Less than a year after taking the AMA 450 title with Ken Roczen, team boss Ricky Carmichael says he’s winding down his RCH team, and there has been an official announcement from Suzuki that confirms the team is splitting. It doesn’t seem like RCH will continue with a different brand, as Carmichael plans to stay aligned to Suzuki as an ambassador. Justin Bogle and Broc Tickle have been racing for the team this year. The official information says:
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., (SMAI) and RCH Racing today announced the mutual decision to conclude their partnership agreement at the end of the 2017 AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross championship series.
“It’s been a privilege to work with such a driven group of individuals and Suzuki is very appreciative of the hard work and efforts the team has put forth culminating in the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship”, said Kerry Graeber, Suzuki’s Vice President, MC/ATV Sales and Marketing. “The team and Suzuki achieved their respective goals of winning a championship and it’s gratifying to conclude this partnership successfully.”
“As defending AMA Pro Motocross Champions, it’s tough to get to the point where plans evolve and tough business decisions must be made,” said RCH team co-owner Ricky Carmichael. “My partner Carey Hart and I are very proud of our guys and grateful we were able to achieve the success we did as a team. I am also personally looking forward to continuing my long relationship with Suzuki in another capacity as we wind down RCH.”
Carmichael will continue his role as Suzuki Brand Ambassador representing the company, hosting the Camp Carmichael event for Suzuki’s amateur racers, as well as working with Suzuki’s Racing programs and assisting with future product development.
Suzuki will announce further plans for its 2018 Supercross and Motocross Racing efforts in the coming weeks