Irwin to start 2015 campaign early at Foxhill

Graeme Irwin has re-signed with the Heads & All Threads Suzuki team for 2015 and will campaign the new 2015 RM-Z450 at the final round of this year’s British Motocross Championship at Foxhill, as he bids to secure third place in championship standings.

With his signature secured for next season, the team has spent the last three weeks testing the new model, which comes with Showa SFF Air forks and Suzuki’s new holeshot-assist system, as well as a host of other updates for 2015, with Irwin already feeling confident of its potential straight out of the crate.

Irwin, who will also race the bike for Team Ireland at this year’s Motocross des Nations, said, "I’m over the moon to re-sign with Suzuki. I never thought about looking elsewhere and always wanted to stay. Since we’ve been testing the new bike I wanted to race it at the last round and was the first to suggest it to be honest. I’m fighting for third in the championship and wouldn’t want to race this bike if I didn’t think we were ready to be competitive on it. This year we’ve been riding a bike that’s been developed over the last two years and I’ve been really happy with it, but I jumped on the new one and immediately felt comfortable and fast. The new air forks are so good and work really well with the new chassis. I’m confident of claiming third in the championship at the weekend and know we have a bike that can win races. It’s been a good year this year, despite some injuries, so hopefully we can go better next year."

Team Manager Neil Prince added, "I’m really happy to have signed Graeme again for next year; he’s a great rider and always gives 110% and I’m looking forward to working with him again. We had a difficult start to the year with the shoulder injury he sustained in pre-season and we’ve picked up a couple of knocks throughout the year, but we can still finish third this season. We’ve tested the new bike and Graeme’s clicked with it already and wanted to race it at the final round. The new forks were so quick and easy to set up and he’s really happy with them already, and you can see how the holeshot-assist system has been developed from the factory bikes. So we’ve tested that and are looking forward to using that in a competitive moto at the weekend. We’re looking forward to a strong end to the year and are excited about coming back with an even stronger package next season."

The final round of the 2014 British Motocross Championship takes place at Foxhill Motocross Track in Swindon on Sunday 21 September

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