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 Chris Peris Gets first AMA Podium, VIR 2008



AMA Superstock Championship Presented by Dynojet
VIRginia International Raceway
Alton, Virginia
August 17, 2008
Provisional Race Results:

1. Aaron Yates (Suz GSX-R1000), Dunlop, 15 laps
2. Jake Holden (Hon CBR1000RR), Dunlop, -9.882 seconds
3. Chris Peris (Suz GSX-R1000), Dunlop, -13.955
4. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000), Pirelli, -16.541
5. Geoff May (Suz GSX-R1000), Dunlop, -26.031

Provisional Championship Point Standings:

1. Yates, 278 points
2. Holden, 242
3. May, 218
4. Young, 203
5. Peris, 184

More, from a press release issued by American Suzuki:

Suzuki’s Chris Peris takes his first Superstock podium

Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki’s Aaron Yates won his fourth AMA Superstock race of the season on Sunday afternoon at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. The two-time AMA Superstock Champion started from pole position on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and got the holeshot. Within a few laps, he was busy defending his lead when a red flag was thrown. In the restart, Yates got a good start and continued to battle for the lead, eventually making an impressive pass and taking the win with a few laps to go. Suzuki’s Chris Peris rounded out the podium, thanks to a strong third-place result. This is not only Peris’ first AMA Superstock podium finish but also his first ever AMA podium. Currently, Yates leads the overall championship points chase, while Peris is in fifth place.

Chris Peris:
“I couldn’t be happier about getting my first AMA podium. My uncle and my dad work really hard for me and support me out of their own pocket, and it’s great to kind of pay them back by getting a podium finish.”





Team Release: Blackfoot Picotte Suzuki Team Reports On Shubenacadie Print E-mail
August 14, 2008
Chris Peris nets Superbike podium and Sport Bike 600 win at Shubenacadie!

Shubenacadie, NS. August 10, 2008


The second double-header week end of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship 2008 season was held in mixed weather conditions at Shubenacadie, near Halifax. The tightest track visited by the championship tour, it features drastic grade changes and a mixture of tight corners within 2.56 bumpy kilometres, putting a premium on traction and handling agility in addition to demanding high physical efforts on the riders. As a departure from the previous rounds at Mosport which produced very tight finishes, three of the four races saw relative domination, especially from Chris Peris who won the Sunday Super Sport 600 race by over 7 seconds aboard his GSX-R600.

Once again, Fast Man Chris Peris gained solid race experience as well as a victory in Sport Bike 600 and a 3rd in Superbike over the weekend. “We come here to win, and I had good bikes in both classes, but the track was more uneven than I remembered. Qualifying went OK, not great, (5th in Superbike and 3rd in Sport Bike 600) but we still needed to work on race set-ups for the Superbike”.

Peris built up a gap on the field during the Saturday 600 race, but things went wrong at mid-distance. “I was having trouble spotting my pit board on the short pit straight, and thought I was hearing a pack of bike just behind me. I did the only thing I could think of and put all I had into gapping them”. In fact he was 4 seconds to the good and could have eased his pace somewhat and still get the win. “So here I was destroying my tires needlessly, and sure enough I made a mistake and fell.” On Sunday, Peris fought for the lead off the start, and then gradually started to fall back behind the leader until justice played a hand in the proceedings. “I was kind of thinking that second was going to be it, until the leader fell and I won easily from there”.

In Superbike, Peris was riding a GSX-R750 instead of the 1000. “Shubie is very tight and we thought that a more nimble machine would be quicker than the more brutal big bike. We were correct; as the 750 was turning quicker lap times that the big bikes. The only problem was that if a 1000 got in front of me, it would block me in the corners and run away from me on the short straights thanks to the greater torque”. Starting from 5th after two small mistakes in qualifying, Peris needed great starts, from the second row, to get out front and benefit from the nimbleness of the 750 and keep the lead. “I got good starts in both races, but not good enough to get the lead. I then ran up against slower 1000 bikes and could not bull my way through”. That meant 3rd on Saturday and 4th on Sunday, just off the podium. “Watch us at the Shannonville final. We will be good there in both races, I am sure!”

Team leader Pascal Picotte was impressed with the overall efforts from all three riders and personnel. “We had a tough week end with multiple crashes, so there was plenty of work to do and we presented front running machines in every event. I continued to work very closely with Chris (Peris) as I feel that we can help him learn to manage his races better, to go along with his incredible raw speed and produce optimal results. We lost a 600 race on Saturday when Chris fell while in the lead by 4 seconds. There is gold there, and it is up to the whole team to put it to good use. Shannonville will be spectacular, I promise!”

Team Release: Blackfoot Picotte Racing Suzuki's Mosport Report Print E-mail
July 23, 2008
Incredibly close racing at Mosport yields a Sport Bike 600 win for Chris Peris, as well as two additional podium finishes within one second of the winner!

Bowmanville, ON. July 20, 2008

Chris Peris

The first double header week end of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship 2008 season took place over mixed conditions at the world famous high-speed track just East of Toronto. Intermittent rain played havoc with Sunday racing, and coincidentally produced the closest racing seen in Canada in years, in both Superbike and Sport Bike 600 classes. Three of the four races were determined by packs of racers criss-crossing each other over the last 100 meters to the checked flag.

Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing figured prominently in every battle, with Chris Peris winning the Sunday Sport Bike 600 race by a comfortable 2.75 sec. after 14 hard laps, as well as ending up third in the Saturday 600 race, by 0.316 sec. Francis Martin was third in the Saturday Superbike race, 0.460 sec behind the winner, and fifth on Sunday, 0.995 behind at the end. Young Mat McBride was unlucky, with mechanical issues and on-track incidents pushing him down in the results.

Team Principal Pascal Picotte was satisfied with the progress of the team over the long week end. “We really started to come together as three rider teams communicating and working more effectively together, and the results showed this despite mixed racing luck. We went back to 2007 settings for Francis Martin and he was more comfortable and aggressive right away. Mat McBride and his team, led by Dale Rathwell, got both their bike right on the race pace, with a front row starting sport in Superbike and fifth on the 600 grid. He seemed to get a little nervous in each race as he realised that he was aboard winning machines and it was up to him to deliver in a pressure-filled environment. He is quick and getting better every time out, and I am looking for a win from him later this year.”

