There are some retro designs that deserve a comeback. This is not one of them…
Covers were thrown off the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 factory race bikes this afternoon at Lommel to reveal a special dedicated livery with which Team Suzuki World MXGP & MX2 will tackle the Grand Prix of Belgium this weekend.
Suzuki went retro and back to the year of 1992 for the 14th round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship at the team’s home event staged at the notorious, sandy circuit. General Manager Stefan Everts – the former multi World Champion in control of the works set-up for almost one year, and with the brand that he grasped the first of his record 10 crowns – helped unveil the ‘jazzy’ new look along with riders Kevin Strijbos, Arminas Jasikonis, Jeremy Seewer, Brian Hsu and Bas Vaessen to a gathering of team partners, sponsors, friends and the international press.
“This is our first home GP and we wanted to create something that people would like and talk about,” says Everts. “I’m honoured in a way that we made a group decision to pick that memorable ’92 design from my riding days; I don’t think it was easy to miss! I want to give a big thanks for everyone that pulled together to get it done and that includes the gear brands and people like Blackbird, Shift, Suomy, IXS and Shoei. I hope the fans think it is something nice.”
The bikes are not the only elements of Team Suzuki to be graced with the new scheme: The riders in the MXGP, MX2 and EMX classes also have appropriately coloured and styled riding attire to complete the look.
“It’s pretty cool and something different, which is the important thing,” said Strijbos. “I’ve ridden my home Grand Prix many times but this is a first for me and it’s great that the guys have put the extra effort in to make it happen.”