Brea, Calif, (July 27, 2017) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., (SMAI) and RCH Racing today announced the mutual decision to conclude their partnership agreement at the end of the 2017 AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross championship series. 

“It’s been a privilege to work with such a driven group of individuals and Suzuki is very appreciative of the hard work and efforts the team has put forth culminating in the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship”, said Kerry Graeber, Suzuki’s Vice President, MC/ATV Sales and Marketing.  “The team and Suzuki achieved their respective goals of winning a championship and it’s gratifying to conclude this partnership successfully.”

“As defending AMA Pro Motocross Champions, it’s tough to get to the point where plans evolve and tough business decisions must be made,” said RCH team co-owner Ricky Carmichael. “My partner Carey Hart and I are very proud of our guys and grateful we were able to achieve the success we did as a team. I am also personally looking forward to continuing my long relationship with Suzuki in another capacity as we wind down RCH.”   

Carmichael will continue his role as Suzuki Brand Ambassador representing the company, hosting the Camp Carmichael event for Suzuki’s amateur racers, as well as working with Suzuki’s Racing programs and assisting with future product development.

Suzuki will announce further plans for its 2018 Supercross and Motocross Racing efforts in the coming weeks.

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GD2 GD2 7/27/2017 11:11 AM

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Nothing about the race team folding up, only ending the partnership with Suzuki and RC. Hart may still be in this at a different level and with a different manufacturer. Maybe? Hope so

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This is not really that big of a surprise, honestly. Suzuki's have lost every shoot out for the last few years, even though the bike is decent. They swallowed the Jim Jones Cool Aid and went to HORRID air forks, beyond bad, did anyone test them ? Doubtful. and who is the brains behind the engineering that also put the green light on the bike weighing 260 lbs? Cmon, Really !!! It costs MILLIONS of dollars to run a factory team, and if your bike on the showroom floor is a garbage scow, its just gonna sit there while Mom and Pop dealership are forced to try and sell an anchor to a drowning man. Ken Roczen won the title because he told them to change the bike to match him, it only took a year and a half. Suzuki needs to build an 08 RM250 2 stroke engine, in a modern chassis, with real true to life SPRING forks that actually move, then sales would pick up. The 2018 450 made me yawn, just like all of the 450s,They are NO FUN to ride and cost a fortune to make them right after already costing a fortune to buy in the first place . Oh yeah and they all made their bikes HEAVIER!!! More engineering excellence!!! Don't cry for RCH , they got smart and quit LOSING their money, plain and simple.

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Yep, the 2018 is a 2012. The "new" bike is 6 years late and heavy. In 2012 it would have been on par with the other manufacturer offerings. But in 2018? What sets it apart? What's the competitive advantage? 2012 CRF frame? Massaged 2008 motor?

If Suzuki wants to survive the 4 stroke mess that the AMA (meaning 200cc 2 stroke handicap) helped to create, they need to listen to their former and possible future vet class customers and build the 2018 RM 250 and RM125 out of off the shelf parts. Better yet, an RM400.

Keep doing the insane and your sales won't be.

If this takes too long KTM and Husqvarna will have conquered the vet market for good and Suzuki, a legendary company in motocross history will just be something in a Tom White article.

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I read Ricky Carmichael will extend his "employment" with Suzuki however the "RCH Suzuki Team" members will need to be looking for a job.......

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