Fast man Chris Peris has a frantic week end, fighting in the lead pack in all four races. “This was the best racing I have seen in a long time, in Canada or the rest of the world. Four or five guys were always fighting for the lead, and this was the most fun I have had (on the track) in a long time. The Saturday 600 race started well for me, with a good set up and the qualifying lap record. I was planning my move on the final lap, to slip by everyone up the straight and hang on to the flag, but missed a shift coming on to the straight. This killed my drive, and I ended up third at the finish”.

For the Sunday 600 race, the team made extensive changes to the bike and Chris took the start with an untried machine, a very different one from Saturday. “We all took a gamble and it worked. From fifth on the first lap, I went through the pack and won by almost 3 seconds. Give me more like that!”

In Superbike, Chris was slowed by an electrical problem in the Super Pole and qualified ninth for both races. “I had a good start in the Saturday race and got up to the lead pack with 6 laps to go. I was preparing my last lap charge when a lapped rider got in my way and forced me way off the line, and down to 5th at the end. Sunday, I was 6th after one lap and was fourth when the race was stopped. “I ran out of time, as the bike was a winner and I know I had the win in the bag if the race had run full length. Heck, I fell on the last lap and we still came in fifth!”

Chris knows and likes Shubenacadie, where the next round will take place. “I am looking for two wins there – no problems!”


Peris Rides To Wet 600 Victory Sunday At Mosport

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July 20, 2008
Chris Peris pulls away from the 600 Sport Bike field in the opening laps Sunday at Mosport.

 Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Race Results from Round 4 Sunday at Mosport International Raceway

Pos No. Name Hometown Laps Best Tm In Lap Diff Make Model/Engine Comment
1 3 Chris Peris Calgary, AB 14 1:39.727 3 - Suzuki GSX-R600
2 1 Jordan Szoke Brantford, ON 14 1:39.610 14 +2.725 Kawasaki ZX-6R
3 34 Kevin Lacombe Granby, QC 14 1:39.788 11 +2.871 Yamaha YZF-6R
4 78 Karl Daigle Granby, QC 14 1:42.060 2 +33.020 Kawasaki ZX-6R
5 26 Andrew Nelson Kars, ON 14 1:42.011 12 +33.491 Yamaha YZF-R6
6 801 Alex Welsh Uxbridge, ON 14 1:43.886 3 +1:12.669 Triumph 675
7 2 Sean Heydorn Stouffville, ON 14 1:45.301 7 +1:22.795 Honda CBR600RR
8 76 Louie Raffa St. Marthe 13 1:46.776 3 1 Lap Yamaha YZF-R6
9 69 Zenon Nelson Bowmanville, ON 13 1:50.915 13 +43.423 Suzuki GSX-R600
10 19 Pat Barnes Scarbrough, ON 13 1:50.370 9 +43.484 Yamaha YZF-R6

In action at Mosport, Peris led all the way in the rain to win the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike race on his Suzuki GSX-R600. The Calgary rider finished 2.725 secs. ahead of points leader Szoke on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. Szoke passed Lacombe’s Yamaha YZF-R6 on the final lap and the Granby, Que. rider settled for third.
“I was definitely confident going into the rain,” Peris said. “I just put my head down the first few laps. That was kind of the plan. I didn’t want to be racing the other guys in these conditions.”



Superbike Win For McBain After Rain Starts To Fall At Mosport Print E-mail
July 20, 2008
Clint McBain leads Jordan Szoke(1), Kevin Lacombe (hidden), Chris Peris (3), and Francis Martin on his way to Superbike victory at Mosport.

Sunday's Round 4 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Mosport International Raceway was red-flagged after only 11 laps completed out of the originally scheduled 20 laps. Conditions at the time the race was started were dry, however rain started to fall just past the halfway point in the feature event. 

UNOFFICIAL Parts Canada Superbike Race Results from Round 4 at Mosport International Raceway

Pos No. Name Hometown Laps Best Tm In Lap Diff Make Model/Engine Comment
1 9 Clint McBain Cochrane, AB 11 1:22.329 7 - Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 1 Jordan Szoke Brantford, ON 11 1:22.344 7 +0.306 Kawasaki ZX-10R
3 34 Kevin Lacombe Granby, QC 11 1:22.504 7 +0.677 Yamaha YZF-R1
4 3 Chris Peris Calgary, AB 11 1:22.610 7 +0.671 Suzuki GSX-R1000
5 16 Francis Martin Sherbrooke, QC 11 1:22.854 6 +0.995 Suzuki GSX-R1000
6 13 Matthew McBride Mississauga, ON 11 1:22.873 6 +9.698 Suzuki GSX-R1000 + 5 Seconds
Jump Start
7 265 Chris Murray-Audain Scarbrough, ON 11 1:24.301 3 +22.629 Kawasaki ZX-10R
8 78 Karl Daigle Granby, QC 11 1:24.818 8 +31.601 Kawasaki ZX-6R
9 14 Steve Crevier Maple Ridge, BC 11 1:25.911 2 +32.605 Buell 1125R
10 723 Andrew Dunlap Truro, NS 11 1:25.244 7 +32.879 Kawasaki ZX-10R
11 81 Jeremy Stepper Calgary, AB 11 1:25.401 4 +33.097 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Team Release: Calgary Report From Team Suzuki's News Service

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July 3, 2008


Acceleration Racing's Clint McBain scored a convincing victory on his Alberta Cycle, Suzuki Dealer Group-sponsored GSX-R1000 at round two of the Parts Canada Superbike Championships at Race City Speedway in Calgary, Alberta. 

After missing the first round due to a shoulder injury, McBain was on a mission to get back into championship contention at the Calgary round.  When he set an all-out new lap record in qualifying on Friday at 1:15:751 there was no questioning his readiness for the race and in the final, he took his GSX-R1000 across the line with a 9:259 second margin of victory ahead of current champion, Jordan Szoke. 

