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December 20, 2006

The managers of Team Suzuki’s official motocross teams from America, Japan and Europe were all praised by Suzuki Motor Corporation President & COO, Mr Hiroshi Tsuda, at a special reception held at the company’s headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, last week, to celebrate a successful 2007 racing season.

In the USA, Team Suzuki’s racing legend, Ricky Carmichael, retained both the AMA Supercross and Motocross titles on board his RM-Z450 production based racer, while in Japan, Yohei Kojima dominated the IA2 class of the All Japan Motocross Championship on his Team Suzuki RM-Z250. In the World MX1 Championship series, Team Suzuki’s young Belgian star riders, Kevin Strijbos and Steve Ramon climbed to second and third positions overall, proving themselves to be the stars of the future on the RM-Z450 factory machines.

Mr Tsuda welcomed American Suzuki’s MX Team Manager - Roger De Coster, Team Suzuki World MX1 Team Manager - Sylvain Geboers and Team Suzuki All Japan MX Team Manager - Taichi Yoshimura to the special celebration; “The continued worldwide success of Team Suzuki at the highest levels of Motocross and Supercross competition is a clear indication of Suzuki’s position as leaders in off-road motorcycle technology and performance. These championship victories are the Olympic Gold Medals of off-road motorcycle sport and serve to enforce and promote Suzuki’s strong sporting image around the world.

Roger DeCoster replied on behalf of the three Team Suzuki Managers; “We go racing with the aim of winning races and championships and this can only be achieved if we are given the tools to do the job. The dedication and commitment of the Suzuki factory to continually design, develop and produce the best racing machinery is what makes the difference and what helps us to produce the results in terms of these race and championship victories.

Roger Decoster presented Mr Tsuda with the AMA Manufacturer’s Title shield.

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