Yoshimura Suzuki's new rider Chris Clark couldn't be more ready for the 2012 season. Although this is Clark's first year with Yoshimura Suzuki, he has several seasons of road racing under his belt and turned Pro in 2009. Since then, he's shown tremendous talent, finishing an impressive eighth overall last year in AMA Superbike and notching nine top-10 finishes.
Like his Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Blake Young, Clark will be campaigning the AMA Superbike Championship on the new-for-2012 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Because Clark is new to the motorcycle, he's been trying to get as much seat time as possible prior to the season's start.
"I'm really excited about this season and racing for the Yoshimura Suzuki team," said 20-year-old Clark. "They have an amazing track record and I feel really fortunate to be riding for such a successful team. There's a little bit of pressure to perform, but they've been great about slowly easing me into everything. I'm looking forward to being a part of the team."
As Daisuke Hashimoto enters his first year as crew chief for Yoshimura Suzukiís new rider, Chris Clark, he is excited about the potential of the 2012 season. A former suspension technician with Showa Racing, Hashimoto is originally from Saitama, Japan, and brings plenty of bike set-up experience to the table. But he also has the advantage of working with multiple riders and so is flexible in how he deals with his crew.
TEAM MANAGER AND CREW CHIEF, CHRIS CLARK
"This season, everything is new," he said. "I have a new rider with Chris and we all have a new bike with the 2012 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. But there are still some basic things that stay the same. As in the past, my goal is for everybody to have the same vision in order to give Chris the best scenario to succeed. If we can all come together with one goal, we will be more successful."