Returning to the AMA American Superbike class on the Championship proven cross plane crankshaft YZF R1 is 2008 AMA Horizon Award Winner Chris Clark. New to the AMA American Superbike class last season, Chris finished twelfth in his rookie season in the class with two top ten finishes coming at the Road Atlanta round of the series. With the new Yamaha Extended Service/Pat Clark Sports/ Graves Motorsports Team behind him, Chris is looking forward to kicking off the season in Daytona this March.
Chris began his racing career early by competing in junior dragster and go karting events all over the country and was successful in winning a national championship as well as two club championships. He moved on to road racing in 2006 at age 14. One year later in 2007 Chris began his racing career in WERA West. He went on to dominate the WERA West Novice class and ended the season with top point standings in B Superbike & B Superstock classes. In 2007, he won a combined total of eight novice championships, six of which were national events, including podium standings at both WERA Grand National Finals and CCS Race of Champions. At the beginning of this year Chris began working with the Bazzaz Performance team and by the end of the season had achieved a tremendous honor when he was presented with the AMA Sports Road Race Horizon Award, which recognizes the amateur competitor with the best prospects for a successful professional career. He also earned National #1 plates in Expert Unlimited Grand Prix and Expert Unlimited Superbike at the AMA Road Race Grand National Championships.