News 3 Jun 2014

Suzuki's Moss seeking long-term contract extension

MX Nationals champion targets stability for coming seasons.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Current Australian Motocross Champion Matt Moss has committed his future to competing domestically, bidding for a long-term contract entering the 2015 season and beyond – preferably at Team Motul Suzuki.

Moss’ target is to remain with the Jay Foreman-managed factory Suzuki outfit, but the 26-year-old has revealed that rival teams have been in contact as the silly season enters its opening stages. And he has ruled out any return to the US at this point.

“Talks start now and, I’m not going to lie, a couple of teams have spoken to me,” Moss told MotoOnline. “It’s always good to secure your ride early for the following year and taking that headache away. Suzuki knows I want it done nice and early, so as long as they can come to the table everything should be fine.

“I’ll stay here [in Australia] next year; that’s pretty much set. There’s a bit of speculation at this stage regarding teams, but Suzuki has obviously done the right thing by me and times are tough. I want to make sure we’re set and ready to go racing next year.

“This is my life and my job, so I want to be secure with my team and know that I’ve got a position there for the next five or six years. As long as that’s on the table, I’ll be staying put.”

Coming off both the motocross and supercross title victories in 2013 upon return to the premier class, Moss is currently the highest profile rider in Australia after a number of significant performances in the US earlier this year.

With a 22-point lead and two round wins to his credit in the 2014 MX Nationals to date, the current mid-season break is usually when contract negotiations escalate for the following year. Stability will be high on Moss’ agenda before any agreement is complete.

“We usually go year-to-year, which is the Australian way,” he added. “I would love to do a long-term deal and stay with Jay and Suzuki as long as we have a team that can go racing financially and afford to keep me. We need to be able to do the things we need to do such as testing parts and that kind of thing as well.”

Retaining Moss will be particularly important for Suzuki ahead of 2015, recently announcing it will release an updated RM-Z450 featuring the first production version of Showa’s SFF-AIR Fork.