Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias Scores Come-From-Behind Victory at PittRace

Josh Herrin joins teammate on race two podium

It was a great day Sunday for Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing at Pittsburgh Motorsports Race Complex as Toni Elias scored a come-from-behind victory aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. His teammate Josh Herrin also had a strong race, moving up to finish third, putting both Yoshimura Suzukis on the podium.

The win for Elias, his seventh of the season, means that the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion now enjoys a 35-point lead with just two race weekends and four Superbike races remaining on the 2019 calendar. 

Elias also rewrote the record books, moving into a tie for fourth with Miguel Duhamel on the all-time MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike wins list. He now has 32-career wins. 

Both Elias and Herrin rallied on Sunday after having less success in Saturday’s race. Elias finished third Saturday, seeing his series point lead temporarily drop to 30, before turning in his winning ride on Sunday. Herrin actually crashed on the first lap in Saturday’s race, but then picked up his bike and charged back to a seventh-place finish, in spite of bent controls.

Elias was excited about his double podium weekend.

“This is one of the most difficult tracks for our bike,” Elias said. “But in the end I was there to fight. Today we made some changes that worked well in the warmup, but not so well in the race. In the beginning I was not comfortable and riders were passing me, but I kept calm and things started working better as the race went on and I started passing some riders. In the end I was fighting with my biggest rival, he made a mistake and I won. 

“So this is perfect - we leave a difficult track for us with a 35-point advantage. There is still a lot of racing left in this championship and everybody is strong, but every weekend we are getting closer to the end, so we will keep fighting.”

For Herrin, Sunday was his fourth rostrum result of the year. He said the key was actually de-tuning his GSX-R1000.

“The guys did a lot of work to get the bike ready for today’s race,” Herrin explained. “And Sunday we backed off the power a bit, because the bike was just too powerful for this track. With the power tamed down it worked really well. I’m happy Toni won and we were both able to be on the podium. I’m looking forward to New Jersey coming up. I’d like to win some more races and maybe be in a position to help Toni win the championship."


Yoshimura Suzuki and MotoAmerica will next be in action in two weeks for the penultimate round, Sept. 7-8, at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. The races are televised nationally on Fox Sports 2.

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Suzuki’s Alex Martin Scores a Podium Finish

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team Overcomes
Challenges at Penultimate Round

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team traveled just outside of Washington D.C. to the famed Budds Creek circuit in Mechanicsville, Maryland this past weekend for the penultimate round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Alex Martin led the charge on his Suzuki RM-Z250, scoring a podium finish in the second moto. Teammate Enzo Lopes made his return to racing after a three-month hiatus and earned points, while Kyle Peters remained consistent. RM-Z450 fill-in Fredrik Noren fought-hard through the challenging conditions and moved up in the overall points standings.

In the 250 class, Alex Martin overcame a tough first moto that included a first-turn crash, followed by colliding with another rider. A-Mart rebounded by nearly earning the second moto holeshot and running in second position for most of the race. He settled in for third, notching his fifth podium finish this season. His 18-3 moto scores were good enough for ninth overall.

“I didn’t get the greatest start in the first moto, and got caught up in some carnage on the first lap,” said Martin. “The second moto was better all around. I had an awesome start and ran second the majority of the moto before getting passed with a few laps to go. It felt good to get that JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki RM-Z250 up on the podium in at least one moto this weekend.”

Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht added, “Alex had a really good second moto. He was going fast, had a good start, and made moves early on. We’re looking to build on that.”

After fracturing his wrist at the Houston Supercross in March, Enzo Lopes was determined to race his RM-Z250 again before the 2019 season concluded. The Brazilian’s hard work paid off, as Lopes lined up for Budds Creek and managed to score National points.

Meanwhile, Kyle Peters showed improvements this weekend. Both Lopes and Peters are looking to finish out the season strong at the Ironman National next weekend.

Sweden’s Fredrik Noren came into Budds Creek with a minor shoulder injury sustained while practicing on Thursday before the race. He was able to push through the pain in both motos, with close to two top-ten finishes, and move up to a valuable eighth place in the overall points standings on his RM-Z450. Noren is determined to stay healthy for Ironman and continue his progression as a top-ten rider.

“I was unsure how I would be able to race,” said Noren. “Decent starts helped, but I fell in both motos and had to work my way through the pack. I did my best. The plan is to rest up and try to be fully healthy for the last National.”

