#18 - WESTON PEICK
A part of the JGRMX family, California’s Weston Peick returns to the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for a fifth consecutive year. The Suzuki rider has made notable progress throughout the last couple years, earning several podiums. Peick earned National #18 and was looking forward to a breakout year in 2019. Unfortunately, "The Viking" sustained major injuries at the Paris Supercross in November. There isn't currently an accurate timetable for his return, but he will be traveling to various races with the team and meeting his fans. When he returns, he will be on a Suzuki RM-Z450.
Joe Gibbs is known for saying, "In professional sports you win with people.” Coy Gibbs knows that building a motocross team from the ground up is no easy task, and having the right people will make all the difference in the success of the effort. Understanding that success in NASCAR will not directly translate into success in motocross, Coy has hired a team with extensive backgrounds in the sport. Jeremy Albrecht manages the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team, and he is assisted by a crew of devoted and professional members. The team is Suzuki's official factory racing program in Monster Energy Supercross and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.
MEET THE TEAM
Dean Baker once again will handle the engine development. Five-time Arenacross Champion Buddy Antunez serves as the assistant team manager and riding coach. Jonny Oler is responsible for the 450 suspension duties. Spencer Bloomer heads up research and development. Rene Zapata is the liason between JGRMX and Suzuki in Japan. David Evans takes care of sponsorship management, while John Basher serves as the communications manager. In total, there are 16 employees at JGRMX's headquarters in Huntersville, NC. For 2019, we are excited to welcome Chad Reed and Alex Martin, and welcome back Weston Peick, Justin Hill, Jimmy Decotis, Kyle Peters and Enzo Lopes.
John is the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team 450 rider transport driver. In this role he is in charge of the tractor and 53' trailer used to haul the 250 team bikes and equipment from race to race. Click on the photo to learn more about John Shelburne.
#67 - ENZO LOPES
2019 JGRMX/YOSHIMURA/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING TEAM MEMBERS
2019 JGRMX/YOSHIMURA/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING TEAM RIDERS
Dean Baker, a former professional racer, has built championship engines while working alongside JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory race team manager Jeremy Albrecht at Kawasaki Factory Racing, and now again at JGRMX. Dean has built engines for many of the sport's best and brightest stars. Click on Dean's picture to learn more.
Mitchell rejoins JGRMX after stepping away to run his own engine tuning operation. Mitchell has been working on motorcycles practically his entire life, including assisting numerous top amateur racers, as well as other professional teams. He was previously with JGRMX and left in 2011, before returning to provide his experience and expertise within the race division of the organization.
Amateur hot-shot racer turned five-time AMA Arenacross Champion turned trainer, Buddy Antunez is used to reinventing himself. "Budman" is the assistant team manager and rider coach for the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Race Team. Buddy will be at all of the races, working with the riders on such things as line selection and body positioning, while also working with Jeremy Albrecht.
Jonny has extensive experience as a factory-level suspension tuner, and moved to North Carolina to become the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Race Team's 450 suspension technician when the team started in 2007. Click on Jonny's picture to learn more.
Rene Zapata never had aspirations of racing motocross professionally, but he did learn early on that working on motorcycles was something that he enjoyed. Rene turned that passion into a job with Matt Boni. Zapata has worked for several high-profile teams during his time, including Ryan Morais and James Stewart. Rene most recently worked at Yoshimura. The expansion of the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Race Team required a parts manager--someone who could be the liason between the team and Suzuki in Japan--and Zapata moved to North Carolina to fill the role.
John joined the JGRMX team at the start of 2017 after a long tenure with Motocross Action magazine in California. Basher brings his media expertise–writing race reports, conducting interviews, publishing a weekly newsletter, handling media inquiries, and disseminating team information to the masses. Other responsibilities include running the JGRMX hard parts and apparel division. You can email John at email@example.com
Ben Schiermeyer handles the tuning duties for Justin Hill. His beard can be seen for miles, and his tuning skills are exceptional. Ben has a tireless work ethic. Whether spinning wrenches or hammering out long road bike rides, Schiermeyer is full speed ahead. Click on Ben's photo for more information.
David founded motocross consulting firm MX EDGE in 1999. A long time amateur racer, David found himself an industry insider after playing a role in securing Chevy Trucks as a major sponsor to Kawasaki, Pro Circuit, and the AMA. David has been working with JGRMX founder Coy Gibbs from the very start, assisting with employee recruitment, suppliers, and sponsorship. Click on David's picture to learn more.
