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Road America Hosts Very Wet AMA Superbike Series Race

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A very wet AMA Superstock race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin put Millennium/KWS Suzuki just outside the top ten in AMA Superbike Series points standings.

Motorcycles line up at Road America in AMA Superbike Series
Motorcycles line up at Road America in AMA Superbike Series
Team rider Ben Thompson only had three days to rest between the Miller Motorsports Park and Road America rounds of the AMA series. Thompson is recovering from a broken hand which currently has three plates and fourteen screws installed by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Arthur Ting.

Ben Thompson rides his Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Road America during AMA Superbike Series
Ben Thompson rides his Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Road America during AMA Superbike Series
While qualifying, Thompson put on a great performance on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 with K&N Engineering air and oil filters. The track was dry and Thompson qualified on the second row in the sixth position in Superstock with a time of 2:17.052. In Superbike, he qualified in thirteenth position with a time of 2:17.951. “We use K&N on everything we build,” said Team Manager Chip Spalding. “K&N air and oil filters do the job of protecting our engines from dirt and track debris. K&N keeps us competitive with the factory teams.”

The weather changed from dry to wet Saturday to Sunday and this was Thompson’s first experience racing in the rain at an AMA national event. There was a very limited chance to practice on the world’s fastest permanent road course with his motorcycle.

“I think some of the guys are still trying to dry out from the weekend,” said Team owner Kevin Hunt. “The team did a great job adapting to the changing weather and they did everything they could to get Ben to the front of the pack.”

Thompson got off to a great start and was racing with the lead group early on, but avoided a wreck with Suzuki’s Geoff May. He lost touch with the lead group but road a smart race and brought the bike home with a solid finish.

“It was a pretty difficult weekend with mixed weather conditions over the entire event,” said Thompson. “My hand is better but I am looking forward to having a five week break before the next event so I can come back 100 percent.”

Follow the progress of 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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