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Red Bull Suzuki heads Stateside

Red Bull Suzuki heads Stateside

Red Bull Suzuki heads Stateside

This weekend will see the recently announced Red Bull Suzuki team racing in the first United States motorcycle Grand Prix to be held in the country for 10 years. The Red Bull US Grand Prix will be staged at the spectacular 3.6km Laguna Seca Raceway, situated near Monterey in California.

Only the MotoGP class will be racing in America. The 125's and 250's are not on the card but the premier event will be ably supported by the AMA Superbike Championship featuring Suzuki's Mat Mladin on his GSX-R1000. Mladin is the reigning Champion and current Championship leader.

Kevin Schwantz will also be making his MotoGP comeback - although this time not on two wheels. Suzuki's 1993 World Champion will be competing in a kart race that will also feature many other ex-racers such as Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson.

This Grand Prix will be especially significant for Suzuki racers Kenny Roberts Jr and John Hopkins. Both riders are from California and live within close proximity to Laguna, so this weekend is a true homecoming for the two Suzuki stars.

Team Suzuki MotoGP has joined forces with leading energy drinks company Red Bull for a one-off partnership at the USGP. The Suzuki GSV-R will highlight a striking new paint-scheme featuring the distinctive sun and charging bull signature trademark of Red Bull. Both riders will also be sporting brand new Red Bull Suzuki leathers and all crew-members and the pit-box backdrops will have new livery.

Team Manager Paul Denning is excited about the prospect of a new sponsor and both riders' return to America. He said: "This is a great opportunity for Suzuki. It has given the whole team a lift to have Red Bull's livery on the side of the GSV-R. Red Bull is not only the title sponsor of Team Suzuki MotoGP but it is also the title sponsor of the event itself - it's going to be a big weekend for both Red Bull and Suzuki."

"John and Kenny are really looking forward to the race. John has been doing practice laps of Laguna in his head ever since the date was announced and now can't wait to get out there for real. He has a big fan-base coming to cheer him on and will be looking to put on a good show for them. Kenny has been involved in the new safety features for the Laguna circuit and is convinced that the Californian track is one of the safest in MotoGP. He will be racing in the States for the first time since he became World Champion in 2000 – look out for a special helmet design which will go down very well at home!"


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