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Jul 26, 2006

Yates, Gobert, Hayes To Ride In 4th Annual “Seattle 100” Charity Event At Pacific Raceways

2006 Renton Motorcycles Seattle 100 Saturday, July 29th Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington "One hundred riders, $100,000 dollars. That's our goal this year, and we're 50% there," said Seattle 100 event Director Brian Orton of 2Fast Motorcycle Track Days & Instruction (www.2-fast.org). "We've got the one hundred riders: now we just need to raise the money"¦ and I'm confident we will." Orton is not just the co-owner of 2Fast, one of the nation's most respected track day organizations, he's also co-founder of The NephCure Foundation (www.nephcure.org), a non-profit organization he and another parent started in 1999 after his one year old son was diagnosed with kidney disease. Today, to help the NephCure Foundation raise monies in the battle against kidney disease, Orton and fellow 2Fast co-owner Mark DeGross use their track day organization and performance riding schools to support this unique charity track day event, The Seattle 100. Each rider in the event rides for free, but on one important condition: every rider who signs up for the Seattle 100 must commit to bringing $500 or more in donations. Rider's donations are collected the day of the event, and last year's top fundraisers Corey Rastetter and Brett Hutton, each of whom are staff members of 2Fast raised over $5,000 each. Collectively, the event grossed over $93,000 total, more than six times what it raised just three years prior in 2003 when the first annual Seattle 100 had only 15 participants. Now in its fourth year, the Seattle 100 has reached a national audience with its unique purpose, the support of many AMA road racing superstars, Northwest dealerships and even Hollywood celebs. Last year, for instance, AMA Superbike star Jake Zemke attended the event with fellow guests Jason DiSalvo of Factory Yamaha, Josh Hayes, Jake Holden, and Jimmy Moore. Greg White has televised coverage of the event two years in a row on the now defunct "Two Wheel Tuesday", and even comedian David Alan Grier joined in at last year's event, presiding over the auction. Jason Pridmore and Tony Meiring attended the year prior with Hayes, and while Speed TV cameras and Greg White will not be present, the guest list is again top shelf for 2006: Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates will be in attendance this Saturday, along with fellow first timer Aaron Gobert of Erion Honda. Josh Hayes of Erion Honda and teammate to Aaron Gobert will attend for the third time in three years, and Jordan Motorsport's Jake Holden a Washington state resident - will attend for his fourth year in a row. David Alan Grier has graciously offered his comedic services once again, and will join in on the festivities as well this Saturday to the delight of guests. All are not only attending the event, but plan to ride laps with the fundraising participants of the Seattle 100. Yates said the following about his participation in this year's Seattle 100. "I'm a parent too and though Brian has asked me to attend the past couple of years, I've not been able to make it. This year, as a dad to two young kids, I thought it would be a good thing to lend my support, and I'm looking forward to it. Should be a great time for a great cause." Yates is currently the #1 plate holder in the AMA Superstock series. Brian Orton and Mark DeGross both would like to thank Renton Motorcycles, Cycle Barn, Ride Motorsports, Leo Vince USA, Skagit Powersports, Kibble & Prentice, SB Motorsports and Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association for their generous contributions to this year's fundraiser, which takes place at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA. The event will be open to the general public from 10am until 3pm, and attendance is encouraged. Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for children. For more information, visit www.2-fast.org or email Brian Orton at brian@2-fast.org. Industry inquiries are welcomed.