SUZUKI CHASES DOUBLE SX CROWN2007-02-06 09:49
In an all-out assault on the 2007 Australian Supercross Championship, Team Shift Motul Suzuki is on the hunt for the double crown in the Pro Open and Pro Lites classes.
In the Pro Open class, the Shift Motul Suzuki outfit will field a two-pronged assault with newly-crowned New Zealand Supercross Champion, Luke Burkhart and Supercross specialist Danny Ham.
Fresh from his victory in the 2007 New Zealand Supercross Championship, Burkhart is in scintillating form and is ready to step up and challenge for the Australian title.
Said Burkhart: Ive had a great start to the year and a really good build up to the start of the Aussie Supercross series.
The Suzuki is performing really well and I won the NZ title pretty easily, but the competition and the tracks in Australia are much tougher, so I need to step it up a notch and Im ready to do it.
Weve been testing the new RM-Z450 with new RG3 suspension and the bike is phenomenal so Im looking for a solid start to the Supercross series.
Just as eager get the season underway, Burkharts team-mate Danny Ham is equally-capable of scoring a victory for Suzuki as he makes a welcome return to the Newcastle-based squad after recently competing in Europe.
Said Ham: Its been nearly a year since Ive raced in Australia and its great to be back on board a Suzuki. The team has everything so well prepared that you always know youve got the equipment to win.
The opening round of the season is where you gauge where youre at in relation to the field. Its really important to make a strong start because that gives you a solid base that sets you up for the remainder of the series.
Team Shift Motul Suzuki is also relying on the talents of Tim Weigand to replicate Suzukis supremacy in the New Zealand Supercross Championship in the Pro Lites class where Scott Columb claimed victory aboard the 2007 RM-Z250.
Re-entering the Pro Lites class for 2007 and debuting an exciting, new race bike, Team Shift Motul Suzuki is set to dominate the 2007 season with newly-recruited American rider, Weigand piloting the all-Suzuki RM-Z250.
Weigand dominated the early stages of the 2006 Australian Supercross season before being hampered by injury and is looking to prove a point with Suzuki in 2007.
He said: Ive had the chance to test the new RM-Z250 and its awesome.
The Suzuki team has developed a fantastic race bike and weve already seen in New Zealand that the RM-Z250 can win a championship so Im really looking forward to going racing in Adelaide.
The 2007 Australian Supercross Championship kicks off at Adelaides Wayville Showgrounds this Saturday, February 10th.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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