Lee McCollum has been there and done that. A tuner since 1990, Lee cut his teeth with the factory KTM team. His first rider was Keith Johnson. In the past three decades McCollum has enjoyed several highs, such as winning the 125 East Supercross title with Tim Ferry in 1997; the 2000 AMA 125 National Championship with Travis Pastrana; and the 2001 East Supercross title with Travis Pastrana. Lee also won races with Broc Hepler while the pairing worked for Factory Suzuki. In 2017, McCollum lived in SoCal and wrenched for several of the JGRMX 250 riders. In 2018, Lee uprooted and moved to North Carolina to work more closely with the team. He will be spinning the wrenches for Alex Martin in the 250 East Supercross series.
Wes Hunter has always had an interest in motorcycles. The North Carolina native has worked the wrenches for Luke Renzland on the Traders Racing team, and now he's part of the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Team as Kyle Peters' mechanic.
An avid racer, Indiana's Jared Keller works under Jonny Oler and helps fulfill the suspension duties for the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team riders.
Spencer came to JGRMX more than prepared to fulfill the role of Research and Development Technician. Spencer can do it all–from developing products to building motocross tracks, welding subframes, and more. He's a jack of all trades. Click on Spencer's picture to learn more.
The team is proud to welcome back New England’s very own ‘Rippa,’ Jimmy Decotis, to the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for a second year. Decotis returns to the brand that was his first motorcycle sponsor during his amateur years. Jimmy earned a podium at the opening 250 East Supercross round (Dallas) in 2018, but suffered a back injury at the Daytona round. He returned to race the majority of the 250 Nationals. Jimmy will race the 250 West series in 2019.
#64 - JIMMY DECOTIS
Enzo Lopes returns to the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team after receiving the call to contest the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The 19-year-old from Lajeado, Brazil, looks sharp and ready for his rookie 250 Supercross season. The Brazilian has proven to be a quick learner and is adapting well to racing at the highest level. Lopes will contest the 250 West Supercross series, alongside Jimmy Decotis.
#55 - KYLE PETERS
Kyle Peters was the feel-good story of 2018. After tearing multiple ligaments in his knee at the Minneapolis Supercross, the Greensboro, NC native suited up and raced the Foxborough Supercross with a heavily taped up knee. Against insurmountable odds, Peters gutted out a podium finish. He underwent knee surgery and missed the summer. However, he's healthy again and ready to take on the 250 East Supercross class aboard the all-new Suzuki RM-Z250.
#22 - Chad Reed
Owner of 44 premiere Supercross wins (third on the all-time list), with two 450 Supercross titles and several regional Supercross Championships, Chad Reed is a welcome addition to the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing effort for 2019. Reed is slated to contest the Monster Energy Supercross Championship on the same motorcycle brand he had much success earlier in his career–Suzuki.
#46 - JUSTIN HILL
The 2017 AMA 250 Western Regional Supercross Champion, Oregon's Justin Hill earned a Supercross victory at the San Diego Supercross before getting his feet wet in the 450 class. Hill was on pace to win the Tampa Supercross in his very first 450 Supercross, but a crash relegated him to sixth. Justin raced eight 450 Nationals in 2018 and finished inside the top-five on multiple occasions. Hill will contest the 450 Monster Energy Supercross class and 450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross class on a full-time basis for 2019.
#26 - ALEX MARTIN
No stranger to the podium, Minnesota's Alex Martin joins the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for 2019. "Troll" has finished runner-up in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 series several times. He has tasted victory outdoors, and has earned several podiums in 250 Supercross. Martin will contest the 250 East Supercross series, alongside Kyle Peters.
Joe Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls during his first stint as Washington Redskins coach from 1981-1992, formed JGR in July 1991 with business partner Don Meredith. JGR is one of the most successful teams in the Sprint Cup Series, having produced championships in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2015. Click on Joe's picture to learn more.
With 11 AMA titles under his belt, Jeremy Albrecht has led the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Race Team from day one. He has been instrumental in ensuring that JGRMX continues to be one of the most well respected, welcoming, and competitive teams in the paddock. Click on Jeremy's picture to learn more.
Coy Gibbs is the key driver and founder of the Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross division. A long-time motocross enthusiast, Coy decided the time was right to start a professional motocross team, which made its debuting in 2008. These days Coy splits his time between the JGR NASCAR operations and the motocross race team. Click on Coy's picture to learn more.