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Brea, CA (September 13, 2021) - During this weekend's penultimate round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Suzuki Motor USA, LLC and Team Hammer saw GSX-R pilots collect three more race wins, five additional podiums, and two national championships in MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing competition.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki's emerging superstar, Sean Dylan Kelly, transformed his childhood ambitions into reality by clinching the 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport crown.
'SDK' did so in his inimitable fashion, showcasing the trademark daring and racecraft that got him to this point. Despite the temptation to play it safe with a big championship lead in hand, the 19-year-old instead chose to battle it out for victory both days.
On Saturday, he scored his 11th victory of the season by an impossibly tight 0.001 seconds thanks to even more last-lap heroics aboard his GSX-R600. On Sunday, he earned his 15th podium of the year, missing out on a 12th victory by just 0.040 in second position, which was more than enough to claim the Supersport throne.
"This is very emotional," Kelly said after being handed the ceremonial number one plate. "I've been working really hard for this. My family and I put everything on the line and it's been tough. My parents have given everything they've had for me to get to this point. We never stopped fighting.
"I want to thank everyone who has supported me and pushed me since I started racing. This is my first national championship and it's a dream come true. I fought for this. I had a lot of doubters last year, thinking I wasn't good enough, but I came back stronger this year and did what I needed to do to win.
"Thank you to M4 ECSTAR Suzuki for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. And thanks to all my guys for sacrificing so much to make sure the bike was always as good as it could be."
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