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Suzuki Motor USA on Hand to Witness Suzuki’s Historic 500th Podium Milestone at US MotoGP

500 Grand Prix podiums for Suzuki! Back row left to right: Ken Kawauchi, Loris Capirossi, Franco Uncini, Livio Suppo, Kerry Graeber – Vice President, Suzuki Motor USA, Masami Haga – President, Suzuki Motor USA, Alex Rins, Kevin Schwantz, Shinichi Sahara, Joan Mir, (kneeling) John Hopkins, Maverick Viñales, (prone) Randy Mamola.

Austin, TX (April 11, 2022) – Executives from Suzuki Motor USA were in attendance at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas to witness Team Suzuki ECSTAR’s Alex Rins claim second place in the MotoGP race, which marked Suzuki’s 500th podium in Grand Prix racing across all classes. This historic achievement comes after decades of Suzuki engineering and development, proving the performance of Suzuki motorcycles at all levels of world class roadracing.

With dozens of past Suzuki legends having contributed to the milestone, several were in attendance and gathered at the conclusion of the race to commemorate the significance of the 500th Suzuki podium.

“It was an honor for (Suzuki Motor USA, President) Mr. Haga and I to be able to be on hand and witness this historic achievement firsthand,” said Suzuki Vice President, Kerry Graeber. “Racing has always been at the core of Suzuki and seeing Alex on the podium this weekend, marking Suzuki’s 500th podium was truly special. The list of current and past legends that are part of Suzuki racing history is inspiring.”

The 2022 MotoGP championship continues at round five at the Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve circuit in Portugal on April 22-24, 2022. Team Suzuki ECSTAR riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir currently sit in 2nd and 4th place respectively in the 2022 MotoGP World Championship.


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