Mojo Yamaha and Team USA Announce the U.S. Team for 2020 International Island Classic

Press Release | November 12, 2019

The team is ready to take the challenge back to the Island Classic in 2020.

This is a press release from Mojo Yamaha…

After an auspicious event in 2019, with Josh Hayes taking the top spot on the podium in race four and the U.S. finishing just shy of the winning Australian team in overall points, the team is ready to take the challenge back to the Island Classic in 2020.

Race four winner of the 2019 Phillip Island International Challenge, Josh Hayes for the USA team. (Photo credit Russell Colvin)
Race four winner of the 2019 Phillip Island International Challenge, Josh Hayes for the USA team. (Photo credit Russell Colvin)

Riding for Mojo Yamaha this year will be Josh Hayes, Larry Pegram, Jordan Szoke, Michael Gilbert, Taylor Knapp and Dave Crussell. Rounding out Team USA are Jorge Guerro, Brian Filo, Joe Pethoud, Bruce Lind and Robert Ruwoldt.

Mojo Yamaha uses machines housed in a CMR F1 frame and powered by engines based on the Yamaha FJ1200, the pinnacle of machine development in this pre-1983 class of racing.

“I am really happy with our team this year, our top three riders from 2019 signed up again for 2020, Josh, Larry and Michael and we have two great ‘first timers’ in Jordan Szoke, multiple times Canadian Super champion and Taylor Knapp,” said Dave Crussell, the owner of Mojo Yamaha.

“We have been very busy this year. Our riders gave us good feedback on where the bikes need to be improved from the 2019 event and during the year we have performed extensive testing of these changes. Denis Curtis at CMR has been working on refinements to the chassis to help weight balance and Larry Cook from LCR Racing has been cooking up some more horsepower from our FJ engines. Getting the right balance of performance and reliability is key,” Crussell continued.

“We have been fielding a U.S. team for five years now. In 2019 we were close, but we lost two riders from the points race due to crashes. Without those unfortunate events, things would have been quite different. Our bikes for 2020 are a major step forward from last year and we are very excited about the strength of our rider base. We are aiming for the top podium step for races and also for the overall challenge,” Crussell enthused.

You can follow the progress of the team on MojoYamaha.com

The 2020 International Island Classic is scheduled for January 24-26

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