Team Suzuki Press Office – January 11.
Team Hammer has announced that Toni Elias will spearhead its M4 ECSTAR Suzuki program in 2020 MotoAmerica Superbikes as the team takes on the role of Suzuki’s premier road race team in the USA.
Entering his fifth season racing in the MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Superbike Series, the Spanish rider has already established himself as one of the series’ all-time greats.
Elias took the series by storm in 2016, winning the first three MotoAmerica Superbike races of his career on the all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000, and he hasn’t eased up: After finishing his rookie campaign ranked third, he won the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship and followed that up with runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2019.
In just four seasons, he has already racked up 32 MotoAmerica Superbike wins, tying him with the legendary Miguel Duhamel for fourth in AMA Superbike history.
Elias was already a highly decorated rider before he arrived on the American scene. Prior to coming to MotoAmerica, Elias was the 2010 Moto2 World Champion and a Grand Prix race winner in the MotoGP, Moto2, 250cc, and 125cc World Championships.
In joining the team, Elias continues an association with Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. spanning his MotoAmerica career. It also sees him join forces with a highly experienced racing outfit entering its fourth decade of competition with seven AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National titles, 83 victories, and 234 podiums to its credit.
Elias said, “I am excited for this new way and happy to build something together with Suzuki and Team Hammer. The goal is to keep performing at the same high level, continuing to win races, earn the podium, and fight for the championship. We have a lot of work to do as the competition will be strong, so we know we must do a nice job and have a good effort. We are very determined and I am happy to get this opportunity.”
Additional M4 ECSTAR Suzuki riders will be announced shortly.