By totalmotorcycle #ELIAS WITH #YOSHIMURA $SUZUKI FOR FULL #SBK SEASON
Team Suzuki Press Office – April 29.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has signed Toni Elias to race in the team for the remainder of the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike season.
The former Moto2 World Champion created a sensation when he won his first three MotoAmerica AMA Superbike races on a Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 as a fill-in rider for the injured Jake Lewis.??
With Elias joining the team, Lewis will move to Team Hammer on an M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Superstock 1000 class and is expected to return to competition at the Virginia International Raceway round next month. The transition became possible when Team Hammer rider/ owner Chris Ulrich has decided to retire from racing. Suzuki recognised the opportunity for Lewis and began a discussion with the team.
“Suzuki Motor of America is pleased to have the resources available and the support of our M4 and Yoshimura Suzuki teams to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Suzuki Road Race Manager Pat Alexander. “We have a tremendous heritage with the most championships on the GSX-R and these changes will give us a great opportunity to continue achieving strong results in both the MotoAmerica Superstock and Superbike classes.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Vice President Don Sakakura added: “We’re happy to have Toni officially join the team for the rest of the season. Toni has provided a great boost and wants to stay. The logistics were made easier for everyone when we learned Team Hammer had an opening. Having Jake available to step in and provide them a proven rider is a win-win situation for both teams. Jake will continue his development as a GSX-R1000 rider with Suzuki with one of the most established teams in the paddock.”
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