May 18, 2001
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Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Grant Lopez took his GSX-R1000 under the existing Formula Xtreme lap record in the opening laps of official practice at Road Atlanta Friday morning, then crashed and dislocated his right shoulder.<BR><BR>Lopez fell in turn 12 and slid into Alpina Air Module/Air Fence deployed outside the turn, in front of a concrete wall.<BR><BR>Lopez ended up underneath the Air Module. Alpina Managing Director Ingo Hopfgartner said that the Air Fence had been installed correctly and had worked properly, then re-deployed itself over Lopez after Lopez impacted and collapsed the fence. This feature allows the Air Fence to handle multiple rider impacts, with the module center section reinflating automatically after impact, even if a rider is still lying at the base of the module.<BR><BR>Prior to crashing, Lopez turned a 1:25.479 lap time. The official class lap record is 1:25.601.<BR><BR>Lap times from the session follow: <BR>1. Grant Lopez, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:25.479<BR>2. Jason Pridmore, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:25.713<BR>3. John Hopkins, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:26.051<BR>4. Roger Lee Hayden, Honda CBR9292RR, 1:26.518<BR>5. Josh Hayes, Honda CBR9292RR, 1:26.592<BR>6. Damon Buckmaster, Yamaha YZF-R1/R7, 1:26.601<BR>7. Mark Miller, Honda CBR9292RR, 1:26.663<BR>8. Aaron Gobert, Yamaha YZF-R1/R7, 1:26.760<BR>9. Jake Zemke, Honda CBR929RR, 1:26.844<BR>10. Rich Alexander, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:27.298<BR>11. Michael Barnes, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:29.744<BR>12. Steve Grigg, Kawasaki 840, 1:30.120<BR>13. Billy Ethridge, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:32.546<BR>14. Jamie Thompson, Suzuki GSX-R, 1:33.204<BR>15. Troy Vincent, Suzuki GSX-R, 1:33.308<BR>16. Justin Garvin, 1:33.655<BR>17. John Ross, Suzuki, 1:35.002<BR>18. Robert Hilliard, Suzuki, 1:36.547<BR>19. Rick Narup, Suzuki, 1:36.547<BR>20. Stephen Tuel, Yamaha, 1:37.489<BR>21. Jim Bonner, Yamaha, 1:38.340<BR>22. Daniel Smallwood, Suzuki, 1:38.753<BR>23. James Compton, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:38.968<BR>