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KWS Suzuki GSX-R100 Rider Ben Thompson Back in Action after California Crash

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Millennium/KWS Suzuki rider Ben Thompson returned to action at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Millennium KWS Suzuki GSX-R100, photo by Brian J. Nelson
Millennium KWS Suzuki GSX-R100, photo by Brian J. Nelson
Thompson broke both of his hands in a crash at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California five weeks ago and had two titanium plates and fourteen screws installed in his right hand. He was healed for the race, but struggled with strength, endurance and dexterity in the AMA Superbike series.”
Ben Thompson before the crash at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California
Ben Thompson before the crash at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California

Ben Thompson plans to return to both Superbike and Superstock at Road America Series race, photo by Brian J. Nelson
Ben Thompson plans to return to both Superbike and Superstock at Road America Series race, photo by Brian J. Nelson

Thompson ran the Superstock class and used the Superbike sessions for practice and testing. “My right hand was really bothering me in the beginning,” said Thompson. “But, with each session it got better and better." He had a great start and immediately found himself in a four bike battle for the top ten spot.

Thompson drove smart, conserved his hand and saved his strength for the end. Thompson passed Halof Suzuki’s Hawk Mazzotta for ninth position to finish with a solid top ten result. “It is pretty amazing that Ben was able to do as well as he did considering his injury,” said Team Owner Kevin Hunt. “Ben is a very tough rider and very focused. Most of us would not have been able to ride to the store five weeks after that kind of surgery.”

The Millennium/KWS Suzuki team plans to return its focus to both Superbike and Superstock at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin next week, when Thompson’s hand should be closer to 100 percent. “It was a good weekend overall,” said Thompson. “I was happy to be back on the bike again. I think we will be back to form at Road America. I want to thank all my sponsors because we couldn’t race without their help.”

The team uses K&N Engineering air and oil filters. “Our race team is an extension of our business,” said Team Manager Chip Spalding. “Our business builds race motors and bikes for our customers. We use K&N on what we build, and with our products like K&N we can compete with the factory teams in the most competitive series in the country.”

Follow Ben Thompson and Millennium KWS Suzuki throughout the racing season at the K&N news site. Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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