JGRMX/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has announced that Charles Lefrancois will join the team as a fill-in rider at in the 450SX Class at select rounds. The team signed Fredrik Noren at the beginning of December after Joey Savatgysuffered a heel injury at the 2019 AUS-X Open in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of November but then Noren suffered an injury at the second round St. Louis Supercross. With both Savatgy and Noren out for significant time, the team signed Broc Tickle following his two-year FIM suspension for an anti-doping test he failed following the 2018 San Diego Supercross. Tickle competed at the Tampa Supercross, where he finished 12th in his first race back, but suffered a broken hand during qualifying at the Arlington Supercross and was unable to start any of the three Triple Crown races.
Lefrancois, who has raced for Suzuki for several years, will make his debut with the team Saturday at the 50th Daytona Supercross. He competed in three rounds of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship where he recorded a best of 18th in the 450SX main event in Denver Supercross in April. Lefrancois has yet to compete in the U.S. in 2020 as he was competing in the UK Pro Arenacross, which he won last weekend.
Below is the full press release from JGRMX/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing:
Brea, CA—Charles Lefrancois will be joining the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing Team this weekend in Daytona for round 10 of the Monster Energy Supercross Series as a fill-in rider for both injured Fredrik Noren and Joey Savatgy. Lefrancois recently grabbed the 2020 UK Pro 450 Arenacross Championship title and will switch gears to Supercross on his Suzuki RM-Z450 in select rounds.
“It is a big dream of mine to ride for the JGR Suzuki Team,” said Lefrancois. “I’ve raced Suzuki motorcycles since 2012 and for me, it’s a great accomplishment to ride for this team. I will give it my best and not disappoint the team.”
“I’m excited to give support to a rider already on Suzuki,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “Geoff Walker who owns the SR75 team has been great to us over the years and has a rider that just won a championship. I met Charles last year and liked his work ethic. He has already been very appreciative in the last few days since arriving in the U.S. I feel like it’s a reward for winning the championship. Charles will race the next five rounds starting this weekend in Daytona.”
In addition to his UK Pro Arenacross Title, Lefrancois has also shown impressive accomplishments in the 2018 and 2019 German Supercross series, grabbing second place in both.