“Focus” On Team Hammer
KELLY WINS LAGUNA SUPERSPORT FOR M4 ECSTAR SUZUKI
Team Hammer opened the race action at the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing season finale in tremendous form, scooping up another Supersport win and Superbike podium at Laguna Seca.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly (SDK) stole the show on Saturday despite being pitted against the current Supersport champion along with a returning, multi-time Supersport king.
SDK diced back and forth with his decorated rivals on the opening laps aboard his agile GSX-R600. He forced a mistake from one of them after making a pass for second on lap five and then threatening to leave his rival in his wake via his superior pace. He then ate up the gap to his other primary rival and made a move into the lead on lap nine of 19.
Once again, he pushed his opponent past the breaking point and escaped to build a mammoth, 15.792-second margin of victory. “I’m super happy to get this win,”
Kelly said after scoring his fourth win and 14th podium of the year. “Honestly, I came into this final weekend of the season saying I wasn’t going to leave here without at least one win and hopefully two. I’m really happy knowing I have a chance to make it a double. “It was a fun race. It was a good scrap at the beginning with the three of us there fighting. The leader had a bit of a gap on me, but I knew I was strong enough and fast enough to catch up and that’s exactly what I did. I’m really happy to be here. I have to give a big thank you to everyone with the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki squad. We’ll be back out there fighting again tomorrow.”
Kelly’s Supersport teammate Lucas Silva added to his season-long streak of top-10s by finishing in sixth.
Rising stars Alex Dumas performed well on the day, too. Dumas challenged for a podium aboard his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the season’s Stock 1000 finale before finishing a close fourth. Also in that race, Altus Motorsports’ Cam Petersen won his eighth race of the year on his Team Hammer-built Suzuki GSX-R1000. “This is everything,” said class champion Petersen. “I have been working towards this my whole life. To win again, is such a great feeling. It’s been a great season.”
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
About Team Hammer The 2020 season marks Team Hammer’s 40th consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 106 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 287 times and have won nine AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport.) The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.