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American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) announced today that they have signed current AMA Supercross Champion, Chad Reed, to join the Rockstar Makita Suzuki factory race team for 2009. Reed will race the 2009 AMA Supercross series and other selected events in the United States as well as compete in supercross events in his home country of Australia aboard his Suzuki EFI RM-Z450.

"We have a great heritage in racing here at American Suzuki," said Mel Harris of ASMC. "Suzuki has been dominant in the road racing arena for several years and with the introduction of the RM-Z450 and the help of Ricky Carmichael, Roger DeCoster and our dedicated team, we've been able to elevate our position in supercross and motocross to that championship level. The signing of Chad helps us reinforce our position and goals for the future of Suzuki racing. We are very happy to have Chad join our team."


Chad Reed shows off his new Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450.
Chad Reed, 26, began racing professionally in the United States in 2002 and since then he's earned two AMA Supercross Championships (2004 & 2008), an AMA 125cc East Region Championship (2002) and won the 2004 US Open. Over the last six years he has amassed a total of 42 AMA wins and 82 podiums.

"I'm extremely excited to be starting a new chapter in my career and to be working with Roger DeCoster and Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki," said Reed. "It will be a whole new experience for me which I'm really looking forward to. I rode Suzukis for a good part of my amateur career and have some great memories from then and now I'm excited to be racing the new Suzuki EFI RM-Z450. I believe this bike and my new team have great potential and I couldn't be happier."

"I am very excited to have been able to sign Chad Reed to Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki," said team manager, Roger DeCoster. "Our team has worked very hard to get to the level we are at today and I'm glad we've been able to secure a rider with such accomplishments and determination as Chad so that we may continue to be top contenders. Our sponsors have been extremely supportive over the years and I'm happy that we are able to provide them a top-level rider and team to support him."

Reed's first race with Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki will most likely be the Rockstar Energy Drink US Open at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on October 10th through 12th.

For more information on all of Suzuki's race teams, please log on to www.teamsuzuki.com.
 

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Im surprised Yamaha did not sign him again. Is Stewart coming back next season of Supercross?
Anyway, the real question here is if Hayden ends up signing with Ducati. :D
 

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We will see :)bulb

Reed is riding the new fuel injected bike????
Looks like it, but maybe they will have a season of dialing the new bike in before they get it working really good. Of course fuel injection has been around awhile, I am surprised it has taken the dirt bikes so long to use it.

Ducati still wants Hayden to ride for them. I wonder if he will be able to do anything on it though. There is only one guy that has even been able to get good results with the (800cc) Duc.

Next years World Superbikes will be awesome with both BMW and Aprilia joining the mix.
 

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Looks like it, but maybe they will have a season of dialing the new bike in before they get it working really good. Of course fuel injection has been around awhile, I am surprised it has taken the dirt bikes so long to use it.

Ducati still wants Hayden to ride for them. I wonder if he will be able to do anything on it though. There is only one guy that has even been able to get good results with the (800cc) Duc.

Next years World Superbikes will be awesome with both BMW and Aprilia joining the mix.
I'm thinking that Suzuki has finally got a handle on the RMZ450 fuel injection, as the team has been using it all season. One huge benefit of the new fuel injection was at the Lakewood Colorado National which is a high altitude event. I heard that zero fuel/air adjustments were needed at all and the bike didn't lack in power either. Alessi pulled the holeshot in both motos up in the thin air too!:)
 

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I'm thinking that Suzuki has finally got a handle on the RMZ450 fuel injection, as the team has been using it all season. One huge benefit of the new fuel injection was at the Lakewood Colorado National which is a high altitude event. I heard that zero fuel/air adjustments were needed at all and the bike didn't lack in power either. Alessi pulled the holeshot in both motos up in the thin air too!:)
Works great in their quad.:) And after two years they should have it perfected
 

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well since everyone knows this than he dosn't need too. i have heard from some factory yamaha workers its a done deal, and i trust them. so im pretty sure the rumors and racer x are correct. oh and im sure he will make the announcement after he wins the outdoor championship.
 

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well since everyone knows this than he dosn't need too. i have heard from some factory yamaha workers its a done deal, and i trust them. so im pretty sure the rumors and racer x are correct. oh and im sure he will make the announcement after he wins the outdoor championship.
I don't know it because there has been no official announcement from him, from Yamaha or from San Manuel. It seems likely at this point but the rumors are also that he has a Supercross only contract. I'll believe that when I see it.
 

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Reed at his best
 
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