JGRMX / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Report: Minneapolis Supercross

JGRMX newcomer Alex Martin (#26) rode his Suzuki RM-Z250 to a strong 4th place finish.

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team began their trip east with strong finishes at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in round six of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship. Hometown hero and RM-Z250 rider, Alex Martin, kicked-off the first round of the 250 Eastern Regional Supercross series with an impressive fourth place while two-time 450 Supercross Champion Chad Reed continued his exceptional top-ten streak in the series, finishing seventh in the main event. 250 East teammate, Kyle Peters, got redemption at the same venue where a knee injury prematurely ended his 2018 season. Fully healthy now, Peters ended the evening in a solid top-ten spot.

In his first official race with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team, Alex Martin had the all-new RM-Z250 dialed in. The Millville, Minnesota native was sixth-fastest in combined 250 qualifying and took second in his heat race. With a great jump out of the gate in the main event, Martin was with the lead pack all race long and was looking to card a podium finish until a rough pass by a fellow competitor on the last lap pushed “A-Mart” off the track relegating him to fourth. While disappointed, the team is confident that Martin has what it takes to run up front on the new machine.

Chad Reed (#22) rode his RM-Z450 up through the pack to secure another top-ten finish.

 Chad Reed was eager to build momentum from his impressive fifth place finish at the prior San Diego round. Finishing in a top-ten position at every stadium stop thus far in the season, Reed continues to extend his hall of fame career and wow fans at every round. In Minnesota, the Australian qualified tenth-fastest and dug deep to push his way to a respectable seventh place finish in the stacked 450 main.

 “Chad Reed was riding strong and the bike looked really good,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “He made some great passes in the main event and stayed strong the whole time. I’m definitely happy with his ride. Alex Martin was super fun to watch. I feel like we have good things coming from Martin. He was really aggressive in the first corner, which helped.”

Kyle Peters (#55) achieved his goal of finishing the Minneapolis round healthy with valuable 250 East Championship points.  

After a knee injury ended his 2018 season, RM-Z250 rider Kyle Peters returns healthy for his second full season with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team. The North Carolina native succeeded as he qualified fourth in his heat race and finished the night with a top-ten finish. Peters looks to build on his result in the upcoming rounds.

 Justin Hill was unable to race Minneapolis, due to a rib injury sustained during the San Diego round. The team is monitoring Hill’s condition and will have an announcement on his return to racing the 450 class this week.    

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, February 16th for the seventh round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the second round of the 250 East Regional Supercross series.

Alex Martin [250 Class, 4th Place] – “Qualifying went pretty well. I was a tad too aggressive, but overall, I was very close to the leaders. You could basically throw a blanket over all of us. I was very comfortable on the bike. Jordan Smith and I had a really good pace going in the heat race. I had the fastest lap time out of both heat races, so I was happy with that. In the main event I got off to a great start and felt really good on the RM-Z250. Smith, Martin Davalos and I had a battle going. Unfortunately, Davalos and I came together and he went down. I apologized to him afterwards. I thought I had third in the bag, but a few lappers messed me up, which allowed Justin Cooper to set me up for the pass. It was a bummer to not finish on the podium, but to be honest, fourth is the best start I’ve ever had to a Supercross season. The goal was to get the first round out of the way. This was a great result to build off of.”  

 Chad Reed [450 Class, 7th Place] – “We made some great progress with the fork settings this past week. That carried over into the weekend, and helped contribute to my best qualifying result of the year. My speed and fitness are good, but I am frustrated with my starts. I’m not giving myself a fighting chance with track position being so important. It was a hard-fought seventh place. Honestly, it was my best ride of the season. I’ll continue to work on my starts and fork settings so that I get to that next level out of myself.”

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 10th Place] – “The day was okay. I rode stiff and was fighting myself. The heat race went well, but I was tight. I had a bad start in the main event, didn’t breathe, and pumped up really badly. I was stuck behind a downed rider for a bit, which messed me up. The track was tough to pass on. You had to be aggressive. I know what I need to work on, but it was fun to be back behind the gate again.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “Obviously, we were bummed that Justin Hill wasn’t able to race. Hopefully he’s feeling better this week. Chad Reed qualified better than he has in prior rounds. He was riding strong and the bike looked really good. Reed made some great passes in the main event and stayed strong the whole time. I’m definitely happy with his ride.”

 “Alex Martin was super fun to watch. He made some mistakes in the rhythm lane that cost him the podium. He had some jitters, but that was attributed to it being the opening round of the 250 East series. There’s definitely more in there than we saw on Saturday. I feel like we have good things coming from Martin. He was really aggressive in the first corner, which helped. Kyle Peters rode really well and had a good heat race. He was the only guy passing people on a track that was hard to pass. He improved in every race. Kyle wanted to get out of Minneapolis safely. I don’t blame him, because he blew out his knee at that stadium last year. Someone fell in front of Peters early on in the race, and he had to work his way back up. He didn’t get into the top-ten until the last lap. I feel like he’ll do better.”

