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3 in Canada,

21 in World Supersport,

98 in World 125 GP,  

P in New Zealand.

Chris Peris, Resume, 2009

2002 Honda Canada 

 Chris Peris 


 2009, Honda, Erion Racing.     

 

BORN:1986, 22

CURRENT HOME:Calgary Alberta, Canada

CURRENT HEIGHT/WEIGHT:5'7"/140lbs

BEGAN RIDING AT AGE:9

FIRST MOTORCYCLE:PW80 Yamaha

FIRST RACEBIKE:YSR80 Yamaha

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

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

CURRENT RACEBIKES: 600 Honda RR

TUNER MECHANICS: Erion Racing

RACE SERIES NOW COMPETING IN: AMA /DMG Daytona Superbike Series

SPONSORS: Erion Racing/ Dunlop / Bikecards.com /  Shoei / Nick Ienatsch  

RACING ACCOMPLISHMENTS (So far): -

2008, in the USA raced with Team ESP racing, on Suzuki 1000's.  Results: 5th overall in AMA/DMG Superstock in AMA and 10th place in AMA Superbike.  Also getting his first Podium in Superstock.

2008, in Canada raced with Team Suzuki/ Blackfoot Direct/ Picotte Performance on Suzuki 600 and 1000's. Results: 3rd overall in 600 Supersport and 4th overall in Superbike.

2007-2001 

First Canadian to get points in World Supersport, raced with Moto1 from 2006 and 2007. 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. Raced with Honda Canada 2002, on F4 600 Honda.  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

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june  6th  2009

Peris Gets His First Win for 2009

Erion Honda rider wins wet Daytona Sportbike race. 

 Less than a day after having his times disqualified and being forced to re-qualifying, Erion Honda's Chris Peris overcame atrocious conditions and two pace cars to take his first AMA professional win with a crushing victory in the Daytona Sportbike race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin."Chris (Peris) is awesome, I'm proud of him, his first national win," team owner Kevin Erion said. "Good to give him that on the red bike. I know him and his dad have been crisscrossing the country trying to get that."Peris and teammate Jake Zemke, third and first respectively in Superpole, had those times nullified when AMA tech inspectors found their fuel to be illegal. They made the field by qualifying again on Saturday morning. Zemke was fastest and Peris was third, as they'd been a day earlier.Asked if he was surprised, Erion said, "All I can say is that in the morning qualifying Jake was P-1 and Chris was P-3 , so whatever we had yesterday wasn't so magical."Following Saturday's Superpole, the team's Sunoco race fuel was found to be out of compliance with AMA specs. Erion didn't dispute the findings, but was hopeful his distributor in southern California could shed some light on it."We had the exact same thing we had yesterday as today," except for the fuel, which they had to buy on-site. "We had the Sunoco fuel that they told us we have to buy."Peris was a rain wizard, lapping three-plus seconds a lap faster than the rest of the field. The first safety car, at the end of the second lap, didn't make too great an impact. But the second one, which came on the ninth lap when the rain was falling considerably harder, did. Peris had over a 17 second lead ending the eighth lap, which vanished with the second coming of the safety car.The field was released ending the 11th lap, making the race a two-lap sprint. Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki's Roger Lee Hayden passed Peris, but Peris quickly got him back and took the white flag with more than two seconds in hand. He would add five more to beat Hayden by 7.556 secs. at the end of the 13-lap race. M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas, who came to Road America riding a four-race win streak, was less than a tenth of a second back in third.

