As many British motocross riders brave torrential rain or just above freezing temperatures – if they’re lucky. Two thirds of the Heads & All Threads Suzuki team decamped to the epicentre of the motocross world, California. The lucky bast*rds!

But joking aside, it’s great to see a British team flying off to sunny skies. By taking advantage of the temperate climate and the vast choice in riding facilities, riders Luke Burton and Graeme Irwin will be able to not only extensively test parts and settings, but also continue to hone their fitness both on and off the bike. Their Japanese colleague Ryo Sato will rejoin the team in two weeks after undergoing minor eye surgery at home in Japan.

The team is grateful for the equipment assistance from Suzuki Motorcycles USA, and its head sponsor Heads & All Threads for making this excursion possible.


“Without Stuart and Heads & All Threads, and Suzuki’s assistance, we would have been stuck with the bad weather, and for the boys it would have meant missing precious bike time before the Hawkstone International in late February. Out here we will be able to crack on and be ready when we return,” said Team Manager, Neil Prince.

Graeme Irwin commented: “We’re out here mainly to go riding and training whenever we can with the weather being so bad in the UK. We also brought our suspension and stuff out to build a good base for Hawkstone Park.”

“Things are going very well at the moment. This is my first time out here in California so it’s an all-new experience. For us it’s all about getting the motos in, getting the base settings for the bike,” says team-mate Luke Burton.

Hawkstone International is less than a month away and the rider entry list is looking juicy with top Pro riders such as Jeffrey Herlings, Tommy Searle and Jake Nicholls all signed up. But it looks like Irwin and the Heads & All Threads Suzuki Team will be well prepared.