May 13, 2011
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A Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R600 Daytona SportBike as seen during the 2010 AMA Pro season.
By David Swarts
Vesrah Suzuki has posted rewards for information leading to the safe return of the GSX-R600 racebikes that the team shipped to alleged con man Ty Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Harris, a.k.a. Trivillus Lewis.
Vesrah Suzuki Team Owner Mark Junge says that Lewis/Harris used a fake cashier's check to get the team to ship two AMA Pro Daytona SportBike-spec GSX-R600 racebikes, two extra engines and spare parts to him in Chesapeake, Virginia in April. Lewis/Harris was arrested last week in Virginia on unrelated charges of fraud and forgery of bank notes.
"The first person to provide me with information that leads directly to the recovery of my team's racebikes I will give them $1000 cash, $500 for each bike recovered, or a free engine build," said Junge, who is missing a 2009-model GSX-R600 (VIN# JS1GN7EA892101079) and a 2008-model GSX-R600 (VIN# JS1GN7EA382100047).
The 2009 Suzuki is an ex-Chris Fillmore Daytona SportBike machine with Vesrah Suzuki's own custom Daytona 200 quick-change equipment on it, including a pipe for a center-lift stand mounted across the engine behind the radiator, special swingarm stand lifting points and a dry break connector in the fuel tank. The 2008 GSX-R600 was wearing 148 on its white number plates. Both bikes were fitted with yellow and black Hotbodies Racing bodywork, Vortex clip-ons and rearsets, Graves exhaust systems, Penske shocks, Traxxion Dynamics-equipped forks and Dunlop DOT-labeled race tires.
The first person who provides information that leads to the recovery of the bikes will also be invited to ride with AMA Pro racer Chris Ulrich on his two-seat Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike at the remaining AMA Pro National event of their choice held during the 2011 season.
"I've known Mark since the first time I ever rode a motorcycle on a racetrack," said Ulrich. "I've known him almost 18 years. I've had the opportunity to ride for his team at various points of my career, and we have a great friendship off the racetrack. So I'm happy to provide this small favor for him in exchange for all of the big favors he has done for me over the years."
In addition, the first person who helps recover the missing motorcycles will be featured in a story detailing how they helped, published on Roadracingworld.com and in Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology magazine. Or if they so desire, the person can remain anonymous, take the cash reqard or engine build, and still enjoy the two-seat Superbike ride with Chris Ulrich.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vesrah Suzuki's missing racebike should e-mail Mark@vesrah.com.
Update: Retro Superbike's Will Kenefick has pledged an additional $100 cash (per bike) to the reward Junge has offered for information that directly leads to the recovery of the missing Vesrah Suzuki racebikes.
"Mark has helped me out numerous times over the years at the track," Kenefick wrote in a text message to Roadracingworld.com