"I couldn't be happier," a soaked and beaming Peris said. "The team just worked really hard and it was good to get to finally put it on top of the box for them."Peris said he "kind of bummed to lose the two laps" early on when he was running second to Latus Motors Racing's Taylor Knapp, "because we had a pretty decent gap on the people behind us, so I was hoping to take off from there." Once clear of Knapp, "it all seemed fairly easy and smooth, just kind of kept running a decent pace and I could keep seeing the gap getting bigger and bigger and was feeling pretty comfortable and then when I saw the second pace car come out, I was like, ah man, just lost the 20 seconds that I had and I knew it was going to be two laps once the pace car pulled in and it got really, really wet and slippery. So it was going to be conditions we hadn't ridden in yet."Part of it was pretty stressful, kind of seeing what was going to happen. And when Rog (Hayden) came by me, I was like, ah man, I gotta really put my head down now, because after leading that long it would've been a shame to lose it, so I mean I tried to get by him as early as I could and pulled away and was able to pull it off."Peris also said that the victory erased the stain of the disqualification."It was kind of a shame there was the fuel discrepancy there," he said. "I mean it is what it is. It was totally unintentional and it kind of sucked to lose our starting position for sure. This kind of makes up for it. It was a little more work coming from the back."It all worked out, I guess, in the end. I mean at least we got to show that, I think Jake (Zemke) was first in practice, I think I was third again, so it was pretty much as it was in qualifying after everything. We'd switched everything back over. It really made no difference. It was good to be able to go out and show that."Daytona Sportbike:
1. Chris Peris (Honda)
2. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki)
3. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
4. Taylor Knapp (Buell)
5. Damian Cudlin (Yamaha)
6. Danny Eslick (Buell)
7. Shawn Higbee (Buell)
8. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
9. Michael Barnes (Buell)
10. Fernando Amantini (Yamaha)
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Peris Breaks Through in Daytona SportBike

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 6, 2009) - Chris Peris took his first AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL victory in the first race at the Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader, and the 13-lap race was run under the most difficult weather conditions of the day with a persistent rain falling throughout.
 The conditions contributed to several crashes and off-track excursions for many riders, but Canadian rider Peris rose to the occasion on the No. 10 Erion Honda CBR600RR. Peris took the lead from Taylor Knapp on the No. 54 Latus Motors Racing Buell 1125R in Turn 5 on the fourth lap of the race and pulled out to a healthy advantage before the race's second and final full-course caution period bunched the field on Lap 9.
 When the green flag dropped again with two laps remaining, Peris found himself in a dogfight for the lead with Roger Hayden on the No. 95 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. Hayden passed Peris to take the lead in Turn 5 on Lap 11 of the 13-lap race, but Peris fought back to regain the top spot in Turn 7. From there, Peris pulled away to score his first career victory in AMA Pro competition.
 "I couldn't be happier, the team worked really hard and it was good to finally put it on top of the box for them," said Peris.  "When the pace car came out at first, I was behind Knapp and I felt like I could get past him. I was kind of bummed to lose the two laps because we had a pretty decent gap on the people behind us so I was hoping to try to take off from there. I got by him once the car came back in, and it all seemed fairly easy and smooth. I just kept running a decent pace and I could see the gap getting bigger and bigger and was feeling pretty comfortable.  
 "When I saw the second pace car come out I was like 'Oh man, I just lost the 20 seconds that I had.' I knew it was going to be two laps once the pace car pulled on.  It got really, really wet and slippery so it was going to be conditions that we hadn't ridden in yet.  Part of it was pretty stressful, seeing what was going to happen.  When Rog came by me, I was like 'Oh man, I've got to really put my head down now,' because after leading for that long, it would have been a shame to lose. I tried to get by him as early as I could and just pulled away and was able to pull it off."
 Hayden came home second for his best result since a second-place run in the first race of the doubleheader at Road Atlanta in early April. He missed the first three races of the season due to injury.
 "It was an interesting race for me because I didn't do very good in qualifying," said Hayden, who started from 17th. "I just was getting comfortable and catching people, trying to be smooth and pick them off one at a time. Then, the last pace car came out and I got to catch back up to fourth.  I tried to pass Chris going into [Turn] 5, and I thought maybe since it was raining so hard, I might be able to stay there and get lucky at the end. But he came by and he was pretty fast so I tried to bring it home in second.  
 "I couldn't really see the last lap, and I knew somebody was catching me. Then Martin (Cardenas) almost passed me around the outside. Up the front straightaway, I was just trying to tuck in as tight as I could.  It was fun and I'm glad to be back on the podium for the team.  We've struggled the last couple of races. They're working hard so this is a little reward for them."
 Colombia's Cardenas filled out the top three with a third-place run aboard the No. 36 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600. It was Cardenas' seventh podium result in his last nine Daytona SportBike starts, allowing him to extend his lead in the championship standings to 32 points, 224-192, over No. 88 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R rider Jamie Hacking, who finished eighth.
 "Today's race was good for the championship," said Cardenas. "It was very tough to race in these conditions.  In the warm up, I had two times where I almost crashed, so I was a little bit scared in the race. The track was very slippery. At the beginning, some guys came by me and I tried to stay with them.  Some guys I could stay with, and some others went away like Peris. I tried to stay in that rhythm and not lose as many positions.  After the second yellow flag, I tried to concentrate and do two laps as fast as I could to try to gain some positions. That worked and I ended up on the podium.  I'm happy with that result."
 
