Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura Revving it Up at the
Starting Gate for 2007
Dustin Wimmer and Doug Gust the "Double
Chino, CA – March 6, 2007 – Doug Gust and
Dustin Wimmer, duly dubbed the "Double D's", are
on their way to Pell City, Alabama to kick off
the season opener for the ATVA GNC. With a new
look, new sponsors, new mechanics, and a new
rider – everyone involved with the team is
jumping at the bit to get out there and watch it
all come together.
Most of you recall the highlight of last
season when Gust and Wimmer were battling down
the short stretch to the checkers at Englishtown
for a nail-biting finale to the WPSA season.
With the addition of Wimmer to the Suzuki squad,
2007 has every promise of being the most
exciting season ever on four wheels.
Returning to the WPSA as champion, Doug Gust
is stoked about seeing his former rival in
yellow. "I'm really looking forward to an all
out contest with Dustin. Now that we're both on
LT-R450s with all the same bells and whistles,
it will be a match race out there and it's going
to get exciting."
First year factory rider Dustin Wimmer is
also gunning for a win. "I've been training hard
in the off-season and am ready to race. I intend
to come out strong in Pell City and not look
back." Lap times during training sessions show
young Wimmer to be on the gas. But then again,
so is Gust. With Gust turning 40 this year and
Wimmer still one year shy of 21, there will be
fans out there who will just be rooting for
their own demographic.
Ace Yoshimura engine builder Ryan Cox has
been busy making ever-larger horsepower numbers
in the off season. "It's been a challenging
development season," Cox said. "In addition to
the normal engine development, we also have a
lower Db pipe requirement (99Db) mandated from
AMA. The new sound level sent us to the dyno's
but we worked out a good combination that the
riders seem to like."
Off-season races showed the LT-R450 Suzuki's
plenty competitive. Wimmer pretty well decimated
the competition at the first ITP Quad Cross
event at Glen Helen with the Yoshimura built
motor powering him away from his competitors.
Suspension man Ricky Strickland has been
dialing in the already great handling Suzuki as
well. "These things work so well that there's
not much more we really need to do. The Fox
shocks and Walsh suspension pieces work so well
together that it makes my job easy. The two
riders like different set ups, but we got the
things working like slot cars."
Suzuki main man Rod Lopusnak is excited about
getting this team in action. "We're really
excited about the new direction of the team.
Jeremiah is doing an incredible job as team
coordinator, the new mechanics are top notch,
and Dustin joining the team is just awesome.
We're really excited about defending WPSA and
being back on ESPN 2 as well as racing in the
In addition to Team MSR/Pro
Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura, Lost Creek Cycles has
been added as a Suzuki support team and Joe
Haavisto will be joining Jason "Dunk"
Dunkelberger. Kevin Mummah's new team will be
called Team Lost Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki.
You will also find young Russell Shumaker
near the Team pits this year. For the third
year, Russell be a Suzuki factory support rider
and will be racing in some A Class races and
some select Pro Class events. Russell was the
Four Stroke A Class Champion in 2006 and third
in the Production A Class, walking away with 17
podium finishes between the two.
The semi got a paint job in the off-season
and is ready for action. Yoshimura's Brant
Russell explains that it was a lot of work, "We
had a lot of maintenance on the rig this year.
We had to replace the D-rails in the floor, fix
some cabinets - the usual stuff. Plus- we
repainted the whole thing and put new graphics
on, to reflect the new sponsorship with Pro
Taper and MSR. There will be some surprises
coming up in the near future, so look for the
truck to change a little bit more." More to
TEAM MSR/PRO TAPER/SUZUKI/YOSHIMURA
Maxxis – Douglas – Repsol – Pro Aluminum – AFAM
– BMC Filters – Galfer – PowerMadd – CV Products
– Full Bore – Motion Pro – Liquid Performance –
Walsh – Fox Shocks – NGK – Hinson Clutch –
Precision Racing Products – VP Fuels – Quad Tech
– RPM – Arai – Mechanix Wear – One Industries