In 1986, Suzuki originated the mass-production repli-racer Superbike with its revolutionary GSX-R750. Never before had a bike so racy been offered to so many riders. The first GSX-R was distinguished by its full fairing, a then-unusual square-tube aluminum frame, and design features that made the Suzuki by far the lightest bike in its class. This signature Suzuki motorcycle, backed by an outstanding contingency program that paid riders for results, became the omnipresent club racing machine. Many of the best American riders of the last 15 years honed their skills on GSX-Rs and some rode to championships and Daytona glory. A young, fearless Kevin Schwantz won the Daytona 200-miler in 1988 and numerous other Superbike races on GSX-Rs prepared by Yoshimura R&D. Jamie James added to the Superbike championship tally with a title win in 1989. And Suzuki started its longtime ownership of the near-stock AMA 750cc Supersport Series. Since 1996, Suzuki has won every 750cc SS title, and virtually every race. More GSX-Rs followed the original 750; an 1100, then a 600. New versions appeared year after year, and some proved nearly as revolutionary as the first. In 1996, Suzuki unveiled an all-new 750 with a liquid-cooled engine and twin-spar aluminum frame. Lighter than some of its competitors by 40-plus pounds, the new GSX-R ruled Supersport racing. With the help of Aussie Mat Mladin, this GSX-R claimed back-to-back AMA Superbike Championships in 1999 and 2000. If that wasn't enough, the smallest GSX-R won its share of AMA 600cc Supersport races, and a championship in 1998. Under the care of Team Valvoline Suzuki, the big 1100 won a long string of WERA National Endurance Championships. In 2001, Mladin and Yoshimura then debuted yet another new low-mass GSX-R750 at Daytona, and easily won the event. The year also saw the debut of the outrageous GSX-R1000, featuring class-leading horsepower packed into a ridiculously light 375-pound motorcycle. Like the 750 before it, the new 1000 won various bike-of-the-year honors worldwide. While the GSX-Rs collected most of Suzuki's road racing trophies, other notable wins came around the world. Schwantz, who cut his racing teeth on GSX-Rs, went on to numerous 500cc Grand Prix victories, and won the World Championship on his Suzuki RGV500 in 1993. Kenny Roberts Jr. joined Team Suzuki in 1999 and won a slew of races on his Suzuki V-four before winning his first 500cc World Championship during the 2000 season. Suzuki once again was on top of the pinnacle of all motorcycle racing. And, back home in America, Angelle became the first woman to win the NHRA Pro Stock Bike title that same year. In 2001, she surpassed the famous Shirley Muldowney in NHRA victories, becoming the most successful woman on the drag strip ever.