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SUZUKI CAMP CARMICHAEL REWARDS SUZUKI AMATEUR RACERS WITH EXCLUSIVE RICKY CARMICHAEL RIDING SCHOOL

March 2, 2012

BREA, CA (March 2, 2012) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) is excited to offer Suzuki amateur motocross racers the chance to attend the first-ever “Suzuki Camp Carmichael,” a special riding school with legendary racer Ricky Carmichael at his private training facility in Tallahassee, FL. Occurring in conjunction with Suzuki’s recently announced $4.2 million Motocross Contingency Program, Suzuki Camp Carmichael is scheduled for the week prior to the 2012 Winter National Olympics (Mini O’s). For racers that will be going to Mini O’s afterwards, there will be space reserved for Suzuki Camp Carmichael riders at Gatorback.

To be eligible to win a coveted spot at Suzuki Camp Carmichael, riders must purchase a new RM or RM-Z motocross bike, sign up for the 2012 Suzuki Motocross Contingency Program at suzukicycles.com/racing and go racing. For every contingency dollar they earn, racers also earn one point toward the camp. At the end of racing season, the 24 riders (twelve 85 riders and twelve 250/450 riders) with the most points will win a spot to Suzuki Camp Carmichael and receive one-on-one instruction from Carmichael himself. Throughout the season, racers can monitor their contingency dollars and camp points by visiting suzukicycles.com or Suzuki Scoop on Facebook. 

Don’t miss out on your chance to earn double points! The 3rd Annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross will be getting underway on March 11-12 at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. Pre-register now for the race, and get ready to take your share of over $18,000 in contingency, earning you double the amount of points as any other Suzuki paid event!

“I’m really excited to team up with Suzuki and have the opportunity to put together such a great program as Suzuki Camp Carmichael,” said Carmichael. “Suzuki’s RM and RM-Z product is the best out there and the camp is a great chance for riders of all ages to race, have fun, earn contingency and hone their skills at my track. I’m really looking forward to my upcoming Daytona Amateur Supercross event and the Suzuki Camp Carmichael later this year.”

“We at Suzuki are very excited about Suzuki Camp Carmichael,” said Pat Alexander, ASMC amateur race support manager. “Over the years, Suzuki has enjoyed a very special relationship with Ricky Carmichael, who definitely is the Greatest Of All Time. Our factory supported Supercross and Motocross teams have benefitted greatly from Carmichael’s talent and training, and now we are delighted to share that with our amateur racers. Our hope is that Suzuki Camp Carmichael will be a unique and valuable experience for a select group of young riders fortunate enough to train directly with the GOAT. No doubt about it, 2012 is the year to race a Suzuki!”

Points for Suzuki Camp Carmichael will be awarded based off contingency earned from November 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. Any event that Suzuki pays contingency for during these program dates will earn points toward Suzuki Camp Carmichael. Suzuki will announce the winners on October 15, 2012.

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) founded The Motorcycle and ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, CA, in 1963. ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries. For more information visit www.suzukicycles.com.

About Ricky Carmichael: Ricky Carmichael won 102 American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Motocross Nationals and 48 AMA Supercross main events for a record 150 major wins between 1997 and 2007. The Tallahassee, Fla., resident won 10 AMA Motocross Championships and five AMA Supercross crowns, giving him a record 15 major titles in his career. After retiring from professional motocross racing, he began pursuing a career in auto racing and was named the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver. Currently, Carmichael can be found in the TV booth providing color commentary on CBS and Speed's Supercross coverage. As for motocross, he will forever be known as "the Goat," which stands for “greatest of all-time”. www.rickycarmichael.com

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