.

Bobby Fong: GSX-R1000R – 2-4
Cameron Petersen: GSX-R1000R – 4-5
Sean Dylan Kelly: GSX-R600 – 1-1
Sam Lochoff: GSX-R600 – 3-3
Jake Lewis: GSX-R1000R – 1st

Suzuki and Team Hammer added to their growing mid-season trophy haul with another outstanding performance as the MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Road Racing Championship returned to Brainerd International Raceway for the first time in nearly two decades.

The combined Suzuki effort tallied an additional three victories, six podiums, and two poles as M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly continued to build his season points lead in MotoAmerica’s Supersport Championship. The 19-year-old Floridian scored his ninth victory of the 2021 campaign, including the last six in succession.

‘SDK’ continues to show his ability to win in varying fashion, keeping his rival tight behind his Suzuki GSX-R600 on Saturday, and then pressuring from second throughout much of the race on Sunday. Kelly now has a strong 61-point lead with six races left.

Said Kelly: “Sunday’s race was even tougher than Saturday’s. We were able to hold on and went head-to-head for a few laps for the lead. I made a little mistake, and he pulled a little gap, but we kept the pressure on and that’s part of winning.

“I think we are doing things the right way, and we’re going to keep on working. I’m super stoked with my GSX-R600 and the entire M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team. My guys are working so hard and always believe in me.”

Kelly was twice joined on the podium by Team M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate Sam Lochoff, who continues to show rapid improvement in his rookie MotoAmerica Supersport season. The South African turned consistent laps into a pair of thirds, upping his 2021 tally to three podiums.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Superbike duo of Bobby Fong and Cameron Petersen were very much in the mix as well. Fong looked set to repeat his Saturday second with another runner-up on Sunday, but an off-course excursion dropped him several positions down the order. Undeterred, Fong fought his way back up to fourth.

Petersen, meanwhile, was twice in the fight for the podium before ultimately logging fourth- and fifth-place results.

Altus Motorsports Suzuki’s Jake Lewis reclaimed the Stock 1000 title lead with a dominant showing aboard his Team Hammer-built GSX-R1000R, while M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Wyatt Farris earned his best result of the Stock 1000 season in seventh. In Sunday’s Superbike Cup race-with-in-a-race for competitors on Stock 1000cc motorcycles, Lewis was first and Farris came home third.

“Honestly, the race was picture perfect,” Lewis said. “I ran in second for a few laps and then decided to drop the hammer. Hats off to the whole team. The Suzuki GSX-R1000R has been incredible. I feel really good mentally and physically. It feels great to win like that, going away.”

Suzuki and Team Hammer will be back in action at Pittsburgh International Race Complex on August 13-15th.

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