Suzuki announced yesterday that it has increased its partnership with Yoshimura R&D of America, which now will house all the OEM’s racing efforts under one roof. Suzuki also revealed its 2010 riders.
“2009 was a record year for Suzuki,” the company’s Steve Bortolomedi said during a press conference at the Long Beach, Calif., stop of the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows. “The theme that you see here today, Champions Choose Suzuki, is designed to celebrate the fun, the excitement and passion that racing brings to us and our customers. Suzuki won virtually every professional racing category for motorcycle and ATV in 2009. And for 2010, we’re going to do exactly the same thing. Not only are we racing, but we’re going to ramp up our efforts this year.”
Bortolomedi then announced the expanded Yoshimura partnership and invited to the podium Don Sakakura (pictured), senior vice president of Yoshimura.
“For the upcoming 2010 season,” Sakakura said, “Yoshimura will manage all of Suzuki’s racing efforts: Supercross, Motocross, roadracing and ATV. We hope to be able to showcase the performance products of Suzuki, the ATVs as well as the motorcycles. … I would also like to announce today the great sponsors Rockstar and Makita will back for 2010.”
Sakakura listed the following racers for 2010:
- Superbike class: Tommy Hayden and Blake Young. “We have done a fair amount of testing already with GSX-R1000,” Sakakura said, “and the results are very, very promising. It’s a great platform for superbike racing. We are anticipating another fantastic season of racing. I think the competition is in trouble.”
- ATV racing: 2009 champion Dustin Wimmer returns, joined by Josh Creamer. “We expect our dominance to continue in 2010,” Sakakura said. “With the addition of Creamer, the team is stronger than ever.”