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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.”

 

 

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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

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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

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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!”

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Peris Rides To Wet 600 Victory Sunday At Mosport

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July 20, 2008
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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.”

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Superbike Win For McBain After Rain Starts To Fall At Mosport Print E-mail
July 20, 2008
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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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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

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

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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.
 
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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.”

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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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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
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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
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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

Superbike:

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
Superstock:
1. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 1:39.0
2. Geoff May (Suzuki) 1:39.8
3. Chris Peris (Suzuki) 1:40.1
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Chris Peris, Resume, 2008

BORN:1986

CURRENT HOME:Calgary Alberta, Canada

CURRENT HEIGHT/WEIGHT:5'6"/140lbs

BEGAN RIDING AT AGE:9

FIRST MOTORCYCLE:PW80 Yamaha

FIRST RACEBIKE:YSR80 Yamaha

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

 

Yes, that's Mat Maldin behind Chris 

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2007 Team Moto 1
World Supersport

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Monza, World Supersport 2006 

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Chris Peris, Resume, 2007 and 2006

BORN:1986

CURRENT HOME:Calgary Alberta, Canada

CURRENT HEIGHT/WEIGHT:5'6"/140lbs

BEGAN RIDING AT AGE:9

FIRST MOTORCYCLE:PW80 Yamaha

FIRST RACEBIKE:YSR80 Yamaha

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

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

CURRENT RACEBIKES:Yamaha R6 and R1

TUNER MECHANICS:Willie Vass, Vass Performance, Max McAllister, Traxxion Dynamics, Fred Jolivet, AIMS data

RACE SERIES NOW COMPETING IN: World Superbike Series in the World Supersport Class AMA SuperBike series 6 events -WSMC (Willow Springs) - 3 events -WSMC t-200

SPONSERS: Moto 1, Topline Printing Inc, Bikecards.com, Yamaha Europe, Yamaha Canada, Dunlop Tires, Leo Vince Pipes, Alpinestars Leathers, Shoei Helmets, Vass Performance, Traxxion Dynamics, Nick Ienatsch, Vesrah Brakes, Pitbull Stands

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

RACING GOALS:Get lots of tracktime, get faster on the R6 and more comfortable on the R1.

RACING CAREER GOALS:Be Moto GP Champion

RACING HEROES:Valentino Rossi, Mick Doohan, Freddie Spencer, Nick Ienatsch, Nicky Hayden

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT RACING:The speed, and meeting new people

WORST THINGS ABOUT RACING:Crashing

FAVORITE TRACK(S):All European tracks, Willow Springs, VIR, Mosport

HOBBIES:Snowboarding, dirt biking

TRAINING METHODS:Eating well, kickboxing, and working out in the gym

FAVORITE FOOD(S):Pasta, Hamburgers

FAVORITE MOVIE(S):Any Bike Movie

FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC:Rap/Rock

If I weren't racing, I'd rather be...Snowboarding


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Daytona: New bike, new team... Great results.

The first Yamaha across the finish line in the 2005 Daytona 200 was piloted by Chris Peris, the Calgary resident snaring fifth place in the 71-rider field.

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 winter’s 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.

Peris comes off a great year with Valvoline Emgo Suzuki and credits that team with a large spike in his learning curve.

"I had a great Supersport team last year and the Valvoline guys were great to work with. I was always in contention to get in the top 10," said Peris.