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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 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.

JGRMX / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Report: San Diego Supercross

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team ventured to PETCO Park in San Diego, California, for round five of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series. A challenging track caused by a winter rainstorm didn’t stop 39,840 faithful fans from watching Suzuki RM-Z250 rider Jimmy Decotis rocket up to a third-place finish in the main event. Teammate Enzo Lopes finished third in his heat race but unfortunately, was held back in the main. In the 450 ranks, Supercross Champion Chad Reed soldiered through the challenging conditions to finish a season-best fifth place on his Suzuki RM-Z450. Justin Hill sustained a crash in qualifying practice that sent him to the hospital for further evaluation.

 It was only a matter of time before Jimmy Decotis had a breakout ride in this year’s 250 West series. Decotis finished third in his heat race and looked poised for a great race heading into the main event. After a top-five start, the yellow #64 methodically picked off riders through the muck and mire and passed for third place on the final lap to tie his career-best finish. The podium finish moved him up to sixth in the points standings; only two points out of fifth place.

 Riding in a fair share of mud races during his storied career, nothing can stop two-time 450 Supercross Champion Chad Reed from excelling when the conditions are far from ideal. It was a successful night in San Diego for Reed as he endured a three-way battle for most of the race and dug deep to finish fifth place in the main, a season-best. Reed moves into a top-ten position in the points standings.

Enzo Lopes’ amazing speed was on display in his heat race, when he nearly passed the series leader for second place. He eventually finished third and was eager to score a top-five finish in the main. While running second on the opening lap, Lopes suffered a mud-related technical issue and went several laps down. The Brazilian fought through the problem and sloppy track conditions to finish 19th.

 Justin Hill was nursing a shoulder injury from a qualifying practice crash at the previous round in Oakland. Unfortunately, the 2017 Western Regional 250 Champion fell during the single qualifying session in San Diego and suffered a rib injury. He was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The team will know the extent of Hill’s condition later this week. The Suzuki RM-Z450-mounted class rookie currently sits 16th in the points standings.

 Jimmy Decotis [250 Class, 3rd Place] – “The San Diego mudder was an absolute blast. I surprised myself in the muddy conditions. I pulled off my first podium of the year in some of the craziest conditions I’ve ever seen. I’m loving this Suzuki RM-Z250 so much. I’ve been so comfortable, and we are just continuing to build each and every week. I’ll have several weeks off before we head to Atlanta. I’m excited to keep progressing! Thank you to all the crew and everyone on the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team.”  

 Chad Reed [450 Class, 5th Place] – “San Diego is always a race I really enjoy. I had a great week in California leading up to the race. It was a rain schedule, which is always challenging. There was a lot of sitting around going on. The track was gnarly. My heat race start was okay, but I was splashed with mud and couldn’t get clear vision quickly enough. I had to stop, but I came back to seventh. The main event wasn’t my best mud performance, but I’m really happy to get up into the top five. I’m back in North Carolina this week and looking forward to continue working with the team to get up on that podium.”  


Enzo Lopes [250 Class, 19th Place] – “The day started off well. We all had one practice due to the rain, so I tried to put the whole practice together. I qualified seventh, which I was happy with. I had a good gate pick and started around fifth in my heat race. I was blind midway through the start because I got splashed in the pond that had developed right after the gate. I moved up to third and was making time on the leaders. Then I went off the track, caught up to some lappers, and couldn’t do a few sections cleanly. Still, I was happy to get third in the heat. I had fifth gate pick for the main. The track was brutal. I had a decent start, made a few passes, and moved up to second. Right before the finish line the bike stalled out. Then I fried my clutch and couldn’t regroup. I’ll take the positives away. I feel like Jimmy [Decotis] and I would have put the team on the box, but it is what it is.”  

Justin Hill [450 Class, Did Not Race] – “I had a blast in the mud for a few laps, before I hit a hole in the whoops that was hidden under standing water. I smashed my rib cage into the handlebars pretty badly, so I went to the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Rig to get checked out. Unfortunately, there was a suspected puncture on my spleen that required a trip to a nearby trauma center. Results for my spleen came back negative. It turned out to be cartilage damage on my ribs. As soon as I can heal up from that I’ll be good to go.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “This weekend went better than previous rounds. Enzo Lopes rode very well in his heat race. His clutch went out of adjustment while he was running second in the main event. He was able to get his bike going and he pulled into the mechanic’s area to get it adjusted properly. Jimmy Decotis was steady all day long and embraced the mud. The mechanics did well with adjusting to the muddy conditions.” 

“Justin Hill hit his chest and re-injured his ribs from the previous weekend. He was checked out by the doctors and they thought he had an enlarged spleen, so he went to the hospital. It sounds like he has a problem with some cartilage. He’s in some pain, and we’re taking it day by day. Chad Reed had a good finish, but he feels like he left something on the table. He rode a bit tight in the mud.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, February 9th for the sixth round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the first round of the 250 East Regional Supercross series, featuring Alex Martin and Kyle Peters.

