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Suzuki has broken their ties with Yoshimura

https://www.roadracingworld.com/news...team-for-2020/

Brea, CA (December 13, 2019) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. announces it has reached an agreement with Team Hammer to become its official team for the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series. In addition to their continued participation in Supersport and Twins Cup, Team Hammer will now field Suzuki’s premier Superbikes and add the Stock 1000 class to its list. The team enters the series as Team Hammer Suzuki. Riders for each class will be announced later.

Don Sakakura, President of Yoshimura R&D commented on the unparalleled relationship between Suzuki and Yoshimura that spanned some four decades: “Yoshimura’s partnership with Suzuki has been instrumental to our core business the past 41 years,” said Sakakura. “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.”

Suzuki echoed Sakakura’s comments and thanked Yoshimura for its contribution to 212 race wins and 14 Championships in the AMA Superbike class, the most of any manufacturer.

Kerry Graeber, Suzuki’s vice president of sales and marketing stated that the Suzuki Yoshimura relationship remains strong. “Though Yoshimura won’t be operating our road racing team moving forward, we look forward to continuing together in many other aspects of our business.” Graeber noted that Yoshimura remains integral with JGR/Suzuki, the company’s supercross/motocross race team, as well as several sales and marketing programs. Graeber sees that not only continuing, but also possibly expanding.

Note: Reports from SX watchers are that Suzuki is not supporting any teams for 2020/ Also, Yoshimura found out about this change from the press release
 

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Suzuki echoed Sakakura’s comments and thanked Yoshimura for its contribution to 212 race wins and 14 Championships in the AMA Superbike class, the most of any manufacturer.

I just wanted to re post that. He He
 

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Well, here's a nice theory. Yosh made a LOT of parts for the Suzuki race teams, that weren't available to the public. Maybe they will start making more aftermarket parts available to us...


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It's Hammer Time!


You can't touch this!:0
 

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Poor form by Suzuki if Yoshimura actually found out by press release. Suzuki owes them for their contributions and successes. Hammer has some big shoes to fill.

Yoshimura took a body blow from the EPA lawsuit. They claimed that they could only pay a $225,000 reduced fine because of financial hardship. That's less than $5 for each of the 46,502 systems that violated the Clean Air Act (Two Brothers paid over $6.60 each and Modbargains over $400 each). Maybe they'd been shipping their profits back to Japan. Their website seems to have since been significantly scaled back.

Spyder is right about special parts being unavailable. Particularly in the Mladin-Spies era, the bikes were full of custom parts that only they had. I seem to recall Jordan grumbling about that. I always suspected that their Magneti Marelli ECMs were the hidden secret. It was removed from any bike that they sold. Even so they've had trouble challenging Yamaha since 2010. But lack of support from Suzuki, who had their own problems, might have been part of that.
 

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Once all bikes are electric I doubt exhaust cans will be much of an issue. Its coming sure as the sun will hopefully rise tomorrow. Its ETA is anybody's guess but it'll be at least a decade.
 
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