Topline Printing put together a Yamaha program for the ’05 season that adds Formula Xtreme to Peris’ Supersport duties, putting the young rider in both 600cc classes. Max McAllister of Traxxion Dynamics came on board to handle suspension and chassis duties, while Willie Vass, of Vass Performance (the unsung tuner of Alberta) got the nod for his detail-oriented engine work. That team, along with the very fast and very calm rear-tire-man, Geoff Cesmat, knocked out three great pit stops to get Peris in and out of the Daytona pits in record time. The team’s third stop was so quick; Peris didn’t have time for a sip of water!

Also noteworthy, Chris Lapped all the riders up to and including 6th place - some many more times than that.

Topline will receive help from Yamaha Canada, Dunlop Tires, Hindle Pipes, Shark helmets, Traxxion Dynamics, Vass Performance, Nick Ienatsch, Flexi-Glass, Alpinestars Leathers, Vesrah brakes, Penske shocks, Graves Motorsport, Pitbull stands, Dynojet, Over the Top.

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Chris Peris, Resume, 2005

BORN:1986 PERSONAL STATUS:Single CURRENT HOME:Calgary Alberta, Canada CURRENT HEIGHT/WEIGHT:5'6"/130lbs CURRENT SCHOOL:University of Calgary, Faculty of Business BEGAN RIDING AT AGE:9 FIRST MOTORCYCLE:PW80 Yamaha FIRST RACEBIKE:YSR80 Yamaha FIRST RACE (If not a road race):Kartgardens, finished 1st in YSR Race FIRST ROAD RACE:Mosport, Ontario 125GP finished 1st CURRENT RACEBIKES:Yamaha R6 and R1 TUNER MECHANICS:Willie Vass, Vass Performance and Max Macallister, Traxxion Dynamics RACE SERIES NOW COMPETING IN: AMA SuperBike series all 10 events Canadian National Series 4 events -WSMC (Willow Springs) - 4 events -CSS/Formula USA - 1 event -CMRA - 2 events -WSMC t-200 SPONSERS: Topline Printing Inc, Bikecards.com, Yamaha Canada, Dunlop Tires, Hindle Pipes, Shark Helmets, Traxxion Dynamics, Vass Performance, Nick Ienatsch, Flexi-Glass, Alpinestars Leathers, Vesrah Brakes, Penske Shocks, Graves Motorsport, Pitbull Stands, Dynojet and Over the Top. RACING ACCOMPLISHMENTS (So far): - 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 2005 RACING GOALS:Get lots of tracktime, get faster on the R6 and more comfortable on the R1. RACING CAREER GOALS:Be Moto GP Champion RIDING STRENGTHS:Late braking, getting through traffic RIDING WEAKNESSES:Starts on the 600 RACING HEROES:Valentino Rossi, Mick Doohan, Freddie Spencer, Nick Ienatsch, Nicky Hayden FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT RACING:The speed, and meeting new people WORST THINGS ABOUT RACING:Crashing FAVORITE TRACK(S):Willow springs, VIR, Mosport, Valencia HOBBIES:Snowboarding, dirt biking TRAINING METHODS:Eating well, kickboxing, and working out in the gym FAVORITE FOOD(S):Pasta, Hamburgers FAVORITE MOVIE(S):Any Bike Movie FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC:Rap/Rock If I weren't racing, I'd rather be...Snowboarding

2004 and Prior

Chris Peris

Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki is renowned for spotting the up-and-coming talent in motorcycle roadracing, then helping to develop those racers into the stars of tomorrow. Canadian Chris Peris is next in line to serve as the team's next "young gun".

Peris – from Alberta, Calgary – is only 17 years old but has already raced in the US since he was fifteen. In addition to his Canadian 600cc Supersport campaigns, Peris has competed in the WSMC series, Formula USA, and in AMA competition.

Peris caught the eye of Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki when he won the WSMC 125cc Grand Prix championship. Chris also was granted a wild card entry for a 125cc World Grand Prix race in 2002. Under immense pressure on the International stage, Chris managed to qualify for the race in front of over 100,000 fans.

At the Daytona F-USA Sportbike race in 2003, Chris ran with the lead pack and managed to finish in front of Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Steve Rapp.

The talented Peris will contest the AMA Supersport series in 2004 on a GSX-R600 under the watchful eye of the team's Crew Chief Keith Perry.

