Real silly season news is coming early this year! Instead of the usual October 1 date for official team announcements, news is coming in hot and heavy here in August, including Monster Energy Yamaha announcing Aaron Plessinger will move to the 450 class next year and Monster Energy Kawasaki announcing that Joey Savatgy will also be moving to the big bikes.

Now comes news of a true team switch—the much-rumored Alex Martin to JGR Suzuki move is official as of today via a Suzuki press release. Alex, coming off of second place in this year’s 250 National Motocross Championship, gets a two-year deal with JGR following a two-year stint with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM.

Press release:

The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce that Alex Martin has signed a two-year contract to race the Suzuki RM-Z250. The multi-race winner and title contender will contest the 250 regional Supercross series and 250 National Championship.

Hailing from Millville, Minnesota, Martin has an impressive racing resume. The 28-year-old has earned two National wins, three Supercross podiums, 18 outdoor podiums, and a combined 84 top-ten finishes. Martin has twice finished runner-up in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

“I’m very happy to be joining the team and excited for the next two years,” stated Martin.

“The resources that the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team has to offer, along with the facility at JGRMX in North Carolina, will be a huge benefit. Suzuki is coming out with a brand-new RM-Z250 for 2019, and I’m excited to get great results on the bike. I am looking forward to the next few years!”

Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager Jeremy Albrecht is eager to work with the veteran.

“I’m pumped that a rider of Alex’s caliber will be on the all-new Suzuki RM-Z250. Our goal is to win races, both in Supercross and the Nationals. Alex is extremely disciplined, a proven winner, and has that hunger to succeed. I feel really good about our chances in 2019 and beyond.”