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May 7, 2012

BREA, CA (May 7, 2012) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) is ecstatic over the signing of acclaimed Supercross and Motocross Champion, James Stewart, to a multi-year contract with Yoshimura Suzuki Racing. Stewart will compete in both AMA Motocross and Supercross aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 beginning with the first round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Sacramento, CA on May 19th, 2012.

Suzuki has been a dominant force in Supercross and Motocross for a number of years and a leader in technology in order to maintain that stronghold with the continued development of the Suzuki fuel-injected RM-Z450. Since its introduction, the Suzuki RM-Z450 has amassed the most AMA Motocross Championships as well as the most motocross race wins of any four-stroke 450. The RM-Z was also the first four-stroke AMA Supercross Championship 450 and the first fuel-injected 450 to win AMA Supercross and Motocross titles. American Suzuki hopes to continue the success of the RM-Z brand with Stewart at the helm.

“Racing is in our blood and DNA here at American Suzuki,” said Suzuki Sr Director of Motorcycle & ATV Sales and Marketing, Larry Vandiver. “We’ve had such great success in both the road race and supercross/motocross arenas with our Yoshimura partnership and this new relationship with James Stewart will help propel that success for years to come. We’re also quite flattered with the interest and enthusiasm James has shown towards our brand. It rings in concert with our longtime marketing slogan that “Champions Choose Suzuki” – We couldn’t be more excited.”

“James is a great addition to our team,” added President of Yoshimura Racing, Don Sakakura. “He is an amazing rider and gifted athlete and we feel very fortunate to have him join Yoshimura Suzuki. We will do everything possible to help ensure his and the team’s success. Our company has been built on racing and winning championships and we intend to keep that tradition alive with James and his incredible skill on a motorcycle.”Stewart will join Yoshimura Suzuki Racing teammate, Brett Metcalfe, at the first round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown in Sacramento, CA on Saturday, May 19th.

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