Chris Peris
Chris Peris
2004 and Earlier

Born:1986 Personal Status: Single Hometown: Calgary, Alberta : 2004 Mechanics:

Ed Sorbo & Evan Steel Sponsers: Valvoline, EMGO, Suzuki, Alpinestars, Arai, Bikecards.com, Denso, Dynojet, G.M.D. Computrack, Graves Motorsports, Lockhart Phillips, M4, Michelin, Penske, SBS, Sharkskinz, Sprocket Specialists, Street & Competition, VP, RK.

Chris Peris The winners

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 Resume 2004 and earlier

Date of Birth/Age: September 30, 1986/ Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Current Home: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Current Height/Weight: 5' 6"/ 130lbs Current School/Grade: Banff Mountain Academy/Grade 12 Began Riding at Age: 9 First Motorcycle: PW80 Yamaha First Racebike: YSR80 Yamaha First Race (if not a road race): Kartgardens finished 1st of 10 First Road Race: Mosport, Ontario 125 GP finished 1st Current Racebikes: RS 125 Honda, RS 250 Honda, F4i 600 Honda Tuner/Mechanic(s): Fernando Peris / Bill Peris, John Sharrard, Honda Canada Race Series Now Competing In: - First year Rookie pro AMA Superbike series 2003 on 600 Honda F4i - WSMC (Willow Springs) - 4 events - CCS/Formula USA - 3 events - CMRA - 2 events - Canadian Superbike National Races, Factory rider, Honda Canada - 2 events 600 Class - Diablo 125 Can-Am Challenge - 2 events - WSMC t-200 Sponsors: Bikecards.Com, Dad, Uncle Bill, Honda Canada, Squadron 285, Topline Printing Inc., Daytona Auto Body, EBC Brakes, Concept 5, Bow Cycle Canada, Hindle Pipes Racing Accomplishments (So Far): - 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 2003 Racing Goals: Get lot’s of track time, get faster on the 600 Racing Career Goals: To be Moto GP Champion Riding Strengths: Late braking, getting through traffic Riding Weaknesses: Starts on the 600 Racing Heroes: Valentino Rossi, Mick Doohan, Freddie Spencer, Nick Ienatsch, Nicky Hayden Favorite Things About Racing: The speed and meeting new people Worst Things About Racing: Crashing Favorite Track(s): Willow Springs, VIR, Mosport, Valencia Hobbies: Snowboarding, dirt biking Training Method(s): Eating well, kickboxing, working out in the gym Favorite Food(s): Pasta, hamburgers Favorite Movie(s): Any bike movie Favorite Type of Music/Band: Rap/rock If I weren’t racing, I’d rather be…: Snowboarding

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Chris on his 125 in Canada #21 racing for Honda Canada 

Press on Chris Peris

All articles reprinted with permission from RoadracingWorld.com

WSMC At Rosemond, California December 15-16, 2002 By David Swarts Roadracing World Magazine

The race for fifth in the Formula One final was extremely entertaining as a variety of motorcycle makes, models and sizes battled for the same spot on the track with completely different strengths and weaknesses. Kenny Kopecky (riding a Yamaha YZF-R6), Jacob West (riding a Yamaha YZF-R6), Stephen Hewitt (riding a Yamaha YZF-R1), 15-year-old Chris Peris (riding a Honda RS250) and Robert Christman (on a Suzuki GSX-R750) each took a turn at the front of the group. In the end, Hewitt used his horsepower advantage to pass Christman in a run to the line. After regularly passing the bigger bikes on the outside of turns two and nine, young Peris had to settle for seventh in front of West and Kopecky.

Young Canadian Peris put the finishing touches on his first road racing Championship in Roadracing World 125cc Grand Prix with a win, and then went on to record a second-place finish behind Graves in 650cc Superbike while riding his third different bike of the day, a Yamaha YZF-R6.

