T I K A I D E M G N I C A R 2010 ROAD

Acorn Woods Communications Cassandra Clawson 714.960.5500 cassandra@acorn-woods.com American Suzuki Motor Corp. Pat Alexander 714.996.7040 pat.alexander@suz.com

Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing is ready to carry its championship momentum into the 2010 season. The team has the advantage of the race-winning GSX-R1000, talented riders, and a tireless crew who are masters of keeping the machines running at optimum performance. The fact that they’ve won seven consecutive Superbike championships is a testament to the team’s dedication to winning.

Tommy Hayden
Two-time AMA Supersport Champion Tommy Hayden returns to Rockstar Makita Suzuki for 2010 in the Pro American Superbike class. Hayden, who’s 31 years old, won the AMA Supersport Championship two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005. In 2009, Hayden had his best showing in the AMA Pro Superbike class, finishing third overall and making it to the podium in half the races of the season. Hayden finished 8th overall in the 2008, and raced both Superbike and Supersport at the start of that season.

Blake Young
Blake Young is ready to launch his second year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team following a great 2009 rookie season in which he proved his position among the top road racers in the nation in the AMA Pro Superbike series. Young was on the podium four times in 2009, taking the second spot three times. He showed the world the speed and talent he possesses and how he earned a spot in the premier Superbike class and onthe Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team. The 22-year-old Young is working with 2009 Superbike Champion Mat Mladin’s Crew Chief Peter Doyle, and together they’re aiming for the top spot.

SUZUki and YoshimUra Together on the track
Suzuki and Yoshimura have been very successful partners in racing for over thirty years. What started out as a small program for Yoshimura to develop some racing engines for Suzuki has turned into arguably the most dominant partnership in American road racing history. Suzuki started racing in Japan in the 1950s. However, in the ’60s, Suzuki really hit its stride at races such as the venerable Isle Of Man TT. Success came quickly for Suzuki with numerous titles and race wins in all categories. It was clear to the enthusiast that Suzuki engineering was being validated with race wins. In the 1970s, Suzuki formed an alliance with Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura and a new dynasty was formed in road racing. Pops was truly one of the pioneers of AMA Superbike racing. In fact, many claim that he is one of the founders. Yoshimura and Suzuki were winners from the beginning and soon to become one of the most successful teams in the history of U.S. Superbike racing, winning a record number of AMA road racing titles. Yoshimura and Suzuki were also winning championships in the Japanese Superbike Championships, and the prestigious Suzuka Eight Hour event. It was clear that the team of Suzuki and Yoshimura worked, and worked well. The combination of great Suzuki products, engineering, and performance combined with Yoshimura’s ability to field a competitive team meant trouble for everyone else in the paddock. Amidst this environment, productionbased motorcycle racing exploded. Club racing was huge and business was good for both Suzuki and Yoshimura. The first GS750s came out in 1978 and Suzuki and Yoshimura started racing and winning on them right away. Steve McLaughlin won the Daytona Superbike race on a Yoshimura Suzuki. The next year, Yoshimura riders Ron Pierce, Wes Cooley and David Emde finished one-two-three at Daytona, marking the first time a single team had swept the podium in an AMA Superbike national. Yoshimura Suzukis won four straight Daytona Superbike races from 1978 to 1981. Yoshimura also found the time to prepare racers for the Suzuka Eight Hour. In 1978, Wes Cooley and Mike Baldwin won the inaugural Suzuka Eight Hour on a Yoshimura Suzuki. The race would become the most prestigious single event in Superbike racing. Moving forward, virtually every famous motorcycle racer has at one time raced for the Yoshimura Suzuki road racing team. Numerous race wins throughout the years and a lot of titles had guaranteed this partnership a place in racing history. Then, a young Australian named Mat Mladin came to town. Mat and Yoshimura bonded in an unprecedented way and dominated Superbike racing completely for the last 11 years. Mat holds virtually ever record imaginable in Superbike with more wins, poles, laps led... you name it. Yoshimura has won ten of the last eleven Superbike titles, seven of them earned by Mladin. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies captured the other three before heading off to wow Europe. Suzuki and Yoshimura, although separate companies, share a common bond that make the relationship work. They are dedicated to hard work, intelligent design and engineering process, utmost quality, and continual improvement. Perhaps more important is the simple love of racing. There is no better feeling than working hard and winning. It is what we all strive for.

