Alex Martin Puts Suzuki RM-Z250 on Podium in Moto Two of National Opener

Photos Courtesy of Brown Dog Wilson

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team kicked off the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Hangtown National in Rancho Cordova, California this past weekend with an exciting second moto podium finish by two-time 250 National Championship runner-up, Alex Martin. Making his 250 National debut on the Suzuki RM-Z250, Martin showed improvement throughout the day and posted the team’s first motocross podium of the outdoor season.

 After a mediocre start and two crashes in the first moto, A-Mart was struggling to find his comfort zone. With a strong-willed attitude and necessary adjustments made to his bike, Martin charged hard and methodically worked his way up to second place in the second moto. Martin’s future is bright on his RM-Z250 and he is ready to build on his early–season success at round two in Pala, California.

 “Alex got better with every lap,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “He crashed on the first lap of the opening moto trying to go around people. He was way back and came through the pack, only to crash again. He fought hard. A-Mart and the bike looked really fast in the second moto. He had a good start, made moves early in the race, and put himself in second.”

 Known for lightning-fast reaction times and superb technique, Kyle Peters had great starts on his RM-Z250. Unfortunately, rough and wet conditions in the first and second moto’s held him to a disappointing overall score. With his first National in nearly three years out of the way, Peters has plenty of time to show his outdoor capabilities, skill, and talent as the series progresses.

Starting the series off in his first full-time 450 outdoor campaign, Justin Hill wanted to show his competitive edge on his RM-Z450. Logging a strong top-ten qualifying time, it appeared that Hill was ready to battle outdoors. Despite getting stuck in the gate in the first moto, Hill pushed through the pack well but couldn’t redeem himself in the second as a rutted track got the best of him. Hill has the potential to make big strides throughout the series, and the team is looking for that fight to begin.

 Albrecht commented, “Justin qualified well. Hopefully, he can figure out how he can ride to his potential. We haven’t seen it yet, but we know that he has it. I’m excited for Pala. I feel like we should go there and fight for great finishes. We’ll spend this week preparing and expect Justin to step up his game.”

 The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Fox Raceway in Pala, California on Saturday, May 25th for the second 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.

JGRMX / Yoshimura / Suzuki Factory Racing Previews 2019 Motocross Season

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team is excited to head outdoors this weekend for the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season. Justin Hill will gear up and return on his Suzuki RM-Z450, alongside teammates Alex Martin and Kyle Peters who will compete on the all-new Suzuki RM-Z250. 450 rider Weston Peick continues to rehab from serious injuries suffered last November. With Suzuki’s strong history of motocross success, including its status of being one of the winningest brands in AMA Motocross history, its 2019 National lineup is poised to build on that legacy.

Coming off a hard-fought Supercross season as a 450 rookie, Justin Hill is beginning the outdoor season stronger and healthier. Joining the 450 National ranks mid-season last year, Hill is no stranger to motocross and is working to bring a competitive edge heading into his first full-time 450 outdoor campaign.

Two-time 250 National series runner-up Alex Martin is ready to dominate on his RM-Z250. “A-Mart” just finished a solid Supercross season with the JGR/Yoshimura/Suzuki team, carding a respectable fifth place in the championship points standings. With three Supercross podiums and 18 outdoor podiums under his belt, the Minnesota native has all the intentions of continuing that streak on his Suzuki.

Kyle Peters will join the team on his RM-Z250 with more determination than ever. After an unfortunate knee injury in the 2018 Supercross season, Peters was unable to compete in last year’s Nationals. The Greensboro, North Carolina native is seeking redemption and excited to kick-off his first 250 Nationals race in Hangtown.

Although the timing is unknown on when RM-Z450 rider Weston Peick will return to racing, his commitment to Suzuki has been an inspiration to the team and he is hoping to get back on the track. Extremely popular, Weston’s gritty, never-surrender attitude earns him major respect among fans and fellow racers alike.

“We’re proud to have each of these riders represent Suzuki,” said Chris Wheeler, Motocross Support Manager for Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. “Suzuki has a rich history in professional motocross with multiple championships, a reinvigorated amateur program, and comprehensive racer support. The JGR/Yoshimura/Suzuki Team represents the pinnacle of our MX racing efforts.”  