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
By David Swarts, JAnuary 2002

Chris Peris walked away from a turn-three highside in an early race and returned to take a win in one of the day’s best sprints. After getting off his Suzuki GSX-R600, young Canadian Peris got a slow start in the 600cc Modified Production race on his more familiar Yamaha YZF-R6. Peris was in about 10th place in the first corner and began to move forward as his confidence came back. On lap three of six, Peris joined the lead group of seven and began picking off positions. On the last lap, Peris positioned himself well in third, caught a draft from Michael Leon going into eight, then caught another draft from leader Jacob West coming out of the final corner and beat West to the flag. With the 2001 WSMC 125cc Championship already to his credit, Peris added his first 600cc win to his growing resume.

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Chris leads his team mate Alvaro Batista and Arman Vincent 

Roadracing world article on Chris's adventure

WSMC RAcer Tries Out for Red Bull Britain 125cc GP Team
Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Newly-crowned 2001 WSMC 125cc Grand Prix Champion Chris Peris took part in a tryout for the Red Bull Honda British 125cc Championship team November 29-30 at Mallory Park in England. Peris, 14, caught wind of the opportunity from Tony Bell, a former British citizen and current husband/tuner/team owner for 125cc GP racer Vicky Jackson-Bell.

The Red Bull team solicited applications from riders aged 14-18 before a total of 50 were selected to take part. On each day of the two-day test, 25 riders took to the track. After the tryouts, the 50 riders were narrowed down to 5 finalists before the two new riders for the team were to be hand picked in mid-December.

Red Bull Britain’s Mark Forsythe, one of the program’s organizers, said that Peris recorded the second-fastest lap time of the test and that he was “massively impressed by (Chris’) attitude and ability on a bike he’s never ridden, on a track he’d never seen, in conditions which couldn’t have been much worse (or alien). Both Robin (Appleyard, Red Bull Honda Team Manager) and myself were particularly impressed that he attacked the place harder than anyone else.” After the cold, rain-soaked test, Peris was informed the he did not make the cut of 5 finalists.

Forsythe added that “Peter Clifford (Red Bull Yamaha MotoGP Team Manager, on hand for the test) was also suitably impressed”. Forsythe told Peris that he would work on arranging a few “wild card” rides for him in the 2002 British 125cc Series. “I have pushed for him over here and would really like to see him visit us next season, perhaps doing a couple of wild-card rides in the British 125cc Championships. I’m convinced he’s got what it takes,” wrote Forsythe to Peris’ father, Fernando.

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Young Gun Chris Peris Tests with Honda Canada, Receives Offer

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
By David Swarts

WSMC 125cc Grand Prix Champion and Roadracing World “Young Gun” Chris Peris, 16, tested with the Honda Canada factory team March 30-31 at North Florida Motorsports Park in Jennings, Florida and has been tentatively offered a 600cc Sportbike ride for the 2002 Parts Canada Superbike Championship series. “Basically, we put him on a 600,” said Honda Canada Team Manager Kevin Graham. “Very, very casual test. It wasn’t a tryout at all. We’ve just heard a lot good stuff about him, and we decided to bring him in and put him on one of our 600s, something that’s actually equivalent to what Steve Crevier won the Canadian (600cc Sportbike) Championship on last year, which is a FIM-spec CBR600F4i. “We decided to bring him in, put him on the bike, no pressure, no stopwatches, just to see what he could do and get an idea for what his dad was like too. I’ve been talking to him on the phone a fair bit of time, but we wanted to see if he was like a ‘Hockey Dad’ or an easy-going guy. They were both great, very easy to work with. “I feel like Chris has a lot of potential, not only in his initial speed, but just his maturity was fantastic. He did exactly what we asked him to do. He did a great job. It’s somebody that myself and the mechanics on the team felt that not only has potential but (is) someone that can add to the team. It’s worth us investing a little bit in as far as the development of a rider. So we’re in the process right now of putting a deal together for the rest of the season for him to compete in the 600cc Sportbike class.”

If the deal works out, Peris would become teammates with defending Canadian 600cc Sportbike and Superbike Champion Steve Crevier and defending Canadian Open Supersport Champion Frank Trombino. Crevier rides a RC51 Superbike and CBR600F4i. Trombino will ride a RC51 in the Superbike class and a CBR954RR in the Open Supersport races. “So we have Frank (Trombino), Steve (Crevier) and Chris is kind of our future,” added Graham, the equivalent of American Honda’s Chuck Miller. “Basically, it’s an opportunity for him to learn. He’s got two great teammates to learn from, good equipment, no pressure. We just want to see what he can do, but we have a feeling that he’s going to progress rapidly. Hopefully, we can keep him in the country for another year.”