A total of six Suzuki GSX-R1000s finished in the top 10 including Team Suzuki/ Blackfoot Direct/ Picotte Performance riders Chris Peris (4th), Francis Martin (6th) and Matt McBride (7th).

The Yoshimura Pro 600 race turned into a heated four-way battle among the leaders with Team Suzuki/ Blackfoot Direct/ Picotte Performance rider Chris Peris right in the middle of the intense action. Peris had moved his GSX-R600 into second place and was looking to make a move on Szoke for the lead when the race was red-flagged. With 15 laps completed, the race was declared official and Peris took home second place honors on his GSX-R600. 

Team mate Matt McBride brought his GSX-R600 across the stripe in sixth place with local Calgary rider John Ross MacRae coming in eighth on his GSX-R600.

In the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 race the real action was the battle for third place:  Jodi Christie had secured the lead with Suzuki GSX-R600-mounted Patrick Marques following in second while further back, Suzuki GSX-R600-mounted Martin Grande was having a fierce battle with Marcel Irnie. The two riders battled back and forth, changing positions numerous times and on the final lap, Grande made a slight error coming out of Race City's famous "Bus Stop". While averting a crash, Grande had to settle for fourth place and heads back East tied for second place in the championship with Suzuki-mounted Patrick Marques.

The Suzuki SV Cup race provided fans with the most entertaining battle for victory of the day.  Round one winner John Jarvie had his hands full with the challenge mounted by 14-year-old sensation Cody Matechuk. Just missing the podium in round one, Matechuk was now at his home track and ready to take on all comers in the Suzuki SV Cup race.  Although it was Jarvie's first visit to Race City, he came to terms quickly with the circuit and was awarded Pole position in qualifying action. Matechuk, who also happens to be Superbike winner, Clint McBain's step-son, was not about to be denied victory on his home track and losing out on pole gave him even more incentive for race day. The SV Cup race was the best back and forth battle of the weekend with Matechuk taking the victory over Jarvie by 0.882 seconds.

From a release issued by the Team Suzuki Press Office


Series Press Release: CALGARY’S PERIS EYES HOME RUN Print E-mail
June 18, 2008


TORONTO, Ont. – Having already tasted the excitement of international competition once, Calgary motorcycle road racer Chris Peris would like nothing better than to get back onto the world stage.
But for 2008 the 21-year-old has his sights squarely focused on the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, this country’s premier racing series.
Peris and his Calgary-based Team Suzuki/Blackfoot/Picotte Racing team will resume their quest for the national title at Race City Motorsports Park June 27-29. The squad is coming off a tough start to the campaign at Calabogie Motorsport Park, near Ottawa. Peris crashed out of both the Parts Canada Superbike and Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike races while running at the front, leaving him with a lot of ground to make up in the remainder of the seven-round series.
But Peris is optimistic heading into his home event.
“We should be in pretty good shape,” he said. “We’ll be going into Race City with the bikes a little better than they were at Calabogie. The team has been working hard and we’ve been making progress with the set-up. We keep going the right way, we keep getting closer.”
Peris has returned to Canada this summer after spending most of the past two seasons trying to make the grade in the World Supersport Championship, one of the top racing series on the planet. But Peris found running with a relatively small team and with little experience in international racing a tough challenge.
“There are very few teams running on such huge budgets,” he explained. “We were definitely one of the smaller teams and it was pretty tough. It would be nice to ride on one of the bigger teams with a little more experience. That’s my goal down the road.”
Frustrated with his lack of success in Europe, Peris put together a deal for 2008 to ride Suzukis in the AMA Superbike Championship in the United States. But fresh off the opening round of that series in Daytona in March, he got the call to replace two-time national Superbike champion Pascal Picotte on the Canadian factory Suzuki team.
“It’s great being able to just show up and ride for a big factory team,” said Peris. “Before we were always racing on our own and we always seemed to be that little bit behind, and running late, and not quite as well prepared. It’s a good feeling being able to just show up and race.”
Peris seemed to take little time adjusting to his new environment. He was second quickest to two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke during two days of preseason testing in Jennings, Fla. in April. Then he was right on the frontrunning pace when the Canadian series kicked off at Calabogie in late May.

Peris led the first eight laps of the 14-lap Pro 600 Sport Bike race on his Suzuki GSX-R600 before being passed by Szoke. He was lining up a move to retake the lead with two laps to go when he fell.
“I was pushing the front end a little more towards the end of the race,” Peris recalled, “and I just ended up tucking the front end.”
Peris bruised his leg quite badly in the crash but was able to take part in the Superbike event later in the day. Riding his Suzuki GSX-R1000, he was in a battle for third place with teammate Matt McBride when the pair collided going into turn 1.
“We were coming up on a lapper and I passed on the inside and I guess Matt went around the outside,” Peris said. “We just ended up tangling together.”
Peris will be hoping his fortunes improve at Race City, a venue where he has had success in the past. He won the Pro 600 Sport Bike event there in 2004.
“It’s a difficult track,” he explained. “If you’re leading you really need to break away, because with the long straight it’s very easy for someone to draft you. I think definitely the race next weekend could go right down to the wire.”
A strong result next weekend will put Peris on track toward a potential first career Canadian Superbike title, and maybe another shot on the international stage.
“I would definitely like to get back there [to Europe],” he said. “I wouldn’t mind getting on a World Superbike. But right now my focus is on this season. That’s the priority.”


Round 2 of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship will be held at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary June 27-29. The event is the second of seven races at five venues for Canada’s premier motorcycle road racing series.

The Track: Race City Motorsport Park is a 3.2km (2.0-mile), 11-turn road course. This will be the 27th Canadian Superbike event at the track, which has the second longest tenure on the national tour.

Weekend Schedule: Practice will be held Friday, June 27 with qualifying for all classes on Saturday afternoon. Feature races will run Sunday afternoon.

