Geartec Suzuki back in the game and ready for British motocross resurgence
It is with great pleasure that long-time British motocross team owner and manager Rob Hooper can announce that Geartec Suzuki is a ‘go’ for 2014 and after a sabbatical season, the experienced 59 year old is keen to re-establish a presence at the very forefront of national off-road motorcycle racing competition.
Geartec Suzuki will field the promising talents of Ray Rowson on RM-Z450 machine in the Maxxis British Championship, Pro Nationals and Zac Stealey on the RM-Z250 in the AMCA MX2 categories with other domestic meetings and appearances on the 2014 schedule.
“We’re very excited to get out on the track again and that’s largely thanks to Paul Mason and Geartec Commercials; a new name in British motocross,” commented Hooper. “It’s because of people like Paul and his enthusiasm for the sport that we can think about competing at national level and maybe beyond. It’s great to have Ray on the team because the lad has been desperately unlucky with injury in the last few years and we know there is still speed and skill there to make some great results. He felt comfortable on the RM-Z450 right away and his winter training programme has been effective in terms of boosting his confidence. With Zac as well we’ll be keen to help him develop his potential on the RM-Z250.”
Former riders with Hooper and his Suzuki outfit in almost three decades of competition include the likes of Britain’s last world champion Jamie Dobb, Grand Prix winners, Rob Herring and Brian Jorgensen, American Scott Sheak and multi British Champion Brad Anderson. The Midlander’s reputation for honing and refining motorcycles for race action is one of the main reasons why Geartec elected to forge a valuable partnership.
“I’m a motocross rider myself and when the chance came around to make a team with Rob then it did not need much consideration,” said Mason whose Geartec firm specialises in the repair and service of gearbox and clutch systems for commercial vehicles. Mason himself is the owner of several Evo motorcycles that are wheeled out at the annual classic Veterans des Nations at Farleigh Castle. “Rob has already taken profit of our link-up to prepare something special for Ray’s Suzuki. It is cool to see and I cannot wait for the season to start.
Geartec is complimented by other loyal team partners and contributors, which have helped Geartec Suzuki’s plans to come to fruition. The likes of: Suzuki GB, Langcourt Cylinder Plating, Apico, Yoshimura, Dunlop, Spiral Grafix, PIS Groundworks, K-Tech Suspension, Putoline Oils, JT Chains and Sprockets, Galfer Brakes, Polisport, Racebikebitz, HEL, NGK, Car Electrics and Redmore UK Ltd.
“Overall these are some of the best conditions to come back to racing and this is a project that all involved in believe in,” concluded Hooper.