Chris Ulrich's passengers loved the experience, thrilled by a couple of laps at the limit, perched on the small back seat of the number 18 Suzuki GSX-R. The fun and the requests kept rolling in, because everyone wants to feel like a professional rider for a day.
And so, the Dunlop M4 Suzuki Two-Seat Superbike program is back, providing special guests and VIPs in the MotoAmerica paddock with the chance to enjoy one of the 10 tracks on the calendar from a position that is extremely privileged and... adrenaline charged!
Just like Randy Mamola did in 500 and MotoGP with Yamaha and Ducati two-seaters, Chris Ulrich (no relation to Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich) “subjects” his passengers to ultra late braking, wheelies and knee-dragging corners. Chris explains what being the rider at the controls of this interesting initiative means to him, an initiative that completely involves those who have the desire - and the courage - to take on the experience: "It’s one of my most favorite things about going to the MotoAmerica races - Ulrich commented - and it’s an honor to share my sport with the fans. Last year, we sold out at most tracks and we expect a similar response this season."
Wayne Rainey, ever attentive, also commented on the program. The President of the American series always has a watchful eye on everything and nothing in the paddock escapes his attention: "There's no better way than the Dunlop M4 Suzuki Two-Seat program to show fans, media and VIPs what our sport is all about, putting them on the back of a Superbike - and if the former 500 title-holder says so, it must be true - In fact, they always get off the bike smiling and with a total understanding and appreciation of what motorcycle road racing is all about and what it takes for our riders to actually race at speed."
The great thing about it is that the money donated by the guest passengers goes to the Roadracing World Action Fund, which raises money to buy and deploy soft barriers made by Airfence and Alpina. As always, MotoAmerica has important and critical situations at heart.