This is from American Suzuki’s web-site:
BREA, Calif. (April 2, 2004) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced that all-time SX/MX combined champion Ricky Carmichael signed a multi-year agreement to join Team Suzuki beginning with the 2005 AMA Supercross season.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Ricky Carmichael will be a part of Team Suzuki in the future,” said Mel Harris, ASMC’s Vice President of the Motorcycle/ATV Division. “Hiring Ricky demonstrates Suzuki’s commitment to putting our Supercross/Motocross team back on the racing map.”
|Look for RC & his number four in yellow for 2005|
“This is a very exciting time for me. The agreement is multi-faceted and Suzuki will be extremely supportive of me from a racing, marketing and business standpoint” said Ricky Carmichael.
With 10 AMA championships, including the past 7 consecutive national titles under his belt, the 24-year-old Floridian is excited about joining Team Suzuki and about racing the Suzuki RM250. He is confident not only in his own ability to win more championships, but also in working with a team as committed as Suzuki. He’s also looking forward to working with motocross legend Roger De Coster.
Suzuki Team Manager Roger De Coster is also excited about the prospects of working with the much-celebrated champion. “I am elated,” he said. “Ricky is such a talented rider with tremendous work ethic which will be a great example for Team Suzuki’s young riders. I realize it won’t be easy for him to come back and win after being off due to injury, but I have confidence in Ricky and in how much effort I know that he’s going to put into winning.”
The agreement will become effective November 1, 2004.
Roger (De Coster) came up to me today and said “We are signing Ricky right now.”
I’ve been a Ricky Carmichael fan for so many years, and I really appreciate his intensity towards racing. As Suzuki’s riding coach, I look forward to helping him continue his winning ways in any way I can. RJ