Autotrader / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Team’s Justin Bogle back in action this weekend

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The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is pleased to report that Justin Bogle will be returning to action this weekend at the Glendale, Ariz. round of the 2018 AMA Supercross series. Bogle had been sidelined due to a practice crash suffered during the offseason.

“I’m eager to line up behind the gate this weekend,” stated Bogle. “After taking the necessary time off to let my body heal, I feel ready to race. Training has been going well at The Goat Farm. My intensity level is up where it should be, and I’m looking forward to seeing where I stand on Saturday night.” 

Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager, Jeremy Albrecht, is excited to have Bogle back in action. “Justin was riding great during the offseason testing sessions on the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450. We are happy to have him back. The racing has been very close this season, and I expect Justin to be in the mix right away.”

The fourth round of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Saturday. The event will be broadcast live on FS1 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Please be sure to visit the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team rigs should you be attending the event.

About Autotrader: Autotrader is the most visited third-party car shopping site, with the most engaged audience of in-market shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights and expert in online and mobile marketing, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today's empowered consumer looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car. Using technology, shopper insights and local market guidance, Autotrader's comprehensive marketing solutions guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow brand, drive traffic and connect the online and in-store shopping experience. Autotrader is a Cox Automotive™ brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit http://press.autotrader.com.

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

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 more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.

Autotrader / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Team Report: Anaheim 2 Supercross

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Round three of the 2018 AMA Supercross series presented the very first “Triple Crown” format, with three main events in each class. The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team embraced the Olympic-style scoring concept. Weston Peick wowed the sold-out crowd of 45,050 strong at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. by earning his third consecutive top-five finish. Fill-in rider Malcolm Stewart again drew large crowds of fans, and the 250 tandem of Justin Hill and Phil Nicoletti made strides toward the top five.

Three races into the new year, Peick has yet to finish outside of the top five overall. Weston has proven to be a podium threat by capitalizing on exceptional starts and maintaining a torrid pace throughout the duration of each main event. At Anaheim 2 his 4-9-5 main event finishes secured a fifth overall for the night. Weston now sits fifth in the overall standings.

Stewart showed flashes of brilliance in his second race as a fill-in rider on the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team. Malcolm’s 16-8-14 finishes aren’t a true indicator of how fast the Florida native was on Saturday. With more time on the Suzuki RM-Z450, Stewart will be able to do serious damage.   

Hill, the defending 250 West champion, qualified fifth fastest for the night program. A series of unfortunate starts held him back from showing his true potential. With more time on the Suzuki RM-Z250 this upcoming week, Justin should return to true form.

Nothing–not even cracked ribs and an injured shoulder blade–can stop Nicoletti from performing. The veteran logged his best finish of the young season in securing ninth overall. Phil will continue to improve as he heals up.  

Weston Peick [450 Class, Fifth Place] – “The new Triple Crown format was definitely interesting. The pace was crazy fast in the first main of the night, with everyone basically sprinting to the finish. The night came down to getting good starts, and my Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome. I wouldn’t want the Triple Crown to be an every weekend deal, but it’s something cool to throw into the mix every once in a while. In my opinion, the track was way too easy for everyone. So many guys were doing the same rhythms, and the track was really fast. They could have done a better job with the design in order to separate the riders out.” 

“I felt good for most of the night. I was passed by Jason Anderson halfway through the second main event, but I fought hard to pass him back. Then I got around Justin Brayton, but shortly after that I tucked the front end in a tricky section of the track. I ended up smashing my bad hand, which caused it to go numb for the rest of the race. I wasn’t able to make up any positions due to my hand, so I just rode the rest of the race in ninth. The plan right now is to ride one day this upcoming week and otherwise let my hand heal up.”

