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May 19, 2001

Lopez and Pridmore Will Ride In Formula Xtreme

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez and Attack Suzuki's Jason Pridmore will both ride in the 15-lap Lockhart-Phillips USA Formula Xtreme final Saturday despite each crashing and suffering injuries in Friday's action.<BR><BR>Lopez crashed in turn 12 at over 100 mph, dislocating his shoulder and chipping a bone in his shoulder socket in Friday's first practice. "We'll see," said Lopez when asked about whether he will ride the entire length of <BR>the race. Lopez rode in Saturday morning's Formula Xtreme practice session with his shoulder heavily taped and the handlebars of his GSX-R1000 <BR>slightly adjusted for the injury by tuner Todd Fenton.<BR><BR>"I can do eight laps," said Pridmore after riding in Saturday morning's Formula Xtreme practice with a broken left collarbone supported by a brace under his leathers. Pridmore highsided coming down left-hand turn four during Friday's FX qualifying session. Pridmore's injury was compounded by delays in the the local emergency room and his not getting back to his motor home at the race track until after 11:00 p.m. local time.<BR><BR>If either Lopez or Pridmore can complete eight laps of the race, they can retire and still collect some Championship points as there are only 23 entries in the Formula Xtreme class and points are paid down to 30 positions