JGRMX / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Report: Daytona Supercross

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team headed to the famed Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, this past weekend for round ten of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship and the fifth stop of the 250 Eastern Regional Supercross Series.

RM-Z250 mounted Alex Martin tackled rough conditions last Saturday night to earn his second top-five finish of the 250 East series. The Minnesota native took second in his heat race giving him a favorable gate pick for the main. A-Mart battled with the lead pack for most of the race and used his talent and experience to help catapult him to the checkered flag. Martin sits in fourth in the championship point’s chase.

Teammate Kyle Peters has been focusing on bringing his practice intensity to the series and displayed great progress in Daytona. After finishing fourth in his heat race, the RM-Z250 rider rocketed out of the gate in the main to capture the holeshot and dramatically lead the 22-rider field for the first couple laps. Although he faded at the end, Peters managed seventh. Leading the Daytona Supercross in front of a huge crowd will be a huge boost for Peters’ confidence.

“I’m going to take the positives from Daytona,” said Peters. “It felt good to get the holeshot and lead for a few laps in the main. My arms locked up after I got passed, so I didn’t put in my best riding after that. I’m going to keep starting up front and try to lead longer until we are winning.”

In the 450 class, Justin Hill scored his best finish of the season despite the notoriously challenging Daytona track which many liken more to an Outdoor National than a Supercross. The Oregon native qualified fifth on his Suzuki RM-Z450 and carried that confidence all the way into the night program. Riding with more aggression than he has shown in previous rounds, Hill quickly moved his way up through the main event with a seventh place finish.

Chad Reed was seeking for his fourth 450 Daytona Supercross victory. After finishing fourth in his heat race, Reed put himself in position to excel once again. The two-time 450 Supercross Champion rounded the first corner of the main event inside the top-ten and remained there throughout the 18-lap race. “Reedy” is determined for another podium finish this next week in Indiana as he continues his hall of fame career.

Alex Martin [250 Class, 5 th Place] – “I was off in practice, but was able to put it together and get sixth fastest in the final practice. I wasn’t hanging it out for some reason. I had a really good gate pick in the heat race and finished second. I was frustrated with making some small mistakes. I had another good gate pick in the main, came around in the top five, and battled with some guys. Mitchell Oldenburg and I matched lap times for most of the main, so I couldn’t close the gap on him for fourth. The main was the best I rode all day. I was consistent with hitting the rhythm sections.

They were massive this weekend. It was a solid ride, and the best I’ve ever done in Daytona. I’m fourth in points and looking forward to Indianapolis.”

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 7 th Place] – “I made good progress. Buddy Antunez and I have been working really hard during the week to get better on race days. I have to keep working to stay up front. I’m going to take the positives from Daytona. It felt good to get the holeshot and lead for a few laps in the main. It’s where I need to be. My arms locked up after I got passed, so I didn’t put in my best riding after that. Still, my first few laps were solid. I’m going to keep starting up front and try to lead longer and longer until we are winning.”

Justin Hill [450 Class, 7 th Place] – “I had my best night of the season so far in the main event. I fought harder at the beginning of the race than normal. I was really close to a top-five spot, but I had a few big mistakes that slowed my run toward the front guys. A seventh place finish isn’t where I want to be. All in all, I’m happy with the direction I’m headed.”

Chad Reed [450 Class, 10 th Place] – “Lately I have become accustomed to getting through practice and qualifying, and then I feel more like my normal self when it’s gate drop time. This weekend it was the opposite. I felt good all day, but didn’t feel quite right when they turned on the lights and dropped the gates. I need to find a little higher level in both situations. Hopefully that’s this week’s birthday gift!”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “It was nice to have all four guys in the top ten. The track was challenging, so it was cool to watch all of our guys ride so well. It was cool that Kyle Peters holeshot and led a few laps. He learned the pace, rode tight and recovered to end up seventh. Alex Martin rode strong and ended up fifth.”

“As for the 450 guys, that was the best we’ve seen Justin Hill ride at a race. People finally saw how he rides during the week. Daytona should be a confidence builder for Justin. Chad Reed put in another top ten finish, which is great. The guy is turning 37 years old this week, and he’s finishing inside the top ten in Supercross. Of course, we would all like to get on the podium again, but it was a solid finish for Chad.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, March 16th for the 11th round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the sixth round of the 250 East 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.

JGRMX / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Report: Detroit Supercross

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team headed north to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan this past weekend for round eight of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship and the second Triple Crown event. RM-Z450 rider and two-time 450 Supercross Champion, Chad Reed, was the talk of the evening as he finished third overall, adding to his impressive hall of fame record with a total of 132 podium finishes.