Malcolm Stewart [450 Class, 11th Place] – “Overall, the day was great! I had a lot of fun. The Triple Crown was very interesting. I knew that it would provide good racing, because nobody had done it before. I got 11th overall after the night was over. It was good for me to have more gate drops, so I could get used to the Suzuki RM-Z450 and raise my intensity level. I couldn’t be happier with how I’m riding, given that Saturday night was only my fifth time riding the RM-Z450. We will keep moving forward and focus on making more improvements next week.”

Phil Nicoletti [250 Class, Ninth place] – “The first two races went well for me. I was up where I belong, and I can make improvements on that. The final race was tough, because I couldn’t find a hole through the first turn. My starts were off all night long. I found myself in a bit of a slump in the third race and couldn’t pass a couple of riders that were right ahead of me. I did enjoy the format, though. It was nice to get away from the traditional format for a change. The track was one of the more mellow layouts that I’ve ever ridden. Maybe they did that because of all the laps put in between the two classes. My ribs still hurt, as does my shoulder blade. I’ll probably ride twice this week, because it’s hard to show up to a Supercross race without having put in any laps during the week.”

Justin Hill [250 Class, 10th Place] – “Truth be told, I actually felt really good in comparison to Houston last weekend. I think I could have put in a really fast lap if I would have gotten a lap in qualifying where the track wasn’t so hectic. The Triple Crown format made starts all the more crucial, but I was awful off the gate.”

“This week I’m going to work on bringing more intensity, so that when I’m racing I feel better out of my comfort zone. I’m the type of rider who likes to feel dialed, which can be good or bad. The tracks haven’t been very tricky so far this series, so I need to bring some raw heat to the races. I was better this weekend and things are beginning to click. I don’t feel like I belong where I have been finishing, so I’m going to work on raw speed to get up in the mix. We’ll get it figured out.

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “Weston [Peick] is riding awesome this year. Even with the crash he still got fifth. Weston has been super consistent. It’s cool that Phil [Nicoletti] is improving. Malcolm [Stewart] is getting better each week. We’ll get things figured out with Justin [Hill]. The Suzuki RM-Z250 is a good motorcycle, and we made lots of changes before Anaheim 2. Justin needs to get more time on the new settings and put himself in better positions once the gate drops.”

“I liked the Triple Crown format, because it’s something different. I do think it would be better if they paid points for every race, rather than just the overall. I noticed that there was a lot of down time before the racing started, and then the evening went by fast. I would say that there was enough time between main events, and it seemed like there was a lot more racing. It’s nice that Feld Motor Sports did something different.”

The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Glendale, Ariz. for the fourth round of the 2018 Supercross series on Saturday, January 27th.

About Autotrader: Autotrader is the most visited third-party car shopping site, with the most engaged audience of in-market shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights and expert in online and mobile marketing, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today's empowered consumer looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car. Using technology, shopper insights and local market guidance, Autotrader's comprehensive marketing solutions guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow brand, drive traffic and connect the online and in-store shopping experience. Autotrader is a Cox Automotive™ brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit http://press.autotrader.com.

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

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 more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.

Autotrader / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Team Report: Houston Supercross

The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team made their presence known at the second round of the 2018 AMA Supercross series in Houston, Texas. Weston Peick scored a second consecutive top-five finish, Malcolm Stewart impressed in his first fill-in race for the team, and Justin Hill remains in the 250 West points chase.

Peick continues to hone his Supercross skills throughout the week and the effort is paying dividends. With a fifth-place heat race finish, Peick put himself in a great position for the main event. When the gate dropped, his Suzuki RM-Z450 rocketed to a third-place start. He kept pace with the early leaders while riding a smart race. Peick crossed the finish line in fifth – his second top-five finish in as many tries – and currently sits tied for fourth in the point standings.

News broke early in the week that 2016 AMA 250 East Supercross Champion, Malcolm Stewart, was brought on board to fill in for the injured Justin Bogle. “Mookie” didn’t disappoint, scoring seventh in his heat race and 11th in the main. That is very credible for a rider who only had a few days of testing the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450. The ever-popular Stewart will set his sights higher this weekend.

