PRESS RELEASE: Suzuki Motor USA, LLC (Suzuki) is happy to call its riders for the upcoming 2024 Supermotocross season. The HEP Motorsports and BARX Suzuki groups arrive again to signify Suzuki with robust returning expertise together with promising new recruits. The Pipes Motorsports Group’s twin workforce effort will once more compete within the 450-class championship. The 2024 Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki squad will discipline a stable lineup of 5 riders competing for motion throughout each 250 and 450 lessons.
For 2024, HEP Motorsports returns with two squads below the HEP cover: Progressive Insurance coverage ECSTAR Suzuki and Twisted Tea Suzuki Introduced by Progressive Insurance coverage.
The 2024 Progressive Insurance coverage ECSTAR Suzuki workforce options elite rider Ken Roczen (94) competing on the confirmed Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen had an especially profitable season in 2023 in his return to Suzuki; earned an emotional win on the Indy Supercross and captured a number of podium finishes all through 2023. Roczen’s clever, technical driving type and stable performances resulted in a robust second-place end within the 2023 Supermotocross Championship, and tied for third place within the 2023 Supercross season. Roczen was additionally topped the general winner of the MXGP class on the MX of Nations in France and capped off the season because the 2023 World Supercross Champion.
“I’m excited to be again for 2024 with the Progressive Insurance coverage ECSTAR Suzuki Crew. We’ve constructed an excellent basis, and I’m desirous to proceed to attempt to put our Suzuki on the rostrum. The workforce and I are very motivated!” stated Roczen.
Ken Roczen (94) is able to prolong his 2023 momentum into continued robust 2024 success.
HEP Motorsports’ Twisted Tea Suzuki Introduced by Progressive Insurance coverage effort continues in 2024 with veteran riders, crowd favourite Kyle Chisholm (11) from Clearwater, FL, and established professional Shane McElrath (12) who hails from Canton, NC.
With low season coaching persevering with, Kyle Chisholm (11) brings his setup experience to the 2024 Supermotocross World Championship.
In 2023, Chisholm introduced stable competitors and race bike set-up expertise to the HEP workforce whereas additionally racing to seventeenth within the 2023 Supermotocross World Championship. Chisholm earned constant finishes throughout the supercross and motocross segments of the season. His testing and improvement expertise behind the scenes have been a key component to the HEP workforce’s 2023 success. With Chisholm’s in depth background in each SX and MX, Chisholm’s behind-the-scenes work, and insights will probably be instrumental to the HEP workforce’s continued development.
“I’m trying ahead to the 2024 season with the workforce. This will probably be my second yr with the workforce, and I’m happy with all of the progress made in 2023 with the RM-Z450 and with the workforce as a complete. Everybody labored nice collectively, and we want to construct on that and be even higher in 2024. The workforce is working extraordinarily laborious, and we now have such a great beginning place, I really feel we’re going to do nice issues. I’m trying ahead to the season and having enjoyable and extra success with the workforce,” said Chisholm.
Shane McElrath (12) eagerly preps for the Supermotocross World Championship at Anaheim 1.
Alongside Chisholm, the workforce fields Shane McElrath who returns for 2024 and additional augments the workforce’s 450-class effort to guide the RM Military. A two-time 250 West sequence championship runner-up, McElrath is anticipating making severe strides in 2024.
“I’m excited to be again with the Twisted Tea Progressive Suzuki Crew for the complete 2024 season, and am trying ahead to persevering with to develop and construct off of all the pieces realized final season. It’s a robust workforce, a extremely good group of individuals with a number of expertise; so I’m trying to apply their wealth of information this yr. I feel that may do lots for me and I’m desirous to go racing. We’ll see you all in Anaheim!” stated McElrath.
Pipes Motorsports Group Crew Precept, Dustin Pipes echoes his riders’ enthusiasm for the upcoming season. “I’m genuinely excited for the 2024 season. The workforce is working extraordinarily laborious in preparation for the season forward, and we’re optimistic to see the way it pays off. We’ve an excellent group returning with Ken, Shane, and Kyle the place we hope to construct on the continuity achieved throughout final season. All our athletes signify the workforce to the best customary, and I couldn’t ask for a greater group of men to race with,” commented Pipes.
Revered chief Larry Brooks will proceed as HEP’s workforce supervisor, and Brooks anticipates continued robust outcomes from each squads. “We’re anxious for this upcoming season and motivated for an additional profitable yr! We’ve been working laborious this low season to come back into Anaheim 1 able to race. It’s nice to have Ken, Kyle, and Shane return for an additional season. We made a number of progress in 2023. We’re trying to proceed constructing in 2024. Ken is coming off an excellent low season, successful the World Supercross Championship. Kyle and Shane each had robust off-seasons. A whole lot of work goes into racing. I stay up for seeing it play out come January sixth at Angel Stadium!” said Brooks.