Team Release: Team Suzuki's Report From Round 1 At Calabogie


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May 29, 2008

MIXED WEEKEND AT CALABOGIE: Podium in Pro 600 Sport Bike – Bad Race Luck in Superbike 
Calabogie, ON. May 25, 2008

Francis Martin

The first round of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship took place at this scenic new race track just outside of Ottawa, and saw mixed fortunes for the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki riders.

The challenge facing Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki for this first round was enormous, and Team Manager Pascal Picotte knew that they were up to the task: “With three top line riders, our team members had to prepare five different race bikes plus the same number of spare machines. Our pre season testing has gone very well, and new rider Chris Peris, from Calgary, is on the pace with both the GSX-R1000 Superbike and the GSX-R600 Sport Bike. Returning veteran Francis Martin will concentrate on the Superbike class this year and always goes well during the race, while newcomer Matt McBride is adapting quickly to his new team.” Three days of testing allowed the riders to learn the tricks of the new track, with rolling hills, off-camber turns and short straights, as the team worked hard to tune the suspensions for the unique layout.

Fast man Chris Peris knew that he had a shot at podium finishes and a win in both races. “I got a great start and was leading in 600 Sport Bike, with three riders right behind me. Late in the race, I dropped to second and was mounting an attack when the bike got away from me. I was OK except for a bruised right leg”. This injury did not augur well for the Superbike race, as Calabogie is very physical track, and Peris was not comfortable hanging off the bike in the corners. “With two laps to go in the Superbike race, I lapped a slower rider going into the first corner and got hit from behind, unfortunately by my team mate Matt McBride, and we both went down. After this bad weekend, I am looking forward to going home to Calgary for the next round. I know the track better than anyone else, so watch out for us!”

Former two-time Canadian Superbike Champion Francis Martin spent the week end fighting the flu as well as the competition. “I did not get any sleep Friday or Saturday night, which affected my ability to adjust the Superbike to track conditions. I am racing only the Superbike this year, which means I can concentrate all my attention and that of my team to one bike, but I do miss the additional track time I would get if I also raced a 600 Super Sport.” In the Superbike race, Martin did not get his usual hole-shot start, and spent the race fighting his way back to the front. “I was off form towards the end of the race and just lost third place at the checkered flag. I like Calgary, and will be healthy by then. My target there is a podium finish, no less. I have the bike to do it – It’s up to me to deliver.”

Matt McBride was looking to learn about all the elements of his new team: crew chief and mechanics, suspension tuner, new bikes, and the track. His week end went smoothly right from the start and Matt’s motivation seemed to build over the week end, culminating with an excellent third place in the 600 Super Sport race. “The handling of my GSX-R600 was excellent over the first two thirds of the race, and I was able to stay close to the lead pack. For the last part of the race, the tires started to slide too much, especially the front, so I concentrated on smoothness and it paid off with a third place fininh”. Matt was primed for the Superbike race and was a fighting fifth with two laps to go, when he became embroiled in an incident with team mate Chris Peris. “That was bad luck at the end of the Superbike race. Leaving Calabogie with no Superbike points is a bummer, but we will be strong in Calgary, and I want to be fighting with Chris again there, but for the lead this time!”

The second round of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship will be held June 26 to 29 at Race City Motorsport Park, in Calgary, AB.

Peris Joins McBride And Martin On Team Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing Lineup Print E-mail
March 13, 2008
Chris Peris, shown last week in Daytona where he won the ASRA Superstock event, joins the factory Suzuki squad for 2008.

Suzuki Canada and Blackfoot Picotte Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Peris to the team for the 2008 season.

The 21-year-old Calgary native, who is replacing a recuperating Pascal Picotte, will join two-time Superbike Champion Francis Martin and up-and-comer Matt McBride to contest the Parts Canada Superbike and Yoshimura Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike Championships.

“We’re quite excited to have a young gun like Chris join our team. Chris has never really had a chance to contest a full championship series and giving him the ride on Team Suzuki will allow him to really show his stuff this year,” said Suzuki Canada’s Nathan Naslund. “I think all in all we have a perfect mix teaming Chris and Matt with veterans like Francis and Pascal. We’re sorry to see that Pascal won’t be able to ride, but using his experience for setup, and mentoring both Chris and Matt, will give the team a very good chemistry.”

Calgary-based Blackfoot Racing’s Pat Chambers echoed Naslund’s sentiments saying that the signing of Peris infuses the team with the kind of synergy it needs to win a national championship. Chambers mentioned he has had his eye on Peris for a number of years and that he is happy to finally have him as a rider on Team Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing.

Despite his young age, Peris is a much respected rider who has been heralded as one of the future stars of Canadian road racing. Although he has never raced a full season in Canada, Peris has put together an impressive record on home soil that includes many podium finishes. In addition to providing team support for Martin and McBride, Peris has to be considered a realistic contender in both Superbike and Pro 600, something Naslund and Chambers are well aware.

“I’m really happy to be joining Team Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing for the upcoming championship season. It’s kind of nice to be racing for a hometown team. I’ve always worked with teams that are so far away.” said Peris. “It should be interesting working with the team and especially Pascal, who I’ve always looked up to. I know I’ll have nothing but the best equipment at my disposal which is a real confidence builder going into a season.”

Peris, who recently won the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Series Superstock final at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, has a wealth of international experience under his belt. Last year, he raced the first half of the World Supersport series in Europe and the remainder of the season in the U.S. Peris has also raced in New Zealand and Australia.

“For a number of years my focus has been outside of Canada, but the opportunity to race for an established factory team like Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte, with a lot of good guys who have been in the sport for a long time, is definitely a step forward in my career and more than reason enough to give a good run for a Canadian championship,” said Peris.

Although Picotte will be on the sidelines this season in order to properly recover from the cumulative effect of injuries sustained since 2005, he will continue to function as team manager. According to Picotte, who signed a two-year riding/management contract with Suzuki Blackfoot in 2007, not actually racing will put him in a position to do a much better job running the team.

