Suzuki’s Alex Martin Storms to Second Overall at Hometown Track

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Fredrik Noren scores another top-ten finish in the 450 class

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team traveled to Millville, Minnesota this past weekend for round eight of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Alex Martin capitalized at his home track with podium finishes in each moto, resulting in second place overall on his RM-Z250. Teammate Kyle Peters nearly scored the holeshot in both motos, but was caught up in several crashes. Suzuki RM-Z450 rider Fredrik Noren continued to impress, earning another top-ten overall finish.

Martin grew up on the grounds of Spring Creek Raceway, and looked at home against a stacked 250 field. Despite a series of rainstorms that hit the Millville area delaying the event, “A-Mart” charged through the rough conditions to earn a runner-up finish in the first moto. Martin had a great start in the second moto, but was pushed wide through the first turn and had to take a fire road next to the track before re-entering. He fought hard up to a second-place finish. However, he was later penalized one position for his off-track excursion. The penalty did not diminish Martin’s spirits, as he still finished strong with a second overall for the day.

“Things started off a little delayed at the home race due to weather, but I felt great on the bike right away and qualified third fastest,” said Martin. “The motos went very well, with two second place finishes. It was unfortunate to get docked a position in the second moto. All in all, it felt awesome to finally get an overall podium for myself and the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki guys! I’m very excited with how things have been progressing.”

“Alex looked comfortable every time he went on the track,” added Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “He had good starts in both motos. He was pushed off the track in the second moto and still moved up to second. Alex made good passes and was patient. He was very consistent. We had a shot at the overall, so that’s exciting. Martin has been in a podium position for the past four motos.”

In the 450 ranks, Fredrik Noren has done a commendable job while filling in for the injured Justin Hill. The Swede had two top-ten starts on his Suzuki RM-Z450, and finished seventh in the first moto. Noren looked even better in the second moto, until he collided with another rider. “Fast Freddie” fought up to 11th place to earn eighth overall and continue his top-ten streak.

“My first moto finish was better, but I honestly felt that I rode better in the second moto,” explained Noren. “Unfortunately, I ran into a rider who was down, which put me back. I am feeling more and more comfortable on the Suzuki RM-Z450 every weekend.”

The time off between RedBud and Millville helped Kyle Peters recover from previous rounds. Peters had great starts but will be aiming for more career bests this next weekend at Washougal.

Alex Martin [250 Class, 2-3 for 2nd Place] – “Things started off a little delayed at the home race due to weather, but I felt great on the bike right away and qualified third fastest. The motos went very well, with two second place finishes. It was unfortunate to get docked a position in the second moto. All in all, it felt awesome to finally get an overall podium for myself and the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki guys! I’m very excited with how things have been progressing.”

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 17-15 for 15th Place] – “The rain made conditions challenging. The schedule was weird. We had one 20-minute practice, that went pretty well. The track was one-lined, so it was tough getting a clean lap. I got off to a really good start and hydroplaned in the first turn. I ran off the track and couldn’t find anywhere to get back on. I fell four times in the first moto, pulled in for goggles, and to still get 17th was a surprise. I felt like I rode well. I lined up farther inside the second moto and had the biggest jump out of the gate, but I hit a soft spot halfway down the start. I ran third for a while. Once Alex [Martin] got by me I had a bit of an issue with my clutch-side grip and was in survival mode from there on out.”

Fredrik Noren [450 Class, 7-11 for 8th Place] – “Millville was a good weekend, with putting in more solid results. My first moto finish was better, but I honestly felt that I rode better in the second moto. Unfortunately, I ran into a downed rider, which put me back to 11th. I am feeling more and more comfortable on the Suzuki RM-Z450 every weekend. This experience has been awesome! I’m looking for more at Washougal.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “All of the guys rode well during press day. They liked the track and their bikes. Alex Martin looked comfortable every time he went on the track. He had good starts in both motos. He was pushed off the track in the second moto and still moved up to second. Alex made good passes and was patient. He was very consistent. We had a shot at the overall, so that’s exciting. Martin has been in a podium position for the past four motos. Kyle Peters rode well, but he had an issue in the second moto that dropped him back.”

