2019 has included some very unexpected news, like the fact that Ryan Dungey is now a part owner of GEICO Honda. The most shocking news has been saved until the very end though: It was confirmed today that Travis Pastrana has gotten rid of his fleet of Suzuki motorcycles in favour of KTM support. Pastrana announced the news on his social-media channels.
"Huge thanks to the man himself, Roger DeCoster along with Ian Harrison and @Morais116 for helping me with some new 250cc two-strokes! I've practically bled yellow for the past 28 years and I'm thankful for every day with Suzuki… But with the RM250 being discontinued close to 15 years ago, it's been getting harder and harder to find bikes and parts. It was time for me to either go four-stroke or switch colours. Thanks to Trevor Piranha for making the call… Shout out to @TimMontana for clearing #AmericanThread for me to use in the piece!"
Pastrana arguably deserves credit for sticking with Suzuki for this long. Considering the amount of parts he undoubtedly wrecks each year, managing to piece together an RM250 whenever it was needed was quite impressive.
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Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Red Bull Content Pool/Garth Milan