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Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. reached an agreement with Team Hammer to become its official team for the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Road Racing Series at the end of 2019.

In addition to their continued participation in Supersport and Twins Cup, Team Hammer (M4 ECSTAR Suzuki) will now field Suzuki’s premier Superbikes and add the Stock 1000 class to its list.

Suzuki and Team Hammer have a long history together. With more than 30 years of valued partnership, they have clinched numerous victories, proving Suzuki sport bikes are among the best in the world with power-driven performance and a championship-winning reputation.

In 2019, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong became the 2019 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion aboard a GSX-R600 while Alex Dumas took the Twins Cup title on an SV650.

In 2020, Team Hammer will celebrate its 40th consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. In addition to a decorated list of accomplishments in various national and international championships, their success at the AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National level is exceptional.

To date, riders on bikes prepared and fielded by the team have earned an accumulated seven AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National titles while racking up 83 race victories and 234 podium finishes in MotoAmerica Superbike, MotoAmerica Supersport, MotoAmerica Twins Cup, AMA Formula Xtreme, AMA 750cc Supersport, and AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike.

M4 ECSTAR SUZUKI RIDERS:


Toni Elias (SBK):

Entering his fifth season of MotoAmerica competition, Spanish superstar Toni Elias has already etched out a place for himself among the series’ all-time greats.

The Spaniard took the series by storm in 2016, winning the first three MotoAmerica Superbike races of his career on the all-new GSX-R1000, and he hasn’t eased up since: After finishing his rookie campaign ranked third, Elias won the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike title in dominant fashion and followed that up with runner-up placements in 2018 and 2019.

Arguably even more impressive than his season-long accomplishments are the physics-defying feats he pulls off in a relentless pursuit of the chequered flag. One of the most spectacular riders in the world.

In just four seasons, he has already racked-up 32 MotoAmerica Superbike wins, tying him with the legendary Miguel DuHamel for fourth in series’ history.

Elias was already a highly-decorated rider before he arrived on the American scene. Prior to coming to MotoAmerica, Elias was the 2010 Moto2 World Champion and a Grand Prix race winner in the MotoGP, Moto2, 250cc, and 125cc World Championships.

In joining Team Hammer, Elias continues his association with Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. that has spanned the entirety of his MotoAmerica career. It also sees him join forces with a hugely experienced racing outfit entering its fourth decade of competition with seven AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National titles, 83 victories, and 234 podiums to its credit.

Bobby Fong (SBK):

2019 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Bobby Fong has stepped up to contest the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike season on an M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Fong earned the promotion to official Suzuki Superbike duty with his breakout ‘19, in which he locked-up the Supersport crown a round early via an epic six win, 14 top-two campaign.

Long recognised as one of the most gifted, thrilling, and outright fastest racers on the MotoAmerica scene, the Californian further rounded out his game with improved consistency and race craft a year ago, and was well rewarded for his efforts.

Fong has previously proven to be adaptable, claiming dozens of AMA Pro and MotoAmerica podiums across several classes, including Superbike. In order to take maximum advantage of the opportunity before him, Fong will again work closely with four-time AMA Superbike champion Josh Hayes as his riding coach.

Sean Dylan Kelly (Supersport):

Rising star Sean Dylan Kelly is fresh off a breakthrough rookie MotoAmerica campaign and figures to be a pre-season favourite for the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Supersport crown.

The 17-year-old racked up seven podium finishes in 2019, including a spectacular double victory at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

That impressive maiden MotoAmerica campaign was previewed by an eye-opening performance in the 78th Daytona 200 - in which the Floridian became the youngest pole winner in the prestigious event’s history and ultimately claimed a runner-up finish - and then celebrated with a Moto2 wild card ride at the season’s end.

Prior to joining Team Hammer, ‘SDK’ originally built his reputation as a rider to watch as a 13-year-old at the 2015 Cup World Finals, and then a three-time participant in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup; a stint he capped-off with a top-10 championship performance in 2018.

Lucas Silva (Supersport):

Young gun Lucas Silva emigrated with his family from São Paulo, Brazil, to Miami, Florida, in 2008 and quickly got involved in the local racing scene with his older brothers Bruno and Fernando.

After getting his feet wet in go-kart competition, Silva followed his brothers to two wheels and quickly established himself as one of the most talented up-and-coming young racers in the nation.

In 2017, Silva and his brothers made history in CCS Florida when Lucas was flanked by his brothers in an Unlimited Grand Prix podium lockout.

That same season, the teenager made an impressive initial foray on to the national scene, scoring an eighth-place result in his MotoAmerica debut in the Supersport season opener, and then returned to close-out the season with a run of four consecutive Superstock 600 top-10s.

Building on the experience he gained campaigning his first full MotoAmerica season in 2018, Silva took his game to another level in 2019. Last year, he finished 11th in the MotoAmerica Supersport standings on the strength of ten top-10 finishes with the promise of even greater results on the horizon.

Alex Dumas (Twins Cup):

Already a two-time MotoAmerica national champion, Alex Dumas has enjoyed a truly meteoric rise in the sport.

The 18-year-old French Canadian from Québec City established himself as a rider to watch with a promising 2017 season. That year, Dumas demonstrated his potential late in the year with four straight RC 390 Cup victories.

He then confirmed his status as one of the brightest stars on the MotoAmerica scene with a stellar 2018, dominating the inaugural Junior Cup on the strength of 10 victories in 17 races - at times in utterly dominant fashion - en route to an overwhelming 74-point championship victory.

In his first season with Team Hammer, Dumas graduated to MotoAmerica Twins Cup duty and promptly won that championship as well. He proved particularly formidable aboard the Roadracing World Young Guns Suzuki SV650 down the stretch, stacking up eighth straight podiums to close out the season, including five race wins. And for the second consecutive season, he earned the crown with more than a full race’s advantage in hand, securing the title by a wide 26-point margin.







 



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