BREA, Calif. – JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing announced its race teams for the upcoming Monster Energy Supercross season on Monday evening.
Geared up to take on the 450 class are two-time 450 Supercross champion Chad Reed and Justin Hill. In addition, Alex Martin will join Jimmy Decotis, Kyle Peters and Enzo Lopes in the 250 class.
The four-rider 250 program will race with the all-new Suzuki RM-Z250.
Weston Peick, a 450 class favorite, will also return to the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for his fifth year. However, due to a serious injury at the Paris Supercross in November where he suffered multiple facial injuries, Peick will not be competing until he is healthy and ready.
Peick is hopeful to return to the track this season. Until then, he will sign autographs and meet fans at various Supercross races.
Fourth on the all-time Supercross win list, with 44 main event victories, Reed is one of the most popular riders in the paddock and will contest the 17-round 450 Supercross series on a Suzuki RM-Z450.
The 36-year-old had a busy off-season, sweeping the S-X Open in New Zealand and capturing the International FIM Oceania Championship.
“Chad Reed is a consummate professional, and I see that he has that hunger to win,” said Jeremy Albrecht, JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager. “I’m also eager to see Justin Hill race in the 450 class. The kid is an incredible talent. He has really ramped up his training program this off-season. I am looking forward to Weston Peick lining up to the gate when he’s healthy. Peick is a tough person and fierce competitor.”
Hill, the 2017 Western Regional 250 Supercross champion, is moving up to the 450 class full-time next season. The Yoncalla, Ore., native contested several 450 Supercross rounds this year and served notice by logging fast qualifying times and running up front.
Decotis returns to the team for his second year. The Peabody, Mass., native earned a podium at the Dallas Supercross and positioned himself as a title contender before sustaining a back injury midway through the series.
Brazil’s Lopes raced the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this season under the JGRMX/Suzuki umbrella. The 19-year-old will contest his rookie season of Supercross on the Suzuki RM-Z250. Lopes will join Decotis in the 250 West series.
Martin, out of Millville, Minn., has three podiums and eight top-five finishes in his Supercross career. The 29-year-old is gunning for the 250 East crown, which begins on Feb. 9 in Minneapolis.
Peters was the feel-good story of the Supercross season this year. The Greensboro, N.C., resident showed determination and resilience by finishing third at the Foxborough Supercross, while racing with multiple torn ligaments in his knee.
He underwent surgery and is eager to get back on the Supercross podium. Peters will join Martin in the 250 East series.
“In the 250 class, we scored a win and three podiums with three different riders in our first year as Suzuki’s 250 factory effort in 2018,” With Decotis and Peters returning to the team, Lopes making his Supercross debut, and proven veteran Martin on the team, I expect bigger things in 2019. The all-new Suzuki RM-Z250 is an outstanding platform, and all of the guys are very happy with it.”