Alex Martin [250 Class, 18-3 for 9th Place] – “I definitely had some highs and lows at Budds Creek. I didn’t get the greatest start in the first moto and got caught up in some carnage on the first lap. Then, on the eighth lap, another rider made a mistake and cleaned me out. I was only able to salvage a few points. The second moto was better all around. I had an awesome start and ran second the majority of the moto before getting passed with a few laps to go. It felt good to get that JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki RM-Z250 up on the podium in at least one moto this weekend.”

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 14-19 for 17th Place] – “I rode well in the first moto and came from the back of the pack to pass some fast guys. I didn’t have any energy the second moto, which made me really dizzy. I got an infection from a blister at Washougal a few weeks ago that developed into a cyst on the ligament of my left middle finger. That’s why I was prescribed antibiotics. My finger is still really tender. I’ll need to get surgery after the season is over.”

Enzo Lopes [250 Class, 17-18 for 18th Place] – “It felt really good to line up again after my injury at the Houston Supercross. I haven’t raced in three months, so I knew I was in for a challenge. However, I felt like I was physically and mentally ready for battle. Unfortunately, my moto scores weren’t what I was expecting. The second moto would have gone way better if I didn’t get big blisters all over my hands by the ten-minute mark. Motocross isn’t supposed to be easy. I’ll get my hands healthy again and come out swinging at Ironman. I have to give a huge thanks to the whole team for all of their hard work. Without them things wouldn’t be possible!”

Fredrik Noren [450 Class, 15-13 for 13th Place] – “It was a tough weekend. I had a hard practice crash on Thursday. I was unsure how I would be able to race. Decent starts helped, but I fell in both motos and had to work my way through the pack. I did my best and was able to move up a position in the overall points standings. The plan is to rest up and try to be fully healthy for the last National.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “Alex Martin had a really good second moto. He was going fast, had a good start, and made moves early on. We’re looking to build on that. Freddie Noren had a crash on Thursday and his shoulder was banged up. Our physical therapist worked on his shoulder, and he was able to get through the weekend. He had a few crashes early in the motos that hurt him in the results. Kyle Peters rode hard despite a hand issue. Enzo Lopes had his first race back and was inside the top 20 in both motos. It’s tough to come out that late in the season when everyone else is already up to speed. We intend on finishing the Nationals strong.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 24th for the final 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.

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Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias and Josh Herrin Score Podiums in Sonoma

Elias holds 34-point lead in MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in spite of crash

Photos Courtesy of Brian J Nelson

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Toni Elias and Josh Herrin both visited the podium at the Sonoma Raceway round of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in Sonoma, California.

It was an up and down weekend for both riders. Elias finished second in Saturday’s race, then crashed while running second early in Sunday’s round. Herrin crashed out early Saturday, but then rallied to finish third on Sunday. Both were uninjured in their falls.

In spite of Sunday’s tumble, Elias’ MotoAmerica Superbike lead didn’t take much of a hit. He was 39-points ahead coming into Sonoma and finished the weekend in Wine Country still holding a 34-point advantage in the title chase.

Elias capitalized on the power of his Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike, blasting off the start from the outside of the front row to lead race one in the early going. At the checkered flag Elias came home second. It marked his 12th podium in 13 races. In Sunday’s race Elias was comfortably in second, set to make a charge later in the race, when he lost the front end in turn seven on the third lap and crashed.

Elias had the suspension on his bike stiffened Sunday, and even though it helped him earn P1 in morning warm up, he speculates the firmer settings ultimately may have been too stiff to comfortably handle Sonoma’s bumpier sections.

“I didn’t feel like I was pushing,” Elias said of his Sunday tumble. “I didn’t feel like I made a mistake or braked too late, but maybe with the change I did in the front [suspension], it was too hard and I just lost the front on one of the bumps. I’m sorry for the team, but I want to look in a positive way. We still have a 34-point lead. It’s not 59 like it was yesterday, but it’s still 34. We have six races and we’ll see what happens.”

Elias went on to say he was looking forward to continuing the championship battle in Pittsburgh in two weeks.

Herrin was quick to thank the entire Yoshimura Suzuki crew for rebuilding his bike after Saturday’s race crash. Herrin ran a solid race on Sunday, making a strong pass in the closing stages of the 22-lap event enabling him to earn his third rostrum of the season.

“It feels great to get back up here on the podium,” Herrin said. “I especially want to thank my team for going the extra mile in getting my bike ready for today’s race. Hopefully I can build on this result and keep turning in strong finishes in the final races of the year.”

There are three race weekends, six races, remaining in the 2019 MotoAmerica season. The championship enters the home stretch in two weeks at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA, on Aug. 23-25. The Pittsburgh races will be nationally televised, with primetime, same-day coverage on Fox Sports 2.

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