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Roger DeCoster to Part Ways with Suzuki

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Roger DeCoster is one of the most successful team managers in the paddocks.
With numerous titles under his guidance, long time Suzuki team manager Roger DeCoster leaves on the heels of handing Suzuki a Supercross and Motocross championship title.
The championship-winning Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and Roger DeCoster will be parting ways after the close of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross season.

DeCoster has been Team Manager for Suzuki's Supercross and Motocross efforts for 15 years, and together they have earned numerous titles and championships. DeCoster will continue to lead the team through the final two rounds of the Motocross series.

The championship-winning Rockstar Makita Suzuki team, led by Ryan Dungey, earned the 2010 AMA/FIM Supercross title in May and wrapped up the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship last weekend at Southwick, making him the most successful rookie in Supercross and Motocross history.

For now, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team plans to focus on finishing off the 2010 season strong and celebrate the incredible year it has been. For 2011, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team looks forward to defending its championships with Ryan Dungey sporting the number one plate in both the Supercross and Motocross series. The team will begin the search for a new manager in preparation for the 2011 race season.

American Suzuki Motor Corp., the Rockstar Makita Suzuki racing team, Rockstar Energy Drink, Makita Industrial Tools, Yoshimura R&D of America, and all the sponsors of the team wish Roger the best in his future endeavours and thank him for the great years spent together at the races.

"You can never replace an icon like Roger," said Yoshimura R&D of America Vice President Don Sakakura. "However, with Suzuki and Yoshimura's racing DNA still strong as ever, and with the core nucleus of the team staying the same, we are looking forward to defending the 2010's championships. Roger has made great contributions with Suzuki and certainly has the utmost respect, friendship, and our acknowledgement of a job well done. We wish him nothing but good luck in the future."

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Dion -Boss  December 24, 2010 09:17 AM
I Promoted Norcal MX in The 70s-80s.Always Had Huge Respect for Roger as A Rider and as A man.God Bless!!
MX193 -It's about time!!!  September 12, 2010 03:33 PM
It is about time the factories got out of racing. NASCAR has shown that the manufactures are better for support rather than competing against the people they want to purchase their product. Now true racing will be on the track rather than the factories competing against each other.
John -Roger DeCoster Devotee  September 4, 2010 02:58 PM
Roger was and is a god amongst these quote unquote superstars. They should pray to him or were his picture because of his winning experience even as he aged. He was the world champ when motocross ran longer and harder in Europe. I just wish he could comment on if they force him to retire, he caused the sale of more RM's them any other rider! God bless my hero!
Jim V -A Good Replacement  September 3, 2010 07:14 PM
It's time Ricky got board of playing with cars and comes back to what he loves and does best. Motocross, whether ridng or managing he has the work ethic to be a champion again and get the job done.
Aztec MotoX -Suzuki stepping out after 2011  September 3, 2010 02:15 PM
Factory Suzuki won't be racing MX or SX beyond 2011. Margins have dropped below the acceptable threshold. At the moment, Dungey is looking to exercise one of his contract escape clauses to avoid 2011 being a lost year. It's hard to watch a sport and a team slowly evaporate. Saw it with Yamaha and ~Honda factory teams, now Suzuki.
bikerrandy -DeCoster leaves Suzuki  September 2, 2010 08:14 PM
What a shock !!! This whole year I figured if it wasn't for Roger there's no way Ryan Dungey could have accomplished what he has. Not that Ryan doesn't have the skills, but I'm sure Roger brought them out for all to see.

Back in the `60s Roger was a top MX factory racer. I'm really curious if this was Roger's way to retire or ..........?
James -Fan  September 2, 2010 12:00 PM
I have been a Fan of Roger since 1971, I hope we still see him around
kevin -Why?  September 2, 2010 11:23 AM
Suzuki and Roger seem to be holding out on why he's leaving. To bad. Roger seems like the perfect team manager to develop Ryan Dungey. With Stewart and Reed back SX is going to be a lot more challenging. I'm pulling for Dungey.