With the JGRMX team closing its doors following the conclusion of the 2020 AMA racing season, the future of Suzuki in AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross came into question. Since JGRMX would no longer be competing, it was expected the Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki team would be able to receive more support from the OEM since they would be the only team competing in the 450 Class. On Christmas Eve, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc officially announced that the HEP team—run by Dustin Pipes—would become the premier team 450 team.
Today, Suzuki has officially introduced the Bar X/Chaparral/Ecstar Suzuki team as the OEM’s premier team in the 250 class. The team has raced at the amateur level and even competed in several rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship last season with recent Loretta Lynn’s graduates Dilan Schwartz and Preston Kilroy.
Former racer Larry Brooks is the team manager, which will enter its first year racing AMA Supercross in a little over a week.
“Bar X and Suzuki have worked hard the last few years building our program with top amateur athletes, and competing in select pro events,” said Brooks in the press release from Suzuki. “We feel we are in a great place to take the next step and become the primary 250 class program for Suzuki. We are dedicated to competing with the best and making sure the RM-Z250 is up front when the gate drops for the 2021 race season.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Bar X/Chaparral/Ecstar program as our Suzuki Supercross 250 class racing team for 2021,” said Chris Wheeler, Suzuki’s racing manager. “Bar X’s solid experience and growth in the 250 class make them a solid and exciting partner for our 2021 racing efforts,” added Wheeler.