Brand new for the 2018 season, the H.E.P. Motorsports team based in Southern California has announced their four-rider line-up for the upcoming year. Three riders will contest the 450SX class aboard the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450, with the fourth rider looking to compete in the 250SX class on the West Coast. Former JGRMX rider Kyle Cunningham will join forces with Henry Miller, who logged impressive results throughout the 2017 season. Dustin Pipes will round out the group of 450 riders and also serves as co-owner of the team. Tallon Lafountaine will be the sole 250 rider in the class.
The full press release from the team is posted below…
Madera, CA., December 6, 2017: H.E.P. Motorsports (H.E.P.) is pleased to announce a new, four-rider team to contest the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. H.E.P.'s talent-rich team is comprised of Kyle Cunningham, Henry Miller, Dustin Pipes, and Tallon Lafountaine. H.E.P. is also happy to announce a partnership with Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) which will see the team use Suzuki's RM-Z motocross models.
Suzuki MX Manager Chris Wheeler is eager to be working with the newly formed H.E.P. Motorsports team during the 2018 season. "The H.E.P. group has been on the gas this offseason putting the new RM-Z450 through its paces preparing for Anaheim One." Wheeler continued, "It's great to see a new team in the paddock and we are thrilled to have them as part of the RM Army."
Thanks to Suzuki's support, the team will have three riders competing in the premier 450 class aboard the all-new 2018 RM-Z450; Dustin Pipes, Henry Miller, and Kyle Cunningham. Tallon Lafountaine will contest in the Lites West Region aboard the race proven Suzuki RM-Z250.
"Although we are a new team, we are in no way new to the sport of Supercross." stated team co-owner, Dustin Pipes. "Billy Ezernack is our primary team owner, supporter, and successful farmer in the California central valley who partnered with former motocross champion George Holland and myself to form the core of a well-organized team", continued Pipes, who is a current Supercross rider that brings years of Pro-level experience to the team. In addition to Suzuki, H.E.P. Motorsports is very pleased to announce partnerships with FXR Racing, Race Tech, Holland Nut Co., Bill's Pipes, and Snuffy Racing Development.
The team's 2018 product sponsors include; Payton Trucking & Repair, Sidi Boots, MotoTV, Carl Nelson Insurance, Acerbis, R&S Solar, Mika Metals, Dunlop, X-Brand Goggles, Engine Ice, Elite Image, Ambroshi Farms, Cal Valley Printing, One Eighty Decals, Midland Tractor, Z-Boys Auto Detail, Motostuff, DT1 Airfilters, Guts Factory Seats, 6D Helmets, Works Connection, Enterprise Rental Car, Rekluse, and JE Pistons.
Race fans can follow H.E.P. Motorsports on and off-track activities through the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series via these key social media channels:
H.E.P. Team Instagram @HEPmotorsports
H.E.P. Facebook @HEPmotorsportsteam
Dustin Pipes Instagram @Dpipes181
Henry Miller Instagram @H_miller48
Kyle Cunningham Instagram: @_kylecunningham
Tallon Lafountaine Instagram @tallonlafountaine
About H.E.P. Motorsports: Named using the initials of the founding members (George Holland, Billy Ezernack, and Dustin Pipes) H.E.P. Motorsports brings winning motocross experience, enthusiasm, and business savvy into the Supercross paddock. Headquartered in Madera California, H.E.P. is poised to make a strong impact during its inaugural season in the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross series. To learn more, visit www.HEPmotorsports.com.
About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzukicycles.com.
About FXR: FXR is designed by racers, for racers. The attention to detail and quality FXR strives to maintain comes back to a skilled team of designers, product engineers and test riders who always push the brand to the next level to provide the consumer with the best motocross and snow gear possible. For more information, visit www.fxrracing.com.
About Race Tech: Race Tech has a history of over 30 years producing the highest quality suspension components and tools; including Gold Valves, for most types of motorcycles and ATVs. Race Tech's staff has over 65 years of championship-winning engine building and tuning experience available to racers and recreational riders alike. For more information, visit www.racetech.com.
About Bill's Pipes: Founded by Bill Cervera in MX hotbed of Corona, California, Bill's Pipes brings decades of motorcycle into each exhaust system. For more about Bill's Pipes, please visit www.billspipes.com.
About the Holland Nut Company: Led by MX legend George Holland III, the Holland Nut Company provides hulling and shelling services to the nation's leading nut growers in the Central Valley of California. To learn more about the Holland Nut Company, please visit www.hollandnutcompany.com.
About Snuffy Racing Development: Founded in 2005 by Rydane Dixon, Snuffy Racing Development is a leading edge Motocross/Supercross engine development and suspension company based in Northern California. To learn more about Snuffy Racing Development, please visit www.snuffyracing.com.