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If he can stop crashing, he could run with the leaders next season...



Team M4 EMGO Suzuki Signs Cory West

Nov 01, 2007

From a press release issued by Team Hammer, Inc.

CORY WEST SIGNS WITH TEAM M4 EMGO SUZUKI

Cory West has signed a 2008-season contract with Team Hammer, Inc., which races as Team M4 EMGO Suzuki in the AMA National Series. West will race in the AMA Supersport class.

"It's my first time racing for a big team and I'm really excited about it," said West. "I got a sneak peak at the MOTO-ST race of how the organization works. It will be great racing with a professional, first-class crew. I enjoy riding 600s and think it's a good class for me. I have raced against the team's bikes before so I know they are really competitive from trying to beat them in the past. I'm excited to see what I can do next year."

West's family has a long history in professional motorcycle racing. A third-generation racer, West, 23, first raced in dirt track and has competed as a privateer in the AMA Series in recent years. He was named AMA Superbike Rookie of the Year in 2004. West finished the 2007 AMA season ninth in Formula Xtreme points, his first finish inside the top 10 in an AMA Championship. The Eureka Springs, Arkansas, native is known for his aggressive style on the track. His competition number is 13.

On October 20, West teamed with Chris Ulrich and Gary Mason on a Suzuki SV1000S entered by Team Hammer, Inc. in the 8-Hours of Daytona MOTO-ST event, under the Roadracingworld.com banner. The trio won the race, with West riding the final stint.

"We're really looking forward to working with Cory next year," said M4 EMGO Suzuki Crew Chief Keith Perry. "We've watched him have some good moments out there, some good rides that were on the cusp of being exceptional races for him. Our goal is to help him raise it to the next level, to run in the top five on our Suzuki GSX-R600. We're going to give him a good bike and work with him and and see how he comes along. He's a down-to-earth kid, with a lot of good qualities about him. He wants to work hard and earn success."

West's contract includes options for the 2009 and 2010 AMA seasons.
 

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I think it's gonna be good for him. I think the Team Hunter thing kind of turned into a mess...the AMA didn't want Team Hunter at the Superbike events doing their filming. I don't know the caliber of the bike he was on, but I doubt that it had the support that Keith and the boys out of the Hammer shop are going to be able to afford him.

It's gonna be pretty cool. Will certainly be exciting, right?
 

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Looking forward to seeing what he can do with that one. I love watching him ride.
 

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Cory West is a great up and coming rider. He has something to prove. Go get em.
 

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Good for him, hes a helluva rider that deserves a shot on a top notch team.
 

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Yep, Corey ran awesome at Daytona despite two DNF's (a crash and a mechanical)...that trend seemed to follow him all season and it appeared to begin wearing on him a bit. Hopefully a change of scenary and a better team will prop him back up!
 

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Yes, this is great news, very happy for Corey, he's a really nice guy. He and Chuck were a blast to hang around with.

SD, not sure what you mean about Team Hunter turning into a mess. They gave him a fair amount of support. The AMA might not have been excited about a sponsor of that nature being involved but I don't recall any problems between them. The Hunter crew always followed the rules and didn't attempt to do any filming. They are actually a pretty cool group and big motorcycle racing enthusiasts. Screw it if the AMA didn't like it, they haven't lifted a finger to help find sponsors for the riders in their series let alone a privateer.

The bike was pretty good as Fat Chuck is an awesome mechanic and the Yamaha squad were helping as much as they were allowed. I think you're right though, he probably will have better equipment/data where he is going.

Here's a couple of pics from our time together at Mid Ohio where we shared a garage and I'd follow Corey out for practice or qualifying in hopes of getting a good tow. He was wicked fast there!



 

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Congrats to Corey. He will only be contesting Supersport next season, correct?
 
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