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SUZUKI AND YOSHIMURA CELEBRATE 40-YEAR PARTNERSHIP
Since 1978 Yoshimura has change into the all-time winningest group in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Historical past
Chino, CA (March 25, 2018) – The 2018 racing season is not going to solely see Yoshimura Suzuki Manufacturing facility Racing group again on monitor to defend its MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, it additionally marks the 40th anniversary of probably the most profitable partnerships within the historical past of the game.
In 1978, Suzuki and Yoshimura shaped a proper partnership making the Yoshimura Suzuki Manufacturing facility Racing squad the official manufacturing unit entry in AMA Professional Highway Racing. It proved to be an extremely fruitful alliance. In 40 years of racing, Yoshimura Suzuki Manufacturing facility Racing has change into essentially the most profitable group ever in MotoAmerica AMA Superbike.
Yoshimura Suzuki Manufacturing facility Racing boasts 14 MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Championships and a complete of 189 wins. That helped give Suzuki each the all-time file for MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Championships and sequence wins by a producer.
Along with the premier Superbike class, Yoshimura Suzuki Manufacturing facility Racing has additionally received quite a few assist class championships.
Marking the 40th anniversary of Yoshimura and Suzuki, the group will showcase a daring, all new racebike livery and there can be a sequence of commemorations through the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship season.
“Motorbike racing is a forward-looking sport, nevertheless it’s good to cease for a second and mirror on the most important accomplishments Suzuki and Yoshimura have achieved through the years,” stated Kerry Graeber, Suzuki’s Vice President of Gross sales and Advertising and marketing. “It’s great to look again and notice what number of nice riders have ridden beneath the Yoshimura Suzuki banner. From Wes Cooley, to Kevin Schwantz, Doug Polen, Jamie James, Scott Russell, Mat Mladin, Ben Spies, Toni Elias, Roger Hayden, and so many extra. The group has constructed a tremendous legacy and we wish to honor that relationship that started 40 years in the past.”
The success of the group truly pre-dates the formal settlement the 2 firms made in 1978. The 12 months earlier than Steve McLaughlin raced a Yoshimura Suzuki GS750-based Superbike to victory on the Laguna Seca Raceway spherical of the 1977 AMA Superbike Championship. It marked the primary win by Suzuki in AMA Superbike and proved to be the seed that blossomed right into a partnership that was formalized in 1978.
Wes Cooley turned the primary Yoshimura Suzuki AMA Superbike Champion in 1979. He defended that title in 1980. Cooley relished the time he had with the group and the shut relationship he had with group founder Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura.
“I all the time wished to present my all after I rode for Pops, as a result of he gave his all for me and the group,” Cooley stated. “The long-lasting picture I’ve in my thoughts is Pops grinding on a cam, seeking to get each final ounce of energy out of the motors he constructed. Pops set the tone for his firm and it’s good to see those that adopted in his footsteps carried on that custom of exhausting work and craftsmanship.”
Jamie James, Mat Mladin, Ben Spies and Toni Elias adopted in Cooley’s footsteps to change into MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Champions whereas driving with Yoshimura Suzuki.
“We’re lucky to have such an ideal partnership with Suzuki,” stated Yoshimura’s Don Sakakura, President of Yoshimura Racing. “Relationship again to the times of the GS750 and GS1000 and thru to immediately’s legendary GSX-R line of sportbikes, Suzuki has all the time supplied us top-notch bikes to take to the race monitor.”
Yoshimura Suzuki is coming off one other record-setting season. The newly-designed Suzuki GSX-R1000 loved a shocking debut season. The group merely dominated the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship profitable 13 of the 20 rounds and ending first and second within the championship with riders Toni Elias and Roger Hayden.
The group is making ready its title protection and the 40th Anniversary of Yoshimura Suzuki. The season opens at Highway Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, on April 13-15.