BREA, Calif. (November 16, 2016) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) today is proud to announce the signing of Phil Nicoletti and Matt Bisceglia to ride RM-Z250s during the 2017 Supercross season as part of the newly formed JGRMX Suzuki team.
Nicoletti, a long-time JGR team member, is eager to race the Suzuki RM-Z250 and compete for podiums and wins during the Supercross season before transitioning to the RM-Z450 for the Motocross season. Bisceglia is no stranger to the RM-Z250 as he competed on one last year during supercross and is looking forward to building on his Toronto SX podium as he works his way up the podium ladder in 2017. Matt will continue to ride the RM-Z250 when the season goes Outdoors in May.
“The launch of JGRMX Suzuki has been very exciting for Suzuki and with Justin Barcia’s podium performance in his debut race at Bercy-Lille on the RM-Z450 last weekend, anticipation is high for the start of the Supercross season” said Kerry Graeber, Vice President, MC/ATV Sales and Marketing for SMAI. “Suzuki is focused on re-energizing its 250 class platform, and the addition of a strong effort between JGRMX and Suzuki, with assistance from Yoshimura R&D will allow us to compete for championships in the near future.”
“We are really looking forward to having a 250 effort this year as part of our team,” said JGRMX Team Owner Coy Gibbs. “This is the perfect opportunity for riders who feel they have some unfinished business in the class like Phil and other riders like Matt who are looking for a stepping stone into the 450 ranks in the coming years.”
About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.
About JGRMX: JGRMX, a division of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), was founded by Coy Gibbs, son of Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach and championship Sprint Cup team owner Joe Gibbs, at the start of the 2008 Supercross Series. Based in Huntersville, N.C., JGRMX includes pro-racers with extensive backgrounds in the sport including Justin Barcia and Weston Peick. The team is scheduled to participate at the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship with support from Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. aboard Suzuki RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 race machines. Visit www.jgrmx.com.