Defending 250 West Champion, Justin Hill, came to Houston with a chip on his shoulder. The Oregon native was determined to win; however, he felt off all day. It has been said that championships are won on the bad days. Hill fought through adversity to score a top-ten finish in the main and is still very much in the title fight.

Riding through the pain of a rib injury, 250 West competitor Phil Nicoletti used grit and determination to score a 12th place finish. This came after Nicoletti was unable to ride all week. With more down time, Phil expects a better result at Anaheim 2.

Weston Peick [450 Class, Fifth Place] – “This weekend went well for me. The goal was to back up my top-five finish from Anaheim 1, and I succeeded. The track was technical and constantly breaking down, with big whoops and lots of ruts. Houston proved that I can handle the ever-changing conditions. I’m excited for Anaheim 2. My next target is to get on the podium. With good starts and consistent lap times I should be able to achieve that. I’m really gelling with the RM-Z450, and I like the progress that we’re making.”  

Malcolm Stewart [450 Class, 11th Place] – “I tell you, going eight months without a gate drop feels like forever! It’s great to be back doing what I love to do. I have to give a huge shout out to the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for giving me the opportunity to race. I appreciate the fans for sticking by me through thick and thin. The Houston fans made me feel like I was home again, so thanks! I’m looking forward to getting more time on the bike and making a big impact at Anaheim 2.”

Justin Hill [250 Class, 10th Place] – “I struggled all day and felt off. I’ve never had an entire day where I made zero progress. From the very first time my wheels touched the track, all of the way until the checkered flag flew in the main event, I didn’t get any better. My comfort level was off. We had a few minor tweaks that needed to be made to the rear suspension on my bike, but I didn’t ride the RM-Z250 for what it was worth. I was in a funk.”

“It’s difficult, because I had the speed at Anaheim 1, but bad starts kept me from running towards the front. At Houston, the speed was not there. It was a total 180-degree turn from the opening round. I’m definitely disappointed in myself. Everyone on the team wants to help, and I’m grateful for their support. I will be working with a few members of the team this week to try some different settings. I’ve never wanted to win so badly.”

Phil Nicoletti [250 Class, 12nd place] – “The track was very demanding. I struggled to find a flow after not riding all week. I had to take time off after my Anaheim 1 crash in order to let my body heal, so I knew it would be challenging to find a good feeling in Houston. I went to the doctor after the Anaheim opener. It was discovered that I had a few cracked and misplaced ribs. I’m looking forward to having a bit more time to let my body heal before coming back strong at Anaheim 2.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “Overall, there were quite a few positives from this weekend. Weston had a solid ride. He improved from last week. Malcolm was doing really well for having been on the Suzuki RM-Z450 a few times. With more time on the bike he should have a better result at Anaheim. Malcolm was great to work with. He was super positive and he loves the bike. It was great that Malcolm also went to the post-race press conference. He wants to be involved, which is awesome.”

“The Houston track was super gnarly and very technical, with really challenging whoops. Hill crashed in the whoops in the first timed qualifying session, and I believe that threw him off his rhythm. Justin got hit in the first turn in the main event and lost his rear brake. It was tough for him to manage the track without a rear brake, given how many bowl turns there were. As for Nicoletti, he rode well considering how banged up he was. He was in pain every time he rode, but he fought through it. I expect everyone on the team to come out swinging at the next round.”

The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will head back to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. for the third round of the 2018 Supercross series on Saturday, January 20th.

About Autotrader: Autotrader is the most visited third-party car shopping site, with the most engaged audience of in-market shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights and expert in online and mobile marketing, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today's empowered consumer looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car. Using technology, shopper insights and local market guidance, Autotrader's comprehensive marketing solutions guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow brand, drive traffic and connect the online and in-store shopping experience. Autotrader is a Cox Automotive™ brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit http://press.autotrader.com.

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

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 more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.