JGRMX RACE TEAM IS OFFICIALLY DONE
It’s no secret that the JGRMX Suzuki team has struggled to find sufficient financial support to go racing over the last few years, but it’s still a surprise to see the factory Suzuki effort go. Even before the 2020 season began, JGRMX was struggling to find a title sponsor, but circumstances have got even harder now as the Covid-19 pandemic has completely shaken up the world and the live entertainment industry.
Motorcycle racing at the professional level is a business and the Gibbs family has invested a lot of time, money and energy into creating a team capable of battling at the highest level of Supercross and motocross. It has come with it’s fair share of highs and lows and through it all, the Gibbs family has continued to support and press forward. The JGRMX team was in talks with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians looking to build a mutually beneficial partnership, but unfortunately they weren’t able to get the support right away and the process was taking longer than expected.
MXA has learned that Suzuki wasn’t able to provide the JGRMX team with sufficient support to keep them going for the 2021 season and this is ultimately the straw that broke the camel’s back.
JGR MX announced their official departure from Supercross and motocross racing by sharing a video on instagram and adding a brief caption reading: “Thank You The JGRMX family would like to thank all of our fans, riders and sponsors for 13 great years. #JGRMX”
AMERICAN SUZUKI ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM JGRMX:
Brea, CA (November 12, 2020) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has concluded its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing. The combined efforts of Suzuki and JGRMX were able to deliver solid results and raise the level of performance of each of the team’s riders.
Together, Suzuki and JGRMX demonstrated the potential of the Suzuki RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 motocross machines over several successful racing seasons.
“Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. is honored to have worked with a premier racing partner like Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Chris Wheeler, Suzuki’s MX Support Manager. “This partnership produced solid success and many strong friendships over the past several seasons and we would like to thank the entire team at JGRMX for their hard work, passion, and dedication to Suzuki racing.”
Wheeler added that Suzuki will announce its plans for the upcoming 2021 Supercross and Motocross racing season in the coming days.