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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 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.

JGRMX / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Report: Anaheim 2 Supercross

Photos Courtesy of Brown Dog Wilson

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team returned to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, for round three of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series and the first of three Triple Crown events. Consisting of three races for each class, with the overall finishes determined by averaging scores, the Triple Crown format made for a wild night of racing. Two-time 450 Supercross Champion Chad Reed dazzled a crowd of 42,434 in scoring a top-five finish in the night’s final race. Teammate Justin Hill improved his race finish every time he lined up to the gate. In the 250 West class, Jimmy Decotis rode with determination to maintain sixth in the overall points standings. Rookie Enzo Lopes rode his Suzuki RM-Z250 to the best finish of his promising young career.

In his first full 450 season, Justin Hill is learning the ropes of the premier class. The Oregon native posted his best overall finish of the season despite having to deal with arm tightness. Hill cracked the top-ten in the final race of the evening – a sign of things to come from the 450 class rookie. His 13-11-9 results put him 11 th overall at Anaheim 2. He now resides 14 th in the points standings.

At 36 years of age, Chad Reed continues to defy the calendar. Racing competition nearly half his age, Reed still has the drive and skill to succeed. The Australian fought to a 10 th place finish in the first race. Unfortunately, a part malfunction kept Reed out of the second race of the night. He rebounded by nearly grabbing the holeshot in the third race, running up front, and finishing fifth place. Reed’s 10-22-5 scores earned him 13 th overall. He is 12 th in the standings.

Jimmy Decotis was looking forward to a third consecutive top-ten finish on his Suzuki RM-Z250. “The Rippa” nearly grabbed the holeshot in the first race and was fourth on the opening lap, eventually finishing seventh place. Unfortunately, he was struck by another rider in the second race and only managed 20 th place. Decotis returned for the third race and scored a 12 th place finish. His 7-20-12 results earned him 13 th overall. He sits sixth in the 250 West points standings.

Supercross rookie Enzo Lopes is improving at every round. The Brazilian started with the front-runners, but a few riding errors cost him a top-ten finish. Enzo was firmly in seventh place in the first race and crashed. Lopes will be a force to be reckoned with as the 250 West series continues. He finished 14 th overall with 15-11-14 scores, and moved up to 15 th in the 250 West point standings.

Justin Hill [450 Class, 11 th Place] – “So far this series I have blown the races on the very first lap. If I harden up and get aggressive right from the gate drop, then I believe I can go straight to the podium. I’m going to work on that intensity this week back at JGRMX in North Carolina.”

Chad Reed [450 Class, 13 th Place] – “It was a good night of racing. I felt race ready, even though my qualifying times were not where I would have liked them to be. I was a little too kind about making my way forward in the first main. Unfortunately, we had a technical issue in the second race. In race three I felt like I needed to pull one of my customary Suzuki starts out of the old bag. From there I really felt like I rode my best all weekend. Moving forward I want to focus on believing in myself more and getting great starts more often.”

Jimmy Decotis [250 Class, 13 th Place] – “Anaheim 2 was a tough round for me. I had a big crash in the second main, which put me a lap down and took me out of contention for a good overall result. I’m riding well and super comfortable on my Suzuki RM-Z250. I feel like my breakthrough ride will be coming soon. I love the dirt in Oakland, so I’m excited to get some redemption this next weekend. Thanks to my whole crew and all of the mechanics for working so hard on my bike with the short turnaround between main events!”

Enzo Lopes [250 Class, 14 th Place] – “The track was very tricky, with big jumps and challenging rhythm sections. I qualified well going into the night program. The Triple Crown took a lot of fitness. I stalled the bike in the first race while battling for sixth. I came through the pack in the second race, but then I crashed. I struggled in the last main and couldn’t figure out the lines. It’s not for a lack of trying. Sometimes I think I’m trying too hard to do well. We have a couple more 250 West rounds before the break, so I want to get a good result.”

 Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “We had an up and down weekend. Jimmy Decotis rode well, but he was taken out by accident in the second race. He had a bad gate pick in the last main and was banged up, so he will be better in Oakland. Enzo Lopes rode well, but he crashed quite a few times. He needs to limit mistakes and he will be in good shape for a breakout ride.”

“Justin Hill rode tight and finally loosened up for the third race. That gives him some confidence for Oakland. He’s coming back to North Carolina this week to do motos with the team and get some testing in. I expect big things from Justin, but the pieces need to fall into place. Chad Reed was held up in the first moto. He was ready to be more aggressive in the second race, but the threads pulled out of a race-team-only lightweight clutch cover and the engine was leaking oil on the starting line. It was cool to see Chad fight hard and get a fifth place in the third race. He’s feeling more and more comfortable every week.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California on Saturday, January 26 th , for the fourth round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the fourth round of the 250 Western Regional Supercross series.

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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 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.