 Reed’s talents were on full display in Detroit and he continues to deliver strong results at the mid-point of the season. In the first race of the evening, “Speedy” raced with the leaders before finishing third. He used great starts on his Suzuki RM-Z450 and excellent line choices to remain steady throughout the remaining three main events in the unique Triple Crown format which rewards speed and consistency.

 “Finishing third in the first main was a great step,” said Reed. “I was super excited to get back on the podium, which was my 132nd top-three finish. I’ll take the small wins from the weekend. My top priority is to continue improving in those areas, so I can have a shot at winning one of these things!”

 450 teammate, Justin Hill, was fast in qualifying, logging a strong top-ten time. Still recovering from a rib injury sustained in San Diego, the 23-year-old showed comfort on the RM-Z450 in Detroit but dealt with tightness during the night program which left him 13th overall.

 “Justin said that he felt flat in terms of energy, and he plans to keep working with the team to improve his results,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “I know that he has the speed and if he would ride at the races like he does during the week, then he would be in a great position for a break-out ride. I feel that Chad getting on the podium should help all of us keep working hard to get the results that our team deserves.”

 In the 250 East, Alex Martin once again showed his pace by placing third-fastest in combined qualifying. He followed up that impressive ride by earning third place in the second main event. With a sixth place overall finish, Martin remains in the championship point’s chase.

 RM-Z250 teammate Kyle Peters has shown incredible speed during weekly test sessions. He is focused on carrying that intensity over to race weekends. Peters improved in every main event at Detroit but unfortunately finished eighth overall.

 Albrecht continued, “It was nice to see Alex on the podium in the second main. He had some speed in the final race, but he didn’t get a good enough start to battle for a podium position. It took Kyle a little longer to get the track dialed, but he kept pushing. His third main was his best of the night. I can’t wait to see all of our guys race each other next week in Atlanta for the 250 East/West Shootout.”

Chad Reed [450 Class, 3rd Place] – “We had a really successful day of testing last week, which carried into the weekend. My single lap speed wasn’t great, but I felt race ready. I entered the night program feeling quite good, knowing that a good start was what I needed. I almost got a holeshot. Finishing third in the first main was a great step. I was super excited to get back on the podium, which was my 132nd top-three finish. I’ll take the small wins from the weekend. My top priority is to continue improving in those areas, so I can have a shot at winning one of these things!”

 Alex Martin [250 Class, 6th Place] – “I was happy with my riding in Detroit. I qualified third fastest in practice, which is something I haven’t done for a few years in Supercross. I had a great jump in the first main, but I got pushed off the track on the start. I was only able to get back to tenth place. I was very happy with my third-place finish in the second main. It was the best I have ridden in a Supercross race in a long time. The third main event I pretty much finished where I started. We’re making good strides toward being on the podium. My consistency on the starts is something we will work on this week.”

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 8th Place] – “It was an off-weekend in Detroit. I wasn’t riding to my potential, but I improved throughout the night. I’m ready to put in work for Atlanta. I’m solid during the week, but I’m having difficulty carrying that over to the races.”

 Justin Hill [450 Class, 13th Place] – “Ultimately, I cooked myself last week trying to gain my cardio back. I’ll be cutting my training off by Wednesday, so I can be fresh for next weekend. I’ll be looking to get where I need to finish.”  

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “Detroit was one of the team’s better weekends. Chad Reed felt good all day, even when he didn’t qualify well. He said that he would be fine during the night program, and he was right. It was cool to see Chad up front and racing so hard. It was a great feeling for our team to help him get on the podium. Justin Hill qualified decently, but he didn’t have the same speed that we saw the weekend prior in Dallas. He said that he felt flat in terms of energy, and he plans to keep working with the team to improve his results. I know that he has the speed. If he would ride at the races like he does during the week, then he would be in a great position for a break-out ride. I feel that Chad Reed getting on the podium should help all of us keep working hard to get the results that our team deserves.”

“Alex Martin is riding well. He just got pushed off the track during the start of the opening main. It was nice to see him on the podium in the second main. He had some speed in the final race, but he didn’t get a good enough start to battle for a podium position. He continues to improve. Kyle Peters improved every time out. It took Kyle a little longer to get the track dialed, but he never gave up. His third main event was his best. I can’t wait to see all of our guys race each other next week in Atlanta for the 250 East/West Shootout.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, March 2nd for the ninth round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the first of two 250 East/West Regional Supercross showdowns where riders from both series go head to head.

