RCH, Suzuki to end partnership at end of 2017 season

July 28, 2017

Justin Bogle, currently 7th in 450MX points, has been RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki's top rider this season. (Photo: Rich Shepherd / Racer X Online)

The RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki team, which had been functioning as the official factory racing team for Suzuki, will soon be no more, as RCH and Suzuki have agreed to conclude their partnership at the end of the season.

Despite some turbulent times for the privately-funded RCH Racing team at its onset, they were rewarded in 2016 when Ken Roczen delivered a 450MX championship. Then in the offseason, RCH joined forces with Suzuki to create a factory replacement for the Yoshimura Suzuki team.

This season's biggest success came at Thunder Valley, where Justin Bogle surprisingly captured a moto victory.

With Broc Tickle done for the season, Matt Bisceglia was recently added as a fill-in rider for the remainder of the season alongside Bogle.

Ricky Carmichael, who owns RCH alongside Carey Hart, said that he will continue to work with Suzuki in some capacity even after the deal concludes.

“As defending AMA Pro Motocross Champions, it’s tough to get to the point where plans evolve and tough business decisions must be made,” Carmichael said in a press release announcing the decision. “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.”

Details on what Suzuki is planning for 2018 should be available "in the coming weeks," according to the announcement.