Yoshimura Suzuki withdraw from MotoAmerica after 40 years| Carole Shellby | World News
Yoshimura have withdrawn from the MotoAmerica Superbike series and will be replaced by Team Hammer.
The American arm of arguably Japan’s most famous tuning firm has had a 40-year association with Suzuki but will no longer run the race team.
“Yoshimura’s partnership with Suzuki has been instrumental to our core business the past 41 years,” said Don Sakakura, President of Yoshimura R&D.
“As a team, we accomplished tremendous racing milestones, leaving behind many special celebrations, as well as setbacks. Personally, it has been a true privilege to have worked closely with management and staff at Suzuki.
“The friendships I’ve developed will carry over my lifetime. Notably, the engineering team at Suzuki’s Japan headquarters has been extremely significant in our successes over the years.”
Yoshimura took 14 AMA titles and 212 race wins with riders such as Ben Spies, Mat Mladin, Wes Cooley and Toni Elias.
Next season Team Hammer will celebrate its 40th consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. In addition to a decorated list of accomplishments in various national and international championships,
Team Hammer’s success at the AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National level is exceptional. To date, riders on bikes prepared and fielded by the team have earned an accumulated seven AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National titles while racking up 83 race victories and 234 podium finishes in MotoAmerica Superbike, MotoAmerica Supersport, MotoAmerica Twins Cup, AMA Formula Xtreme, AMA 750cc Supersport, and AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike.
“We’re very happy that Suzuki is continuing its support of the MotoAmerica Series,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “Suzuki has been with us from the beginning and has continued to use our series to both develop and sell their motorcycles.
“Congratulations also to Team Hammer. That team has worked hard, has been a fixture in racing for a long, long time and has shown the ability to win lots of championships. We know that Suzuki will be in good hands at the racetrack in 2020 and beyond.”