“It was a hard decision to not race but my doctor said I needed to take at least a year off. Actually, I think it’s going to be very good for the team and for Suzuki. Because I don’t have to worry about racing myself, I will be better able to help Chris and Matt perform at a higher level. Not just the technical aspect, but the mental aspect as well,” said Picotte.

From a release issued by Team Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing

Peris Wins ASRA Superstock Final At Daytona Print E-mail
March 1, 2008

Chris Peris won Saturday afternoon’s American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Series Superstock final at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Peris, from Calgary, AB, grabbed the lead in the 8-lap race around the 2.90-mile (4.65-KM) circuit near the half-way point on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, and continued on to cross the line ahead of second place finisher Michael Barnes of Boca Raton, FL.  Lake Elsinore, CA’s Chris Ulrich completed the podium with his third place finish on another Suzuki 1000.


Chris Peris Moves From YZF-R6 To GSX-R1000 For 2008 AMA Season

Dec 07, 2007

The 2008 AMA season will see Chris Peris (21) move from the 600 classes to the 1000cc Superstock class aboard an Evan Steel Performance Suzuki GSX-R1000. The team debuted at the DIS Dunlop test, running into the 1 minute 40-second range with a best of 1:40.1 on race tires.

"I would like to thank Dunlop for inviting us; we raced 06 GSXR-1000's when we came here last march, so it was a great opportunity to get some baseline settings established, as well as some more seat time for Chris on the big bike. It’s really impressive how close the times are when you consider this is only his second outing on a 1000cc machine. We just prepped a stock 2007 Suzuki GSXR-1000, to give Chris a chance to make this test. We should be back in March with a lighter, faster bike," crew chief Steel commented.

The ESP team had a chance to run a wide variety of setups and Peris managed to put together six separate race-length stints to assess tires and setup. "Evan and Phil (Allison) gave me a lot of things to test...they probably revalved the fork and shock four times in two days. I really like riding the big bike and can't wait for the season to start. We found some tires that should be great in March. Some of the riders are saying the class won’t be as competitive without the factories in Superstock, we’ll see. I think it’s going to be fun racing the best of the class, whether they have 18 wheelers or not.” said Peris.

Mechanic Phil Allison adds "I am impressed with Chris. He is very easy to work with, and talented for sure. With some more time and development on the bike, I think it is going to be a very good year." 

The ESP team will next test at Fontana in January.

Tire Test results 2007 December


1. Ben Spies (Suzuki) 1:36.0
2. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 1:36.7
3. Eric Bostrom (Yamaha) 1:37.2
4. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) 1:37.3
4.  Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 1:37.3
6. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki) 1:37.61
7. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha) 1:37.7
8. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:38.6
9. Josh Hayes (Honda) 1:38.3
10. Akira Yanagawa (Kawasaki) 1:39.1
11. Neil Hodgson (Honda) 1:39.2
1. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 1:39.0
2. Geoff May (Suzuki) 1:39.8
3. Chris Peris (Suzuki) 1:40.1

Chris Peris, Resume, 2008


CURRENT HOME:Calgary Alberta, Canada





FIRST RACE (If not a road race):Kartgardens, finished 1st in YSR Race

FIRST ROAD RACE:Mosport, Ontario 125GP finished 1st

CURRENT RACEBIKES:Suzuki 600 and GSXr 1000  

TUNER MECHANICS:Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing and Evan Steel Performance, Fred Jolivet, AIMS data

RACE SERIES NOW COMPETING IN: Canadian National Series and AMA Superbike Series in Superstock and Superbike

SPONSORS: In Canada, Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing and in the USA, Team ESP / Dunlop / Hindle / Ohlins / GPR / Attack Performance / Maxima / Driven / ASR / Bikecards.com / Cirius Aviation / Fieldsheer / WPS / Mega-m.a.x. / Shoei / Freddie Spencer Riding School / Nick Ienatsch  

RACING ACCOMPLISHMENTS (So far): -First Canadian to get points in World Supersport Finished 3rd overall in 600 Supersport Canadian series (missed two rounds, conflicts with AMA) - Finished Top ten in AMA Extreme and Supersport all season - Best finish in AMA 2005, 4th in Extreme and 6th in Supersport - Competed in World Supersport in Misano as guest rider for Moto1 - Finished 5th place Daytona 200, 2005 - Finished 10th AMA Supersport 2004 - Finished 15th AMA Supersport 2003 - First Canadian to qualify for 125 World GP, 2002 (according to CMA) - Competed in the 125 World GP, Valencia, Spain 2002 - Finished 9th in the Canadian National series, only competed in 3 of 6 races, podium in second race 3rd place, 600 class - Diablo 125 Can-Am Challange Entered 3 events 1st in all 3 events - WSMC F3 Champion, 2001 - Max Award - National Roadracing Racing Rookie of the Year 2002 (Canada) - Rookie Amateur of the Year CMRA, 2001 - Rookie Pro of the Year CMRA 2002 - Completed the Freddie Spencer Racing School, all three levels 2007

It’s very hard to put the highs and lows of an entire season of racing into perspective but here is my best shot... Fernando Peris, Chris’ Dad


Mosport Report: Topline Printing Yamaha

Young Gun Peris Unbeatable in Hindle Pro 600 Racing at Mosport

Young Gun Chris Peris had the best weekend of his professional racing career at the Parts Canada double header weekend at Mosport International Raceway last weekend.

It started with a stunning pole position run that saw Peris complete only the first five laps of qualifying. Peris set the pole time of 1:23.9 on his third lap, and then ran two more laps within tenths, and came into the pits and parked his bike Read More...

Misano, World Supersport, 2005

Canadian young gun Chris Peris, 18, will replace Frenchman Christophe Cogan, 34, on the Moto1 Suzuki team at the Misano, Italy round of the World Supersport Championship.

Cogan, who is 18th in the World Supersport Championship standings, with a best result of 10th, after five rounds, and the Moto1 Suzuki team have parted ways, according to Peris' father Fernando. Read More...

