Well, it’s finally official: JGRMX is moving from Yamaha to Suzuki. But, there is more interesting news in the official announcement made by Suzuki today.
1.) Weston Peick has officially re-signed with the team. Peick had previously ridden a Suzuki under a privateer effort.
2.) JGR will house a two-rider 250 effort—East and West Region for SX—in 2017. Those riders will be announced at a later date.
The rest of the roster remains unchanged. Justin Barcia will return and Phil Nicoletti will continue his role with the team as a fill-in rider for supercross and full-time for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
“Suzuki and Joe Gibbs Racing will be a powerful partnership,” said Kerry Graeber, Vice President, MC/ATV Sales and Marketing for SMAI. “JGRMX is a world-class race team competing in Supercross and Motocross, and with support from Suzuki, we believe the team will be a winning force on race tracks this coming season.”
“Having the support of Suzuki, and racing the championship-winning RM-Z450 really sets us up for an exciting year of racing,” said team owner Coy Gibbs, “We have great confidence in our riders, and we’re thrilled we can provide them with RM-Z450s to race. We have discussed fielding a 250 effort for several years, our entire team is pumped about this strategic partnership that includes both the RM-Z450s and RM-Z250s with Suzuki and we’re looking for great things.”
We’ll have more in the coming days about the move. Jason Weigandt went more in-depth about the move last week.