 “Freddie Noren crashed hard in the second moto, but it wasn’t his fault. He saw a new line, and another rider crashed right in front of him while he was taking that line. His bike was twisted up, but he charged hard. We all want better, but eighth place is still pretty good all things considered.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Washougal, Washington on July 27 for the ninth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
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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.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias Wins, Extends MotoAmerica Points Lead

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A victory in race one and runner up in race two pushes lead to 39 points

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Toni Elias had a highly successful weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during the combined FIM Superbike World Championship/MotoAmerica event in picturesque Monterey, California.

Elias took victory aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Saturday’s race one. It marked his sixth win of the season. He then finished second in Sunday’s race, but most importantly he kept his closest series rival behind him in both races. That means Elias, who came into the weekend with a 26-point lead, leaves the Monterey Bay with a commanding 39-point lead in the MotoAmerica Superbike standings after six of 10 race weekends.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Josh Herrin crashed out of Saturday’s race while battling near the front, but came back strong Sunday, ran with the leaders most of the race, and finished fourth. It was his sixth top-five finish of the year.

Elias qualified third in Superpole, but in Saturday’s race got another of his patented great starts, and rocketed to the lead early. He was then involved in a fierce battle, which saw four riders officially lead laps, including Elias and Herrin. As the race progressed Elias gradually gained control of the race in the final laps and won by 0.778 seconds. He celebrated on the podium bringing up his infant son.

In race two Elias was locked in a great last-lap battle for second and came through with impeccable racecraft in the final turns leading up to the checkered flag.

“This was an incredible weekend,” Elias said. “We worked hard on setup and in Saturday’s race when I went out on the track I knew we hit it perfectly. I was so confident with the bike. I knew I was in a good position to win the race, even from the first lap. My team did an amazing job. My family is here. My son is here. It’s his first race ever for him.

“Then today Garrett (Gerloff) had a great race. I congratulate him for his first win. Finishing second was important for the championship. Of course I would like to win every race, but we are building a lead again and that’s all I can ask for. I am happy and excited about our progress, but I must stay calm. There are still many, many races to go.”

Herrin leaves Laguna Seca looking for better results in the upcoming rounds.

“I had a pretty serious crash on Saturday and thank goodness my Alpinestars airbag really saved me,” Herrin explained. “I didn’t feel a thing when I fell and that gives you confidence when you get up, that you can go out and ride hard again. On Sunday I had a pretty good race going. I was battling with Toni and Cameron (Beaubier). I lost them about three-quarters of the way through the race. I finished out with some good lap times, but couldn’t reel them in. I’m looking to Sonoma to have a good weekend from start to finish. Right now my hope is to get things figured out and have a strong finish to the year.”

Yoshimura Suzuki and the MotoAmerica Series next visit Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, on August 10-11. The races are televised nationally on Fox Sports 2. Check your local listings for times.

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For additional information visit: www.motoamerica.com

You can keep up with the team’s progress by visiting yoshimura-racing.com andwww.suzukicycles.com/Racing and via YouTube atwww.youtube.com/SuzukiCycles

Alex Martin Powers to Holeshots in Both Motos at RedBud

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Kyle Peters ties career-best moto finish and Fredrik Noren climbs the points ladder

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team traveled to the famed RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan this past weekend for round seven of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Alex Martin dominated the starts in both motos on his Suzuki RM-Z250 and scored a podium finish in the second. Teammate Kyle Peters equaled a career-best moto finish while Suzuki RM-Z450 rider Fredrik Noren added another top-ten overall finish during his fill-in effort for injured Justin Hill.

Martin had been looking for his breakout ride all season and owned it at the RedBud track. A-Mart was first off the gate and led the pack in a podium position for most of the first moto until a broken radiator clamp caused a hose to come loose on his RM-Z250, resulting in coolant loss, with just two laps to go. Despite the freak incident, Martin rebounded in the second moto with another stellar start and carded a podium finish. Martin currently sits in the top-ten for overall standings.