Road America Stats

Roger Hayden qualified his ZX-6RR on the outside of Row 1, the official Kawasakis sandwiching the works Yamahas on the front row. Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies will head the second row. He'll be joined by Topline Printing's impressive Chris Peris, Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Geoff May, and MPTRacing.com's Danny Eslick. The third row will feature Attack Kawasaki's Ben Attard, third Yamaha USA pilot Damon Buckmaster, KneeDraggers.com's Robert Jensen, and local star Jason Farrell.Read More...

World Supersport Release

Interest in the Supersport championship is growing all over the world. One of the discipline's most interesting conquests is 18 year old Chris Peris, who joined the ranks of Team Moto 1 Yamaha Bikersdays this season to race alongside 2005 Superstock 1000 champion Didier Van Keymeulen. Peris is from the famous winter sports locality of Calgary, where the Winter Olympics were hosted. He is the first Canadian to race in the World Supersport Championship and aims to become one of its top riders. Peris certainly has what it takes.Read More...

2006 Schedule Options


Parts Canada Superbike

Chris Peris to Continue Diablo Racing's Winning Streak!

11/15/05: Montreal's Diablo Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Peris to their 2006 team lineup. Having competed in forty-two races in 2005, Chris earned his place with the double championship winning team through his obvious perseverance and incredible enthusiasm. Read More...

Wera Finals

Chris was the first rider to go out and pulled about a ten second lead in the first 25 laps, then a red flag came out forcing a restart. After about 10 laps the other team that was in contention for the number one plate had an engine failure. They went back out on their backup bike but that put them about 27 laps behind AOD and Chris. In endurance racing you can use your backup bike but everything you've done to that point is not counted, they went back out hoping AOD would also have a failure or crash. That didn't happen and Chris rode for about 2 hours and gave the bike back to the second rider, with a 27 lap lead. As you can imagine Army of Darkness went on to win the Championship and everything was good.Read More...


It's very hard to put the highs and lows of an entire season of racing into perspective but here is my best shot...The year started off with a fleet of new Yamaha R6s. I set out to hire the very best engine and suspension tuners I could find, as my ultimate goal was to spend the least amount of time going from privateer to having a job with a factory team.Read More...

Mid Ohio 2005

How much better can you do than finish ahead of 3 factory riders? Two of them being on Factory Yamahas.... Excellent finish. we're very happy with the progress of the team and Chris.Read More...

Fontana Round 3

There's never a good time for an engine failure, but the rare failure of the crankshaft that took Young Gun Chris Peris out of third place in Formula Xtreme at Fontana was a heartbreaker. The teenager had qualified third quickest, next to the Hondas of Zemke and DuHamel, and launched into a strong third place off the line. Two laps later the Topline Racing Yamaha sat quietly against the front-straight wall and Peris' third-place point standing was history.Read More...

Barber AMA Round 3

Young Gun Privateer Chris Peris Finishes Among Factory Riders At Barber AMA Pro Races. Chris Peris of Topline Racing put in another outstanding performance at Barber Motorsports Park backing up his stellar 5th place run in the Daytona 200. Peris, using Supersport-spec bikes on Dunlop DOT tires placed 5th in the Formula Extreme race, and 9th in the Supersport Race.Read More...

Daytona 2005, 5th Place

Peris' debut in the two-hour-long race was a veteran performance and bringing the Topline Printing R6 home in the top five was the culmination of a winters worth of training. "I knew that 68 laps at Daytona would be tough mentally and physically so I really trained hard over the winter," Peris admitted. A mix of bicycling, gym work and monthly races at Willow Springs put last-year's top-ten Supersport rider in great shape, and it all paid off March 12.Read More...

What's Up for 2005

After negotiating with several teams, Chris Peris signed a deal to ride AMA 600 Supersport and Formula Extreme for the Topline Printing race team. The 17-year old Canadian will hang the #10 he earned in '04 on a pair of Yamaha R6s, a major switch from the Suzuki GSX-R600 on which he finished tenth in the AMA series, and won a round of the Canadian Supersport championship.Read More...

10th Overall AMA 2004

VIR was the last race of the year and went without to much tension, Chris had to finish in front of Tony Merring to clinch 11th and if all went bad for Danny Eslick, Chris could come out and clinch 10th. It all went Chris way at the last race and Chris was 10th overall for 2005.Read More...

Road Atlanta

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki closed out their Road Atlanta weekend by securing three top-ten finishes. After Vincent Haskovec lost out on a top-five finish in Saturday's Formula Xtreme final due to an electrical problem, the team was committed to putting in a solid day's work on Sunday, a goal they accomplished.Read More...

Mid-Ohio 2004

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki added to Vincent Haskovec's Saturday podium finish by claiming four top-ten finishes on Sunday at Mid-Ohio. The placings were hard earned in a pair of chaotic, red-flagged halted finals.

In the day's opening Superstock race, Haskovec and his teammate Steve Rapp put their Michelin-shod GSX-R750s in contention for fifth, dicing with a huge pack of 1000cc-mounted riders for the position.Read More...

Mosport 2004

I started my journey on Sunday night at 10:00 pm, thinking I'd get a jump on the road trip. When I first planned the trip, I decided it would be to much to get Chris, to race at Laguna and then drive for 3 days and then race for 4 days and then turn around and drive to Lexington, Ohio.( Mid - Ohio) and race the Horizon Cup for 2 days and then the AMA for 4 days. These dates are all back to back. Racers pray for this much track time, until they get it, then it doesn't feel so good.Read More...

Laguna Seca 2004

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki concluded the combined AMA/World Superbike event at Laguna Seca on Sunday by picking up their second and third top-ten finishes of the weekend. In front of an announced crowd of 93,000 spectators over the three days, the squad did put in a hard-fought effort to overcome a track time disadvantage compared to their rivals and delivered solid results.Read More...

Pikes Peak 2004

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki got up to speed quickly at Pikes Peak International Raceway in the opening day of the fifth round of the 2004 AMA roadracing series. It was necessary to do so, as this weekend's event follows a two-day format as opposed to the typical three-day schedule for most AMA events.The compacted schedule meant that the squad had to be fully dialed-in for an afternoon full of final qualifying sessions in preparation of Sunday's races.Read More...


Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp ended the team's weekend at Barber Motorsports Park on a high note Sunday, claiming a pair of impressive results at the picturesque Alabama track just outside of Birmingham. The 30-year-old earned a top five finish in the highly-competitive Supersport final aboard his GSX-R600. Rapp ran with the lead group for much of the 17-lap contest held in hot but overcast weather and crossed the line in fifth as the top Suzuki-mounted rider, ahead of the manufacturer's official entries. Read More...

Daytona 2004, F-USA and AMA

The stories have slowed down, with Chris on the Valvoline EMGO, Suzuki team, it's all about results now and the stories about the drive and stuff have ended. In many ways, it's a lot easier and in every way it's a lot easier. The only part that's the same is when Chris is on the track, that's still nerve racking. Even though, he is very smooth, dad's still nervous. Read More...

Chris Gets a JOB

Team Hammer, Inc., racing as Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki, has signed a one-year contract (with options) with Chris Peris, 17. Peris will compete in the 2004 AMA Supersport Series on a Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R600. Peris lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada but has competed regularly in the United States since he was 15. In 2000 and 2001, Peris raced exclusively in the U.S., winning the 2001 WSMC 125cc Grand Prix Championship. Read More...

Daytona CCS/Formula USA 2003 Final

Great weekend, What a difference a professional tuner/mecanic makes. Geoff Cesmat, from Erion racing came out to tune for Chris this weekend. Geoff had to re-build a bike, the left overs from our Alabama tear down, and then set up the other bikes. I really don't know how Chris did as well as he did all year without someone like Geoff. Read More...

Thank you to all Supporters

I would like to thank everyone for the support you gave Chris during his first AMA season.We had a tremendous year, placing 15th overall in 600 SuperSport, AMA's most competitive class. This strong ranking brought us the additional honor of being the "Top Privateer", a significant distinction in this factory-heavy battlefield. In fact, Chris placed ahead of riders on several factory-supported teams and we truly appreciate all your efforts in accomplishing this task. Read More...

Alabama the last AMA in 2003

After our VIR experience, a day I'll never forget. Chris and I flew to Virginia and then drove to Alabama, to what is getting known as the most beautiful race track in North America and maybe the world. It's spectacular, it should be a golf course or resort. We were joined this time by Bill, Ari, and Jim, also helping out with suspension was the master, Max from Traxxion Dynamics. Read More...


I quess I better finish off the year, I've been very slow to write. Virginia was a quick dash from Montreal just 12 hours, after waiting two extra days for a lost Purolater package from Toronto, which contanied Chris's leathers, from our good friend, John Bickle. As a result we had to wait till the last minute and drive all night.We arrived at VIR at 4:30 in the morning. when we got up we were confronted with the hottest possible weather ever known to man. The humity was 100% and the temperature was about 100. I was confused by the humity factor, doesn't 100% humity mean it's raining? Read More...

Mount Tremblant 2003

The trip to Mount Tremblant was a quick flight to Montreal, where the motorhome and trailer were waiting for us at the airport..... It was still there, I was very nervous about leaving the motorhome, after all this is Montreal. Things go missing in Montreal. The ride to Mount Tremblant was beautiful, the scenery was some of the best you could imagine, lakes mountains and good roads. It doesn't get any prettier. We found a pit area right in front of a lake, we could go swimming whenever we wanted. Ari and Jim and I set up the pit area while Chris socialized. We were on track on Thursday and unfortunately Chris was not feeling well, so thursday was a very slow day, but Chris did get an opportunity to get familiar with the track. He was running in the top ten despite feeling sick. Read More...

Mid-Ohio 2003

In attendance was Ari, myself and Chris. The team is getting smaller but not less efficient. We drove from Montreal after visiting my other brother, Julio and his family. The drive was less exciting than the others and it was only 12 hours. The border crossing was easy and we arrived at Mid-Ohio a day early, to have one of our engines swapped and ready for the weeks festivities. Danny, from Erion Racing was kind enough to arrive one day early to change the engine. The Erion staff is always so helpful, it's great to have someone to ask questions. The day before the AMA event on thursday there was a WERA race day. The track was bumpy and had strips of concrete to make the riding very slippery during the cross-overs from asphalt to concrete. Read More...

Mosport 2003 Canadian Nationals

Ari and Chris made the 2700 mile journey in about three days, not bad, considering they probably played MotoGP3 for 2 days. I'm sure they have a lot of stories to tell, but because I'm Chris dad, they never tell me any of the good stuff. Most of my stories are about the drive, so this will probably be a short story. I met them at Mosport on thursday, after taking the red eye from Calgary. We found a nice little quiet spot near the bathroom and the Honda tent. We brought out the 125 for the CanAm challenge, so Chris would try his hand at 125 racing again after a 10 month sabbatical. The bikes were prepped at Laguna for Mosport by Uncle Bill, so we were ready to go again. Read More...

Laguna Seca 2003

The road to Laguna was of course another journey into the unknown. This time there were four drivers, Chris, myself, Uncle Bill and Ari. The pattern has been set. Bill drives, bosses everyone around and I sit in the passengers seat (Bill's still scared of me) while Chris and Ari argue about who the best Moto GP 3 player is. Chris feels, because he has never lost a race to Ari, he should be crowned GP champion. Ari feels he is Moto GP champion because he let Chris win every race, to boost his moral. The battle continues. Everything was going along great till we got to the border, then these two oversize women came into the motorhome and demanded to see our passports ( that part was normal ) The funny part was when they asked if anyone had been arrested. When Ari said " NO" the lady looks Ari straight in the eye and says, " are you sure?" I guess Ari looked suspicious, which of course we didn't let him forget that the whole trip. Read More...

