BREA, Calif. (July 30, 2009) – American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) is proud to announce that the Suzuki motorcycle and ATV race teams continue to dominate their respective disciplines. As the end of the racing season draws near, Suzuki motorcycles and ATVs have taken the lead in the overall championship points standings in U.S. Road Racing, Motocross, the GNCC and AMA ATV Motocross racing.
In road racing, the awesome power of the Suzuki GSX-R leads the way. Six-time AMA Superbike
Champion Mat Mladin and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 hold sway in the AMA Superbike class by more than 100 points. So far this year, the formidable duo of Mladin and his GSX-R1000 have celebrated 10 victories and seven out of eight pole positions. In the AMA Daytona SportBike class, M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas has piloted the GSX-R600 to the top of the charts. Cardenas and the precise handling M4 Suzuki GSX-R600 are in control of the title chase, after having won six races this year.
In AMA Motocross, Chad Reed rules the premier class on his fuel-injected Rockstar Makita Suzuki RMZ450. The two-time AMA Supercross Champion Reed leads the 450 class points chase and has been the picture of consistency this year with eight out of 10 podium finishes – three of which were overall wins.
In the 250 class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Ryan Dungey recently picked up another victory and is now tied for the overall championship lead. This year, Dungey and the agile-handling RM-Z50 have won four races and been on the podium a total of six times. As if the Suzuki RM-Z450’s performance wasn’t impressive enough, in the GNCC, off-road racers Joshua Strang and Charles Mullins have raced their FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450s to second- and third-places overall, respectively, and have five 2009 victories between them.
In the two ATV racing series, the powerful and smooth-running Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer R450s, like their two-wheeled counterparts, lead the way. In the AMA ATV Motocross Championship, defending champion Dustin Wimmer is at the top of the series standings after picking up five victories this year. Similarly, in the GNCC XC1 Pro ATV class, Chris Borich has racked up six wins and commands the title chase. Suzuki’s race team action continues this weekend with the Rockstar Makita Suzuki road race team at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas, and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki AMA ATV MX team at Red Bud Track ‘N’ Trail in Buchanan, Michigan. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki Motocross team has a short break before their next round at Unadilla Sports Center in New Berlin, New York, in August and both GNCC squads are on summer break until September.
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.