“It felt awesome to grab both holeshots on my Suzuki RM-Z250 and run up front for quite a while,” said Martin. “Obviously, the radiator issue took me out of contention for the overall win, but it was still nice to lead laps and grab a moto podium. There are lots of positives to take away from the weekend.”

“Alex has been working on his starts, and it showed at RedBud,” added Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “He and the team have been working hard, so it’s nice to see things paying off. In the first moto we had a hose clamp break on Martin’s bike, which caused the bike to stop on the last lap after losing coolant for half of the race. It was a bummer for the whole team that something like that would happened during a podium ride. Martin came out swinging in the second moto and led a lot of laps. We’re making great progress.”

Peters tied a career-best moto finish by earning seventh place in moto one. Although he ran up front in the opening laps of the final moto, Peters collided with another rider which spoiled his finish. The North Carolina native is looking to regain strength during the one week break and build off his top-ten finish for a breakout ride in Millville.

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team’s flagship 450 rider, Fredrik Noren, continues to get comfortable on his Suzuki RM-Z450 in only his second event on the bike. While a few small crashes held him to tenth overall, Noren is climbing the points ladder and displaying strong results while filling in for Hill during the remaining rounds.

Albrecht continued, “During 450 qualifying, Freddie had a few crashes on his fast laps. As a result, he didn’t qualify as well as he could have. He finished eighth in the first moto and a small crash in the second moto put him just outside the top-ten. Better starts would have made it easier for Freddie, but I’m excited to see how he does at Millville after getting more time on the bike.” 

 Alex Martin [250 Class, 19-3 for 11th Place] – “I love racing at RedBud every year. It’s definitely one of my favorite stops on the circuit. Qualifying went well, as I logged the eighth quickest time. It felt awesome to grab both holeshots on my Suzuki RM-Z250 and run up front for quite a while. Obviously, the bike issue took me out of contention for the overall win, but it was still nice to lead laps and grab a moto podium. There are lots of positives to take away from the weekend.”

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 7-20 for 13th Place] – “It was a good day. A seventh in the first moto was a big step in the right direction. I started around tenth and worked my way forward. The bike was performing great and my fitness was there. I was just in a little bit of pain from my broken ribs. Even the second moto, coming off the ground in the second turn and landing on my ribs, I was happy to make my way up to the top 20.”

Fredrik Noren [450 Class, 8-13 for 10th Place] – “It was awesome to be back racing at RedBud! It was kind of an off day for me. I struggled to ride to my potential. Still, I’m happy to salvage a tenth overall. It’s so nice to have the support of the team around me, and to race such a great bike. I’m looking forward to Millville.”  

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “Alex Martin had great speed all day long and led laps. He has been working on his starts, and the work showed at RedBud when he holeshot both motos. Alex and the team have been working hard, so it’s nice to see things paying off. In the first moto we had a hose clamp break on Martin’s bike, which caused the bike to stop on the last lap after losing water for half of the race. It was such a bummer for the whole team that a freak thing like that happened during a podium ride. Martin came out swinging in the second moto and led a lot of laps. We’re making great progress.” 

“Kyle Peters had great starts and impressed me in both motos. Kyle was riding with two broken ribs and still finished seventh in the first moto. He was in the top three off the start of the second moto, but fell in the second corner. He got back up and charged hard to get inside the top 20.”

“During 450 qualifying Freddie Noren had a few crashes on his fast laps. As a result, he didn’t qualify as well as he could have. He finished eighth in the first moto. A small crash in the second moto put him just outside the top ten. Better starts would have made it easier for Freddie, but I’m excited to see how he does at Millville after getting more time on the bike. The weekend off is going to be nice for everyone to regroup.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will take a weekend off before venturing to Millville, Minnesota on July 20 for the Spring Creek National, which will serve as the eighth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
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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.