Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing congratulates newest team member Nico Izzi for being honored with the prestigious 2008 AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year award.
â€œGetting AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year caught me by surprise,â€ admitted Izzi of the accolade. â€œBut Iâ€™m really pumped about it. My teammate Ryan Dungey got the award last year and itâ€™s great for Rockstar Makita Suzuki that we won it two years in a row. Itâ€™s also a confidence-builder for me going into the 2009 season.â€
In his first professional season, Izzi finished an impressive third overall in AMA Supercross LItes (East Coast), with a podium finish and multiple top-four and top-10 results. In AMA Motocross Lites, Izzi overcame an early-season injury to finish fifth overall. Along the way, the 17-year-old Michigan native racked up two podium finishes and several top-five and top-10 results.
â€œMy 2008 season overall was really good,â€ continued Izzi. â€œI was happy with Supercross and finishing in the top three. I had some good races on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 and some not-so-good races, that maybe could have been better. But in the end, it all worked out and I just tried to be consistent. The Motocross season started a bit rough, with getting injured and everything, but it ended pretty good. I mean, it doesnâ€™t get much better than to finish the season with a podium in the last race at Steel City.â€
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