Suzuki signs AMA Supercross Champ

Reed to ride Suzuki RM-Z450 in 2009 season

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 08, 2008
AMA Supercross Champion Chad Reed has signed on to race for Suzuki’s factory team for 2009.

Reed, who won his second AMA Supercross title in May, will join Suzuki after having raced for Yamaha since he debuted in AMA racing in 2002. Reed also won the 2004 Supercross Championship for Yamaha’s factory team as well as the 2002 AMA 125cc East Region Championship for the Yamaha of Troy racing team.

The 26-year-old will ride Suzuki’s EFI RM-Z450 for the 2009 AMA Supercross season, as well as select Supercross events in his native Australia.

“I’m extremely excited to be starting a new chapter in my career and to be working with (team manager) Roger DeCoster and Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki,” says Reed. “It will be a whole new experience for me which I’m really looking forward to. I rode Suzukis for a good part of my amateur career and have some great memories from then and now I’m excited to be racing the new Suzuki EFI RM-Z450. I believe this bike and my new team have great potential and I couldn’t be happier.”

“I am very excited to have been able to sign Chad Reed to Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki,” says DeCoster. “Our team has worked very hard to get to the level we are at today and I’m glad we’ve been able to secure a rider with such accomplishments and determination as Chad so that we may continue to be top contenders. Our sponsors have been extremely supportive over the years and I’m happy that we are able to provide them a top-level rider and team to support him.”

Chad Reed will defend his AMA Supercross title next season on a different team and on a different bike.Since he began racing in America in 2002, Reed has compiled 42 AMA wins and 82 podium finishes in six years. Reed had previously raced in Australia, winning two national Supercross titles before joining Kawasaki’s factory team in 2001 for the 250cc Motocross World Championship where he finished second behind Mickael Pichon.

“We have a great heritage in racing here at American Suzuki,” says Mel Harris, vice president of Suzuki’s motorcycle operations. “Suzuki has been dominant in the road racing arena for several years and with the introduction of the RM-Z450 and the help of Ricky Carmichael, Roger DeCoster and our dedicated team, we’ve been able to elevate our position in Supercross and Motocross to that championship level. The signing of Chad helps us reinforce our position and goals for the future of Suzuki racing. We are very happy to have Chad join our team.”

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