The 2024 HEP Motorsports workforce’s Suzuki RM-Z450s are prepared for 2024.
Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki Crew
For 2024, Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki will primarily race the sharp-handling Suzuki RM-Z250s whereas additionally fielding one rider within the 450 class with the Suzuki RM-Z450. BARX will discipline a workforce of 5 younger rivals with various, progressive backgrounds in a number of SX and MX sequence. Every has the identical need and goal of placing BARX Suzuki on the rostrum in 2024.
Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki will discipline up-and-coming rider Preston Boespflug (128), a fierce, younger competitor climbing up the SMX ranks. From the aptly named Battle Floor, WA, Boespflug carded a promising sixth place within the 250 All-Stars major occasion on the 2023 SMX World Championship finale. Boespflug brings his robust work ethic and a targeted, aggressive spirit to the BARX squad. He’ll acquire precious expertise competing within the first spherical of the Supercross Futures at Anaheim 2 earlier than transferring to contest the 250 East sequence in 2024, his first full SMX season as a professional.
“I’m extremely excited to start out my rookie season on a stable bike. The Suzuki RM-Z250 has been nice this preseason and my workforce has been behind me every step of the best way!” exclaimed Boespflug.
Preston Boespflug (128) appears to make an impression with Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki in his first professional season.
Former nationwide French 250-class phenom, Anthony Bourdon (945) appears to switch his world expertise to SMX success for BARX in 2024.
One other substantial addition to the 2024 BARX workforce is Anthony Bourdon (945), the seven-year professional and the 2020 French Elite nationwide MX2 champion. Hailing from the browsing hotbed of Europe- Seignosse, France, Bourdon has been a stable and trendy SX2 competitor on the world stage, with a robust total podium outcome on the 2023 Paris Supercross together with a major occasion win; Bourdon joins BARX to deliver his ample driving expertise to SMX on the Suzuki RM-Z250.
“I’m extremely completely satisfied to race within the US driving with Suzuki. I started my profession racing a Suzuki RM85, and I’ve nice reminiscences of the bike; so I’m excited to journey once more with Suzuki. Coming to the US to journey Supercross is the dream of any Supercross rider, and I’m glad Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki and Myron gave me this chance. I had a great 2023 season, and I really feel nice mentally and bodily. I’ll give my best possible to place the yellow bike on the rostrum. Let’s maintain coaching and see you at A1,” stated Bourdon.
Max Miller (87) joins BARX to problem for the 250 West sequence crown.
One other stable rider for the 2024 BARX squad is Max Miller (87) from Springfield, OR additionally competing within the 250 West sequence. A longtime professional in his fourth season, Miller brings stable SX expertise to the BARX workforce for 2024. Returning to the BARX fold for 2024 is Alpine, CA racer Dilan Schwartz (40). Schwartz returns having earned top-15 ends in the ultra-competitive class in 2023 and can journey the 250 East sequence.
Dilan Schwartz (40) returns to BARX Suzuki for 250 East racing in 2024.
Derek Drake (52) heads up BARX’s 450-class SMX effort for 2024.
Using for BARX’s 2024 450-class effort, is San Luis Obispo, CA’s Derek Drake (52). Drake will race the Suzuki RM-Z450 and proceed to point out the unbelievable velocity displayed throughout choose motocross races final yr. Named the 2018 AMA Horizon Award winner, and beginning his fifth yr as a professional, Drake earned a number of top-twelve ends in the 250 West class in 2023.
“I’m trying ahead to the RM-Z450 this season, this will probably be a complete new problem for me that I’m extremely enthusiastic about. We even have some new personnel this yr that I get pleasure from working with so will probably be an excellent yr!” stated Drake.
Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki is prepared for the 2024 season.
Additionally supported by Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki within the 250 class are three up-and-coming newbie riders, every with stable momentum as they method the professional sport and acquire precious expertise in opposition to the game’s finest. Nathan Abbott from Simi Valley CA, Cole Timboe from Calimesa, CA, and Leo Tucker from East Dubuque, IL be a part of the BARX squad. With extra help from Suzuki seller Simi Valley Cycles, these BARX newbie riders will acquire stable expertise all through the 2024 Supermotocross season.
For 2024 Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki will probably be managed by James Coy. Coy brings a stable workforce administration background in addition to robust newbie rider improvement expertise gained over the past decade. Coy seeks to deliver BARX collectively as an actual pressure in each SMX lessons whereas persevering with to develop younger riders into important rivals.
“I’m thrilled about this new problem, I eagerly anticipate contributing to the success of the Toyota Redlands BARX Suzuki workforce all through the 2024 Supermotocross season,” claimed Coy.
Suzuki is worked up to race with BARX within the 2024 Supermotocross World Championship and anticipates seeing the complete RM Military on the venues and tracks all through 2024.
The 2024 Supermotocross season kicks off as soon as extra at Angel Stadium on January sixth, 2024, at Angel Stadium for Anaheim 1.