The contract news is continuing to roll in as another rumored signing has been made official as of today. Alex Martin has been signed to a two-year deal with the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for two years. At the moment, the plan appears to be for Martin to compete in the 250 SX and MX classes for both years. We had heard the news that this deal was in the works a few weeks back, but it was unclear how soon the announcement would be made.
Martin has already begun testing with the JGRMX squad at their base in North Carolina, but they have not yet received the 2019 Suzuki RM-Z250, which will be an all-new bike compared to the current model. We expect the team to make a big push in the 250 class with the arrival of the new bike, but at this time, Martin is the only confirmed 250 rider. At this time, it is believed that the team will once again field four total 250 riders in Supercross, two on each coast.
The full press release from Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is posted below…
Brea, CA (August 29, 2018) - The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce that Alex Martin has signed a two-year contract to race the Suzuki RM-Z250. The multi-race winner and title contender will contest the 250 regional Supercross series and 250 National Championship.
Hailing from Millville, Minnesota, Martin has an impressive racing resume. The 28-year-old has earned two National wins, three Supercross podiums, 18 outdoor podiums, and a combined 84 top-ten finishes. Martin has twice finished runner-up in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
"I'm very happy to be joining the team and excited for the next two years," stated Martin. "The resources that the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team has to offer, along with the facility at JGRMX in North Carolina, will be a huge benefit. Suzuki is coming out with a brand-new RM-Z250 for 2019, and I'm excited to get great results on the bike. I am looking forward to the next few years!"
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager Jeremy Albrecht is eager to work with the veteran. "I'm pumped that a rider of Alex's caliber will be on the all-new Suzuki RM-Z250. Our goal is to win races, both in Supercross and the Nationals. Alex is extremely disciplined, a proven winner, and has that hunger to succeed. I feel really good about our chances in 2019 and beyond."
Please visit www.jgrmxraceteam.com for more team news.