“Watching A-Mart ride at the Nationals the past few years really impressed me, which is a big reason why we brought him to the team,” added Jeremy Albrecht, JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager. “We think Alex can be up front on his Suzuki RM-Z250. It’s great to give Kyle a shot at the outdoors. He is a hard worker and true professional. He improved through Supercross and is an excellent starter.”

Albrecht continued, “Last year Justin had some good rides on a 450 outdoors. We’re expecting him to build and improve on his rookie 450 Supercross series. Weston is optimistic that he can return to racing after recently having surgery, but when is unknown at this time. I hope he can return, as he has been great for our team.”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will kick off the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this Saturday, May 18th at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova, California.

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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.

Pirelli to Become Official Motorcycle Tire of JGRMX for 2019 Pro Motocross Championship

SCORPION™ MX Tires to Make Season Debut with JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing at the Hangtown Motocross Classic

Pirelli Tire North America has announced a new partnership with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team that will see the brand serve as the team’s official motorcycle tire, beginning with the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season opener on May 18 for the Hangtown Motocross Classic. The JGRMX team previously competed on Pirelli’s SCORPION™ MX tires from 2011-2016, achieving multiple victories in the Pro Motocross Championship and Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

“Everyone at Pirelli is looking forward to working with the Joe Gibbs Racing organization once again,” said Josh Whitmire, Director of Sales, Pirelli. “We’ve shared great success together in the past, winning in supercross and motocross, and our commitment remains the same when the gate drops for the Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown. Together, our goal is to not only be successful on the racetrack, but to also improve the fan experience off of the track as well.”

With the Pro Motocross season opener rapidly approaching, the JGRMX 450 Class roster will be led by 2017 Western Regional 250SX Champion Justin Hill (#46). In the 250 Class, Alex Martin (#26), who finished runner-up in the championship in 2016 and 2018, will be seeking his first professional championship. Weston Peick (#18) continues to rehab from injury and has shared several podium appearances with SCORPION™ MX tires throughout his career.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be partnering with Pirelli,” said Alex Martin. “Preseason motocross testing has been going really well and I’m stoked on how the SCORPION™ MX tires have been working on my RM-Z250. Pirelli has an impressive resume around the world and I’d love to achieve the same results they had at the RedBud MXoN last year.”

“I’m very excited to reunite with Pirelli in a multi-year deal, beginning next week at the Hangtown National,” said Jeremy Albrecht, JGRMX Team Manager. “They keep improving their product and have been very successful on the world stage. We’ve won races on the brand in the past and hope to bring them more wins in the U.S. The people at Pirelli are passionate and believe in the brand and we’re thrilled to be a part of that.”

Pirelli boasts an impressive 70 Motocross World Titles and is no stranger to success on American soil, dominating the 2018 Motocross of Nations at RedBud MX. Pirelli riders claimed every qualification win, moto win, overall victory and holeshot with the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front and SCORPION™ MX Soft rear tires.

To learn more about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit www.pirelli.com.

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ABOUT PIRELLI

Pirelli was founded in Milan in 1872 and today stands as a global brand known for its cutting edge technology, high-end production excellence and passion for innovation that draws heavily on its Italian roots. With around 30,000 employees, Pirelli is a major player in the tire industry and the only global player focused solely on the Consumer tire market, which includes tires for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Pirelli is now concentrating on High Value tire markets, delivering innovative tires and developing Specialties and Super Specialties for its comprehensive product portfolio. Pirelli has a long link with motorsport and it sustains its technological excellence by bringing innovations developed within the motorsport arena into its consumer products. The company currently supports over 460 car and motorcycle sport events and has been the exclusive tire supplier to the Formula One™ World Championship since 2011. Such a strong presence in motorsport enables Pirelli to transfer a series of avant-garde solutions to its day-to-day operations providing the final consumer with the maximum levels of performance and safety.

Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services North America through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).

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.

For Additional Information Please Contact:

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Pirelli Moto Communications and Media Relations
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