Suzuki 2020 Winter Magazine

TEAM SUZUKI RACING NEWS 40 2020 Winter Issue World Endurance. So it made sense that Team Hammer and its supported satellite efforts would be more than competitive in 2020. That swagger was immediately put to the test by the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak that caused sporting events in America to be shut down. When the pandemic-delayed season finally opened, 2019 Supersport Champion Bobby Fong won his first Superbike race on his 10th day of riding a Team Hammer GSX-R1000R. By the time the final chequered flag had waved on a revised season, the Suzuki GSX-R1000R Superbikes ridden by Fong and Toni Elias, Suzuki GSX-R600 Supersport bikes ridden by Sean Dylan Kelly and Lucas Silva, Stock1000-class GSX-R1000s ridden by Alex Dumas and by Altus Motorsports’ Cam Petersen, plus a Twins Cup SV650 raced by Suzuki’s 15-year-old prodigy Rocco Landers had won 25 MotoAmerica races, earned 55 podium finishes, and clinched a pair of blowout national titles. Suzuki Motor of America Inc. also enjoyed its farewell season working with 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Toni Elias. Stateside Success! Following a decades-long, championship-winning association, Suzuki Motor of America Inc. asked Team Hammer Inc. to lead its official Superbike program for the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Road Racing season, competing under the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki banner. R iders on bikes built by Team Hammer can now boast of a combined nine AMA Pro/ MotoAmerica national titles. Riders who started their professional careers with Team Hammer have claimed three World Championships, two FIM Latin American Championships, and race victories in virtually every major road racing category in America, along with MotoGP, World Superbike and MotoAmerica AMA Superbikes 2017 MotoAmerica and 2010 Moto2 Champion Toni Elias announced his retirement from the team in 2020