Official: Phil Nicoletti Signs Extension with JGR, Jimmy Decotis Signs Deal with FXR

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11/6/2017 3:20 PM

Brea, CA (November 6, 2017) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) and Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team are pleased to announced that Phil Nicoletti has reached an agreement to race for the team in the 2018 Supercross 250 Championship.

Phil Nicoletti has been a part of the Joe Gibbs Racing MX (JGRMX) squad since 2014, when the Cochecton, N.Y. native was offered the unique opportunity to fill in during the Supercross series and then contest the AMA Nationals. Determined to perform regardless of the task, the 12 year Pro has achieved folklore-type status with his ardent fans. The 28 year old looks to maximize this new opportunity to compete on a factory-backed Suzuki RM-Z250 in a 250 Supercross-only deal.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my racing career with JGRMX. The crew members and I have formed a great relationship from our years of experience. It’s exciting to see Suzuki’s commitment to the 250 class, and I fully expect to be battling for podium finishes every weekend. I got a taste of 250 Supercross racing in 2017. With that under my belt, I’m looking for much more this coming season.”

Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager Jeremy Albrecht is excited that Phil Nicoletti is continuing his journey with JGRMX. “This past year we were able to move Phil back to the 250 class in Supercross, and he showed promise. In fact, Nicoletti scored a fifth in the 250 West series before sustaining an unfortunate injury. Phil was on the upswing, and I wanted to see what he could do in 2018 on the newly formed factory Suzuki team.”

Albrecht, a former AMA Mechanic of the Year and multi-time Supercross and AMA National-winning mechanic continued, “There’s no question that Phil Nicoletti is dedicated to his craft. He puts in maximum effort, both on and off the bike. In fact, Phil moved near the shop in Huntersville, N.C. to work closely with the team. It’s a testament to his tireless work ethic.”

Phil Nicoletti completes the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing 250 team for 2018, joining Kyle Peters, Jimmy Decotis and 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 Western Regional Champion Justin Hill. A team breakdown, including which coast each rider will contest, will be revealed in the coming months.
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November 6th, 2017 – FXR Racing is pleased to announce the return of Jimmy Decotis to the FXR race program. We have maintained a longstanding relationship with Jimmy and know what he is capable of and the professionalism that he carries on and off the track. We will be partnering with Jimmy’s new team Autotrader/Yoshimura JGR Suzuki for his return to the MX2 class for the 2018 supercross season. Just coming off his best supercross season of his racing career, Jimmy has now aligned himself with one of the best teams in the business to give him the support to get to the next level. We look forward to the continued success that comes with an athlete of Jimmy Decotis’ calibre. We will continue to support Jimmy as he works hard to convert his JGRMX supercross deal into a 250 class outdoor ride.
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11/6/2017 3:31 PM

So he's not riding outdoors?

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11/6/2017 3:35 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/6/2017 3:35 PM

PremixKid wrote:

So he's not riding outdoors?

I guess not, at least not with JGR. I would assume he would be free to do a fill in ride for outdoors if given the opportunity. I really hope he ends up on the track for the outdoors though.

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11/6/2017 3:52 PM

Funny Decotis has a potential outdoor contract and Nicoletti doesn't

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11/6/2017 4:32 PM

Put him on a fill in ride on the 450 and more than like finish ahead of the other teammates like in the past.

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11/6/2017 5:58 PM

Jimmy D.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

11/6/2017 6:28 PM

Good news for Phil.....bring on Deathcross!

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11/6/2017 6:36 PM

Sweet!

By the way, I just picked up my first set of FXR gear and I have to say it's the best quality gear I've ever owned - not going to knock the other gear companies. Just stating that FXR gear is great quality gear and it looks sweet. Love it and look forward to getting my next set.

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11/6/2017 6:45 PM

3 guys with not much of a chance of podiums in the 250 class. Where will Matty B end up this coming year ?

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11/6/2017 6:47 PM

I'll bet my sprocket bolts that Phil is riding for JGR this summer. If I had to guess, the outdoors aspect of the contract is probably the reason for the stalemate on the delayed contract ink. Phil finished 5th overall in points in the 2016 Nationals. The fans love him, his team loves him and he loves his team and setup here in NC.

