The Yoshimura Suzuki Team
Domination is a state of being that Suzuki has become accustomed to. For more than half a century, Suzuki has dominated AMA Superbike racing – both literally and figuratively. No other manufacturer even comes close to approaching the extraordinary number of records that Suzuki has set within this genre of racing. From the number of championships captured, to the amount of races won, to the pole positions set, Suzuki is without peer.
No one is more qualified to help Suzuki continue its reign of AMA Superbike domination than returning rider Blake Young. Starting his fourth year with Yoshimura Suzuki, Young is ready, willing and able to fight for the title. He finished second overall in the Superbike points chase last year, thanks to an inspiring performance that included seven victories and multiple podium visits. Building on that momentum, Young is ready to take 2012 by storm and capture his first AMA Superbike Championship.
Partnered with Young is newcomer Chris Clark. The latest addition to the Yoshimura Suzuki squad, Clark is excited about the start of the 2012 season and eager to prove his mettle to his new team. Clark brings a host of novice and amateur championships to the proverbial table and is looking forward to racing with a team the caliber of Yoshimura Suzuki.
Just as Young and Clark’s respective experience levels create a complementary riding combination, so too does the new-for-2012 GSX-R1000 combine Suzuki’s proven Championship DNA with innovative technology geared to a new year and a new championship.
With this bike and this team, domination is not merely a possibility -- it’s the only option.
The man behind the Yoshimura Suzuki team is and always has been Don Sakakura. He’s been in the motorcycle industry since the mid-1970s and with Yoshimura since 1980. He manages all of Yoshimura’s motorsports activities, which includes ATV and off-road programs in addition to road racing.
Most recently, Sakakura was the driving force behind Suzuki’s lengthy list of AMA championships. He was a major part of Mat Mladin’s record-breaking seven AMA Superbike Championships in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009. He was a major contributor to Aaron Yates’ AMA Supersport Championship in 2002 and AMA Superstock Championship in 2005. He also was behind Ben Spies’ 2003 AMA Formula Xtreme Championship and three consecutive AMA Superbike Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Now, he’s preparing to continue his support for Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young and Chris Clark as they go into the 2012 racing season.
"As always, the goal is to support Blake and Chris to the best of our ability and help them to win," he said. "Blake had a very good year last year and almost won the championship. I think he is more motivated than ever to win the Superbike title this year. Chris is new for us and there will be something of an adjustment period. But he has a lot of potential and I think will come into his own in 2012. We’re looking forward to the new season."