Suzuki Announces 2009 Amateur MX Team

BREA, Calif. – American Suzuki Motor Corporation today announced its continued support of several amateur motocross racers under the Rockstar Suzuki racing umbrella. Suzuki has supported amateur motocross racers for more than 30 years, helping grow the careers of such stars as Travis Pastrana, Nico Izzi, Ryan Dungey and many others. “American Suzuki’s support of amateur motocross racing is a vital component of our overall racing activity and a special showcase of our RM product lineup,” said Pat Alexander, Sports Promotions Manager for American Suzuki’s motorcycle division. “Suzuki builds highly competitive motorcycles and ATVs, and our support of racing shows enthusiasts just how competitive they can be on the racetrack with Suzuki products.”

For 2009, the Rockstar Suzuki racing program supports 16 riders from across the United States. Returning to the program are past champions Ian Trettel, Nick Paluzzi and Austin Politelli, among others. New to the Suzuki family are Jesse Masterpool, Gannon Audette, Jace Owen, Rookie White, Jeremy Martin and Tristan Miller.

“I’m really excited for the upcoming year,” said James Hanson, Rockstar amateur motocross team manager. “Rockstar Suzuki has once again put together a very strong team and I look forward to continuing our championship winning ways in 2009.”

2009 Rockstar Suzuki Amateur Team
Jarek Balkovic, Camp Hill, Penn. RM85
Steven Gretchen, McMechen, W. Va. RM85
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn. RM85
Jesse Masterpool, Austin, Nev. RM85
Tristan Miller, Alpine, Calif. RM85
Jace Owen, Charleston, Ill. RM85
Jake Riggle, Monument, Colo. RM85
Rookie White, Winchester, Calif. RM85
Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C. RM85
Austin Politelli, Sun City, Calif. RM-Z250
Gannon Audette, Cairo, Ga. RM-Z250
Nick Paluzzi, Riverside, Calif. RM-Z250, RM-Z450
Drew Mitchell, Oregon City, Ore. RM-Z250, RM-Z450
Austin Howell, Red Bluff, Calif. RM-Z250, RM-Z450
Ian Trettel, Silver Springs, Fla. RM-Z250, RM-Z450
Justin Weeks, Cincinnati, Ohio RM-Z250, RM-Z450

About American Suzuki
The Motorcycle/ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, Calif., was founded in 1963 by Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC). ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. ASMC’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries.

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