Photos Courtesy of Brown Dog Wilson
The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team kicked off the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Hangtown National in Rancho Cordova, California this past weekend with an exciting second moto podium finish by two-time 250 National Championship runner-up, Alex Martin. Making his 250 National debut on the Suzuki RM-Z250, Martin showed improvement throughout the day and posted the team’s first motocross podium of the outdoor season.
After a mediocre start and two crashes in the first moto, A-Mart was struggling to find his comfort zone. With a strong-willed attitude and necessary adjustments made to his bike, Martin charged hard and methodically worked his way up to second place in the second moto. Martin’s future is bright on his RM-Z250 and he is ready to build on his early–season success at round two in Pala, California.
“Alex got better with every lap,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “He crashed on the first lap of the opening moto trying to go around people. He was way back and came through the pack, only to crash again. He fought hard. A-Mart and the bike looked really fast in the second moto. He had a good start, made moves early in the race, and put himself in second.”
Known for lightning-fast reaction times and superb technique, Kyle Peters had great starts on his RM-Z250. Unfortunately, rough and wet conditions in the first and second moto’s held him to a disappointing overall score. With his first National in nearly three years out of the way, Peters has plenty of time to show his outdoor capabilities, skill, and talent as the series progresses.
Starting the series off in his first full-time 450 outdoor campaign, Justin Hill wanted to show his competitive edge on his RM-Z450. Logging a strong top-ten qualifying time, it appeared that Hill was ready to battle outdoors. Despite getting stuck in the gate in the first moto, Hill pushed through the pack well but couldn’t redeem himself in the second as a rutted track got the best of him. Hill has the potential to make big strides throughout the series, and the team is looking for that fight to begin.
Albrecht commented, “Justin qualified well. Hopefully, he can figure out how he can ride to his potential. We haven’t seen it yet, but we know that he has it. I’m excited for Pala. I feel like we should go there and fight for great finishes. We’ll spend this week preparing and expect Justin to step up his game.”
The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Fox Raceway in Pala, California on Saturday, May 25th for the second round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
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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.
About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for 65 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket. Yoshimura exhaust systems are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit, and quality that has been their trademark for six decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.