Chris Clark

About


I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born and raised here my whole life. My family has been here since the 1930s. My grandfather started up a beverage company when they first got here. He and a partner were the distributors for all the alcohol in Southern Nevada. From there, it broke off and went exclusive Anheuser-Busch. We cover most of Southern Nevada, which is a pretty big portion. We also had a car dealership for 70 years and motorcycle dealership, which both just recently closed down.

As a kid, I didn’t really have an interest in racing. It was actually my brother who was into racing. When we were 10 and 11, we got into bandolero racing. From there, we moved into go-karts and junior drag cars. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I got into motorcycle riding. My brother wasn’t that into it, but I’ve been doing it since.

My first year racing was 2007. I won the 2008 AMA Horizon Award, and in 2009, I rode for Pat Clark and Bazzaz Performance and had Ben Bostrom as my teammate in 2010. 2011 was the first year with the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team. This year, I’m riding for Yoshimura Suzuki with Blake Young as my teammate.

Recently, I moved to Yoshimura Suzuki. I wasn’t sure what to expect going from the Yamaha to the Suzuki. They are quite different, but I was surprised how well I adapted to the Suzuki. The first time I rode it was at the Dunlop Tire test at Daytona last season. I ended up going one second faster than I’ve ever gone there first time on the bike. I was really amazed how quickly I could pick up speed. We tested at Chuckwalla, and the Suzuki’s a great bike. I was a little disappointed with my finish at Daytona, but I was a little nervous and over rode it a little bit. On Saturday (Race Two), I was a little more relaxed. When we tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and we weren’t too far off from the front runners. I’m excited to head to Road Atlanta and keep the momentum moving forward.

Career Highlights

2011 - Raced in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, finishing eighth in the point standings with nine Top 10s, including a season-high best finish of sixth at Miller Motorsports Park.  Raced for Y.E.S./Pat Clark Motorsports on a Yamaha.

2010 - Highest finish of ninth in both races at Road Atlanta in his first season of National Guard American SuperBike competition.

2009 - Finished sixth in the AMA Pro SuperSport West point standings.

2008 - Received the AMA Sports Road Race Horizon Award.  Won AMA Grand Championships Expert Unlimited Superbike, AMA Grand Championships Expert Unlimited GP and WERA West 750 Superbike Expert Championships.

2007 - Won a combined eight novice championships.

2006 - Started road racing in WERA.

Early Career - Began his racing career in karting.