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Brea, CA, March 10, 2024 — Suzuki Motor USA and Team Hammer saw the 2024 MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Road Racing Championship opener end in bittersweet fashion, highlighted by a runner-up finish in Saturday’s 82nd Daytona 200 to go along with the lap record and pole position the team secured earlier in the week. Suzuki GSX-Rs dominated the top ten, earning six of the top ten results in this year’s 200-mile contest.

Former Twins Cup class champion Rocco Landers (97) came out on top in an intense drafting battle in Daytona’s Twins Cup race 2, riding the new Suzuki GSX-8R parallel twin. Landers guided the RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki GSX-8R to this exciting new bike’s first-ever MotoAmerica podium in a sterling racing debut. 


Race Highlights:

  • Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki
    • Supersport 
      • Tyler Scott stormed past the checkered flag in second position in the 57-lap Daytona 200.
      • Richie Escalante missed second after running short of fuel on the final lap, still earning fourth.
      • Brandon Paasch put in a steady ride to seventh.
      • Teagg Hobbs battled up from 22nd on the grid to the top ten.
    • Twins Cup
      • Rossi Moor improved to finish fourth in his second-career Twins Cup race..
  • RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki
    • Twins Cup
      • Rocco Landers came out on top of a four-rider battle for second to give the Suzuki GSX-8R a debut weekend podium.

Tyler Scott (70) took the pole and raced to a second-place finish in the 82nd running of the Daytona 200.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott (70) grabbed the lead from pole aboard his next-generation Suzuki GSX-R750 before settling into the second group during the race’s initial stint. As the race played out, Scott seemed all but destined to join Richie Escalante (54) on the podium in third but capitalized on his teammate’s last-lap misfortune to steal away second at the checkered flag.

Scott, who had separated his shoulder in a crash earlier in the weekend, said, “I’ve got to thank the whole Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki squad and my mom and dad and everyone for getting me here. The crew was amazing, and the pit stops went really smoothly. I had good pace and just kept putting laps down. It was unfortunate to see Richie run out of gas, but I’m happy with P2 even though I really wanted the win.”


Vance & Hines Suzuki’s Rocco Landers (97) earns the GSX-8R’s first podium.

Former MotoAmerica Twins Cup class champion Rocco Landers (97) came out on top of a four-rider drafting battle for second that also included Team Hammer’s Rossi Moor.

“I told the team last night, I think we have a podium on our hands,” Landers said. “The bike is brand new, obviously, and I first saw it on Wednesday. The team and Suzuki have been working hard, and we’ve been making consistent improvements. It’s incredible to put the GSX-8R on the podium in just the bike’s second race. This is a really good debut, and once the RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines team gets some more development, this will no doubt be a consistent, race-winning bike.”

Rounding out the Suzuki GSX-8R’s spectacular racing debut, Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Rossi Moor (92) battled to a strong fourth place finish in Daytona’s Twin’s Cup Race 2, giving the impressive new GSX-8R 40% of the top five places in the contest.

Richie Escalante (54) battled up front throughout the 57-lap race, but ran short of fuel to finish fourth.
In the Daytona 200, Richie Escalante (54) led early aboard his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750 and spent the majority of the contest applying pressure on the leader from second, showcasing the speed that earned him the new Daytona track record during qualifying. However, while he was robbed of a near-certain runner-up finish after running short of fuel, he managed to coast the machine across the line and took fourth.
An early-race incident damaged Escalante’s windscreen. He felt the reduced aerodynamics, in combination with pushing the pace to close the gap to the leader most of the race, caused the issue.


“For sure, I really wanted to win today,” Escalante said. “I felt really good. I just tried my best, lap-by-lap, pushing, pushing, pushing. I could see the leader right there and was pushing so hard to try to close the gap and fight for the victory. But I ran out of fuel. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose – it’s just a part of racing. I tried my best and want to thank my team. The Suzuki was great all week long.”


Two-time Daytona 200 winner Brandon Paasch rode a steady race earning seventh place in the 2024 Daytona 200.

Superbike regular Brandon Paasch (96) registered a steady ride, running with the front pack early before putting his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750 in the top ten by claiming seventh.

“It was great other than some pit stop drama,” said Paasch. “It was a long race and out by myself for most of the time. It would have been good to get back on top again having won the race before, but it is what it is.”


Teagg Hobbs (79) rode up through the Daytona 200 pack, earning a top-ten finish.

Despite starting from the eighth row, Teagg Hobbs (79) clawed his way up from 22nd on the grid to earn tenth place after 200 high-speed miles.

“It wasn’t the greatest weekend for us,” said Hobbs. “We had some issues out of our control come up. I didn’t get up to speed and we didn’t get a lot of time to improve the bike. For the race, I did what I could to finish. I’m glad to get a top-ten result but we’re looking to be at the front. After the weekend we had, I’m happy to finish and ready to focus on the season.”


Rossi Moor (92) fought hard for a podium, ultimately finishing fourth in Daytona’s Twins Cup Race 2.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Rossi Moor (92) continued his quick acclimation to the MotoAmerica Twins Cup series, battling for the podium and finishing fourth in his second race aboard the brand-new, Suzuki GSX-8R.

“In one regard, it was good to battle for the podium,” said Moor. “We didn’t have the pace yesterday to do it, but the team worked hard and made the bike even better for me today. I made a small mistake on the last lap when I wheelied coming out of The Chicane and that cost me a shot at the podium. The team did a great job here of closing the gap. We will keep working hard and see what we can do from here.”


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Photos By Brian J. Nelson


The 2024 season marks Team Hammer's 44th consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 133 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 362 times, and have won 11 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.


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