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Suzuki World MXGP Team Launch 2018 RM-Z450WS

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Suzuki World MXGP Team Launch 2018 RM-Z450WS
With the gate drop for the opening round of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship less than a month away, the Suzuki World MXGP Team launched the never-seen-before 2018 RM-Z450WS at the teams headquarters in Lommel, Belgium.

The all new 2018 RM-Z450WS will be ridden by Kevin Strijbos and Arminas Jasikonis in the World MXGP class this year.

In an event that was broadcast live around the world, no expense was spared with the presentation of the RM-Z450WS machine that had been successfully kept under wraps until the grand unveiling.

Also being presented was the rest of the Suzuki World team which included riders from the 85cc, EMX250 and the MX2 class, in a squad that is brimming with potential.

(Check out a replay of the full launch below)


Led by General Manager and 10 times World Champion Stefan Everts, the team is looking to bring success to the Suzuki brand in what is a concerted effort from Europe and Japan to support their assault on the World Motocross Championships. He had this to say about the new bike and upcoming campaign.

‰ÛÏI am very excited of course, it‰Ûªs my second year with Suzuki and I am so happy and honoured to be able to present this new RM-Z450WS. It is a great bike, it looks fantastic and it is new motivation for everybody involved to take the brand back to the top step of motocross. Of course there is still a lot of work to do in the future for myself and the team but having this backup from Japan and this new bike is something great for everyone.‰Û
Suzuki's new RM-Z450 an the twho riders who will contest the 2017 MXGP championship
In the MX2 class, a lot is expected from the trio of Jeremy Seewer, Bas Vaessen and Hunter Lawrence as the division is wide open, with many riders still looking to win their first race. Leading the way is 2016 MX2 runner-up Seewer, who will be looking to go one-step higher this year.

The young Swiss title contender is feeling confident though.

"I had a really good winter, improving the bike where we needed to improve it and myself I feel really good, especially my fitness which is on a new level. There is only one spot left to improve after 2016, which is to win the title but I don‰Ûªt think it will be that easy. There are a lot of fast guys out there so it will be tough, I will try to be consistent, take it race-by-race but I want to win GPs and be up front at the end of the championship.‰Û
Suzuki has a strong line up in the MX2 class including Australian Hunter Lawrence
A step below on the ladder is newly signed EMX250 rider Zachary Pichon whose father MickaÌÇl Pichon raced for the GRP Suzuki team in the past, successfully winning two world titles for them. Pichon still has a long way to go to emulate his father but his journey begins this year, on what is his first season on four-stroke machinery.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very happy and excited to start the new season. Also with the bike, it is very good and I have a good feeling when I‰Ûªm riding it. And to be a part of the factory team is great step for me. I feel comfortable moving up to the four-stroke as I think it suits my style really well,‰Û

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