Team Suzuki Press Office – May 2.
The Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team has announced that Phil Nicoletti will be contesting select 450 rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer.
The Cochecton, New York native will be filling-in on the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450 while Justin Bogle heals from an upper arm injury sustained during the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.
Nicoletti has been with the Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team since 2014. Determined and tough, the 29-year-old has earned 27 top-10 finishes in the 450 Nationals during his career, including three overall top-five finishes. Nicoletti will compete on a race-by-race basis until Bogle returns to action.
Said Nicoletti: “I’m happy to be able to ride the Suzuki RM-Z450 for the outdoors. I want to redeem myself after missing most of the Nationals last year, and not having the chance to race the RM-Z450 to my full potential. I’m excited to ride the new chassis and continue my relationship with my friends on the Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team.”
Team manager Jeremy Albrecht is looking forward to continue working with Nicoletti and said: “I’m excited to have Phil continue with us for the start of the Nationals. He has the ability to make an impact on the RM-Z450. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish.”
The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will open at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California on Saturday May 19th.