MEET THE TEAM
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.
Dean Baker once again will handle the engine development, along with Mitchell Key aiding in support. Spencer Bloomer heads up research and development. Rene Zapata is the liaison between JGRMX and Suzuki in Japan, as well as handling wrenching duties for Joey Savatgy. David Evans takes care of sponsorship management. There is a hard working group of employees at JGRMX's headquarters in Huntersville, NC. Joey Savatgy and Freddie Noren will contest the 450 Nationals, while Alex Martin will be racing the 250 class.
2020 JGRMX/YOSHIMURA/SUZUKI RACING TEAM RIDERS
#17 - JOEY SAVATGY
Joey Savatgy has done a lot of winning throughout his racing career. The California native was the 2011 FIM 125cc Junior World MX Champion. He earned the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Rookie of the Year award, and then catapulted into the 2016 250SX West Region runner-up spot. Savatgy has seven 250 National wins and five 250 Supercross wins to his credit. The 2020 season will be "Versace's" second full season in the 450 class, and the first year with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing squad.
#26 - ALEX MARTIN
No stranger to the podium, Minnesota's Alex Martin joined 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 West Supercross series, select 450 Nationals, and then turn his attention to the 250 Nationals where he will be seeking his first Pro title.
#31 - FREDRIK NOREN
A native of Lidkoping, Sweden, Noren moved across the pond in 2014 to pursue a racing career in the U.S. Noren is the 2010 Swedish MX2 (250) Champion, and served as Honda's test rider from 2014-2016. "Fast Freddie" joined the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team this last summer before the Southwick National and immediately made an impact by scoring a top-five finish. Noren will be contesting the 450 Supercross series.
#53 - JIMMY DECOTIS
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 third year. Decotis returns to the brand that was his first motorcycle sponsor during his amateur years. Jimmy earned several podiums in the 2019 250 West Supercross series. Decotis is slated to race several 450 Supercross rounds during the West coast swing, and then hop on a Suzuki RM-Z250 and contest the 250 East series.
2020 JGRMX/YOSHIMURA/SUZUKI RACING TEAM MEMBERS
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, 2015 and 2019. Click on Joe'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 again in 2020.
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 a mechanic.
Yuzo joined the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing team after working at several high-profile racing operations in California. Yuzo is an expert at mapping, electronics, and engine modifications.
An avid racer, Indiana's Jared Keller helps fulfill the suspension duties for the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team riders.
John is the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team transport driver. In this role he is in charge of the tractor and 53' trailer used to haul the team bikes and equipment from race to race. Click on the photo to learn more about John Shelburne.