CHINO, CA – Check out the behind the scenes action of the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team at the second round of the 2014 AMA FIM Supercross Championship in Phoenix, AZ. James Stewart’s Suzuki RM-Z450 required a near complete rebuild after crashing out of the last qualifying session of the day.
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., (SMAI) announces the appointment of Takeshi Hayasaki as President. Mr. Hayasaki, a long-serving executive of Suzuki Motor Corporation, has many years of experience in the motorcycle/ATV industry, and began his new position December 16. The company also announced that Takao Kudo has been named Executive Vice President and will oversee the new After Sales Operations group.
“Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., is well-positioned right now for growth,” said Mr. Hayasaki, “with a new company focused on the recreational Powersports industry and exciting new models for 2014. I’m eager to work with Suzuki staff and dealers to continue this growth and brand momentum. We are creating opportunities for Suzuki dealers and Suzuki enthusiasts nationwide.”
BREA, Calif. April 02, 2013 –Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI), has been announced as the sole distributor of Suzuki motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, marine outboard engines and automotive parts and service in the contiguous United States and Alaska. This announcement comes following the restructuring of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC).
“We are pleased to announce this new company,” said Suzuki’s Motorcycle/ATV Vice President, Larry Vandiver. “This is a turning point for our brand and we look toward the future as we continue to offer industry-leading products as Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.”
SMAI is firmly committed to the motorcycle, ATV, scooter and marine industry and will focus on long-term growth in the American market. SMAI aims to bring the excitement of its product line into the powersports marketplace this spring and summer as it launches several exciting new products. The company is planning over 20 consumer events over the next several months, giving customers firsthand experience to try out its full lineup of sportbike, cruiser, touring, scooter, dual-sport, motocross, and KingQuad ATV’s. In addition, SMAI will also be cheering on its championship-winning riders at Supercross, motocross and roadracing events throughout the country!
The 2011 AMA Supercross and Motocross runner-up and former double Champion helped his country to the top step of the podium in a close finish to the 65th edition, run under showery skies and in front of a noisy, passionate and cosmopolitan 68,000 crowd at St Jean D’Angely in France.
Dungey scored second and third in his two motos to win the MX1 class and assist enormously with the points score for the defending Champions. It represented his third appearance in the Stars and Stripes colours and now involves a perfect 100% record. The rutty hard-pack was even more difficult when intermittent heavy showers made the dirt rough and slippery. Conquering the conditions for a landmark achievement was Dungey’s team-mate Brett Metcalfe whose seventh and 10th positions in the MX Open category hoisted Australia onto the podium for the first time ever in the history of the competition.