Somehow I sense money has something to do with the change. Is Team Hammer still supported by American Suzuki? How about Geico? I thought I read somewhere (maybe here) that Hammer was trying to do something with American Honda...
I am pretty sure all of Team Hammer's contract riders were paid by Suzuki. Seems like Suzuki has lowered their commitment to the grid, which was the principal source of funding for several privateer teams over the years.
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