AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing have announced Jimmy Decotis has inked a contract with the North Carolina-based squad. The deal is for a guaranteed spot on a coast of the 250 SX championship with the possibility of an extension through the nationals.
Decotis will join Justin Hill at the team’s growing 250 class operation, which comes thanks to Suzuki’s increased support. After talking to team manager Jeremy Albrecht, we’ve learned that the 250 team will have four total spots for the 2018 race season: two riders on each coast of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and will then shrink to two riders for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
The rest of the team’s 250 roster will be determined and announced in the coming weeks as they await confirmation from other riders.
The full press release from the team is posted in full below…
The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce an agreement with Jimmy Decotis for the 2018 Supercross season. The deal includes the potential to also contest the 250 motocross series.
Jimmy Decotis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. The nine-year veteran enjoyed his most successful indoor season in 2017. Jimmy finished inside the top ten at every round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 Western regional series. Speed and consistency earned the likable 26-year- old a fifth-place finish in the final standings. Grit and determination aptly describe Decotis, who is elated to join the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team.
"I heard that Suzuki was making a big push with their 250 program. I immediately went to JGRMX and met with the team. Believe it or not, the first free sponsored bike I ever got was a Suzuki RM- Z250 when I was an amateur. John Dowd helped me get my foot in the door. I still think about the day the truck showed up with a free RM-Z250 in it. My dad and I were freaking out! I really liked the brand and did well, which is why I wanted to get back on yellow. I figured it was a good idea to visit with the team and throw my hat in the ring," stated Jimmy Decotis.
The Peabody, Mass. native continued, "I signed with JGRMX because they believe in me. I really like the team and the atmosphere. It's a very good fit. There are a lot of positives, and I feel that I can be the guy to get Suzuki up front. This is where I belong."
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager Jeremy Albrecht is elated to have Jimmy Decotis on the 2018 Suzuki RM-Z250. "I have known Jimmy for a while and always kept my eye on him. Now that we've reached a partnership with Suzuki Motor Corporation of America, Inc., we have the ability to field a full factory effort. Decotis was on my wish list. He strikes me as a consummate professional who knows what it takes to succeed. It goes without saying that Jimmy has the talent to perform at the highest level. I'm excited to begin working with Jimmy."
Expect a complete Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory 250 Racing Team breakdown, including which coast Jimmy Decotis will contest, in the coming months.