Team Hammer is thrilled to announce it has signed an agreement with Suzuki Motor of America to become the manufacturer’s premier race team starting with the 2020 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing season.
The newly enhanced status comes as Team Hammer is set to celebrate its 40th consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Over that span, the team has repeatedly proven its ability to continually adapt to ever-evolving regulations and economic landscapes and produce at an extremely high level.
In addition to a decorated list of accomplishments in various outside national and international championships, Team Hammer’s success at the AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National level speaks for itself; to date, it has accumulated seven AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National titles while racking up 83 victories and 234 podiums.
That triumphant history serves as a fine demonstration of the team’s versatility and adaptability; the aforementioned seven titles have come in five different classes (MotoAmerica Supersport, MotoAmerica Twins Cup, AMA Formula Xtreme, AMA 750cc Supersport, and AMA Pro Daytona SportBike) on four different models of production-based Suzuki racebikes (GSX-R600, SV650, GSX-R1000, and GSX-R750).
Along with a track record of preparing, developing, and fielding championship-caliber equipment, Team Hammer has long been renowned for its ability to identify and foster talent, whether it be up-and-coming young guns, overlooked international riders, or established racers hoping to revitalize stalled careers.
Superstars Kevin Schwantz, Ben Spies, Scott Russell, Josh Hayes, Jamie James, John Hopkins, and Thomas Stevens are just a small sampling of the many riders who first started their professional careers in association with Team Hammer.
Team Hammer has long been closely linked with Suzuki. 1986 marked the first year of support from Suzuki and Team Hammer has exclusively fielded Suzuki motorcycles for the vast majority of its existence.
Riders will be confirmed at a later date.
About Team Hammer
The 2020 season will mark Team Hammer’s 40th consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 83 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 234 times and have won seven AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships. The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.