When asked what he thought of the new North Florida Motorsports Park, Graham exclaimed, “Fantastic! I think my riders are going to get spoiled testing there is the problem. We don’t have anything that smooth (in Canada). We have some nice tracks, like Mosport, but that track (North Florida Motorsports Park) is like a billiard table. I’d say it’s got to be the best track in North America for motorcycles. It’s perfectly flat, good pavement, good sight lines, complete run-off; there’s nothing to hit. You couldn’t ask for better.”

Roadracingworld.com was unable to reach Chris Peris, or his father Fernando, before post time.

Chris
Letter from Red Bull from Mark Forsyth on Chris's performance in England

Fernando,

Thanks for the e-mail which was passed on to me by Carolina, I’m glad you enjoyed your time with us. As far as Chris is concerned all I can say is we were massively impressed by his attitude and ability on a bike he’s never ridden, on a track he’d never seen, in conditions which couldn’t have been much worse (or alien). Both Robin and myself were particularly impressed that he attacked the place harder than anyone else.His fastest lap was the second quickest of the two days.

I have pushed for him over here and would really like to see him visit us next season, perhaps doing a couple of wild-card rides in the British 125 Championships, I’m convinced he’s got what it takes to really be the ‘cat amongst the pidgeons’. Apart from being a great opportunity for Chris it would create a whole heap of positive PR which, after all, is why I exist!

Peter Clifford was also suitably impressed - enough to have a word with some of his team-owning colleagues in the States to keep an eye on Chris’s progress. Who knows what may come of this...

Just to sign off, thanks for making it over - you definitely warrant the ‘longest travelled’ award. It was nice to meet you both and hopefully we’ll be able to sort something out next season for a couple of guest appearances - I will do my best to make this happen. I’ll be in touch and would appreciate being kept up to date with the boy’s results...

Yours,
Mark Forsyth

Chris

Chris at Valencia at the 125 world GP #98

Canucks Rule at Willow

Posted: April 18,2002

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Calgary racer Chris Peris continued to shine on his adopted home track. In Pro 125 Grand Prix Peris tried his new RS in preparation for a run at the famed Spanish Championship, netting the win. In 600 Super Stock, aboard a Carey Andrews (Corona Extra Suzuki’s builder) prepped GSX-R Peris got mixed up in an incident with Leon, running off track. Peris then charged from 15th to net fifth at the flag. In 600 Mod Prod Peris was mixing it up for the lead with famed Willow ace Chuck Graves (Yamaha team owner) when a crash again forced Peris off the track. After another high speed desert loop, Peris resumed in 12th and in two laps got back up for sixth. In F2 Peris rode up through the pack to draft on the line to nab second, behind Graves. Rumours continue to circulate that Peris could attend at least some of the 2002 Parts Canada Superbike Championship, good news for fans but not for other potential rookie Pro threats.

Chris
Honda Press Release

Peris is a recent addition to the Honda Camp having initially planned to compete in Spain during 2002 aboard 125cc Grand Prix equipment. The current Champion of the 125 class at Willow Springs near Los Angles, California, Peris has done most of his racing at that high desert track. After several successful outings on well worn GSX-R600 equipment in California, Peris attracted the attention of Honda, the “big H” fielding CBR600F4i Yoshimura Sport Bike machinery this season. Peris may also bring his own Honda RS125 to run in the newly announced Diablo Can-Am 125 Grand Prix series, held in conjunction with most 2002 Parts Canada backed National events.

Posted: August 11,2002
Can-Am 125GP Challenge Series

Honda Canada’s Chris Peris was on pole with a 1:12.337, shattering the old track record by over a second, at Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacdie, Nova Scotia.

Posted: September 1, 2002
Diablo Can-Am 125GP

Peris wins Diablo Can-Am 125GP at the final round of the Diablo Paintball Can-AM 125 Challenge presented by Durmach this afternoon at Shannonville Motorsport Park.