HOUSTON (December 28, 2005) ¿ The Maestro Suzuki professional motocross race team announced today its rider line-up for the 2006 racing season. The second-year team is slated to compete in AMA Lites West in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series and the AMA Motocross class in the AMA Toyota Motocross Championships.
Leading the charge for the Houston-based team will be hometown hero Jeff Dement, who resides in nearby Kingwood, Tex. Entering his 16th season of professional racing, Dement is fresh off a career best 10th place finish overall in the 250 class from last summer’s AMA Motocross Championship and will be counted on to provide experience and leadership to a young group of riders that include rookie riders Shaun Skinner, Stuart, Fla., Vernon McKiddie, Houston, Tex., and Adam Chatfield, a former amateur champion from England.
“We have a great group of riders that should compliment each other very well,” explained Jeff Edwards, a successful Houston businessman and owner of Edwards Racing. “I think we exceeded everyone’s expectations a year ago, grabbing a podium and a top-ten finish in just our first year of racing. We are looking to build on what we were able to do last year and move this program forward for the future.”
Edwards Racing is a Division of Maestro Racing. Edwards is an ISO for MasterCard and deals primarily in Latin American countries. Maestro is MasterCard’s pin based Stored Value Credit Card system that links U.S. Banking customers and their relatives in foreign countries around the world. The cards are reloadable at any Walgreen’s, CVS, Radio Shack, using the Green Dot System which has links in the racing industry through MDK Racing’s Mark Kvamme or directly by bank ACH. Edwards stated, “The cards also work great for teams traveling around where riders, mechanics and drivers need money at a moment’s notice and the home office likes to keep a tight rein on expenses and likes to see where the money is actual being spent. Money can be moved by the click of a mouse from any card to another in real time.”
The American Suzuki Motor Corp. and local Houston dealer K’s Motorsports return as primary sponsors for the team. The riders will compete aboard Suzuki RMZ250 and RMZ450 bikes throughout the season and local race shop JM Motorsports will act as chief mechanic, overseeing the testing, developing and engineering for the entire program.
The entire list of team sponsors includes: Maestro, Suzuki, K’s Motorsports, Shot MX, Pirelli, FMF, Wiseco, Vortex, Repsol, JM Racing, ICC Bike Stands, DP Brakes, Guts Racing Seats, Twin Air, Pro Clean 1000, Engine Ice, Shoei Helmets, Crower Power Cams, TSS Graphics, and Oxtar Boots.