tommy hayden
“ I’m expecting big things. I’m excited for the 2010

season and to make it happen.”

tommy hayden

#22 Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superbike
Born July 14, 1978. Married. Tommy Hayden lives in Owensboro, Ky., where he was born and raised. Hayden and wife Christie have two young daughters, Olivia and Klaudia. He enjoys bicycling and golf when not racing. Hayden is part of a big racing family that includes his parents, Earl and Rose, his brothers, 2006 MotoGP Champion Nick and AMA Superbike racer Roger Lee, as well as his sisters, Jenny and Kathleen. Although Hayden spends a good portion of his year testing in Southern California, the Kentucky native prefers to be home with his family.

Tommy Hayden returns for his fourth year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team. Hayden is now the veteran of the team, and he and his GSX-R1000 are poised to take the top spot in 2010 to keep that championship tradition alive and well. Hayden had a successful 2009, finishing third overall in the AMA Superbike series and getting up on the podium in half of the races. His plan for 2010 is simple: Rule the track, own the podium. In his fourth year aboard a Suzuki race machine, Hayden is ready to race. “2009 was a good season,” said Hayden. “But I feel like we left room for improvement. I’m expecting big things so I’m excited for the 2010 season to get here and to make it happen.” Hayden finished on the podium in half the races in 2009 and finished his career-best third overall in the Superbike series. At the last race in New Jersey, Hayden lowsided on the third to last lap but came out uninjured. Hayden says he’s ready to erase that memory and replace it with a new one. He’s excited for the 2010 season to start so he can do just that. Hayden and his crew have the No. 22 Suzuki GSX-R1000 right where they want it. After early season testing, Hayden was happy with the bike. “So far, so good,” Tommy said. “Testing has been going well and things have been pretty smooth. So far it’s been positive, and feedback’s been pretty good. I’m happy. It’s a different bike this year, but not a drastic change. The horsepower is improved; I can definitely feel the difference.” Tommy Hayden and the GSX-R1000 are ready to race…and win.

BLake YoUng
“ I’m looking forward to

working with Peter Doyle and to getting that first race win under my belt.”

BLake YoUng

#79 Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superbike
Born September 20, 1987. Single. When not racing motorcycles, Blake Young spends time on the road riding his bicycle, or off-road on a mountain bike or MX motorcycle. The 22-year-old Madison, Wisconsin, native is set to start his sophomore year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team and will again be competing in the AMA Pro American Superbike class.

Blake Young will start his second year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team following a great 2009 rookie season in which he proved his position among the top road racers in the nation in the AMA Pro Superbike series. Young was on the podium four times in 2009, taking the second spot three times. He showed the world his speed and talent and how he earned a spot on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team. This year, Young is working with 2009 Superbike Champion Mat Mladin’s Crew Chief Peter Doyle, and together they’re aiming for the top spot. Young has been racing motorcycles for most of his life, and his dream was to be in the premier Superbike class. With his rookie Superbike year behind him, Young is ready to take that dream and the lessons learned in his first year to go full throttle into the 2010 season. From his start as a child in dirt track as a full-time road racer at age 15, Young has always believed in finding the fastest guys, no matter what class they were racing, and chasing them down. “My dad Steve’s idea was to chase the fastest racers around, no matter what series they raced.” And as a professional racer in the AMA ranks, Young did much the same, testing the competition in Supersport, Superstock, and Formula Xtreme classes in the last three years of racing. In the 2008 season, Young raced his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to his first pro victory in the Superstock class, along with earning four podium finishes. And he closed the season with another pro victory on his Suzuki GSX-R600. In 2009, his first year in the Superbike series, Young finished sixth overall and hit the podium four times. He missed one race after being injured at the Birmingham, Alabama, round of the series, in which he needed surgery to repair his pinkie finger. He returned in time for the Road America stop in Elkhart Lake, Wis., which is close to his hometown.