What Phil is likely wanting (and probably deserves) to be paid for being a solid outdoor rider is probably just a number JGR can't commit to right this moment. JGR/Suzuki suddenly has A LOT of irons in the fire, and just as many question marks. Volatility and the JGR squad historically go hand in hand.

So much can happen between now and the start of Outdoors. Will one of the 250 guys rise up and steal the yellow spotlight? Will Peick and Bogle meet expectations? Will Phil, or any other rider for that matter, be healthy after a season of "deathcross"?? Will Matthes take even more advantage of the free coffee, hot dogs, and snickers ice cream bars at the JGR pit now that Barcia and his family aren't giving him the death stare???

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Positively, absolutely 110% obsessed with anything MOTO.

11/6/2017 6:57 PM

mb60 wrote:

3 guys with not much of a chance of podiums in the 250 class. Where will Matty B end up this coming year ?

Not sure, but he's been riding a 2018 450 Suzuki a lot lately.

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Positively, absolutely 110% obsessed with anything MOTO.

11/6/2017 7:01 PM

Maybe Matty B will be part of the new suzuki 450 team being thrown around.

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11/6/2017 7:04 PM

mb60 wrote:

Maybe Matty B will be part of the new suzuki 450 team being thrown around.

HEP Motorsports? Pretty sure that roster is full.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

11/6/2017 7:04 PM

F150Motocrosser wrote:

I'll bet my sprocket bolts that Phil is riding for JGR this summer. If I had to guess, the outdoors aspect of the contract is probably the reason for the stalemate on the delayed contract ink. Phil finished 5th overall in points in the 2016 Nationals. The fans love him, his team loves him and he loves his team and setup here in NC.

What Phil is likely wanting (and probably deserves) to be paid for being a solid outdoor rider is probably just a number JGR can't commit to right this moment. JGR/Suzuki suddenly has A LOT of irons in the fire, and just as many question marks. Volatility and the JGR squad historically go hand in hand.

So much can happen between now and the start of Outdoors. Will one of the 250 guys rise up and steal the yellow spotlight? Will Peick and Bogle meet expectations? Will Phil, or any other rider for that matter, be healthy after a season of "deathcross"?? Will Matthes take even more advantage of the free coffee, hot dogs, and snickers ice cream bars at the JGR pit now that Barcia and his family aren't giving him the death stare???

I agree....gotta assume that Phil didn't want a 250 outdoor contract. If he's doing outdoors, it'll be in a 450.

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11/6/2017 8:46 PM

Wasn't the original plan for JGR to have three guys on 450s for the outdoors? If so, it makes sense for Phil.

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11/7/2017 5:06 AM

mb60 wrote:

Maybe Matty B will be part of the new suzuki 450 team being thrown around.

You know, I kinda forgot about Matt. I guess I just assumed he would be with JGR. Weird.

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11/7/2017 5:28 AM

I don't understand this. Nicoletti is a really good 450 outdoor rider.

8th in 2015 and 5th in 2016.

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11/7/2017 7:06 AM

Motofinne wrote:

I don't understand this. Nicoletti is a really good 450 outdoor rider.

8th in 2015 and 5th in 2016.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like Phil is trying to make sure that 450 outdoors is still an option for him...somewhere.

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11/7/2017 7:14 AM

mb60 wrote:

3 guys with not much of a chance of podiums in the 250 class. Where will Matty B end up this coming year ?

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11/8/2017 4:37 AM

Motofinne wrote:

I don't understand this. Nicoletti is a really good 450 outdoor rider.

8th in 2015 and 5th in 2016.

Adam43 wrote:

Reading between the lines, it sounds like Phil is trying to make sure that 450 outdoors is still an option for him...somewhere.

I just find it bizarre that JGR wouldn't want him tied down for a 450 outdoor ride like last year.

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11/8/2017 6:00 AM

SO HAPPY TO SEE JIMMY BACK IN FXR GEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love that little rippa!

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