Team Suzuki Sets the Stage for 2008 ATV Racing
DOUG GUST, DUSTIN WIMMER, CHAD WIENEN
February 16, 2008 - Brea,
CA -The Suzuki factory ATV team is all
fired up and ready for the 2008 ATV racing
season. At a press conference luncheon held in
at the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, the new team
roster was introduced. All three riders from
2007 MX team are returning; the support group is
a mixture of veteran team members and new blood,
and four new sponsors have joined the effort.
In addition, Team Suzuki is proud to welcome
Chris Borich to its racing stable as a
contracted rider. Borich will be riding the
KingQuad 750 in the WPSA QuadTerrain Pro Class
and the QuadRacer R450 in the GNCC Pro Class.
Last year, Borich placed second overall in the
GNCC and fourth overall in WPSA.
"This is a really great opportunity for me,"
Borich said upon hearing the news. "Both these
quads are great and I know they'll give me a
definite advantage. I hope to bring home a
championship for Suzuki this year."
SUZUKI'S GLENN HANSEN
TUCKER ROCKY'S ROD LOPUSNAK SPEAKING -
MSR/PRO TAPER'S DAVE CASELLA SEATED
In ATV motocross, Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro
Taper is very proud to welcome Makita Tools as a
new program partner for their ATV efforts.
Makita is a quality company known around the
world as the leader in power tools. Makita has
expanded its role with Suzuki and is the team's
second "non-industry" sponsor.
Brent Withey, Makita Brand Manager issued
this statement: "Makita's partnership with
Suzuki in motocross and supercross has been an
excellent fit. The expansion of our sponsorship
into ATV with Suzuki and our new partner,
Rockstar Energy Drinks, takes us to another
level in the world of hard core racing, and is a
great way for us to reach the many tradesmen and
serious tool users that follow these high-energy
From within the powersports industry the team
has three new sponsors: Motorex Oil of
Switzerland, JB Racing, and Xceldyne.
DOUG GUST #55 (2007 Season Photo)
CHAD WIENEN #44 (2007 Season Photo)
DUSTIN WIMMER #191 (2007 Season Photo)
"Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper
is an established, professional operation with
three of the fastest riders on the circuit,"
Jody Bateman, owner of JB Racing, Inc. said.
"Everyone here is looking forward to the team
bringing JB Racing products to the podium."
For Amerian Suzuki, 2008 is a hallmark year.
"This year Suzuki is celebrating its 25th
Anniversary of being First on Four Wheels,"
Suzuki Sports Promotion Manager, Pat Alexander
said. "Throughout this quarter century, Suzuki
has been the leader in sport ATVs, from the
Quadzilla to today's QuadRacer R450. We continue
to bring the high-performance excitement of this
sport to all riders. The QuadRacer R450 has
proven to be the bike to beat for the past two
years earning the prestigious Manufacturer's Cup
and 2008 will be no exception."
Steve Johnson, COO of Tucker Rocky expressed
his enthusiasm for the team: "We are entering
our second year of working with the Suzuki
factory team and we are more excited about this
next season than ever before. We look at these
events as much more than races between some
great individuals and teams... to Tucker Rocky,
we see these events as an opportunity to educate
consumers and dealers about the fun and the
opportunity there is in the ATV segment of our
"The sport has grown tremendously over the
last few years," Yoshimura's Brant Russell
commented. "It is exciting being a part of this
growth curve. It is particularly gratifying to
see both outside industry, as well as
powersports leaders participating. The Team is
anxious to get out there and compete and pay
back the confidence these fine companies have in
the Suzuki ATV racing efforts. The Suzuki
QuadRacer R450 is definitely the machine to be
on, and we've got great talent and depth within
the team. We have a really good chance to stand
at the top of the podium by the time the season
The depth is obvious at a glance. Team
Rockstar / MSR / Suzuki / Yoshimura / Pro Taper
once again has multi-time champion and ATV icon
#55 Doug Gust who is ready and wanting to use
his raw speed and experience to beat the kids.
Racer #44 Chad Wienen is returning to the team
and with his experience gained in 2007, he will
be a player in the championship. Team
MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper's #191 Dustin
Wimmer is as smooth as silk and blindingly fast.
He intends to show the world that he will be the
one to claim the top step.
In the support group, 2007 ITP Quad Cross
series Champion, veteran (now retired) pro racer
and Yoshimura ATV division manager Kory Ellis,
has been elevated to Team Manager.
"I'm proud to have been given this
opportunity," Ellis said. "I love ATVs and the
sport; and I'm fortunate to be able to
transition from racer to Team Manager. We have a
great group of personnel and sponsors and the
2008 QuadRacers are really fast. It's a good mix
for sure. I'm proud to lead these guys and am
sure we will have a good season."
Also joining the team this year is Lost Creek
Cycles owner Kevin Mummah. Kevin's job will be
Crew Chief for the three riders and mechanics.
Veteran engine builder Ryan Cox returns as
well as Yoshimura engine technician Gilbert
Lujan. New mechanics include Theo Lusardi who
will wrench for Wienen, Casey Greek for Gust,
and Michael Jackson for Wimmer.
Jeremiah Jones returns as rider coach and
team advisor. JJ feels that the team is ready.
"Our guys are ready to tear it up!" an
excited Jones said. "They've been working really
hard and have stepped it up a notch from last
year. 2008 is shaping up to be a very
competitive season but we're up for the
John Shelburne will be returning as the team
truck driver to keep everything rolling along
The team will contest the SuperQuad Pro
Division of the World Powersports ATV Tour as
well as many of the ATVA GNC Series races for
the 2008 season.