Nov 15, 2012
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by David Swarts
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Vesrah Suzuki Team Owner Mark Junge (left) with Nick McFadden (right) moments after McFadden won the 2012 WERA 600cc Superstock National Challenge Series finale and Championship at Barber Motorsports Park.
After winning the 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship with rider Jake Lewis, Vesrah Suzuki is shutting down its professional AMA Pro Road Racing operation and downsizing to a one-rider development program for the 2013 racing season, according to Team Owner Mark Junge.
"I'm going into the development mode instead of going to the AMA and spending a bunch of money," Junge told Roadracingworld.com Thursday. "So I'm going to take Nick McFadden WERA racing and to track days and stuff. Then, after he turns 16 in June , I think we can do four East Coast AMA [SuperSport] rounds. That's the plan."
Getting motorcycles, parts and sponsorship to go racing in 2013 wasn't a problem, said Junge, who has retained all of the sponsors, like Nielsen Enterprises, that have been with his team for years. But the high-pressure, high-cost environment of AMA Pro Road Racing wasn't providing the return on his investment of time and resources, he said.
"I think we can get more exposure [for Vesrah brake pads] by doing track days and doing local stuff to sell brake pads than we can [by] spending $500,000 to race in AMA," said Junge, who will also ride in WERA National Endurance events with the BEi Racing/Dunlop Development Team in 2013.
Asked why he was putting so much faith in McFadden, a 15-year-old from Owensboro, Kentucky, who just won the 2012 WERA 600cc Superstock National Challenge Championship, Junge said, "He's the next Jake [Lewis]."
Vesrah Suzuki will also continue building engines and complete racebikes for customers at its Union Grove, Wisconsin race shop.