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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: Arlington Supercross

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team headed South to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this past weekend for round seven of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.

RM-Z250 rider, Kyle Peters, stunned the crowd in the 250 East Regional main event with a massive holeshot on his way to a strong top-ten result. His 250 East teammate, Alex Martin, was running near the front when he was knocked to the ground by another rider. Martin remounted and fought back to get within the top-ten. Two-time 450 Supercross Champion Chad Reed holeshot his heat race and finished 11th while teammate Justin Hill carded the second quickest qualifying lap of the evening, and took an impressive second place in his heat race.

After four months off his new RM-Z250 while recovering from knee reconstruction, Kyle Peters is finding his groove. That was evident in Texas, as the North Carolina native holeshot the 22-rider main event in front of 57,614 fans. Peters battled through tightness on a demanding track before finishing seventh.

RM-Z250 teammate, Alex Martin, continues to show speed and comfort. Martin was sixth fastest in combined qualifying times and took third in his heat race. However, A-Mart was taken out in the main pushing him back in the field. Martin managed a disappointing eighth place by the checkers.

Though his team’s overall results weren’t what he hoped for, JGR Suzuki team manager Jeremy Albrecht noted many positives on the evening. “The 250 guys qualified well. Alex Martin felt good on the bike. He loves the Suzuki RM-Z250. I think he would have finished inside the top-five, had he not been knocked down. It was super cool that Kyle Peters got the holeshot. He’s looking for better results.”

Veteran Chad Reed was set to continue his streak of strong results in his hall of fame career. The Australian used the power of his RM-Z450 to holeshot his heat race, led a lap, and finished fifth. He finished 11th in the main.

After being sidelined for two races due to injury, Justin Hill made his return to Supercross. The Oregon native qualified second-fastest in combined qualifying and carried that speed into his heat race, when he finished second. Looking for a strong main after a rough season to date, Hill had a great start, but was pushed wide in the first turn. While inside the top-ten, another rider made contact with Hill. After remounting following the crash, Hill was able to climb into 13th.

Not showing the results he knows he’s capable of, Hill remains resolute. “I’m fired up,” said Hill. “I have the speed, and I feel like I’m making major improvements with my starts, as well as my intensity in the opening laps.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, February 23rd for the eighth round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the third round of the 250 East Regional Supercross series.

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 7th Place] – “Overall, I made improvements from the opening round in Minneapolis. I felt better in practice. We did some testing this past week and made some quality changes. Having said that, I’m still not where I want to be. I am better than my finish shows. I had a good start in my heat race, but then I slid a bit in the first turn and almost crashed. I figured things out for the main event and got a nice holeshot. Then I rode a bit tentative in the opening laps and got tight. From there, I had to play catch-up, trying to relax and breathe. We will keep working until we’re up on the box again. I’m excited for the Triple Crown in Detroit.”

Alex Martin [250 Class, 8th Place] – “It was nice to be back racing in Texas for the first time in three years. Practice went well. I qualified sixth again, like last weekend. I was really happy with my riding and passed into third place in my heat race. I double-clutched the RM-Z250 off the start and came out just inside the top-ten. I was up to eighth on the second lap when [Mitchell] Oldenburg cleaned me out in a left-handed bowl turn. I struggled to get going again and salvaged an eighth-place finish. I’m not happy with the end result, but I’m feeling really great on the bike. I can’t wait for Detroit!”

Chad Reed [450 Class, 11th Place] – “It was a tough weekend. The speed wasn’t there for some reason. I’m disappointed in my performance. I know that I’m better than 11th place. We will work on some things this week and then hopefully come out swinging in Detroit.”

Justin Hill [450 Class, 13th Place] – “I’m fired up. I have the speed, and I feel like I’m making major improvements with my starts, as well as my intensity in the opening laps. It’s time to get it done. I’m sick of looking at these dudes talk on the podium. It needs to be me now.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “The 250 guys qualified well. Alex Martin felt good on the bike. He loves the Suzuki RM-Z250. I think he would have finished inside the top five, but he got hit by another rider and went down. Alex fought the whole race. It was super cool that Kyle Peters got the holeshot. He’s looking for better results.”

“Justin Hill qualified very well. He finished second in his heat race and was feeling really good. He just didn’t have the intensity in the opening few laps of the main event. [Justin] Barcia took out his front wheel and he fell. That bent his bike up, and he couldn’t ride how he wanted to. Chad Reed had a tougher day than he has had in a while. He did get a holeshot, which was awesome. He was just off all day.”

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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.