We have had an incredible couple of months with new riders joining the team in the shape of Jake Shipton returning to the pro racing ranks after some recovery time and the return of our most successful racer in the team’s history, Thomas Ramette, re-signing with SR75 Suzuki after a few years away.
Our beach race and Pro-Am AX racer Luke Oldfield remains an incredibly solid team member as is our SR75 SUZUKI Ride Day Manager and top-level racer, Ben Milward. They represent the team alongside young gun Sam Dyer and our super coach for the SR75 SUZUKI Ride Days – Carl Nunn. All of them are looking forward to what 2024 has to offer.
December was filled with Supercross testing and riding for Thomas, Jake, and Luke. This is a big change for Jake as indoor racing is new to him, but he committed to learning this new discipline with the help of the team, and our Supercross coach and ex-team racer, Frenchman, Cyrille Coulon.
January went off with a bang as the team fulfilled a dream to ride at the AMA Monster Energy Supercross opener at Anaheim in California on January 6th with Thomas. Meanwhile, Jake and Luke attacked the opening round of the AXUK British Championship in Manchester.
The Anaheim Supercross was incredible and with three days of prep, Thomas and his RM-Z 450 performed at the highest of heights with the best racers on earth to miss a spot in the final by only a couple of places (joining factory racers on the sidelines as the depth of field showed its quality). Check our team’s journey to Anaheim in the upcoming April issue of TMX Magazine.
Jake and Luke tackled the AX in Manchester with nerves and professionalism looking for experience and results to match their brilliant progress in France and the UK during testing and riding development. The Pro-Am and Pro classes are always stacked at the start of the series and both guys tried to deal with the carnage this sport brings. Luke qualified for the night-show Pro-Am final and showed amazing improvement to finish a strong fifth place after coming through the pack.
Jake suffered from nerves during the day program and into the night but showed flashes of what he is capable of while trying to stay out of the carnage. A crash in his second heat would take him out of contention due to a mild concussion ending his night early.
Testing and development for Jake and Luke continued after the boss’s return from California and Jake was hitting a new level of pace during the test sessions with Luke also improving by the lap.
We went into Belfast AX with Luke and Jake as Thomas (who is not allowed to race AX as it is for British racers only) raced in Germany with high hopes of getting Jake to take his mid-week testing pace into the race weekend. Although a little tense, the improved level of performance was evident and with Jake’s journey to the Main Event being a battle every step of the way, he was learning by the lap. Unfortunately, this would come at a cost as a take-out move in the head-to-head races would cause a meniscus tear in his knee. He raced the final in pain but this would put him out of the series for a couple of weeks.
Luke raced two more solid Pro-Am night finals to progress up to fourth in the championship where he went on to solidify this position at rounds four and five in a fantastic show of determined racing in a sport that’s tougher than all others to be consistent in…
As we go into our next couple of months of action, testing, filming and marketing, we have a lot to look forward to with Suzuki-owner Ride Days, Adventure Bike testing, riding and filming including our project V-Strom 650. And of course Supercross, MX and AX racing, and some great content creation.
In January, our Instagram page generated well over half a million views on just a couple of reels. This is pretty epic and is thanks of course to Suzuki GB and all our incredible Team Partners who make it possible to continue to make SR75 SUZUKI the continued success story it is.
Thanks as ALWAYS to you all.