Brainerd 2003

The road to Brainerd... This was the happiest day of Chris Life, he finished High school today, June 25th. To add to his excitement he was going to another AMA national, life doesn't get any better. Chris's last exam, Chemistry 30 was finished at 1:00 and off to airport. An exciting flight to the beautiful city of Winnipeg. That's where Uncle Bill and I picked up Chris, we drove for 12 hours from Calgary. As were driving up to the airport, I've got Chris on the cell phone and never having been to the Winnipeg airport I asked," where should I pick you up." he said," Wait right there, I can see you from the airport," the airport isn't that big. We rush to the border and when we got there at 11:59 p.m. the customs officers say's , " What, are you doing here?" Read More...

Calgary Herald Story on Chris Peris 2003

Chris Peris has turned plenty of heads in the American Motorcycle Association, but he won't rush into joining a team south of the border. He's a privateer and a prodigy. In that order. Chris Peris, the local two-wheeled phenomenon, doesn't even enter legal adulthood until September. And yet he's already attracted international attention as Canada's hottest young motorcycle export -- and the top privateer in the American Motorcycle Association's 600 supersport division. Read More...

Calgary Nationals, June 8th 2003

Honda Canada was kind enough to deliver our new CBR 600RR this weekend. We received the bike on friday for the first practice and through the day we set up the suspension. If that's what you want to call what I did. It probably should be called, how long before we toss Chris off the bike. On friday, Chris got his times to where he was 2nd fastest overall, 1:20.7 gearing 15/43 (info for me) This was the first day on the bike and he was lapping at about his fastest times on his old F4i, Honda Read More...

Another AMA round Pikes Peak #5

This journey started the same as the rest. Drive, drive and then drive some more. We're off to Colorado Springs for the 5th round of the AMA, Pikes Peak, 25 hours. One way. We left, (Karen, Julian and myself) on Tuesday morning, we had to pick up Chris at the Denver airport on wednesday at about 3:00 p.m. (we don't like Chris missing school, any more than he does) We drove most of night to get to the airport and as were driving up to the airport, our faithful Motorhome broke down, just feet from the airport. Two women in an airport authority vehicle drove up and asked if they could help. I asked them to pick up Chris, so they did. Thanks ladies. Then with another stroke of luck, there was a repair shop at the airport, go figure. Read More...

Shannonville Canadian National 2003

Chris raced again in Shannonville. Canadian National May 18th 2003 Honda Canada called on thursday and asked if Chris wanted to ride last years old F4i at the national. This was not a planned event as we're still on the campaign for good school marks and not good finishes. BUT... Chris was off school friday and monday, for a may long weekend, so I said, yes. The weekend went well, Chris wanted to beat all those Canadian guys, but didn't. During qualifying, he was on Pole for the first 15 minutes of 25, then the boys put on some new soft rubber and put him back to 6th. He had a good launch and was in 6th place behind Tom Kipp. (American fellow) Tom was defending his line so well that Chris could not pass safely. Chris was waiting for Tom to go in for his Stop and Go penalty for jumping the start, but he never did go in. Read More...

Fontana Update 2003

I'll mention this first, Chris finished ahead of every Canadian rider at Fontana ......
Some of the Canadian riders did have some bad luck, but that's racing.

Steve Crevier 600
Jordan Szokes 750
Francis Martin 600
Clint Mcbain 600
Andrew Nelson 600, 750
Jeff Williams 600

Interesting fact. All the top 20, 600 riders could go into the Superbike race and finish in the top 10, theoretically. The 600 times are as fast as the Superbikes after the first 9 Big name Superbike riders. Read More...

Insider Magazine Last Round Shannonville

Tomorrow morning I travel to Virginia International Raceway to take part in this weekend's GPRRA 125 event. This will likely be my last ride on a 125 GP bike. But more importantly, it will be my first visit to a track currently on the AMA racing schedule. The plan this winter is to get a taste of as many of the AMA venues as I can. This weekend I'll be in Virginia. Three weeks from now I'll go to the final round of the Formula USA series at Daytona. This winter I'll visit Fontana and Laguna Seca. Hopefully this will prepare me for racing in the AMA series in the near future. The Canadian national season ended at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Sept. 1. The good news is I won the final round of the Diablo Paintball Can-Am 125GP Challenge. The bad news is I didn't race my Honda CBR600F4i because of a crash on Sunday morning. I guess it's always good to have something to fall back on. The 125 race was great. Read More...

The Saga of the Last Race

I had no idea what would take place during the last race of the year. I was shocked to hear that Chris was capable of doing 1:27's - as his father pointed out two minutes before the race started. Had I known , I would never have challenged him in the first place. Of course, I knew that I had 50 horsepower on him but after all, he's 16 years old - how hard can it be? A walk in the park. And how often can you be in a race with your nephew? Read More...

Chris Peris Experiences at Valencia

The FIM ( federation international motorcycle) grants 5 wild cards for every event, in the 125, 250 and motogp classes, these wild cards are selected from applicants around the world and are selected on the basis of merit and who knows what else....Chris did not make the first selection and was on the waiting list if anything happened to the 5 selected. Something did happen: one of the wild cards from the 125 class had also asked for a 250 wild card and was granted the 250 wild card, so Chris moved up the ladder and was given a wild card. Read More...

AFM / AMA Infineon / Calgary Regional


This is a little late but it's more of a journal for my memories ( I'm getting older )Chris's races at the Infineon round of the AFM the weekend before the AMA I arrived the thursday night at LAX and drove the motorhome and trailer to San Francisco to pick-up Chris at the airport on friday afternoon. Chris had to wait about 2 hours because my phone wasn't ringing and he sat at the airport till it finally rang. We drove to Infineon (aka Sears Point) and got all set for the friday practice and had , not so good weather. Infineon is a strange place, even though it's not raining there's still water on the track because of these mini geysers all around the track. The track is in a valley and the water will push it's way up through the sides of the track and run along the track for a while. Not only does water come up but it makes a mess of the track with all the dirt. Read More...

Daytona 2003

Wednesday Feb 27th, Tim Easton was waiting for us at the Orlando Int Airport with the motorhome and trailer. I promised Tim a ride at the Team Hammer school at Daytona to go along with all my begging. If he'd drive the equipment down there. From California to Florida and back 5000 miles (that's love) Thanks Tim, you are the best! Read More...