Autotrader / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Report: Budds Creek National

Photos Courtesy of Brown Dog Wilson

The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team visited the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland, for the penultimate round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. High temperatures, muggy conditions and a rough track made for a challenging day, but that didn’t prevent Weston Peick from giving it his all. The 27-year-old dug deep to score his 11 th consecutive top-ten finish on the Suzuki RM-Z450. In the 250 class, rookie Enzo Lopes was fast all day. The Brazilian logged a career-best 12 th overall despite tweaking his knee in practice. Teammate Jimmy Decotis returned to action after battling sickness the past few weeks. The Massachusetts native charged back from several crashes to put the RM-Z250 inside the top 20.

The anchor of the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team, Weston Peick has proven time and again that willpower and grit can overcome nearly any obstacle. Peick has been racing all summer with torn tendons in his hand, yet he refused to let that sideline him. The Menifee, California native showed his determination at Budds Creek–a track that was not kind to Peick’s hand. On his #34 RM-Z450, Peick fought hard in both motos to earn 10 th overall and remain sixth in the points standings. Peick will undergo hand surgery on Tuesday and miss the final round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this weekend at Ironman Raceway.

Over the past few weeks Enzo Lopes has focused on increasing his sprint lap speed and intensity while riding during the week at the JGRMX compound. The hard work is beginning to pay off. The Brazilian twisted his knee in practice at Budds Creek, but he suited up anyway. The decision proved fruitful. He pushed through the pain to collect 13-13 moto scores for 12 th overall–the best result of his rookie campaign. Lopes sits 20 th in the points standings.

Jimmy Decotis was a late scratch for the previous round at Unadilla after dealing with a lingering illness that he couldn’t seem to shake. “The Rippa” returned to action at Budds Creek. Had it not been for a slew of crashes in the first moto, Decotis would have finished near the top-ten. Jimmy powered his Suzuki RM-Z250 to a great start in the second moto and settled in for 14 th by moto’s end. The 34-14 scores resulted in 18 th overall. Decotis is 26 th in the standings.

Weston Peick [450 Class, 14-9 for 10 th Place] – “Budds Creek was the last round for me, because of my hand injury. The race didn’t go as well as I wanted it to. I didn’t get the best start in the first moto, but I worked my way up. The track was hard pack and bumpy, which took a toll on my hand. Honestly, it was one of my worst weekends for my hand issue. We made some changes to the bike for moto two, and they also prepped some of the track that was pretty gnarly rough. I got off to a sixth-place start and held there for half the race. I’m obviously not stoked, but given my hand situation, to pull off a top ten is good in my books. I am getting surgery on Tuesday to get my hand fixed. At this point I’m not sure how long I’ll be off the bike.”

Enzo Lopes [250 Class, 13-13 for 12 th Place] – “The day started out well. I was 13 th fastest in the first practice, and pretty close to the leader’s pace. Midway through the second practice my foot came off the peg and I hurt my knee. I struggled in the first 15 minutes of the first moto with the pain, but then my knee started to loosen up and get better. For a few laps toward the end of the first moto I was one of the fastest riders on the track. Then, in the second moto I was caught up in the carnage of a first turn crash and had to dig deep to get toward the front. I fought hard and finished 13 th . I have one more round to go, and I’m blessed to be in this position. I want to end the series with an even better overall result.”

Jimmy Decotis [250 Class, 34-14 for 18 th Place] – “It was good to be back at the races. I was sick the past few weeks. I tried to limit my time on the dirt bike, and came in fired up. I felt good in both practices. I had a bad start in the first moto and crashed, then crashed twice more after that. I had a far outside gate pick, but I came around 10 th. After hanging in there for 25 minutes, I ran out of steam the last four laps. We made some great changes on the bike, and I’m getting more and more comfortable. The results aren’t the best, but everything is feeling good.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “Weston Peick had his toughest race with his hand, but he knocked it out with a good second moto for how bad his hand is. It keeps getting worse, so now’s a good time to get it fixed. Enzo Lopes rode awesome. His speed was up there. He ended up crashing off the start in the second moto. He and Jimmy Decotis were battling on the last lap and Enzo got him by a foot. Jimmy had more energy, but a few crashes held him back. I’m excited to have Justin Hill back next weekend. I just wish Weston’s hand was better, because he was surviving out there.”

The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana for the final round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, August 25 th . Please visit www.jgrmxraceteam.com for more team news.

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About JGRMX: Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross (JGRMX), based in Huntersville, NC, was founded in 2007 by Coy Gibbs, son of NFL Hall of Fame head coach and multi-time NASCAR Championship winning team owner Joe Gibbs. JGRMX competes in both the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series as well as the Monster Energy Supercross series with support from Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. aboard Suzuki RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 race machines.

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