BREA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2006) – American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) congratulates veteran mechanic Tony Berluti, who was awarded the Mechanix Wear® Outstanding Achievement Award at round five of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006. Berluti works on the Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 that Ivan Tedesco put on the podium at that race in Anaheim.
“I’m really honored to win this award from a company like Mechanix Wear, who support the mechanics and the job we do,” said Berluti. “I also want to thank Roger DeCoster and the whole Makita Suzuki team for their tremendous support over the years.”
Mechanix Wear is the creator of the first high-performance work glove designed specifically for mechanics. Each year, the Mechanix Wear Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to professional racing mechanics that have enjoyed significant success in their field and have displayed outstanding professionalism and sportsmanship throughout their career.
Berluti began his career as a professional motocross mechanic in 1987. He later became a mechanic for the factory Makita Suzuki motocross team, where he has remained throughout his career. Berluti currently looks after the bikes of AMA Motocross Lites and AMA West Supercross Lites Champion Ivan Tedesco. In his 18 years as a motocross mechanic, Berluti has worked with many riders, including Buddy Antunez, Damon Huffman, Ezra Lusk, Robbie Reynard, Stephane Roncada and Sebastien Tortelli.