Peter DoyLe

Team Manager Crew Chief, Blake Young

Peter Doyle knows first-hand what it takes to build a championship season. After working with Mat Mladin and his Suzuki GSX-R1000 since 2001, Doyle has the skills and the experience to build another great season for Rockstar Makita Suzuki in 2010. Doyle will be acting as both team manager for the entire team as well as crew chief to second-year racer Blake Young. “Let’s face it: life without racing would be absolutely boring” Doyle said. “I’ve been involved with racing nearly my whole life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’ve gotten to work with some great people, some great racers, and competing at this level is really rewarding.”

Rockstar Makita SUZUki CreW
Don Sakakura Peter Doyle Rich Doan Hans Laske Race Director Team Manager Team Coordinator Transportation Crew Chief Chassis Technician Chassis Technician Engine Management / Data Acquisition Crew Chief Chassis Technician Chassis Technician Engine Management / Data Acquisition Engine Development / Maintenance Engine Development / Maintenance

Tommy Hayden
Daisuke Hashimoto James Hashimoto Bryce Eikelberger Yuta Shimabukuro

Doyle started off in the motorcycle industry in Australia, working for a manufacturer for more than two decades (he started in the parts department as a teen). By the early 1980s, Doyle was a World Grand Prix and motocross mechanic, and from there he moved up to being a road race team manager and motocross team manager in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In his time as a manager in Australia, Doyle collected 11 road race championships, a Suzuka 8 Hour win, nine motocross championships and four Supercross Masters titles. Mladin asked Doyle to come Stateside to be part of his crew in 2000, and Doyle’s been part of the legend since then. He’s leading the team into 2010 without hesitation. “We’ve got two very talented racers this year on the team, and they’re very different,” Doyle said. “Tommy is extremely consistent and seasoned, and Blake is a little more free-spirited and aggressive on the track. I think they are a good compliment to each other and can both take something from the other to better themselves and their racing. I think with the bike where it’s at, where we know it’s championship-worthy, we can have a really good season.”

Blake Young
Peter Doyle David Sanders Rhett Lougheed Herschel Auxier Henry Yokota Steve Meyer

The Reigning Champion
On the racetrack, the GSX-R1000 simply can’t be beat. Winning 10 of the past 11 championships in the AMA Pro Superbike series, this elite machine is at the top of its game. The GSX-R1000 has the best of the best technology and latest innovations, all wrapped up a great-looking body that make this an instantly recognizable head-turner. The GSX-R1000’s 999cc engine is designed to maximize combustion efficiency with more torque and power across the rpm range, which leads to excellent throttle response and ultimate “go”. Maybe that’s why this bike has won six straight championships. It’s got an impressive microprocessor in the ECM that runs the advanced engine management system, ensuring the rider always gets the optimum performance out of this bike. The low- and mid-range performance is outstanding, the power is smooth and confident, and the handling is consistently solid. Put it all together, and the GSX-R1000 is a pure winner.


2010 AMA Pro SUperbike SchedULe
DATE VENUE / LOCATION March 3-5  Daytona 200 Daytona Int’l. Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL March 26-28  Suzuki Superbike Challenge Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA April 16-18  Superbike Showdown Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA May 14-16  AMA Superbike Showdown Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA June 4-6  AMA Superbike Doubleheader Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI July 16-18  Super Cycle Weekend Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH July 23-25  Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA August 13-15  Superbike Nationals Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA September 3-5  AMA Superbike Weekend New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ September 24-26  Superbike Classic Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL

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Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team image usage A gallery of photographs of the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team riders is available for reproduction on the enclosed CD (for editorial use only). These high-res photos include headshots, bike shots and a variety of indoor and outdoor action shots.

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BLake YoUng #79
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