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

Photos Courtesy of Brian J Nelson

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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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.

Fredrik Noren Matches Career-Best Moto Result on Suzuki RM-Z450

JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing score top-ten results at the Wick 338

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team traveled to the sands of Southwick, Massachusetts this past weekend for round six of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. It didn’t take long for Fredrick Noren to fit right in with the team, and feel comfortable on the RM-Z450. He delivered strong results, carding an impressive top five result in the first moto and finishing seventh overall of the day. Suzuki RM-Z250 rider Alex Martin also displayed steady results with a top-ten overall. Teammate Kyle Peters was held back by a pair of crashes.

 Noren received a call early last week to join the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team as a fill-in for injured Justin Hill. Racing as privateer for most of the Pro Motocross series, the Swedish fan-favorite jumped at the opportunity and kicked-off his Suzuki debut strong.

“Fast Freddie” proved his talent and speed at the Wick 338 track, qualifying fifth fastest of the day, and charging hard with the lead pack in both motos. Noren scored fifth place in moto one, and dug deep to finish seventh in moto two; resulting in seventh overall. In reality, Noren was in a three-way tie for fifth overall but was relegated to seventh based on the series’ tie break scoring. That said, his fifth place in the opening moto matches a career-best. Noren is excited to continue the momentum with the team, and finish out the series with Suzuki.

“I had an awesome start with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing crew in finishing seventh overall,” said Noren. “Having the support system of everyone around me this weekend was more helpful than I can explain. I couldn’t ask for a better bike in the Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m excited for the remainder of the season.”

“This was the weekend that the team needed,” added Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “Freddie and the team did a great job leading into Southwick to prepare for the race. It was a great combined effort. Noren’s excitement transferred over to the team and proved that he is, in fact, ‘Fast Freddie,’ and I think he can do even better at RedBud.”

Alex Martin was eager to race the Southwick National, evidenced by his seventh place qualifying time. Although a crash on the opening lap of the first moto buried him in the pack, it didn’t stop the Minnesota native from putting on a charge to the front. A top-ten start in the second moto, coupled with great speed, resulted in fifth place for the moto and sixth overall of the day. A-Mart is looking to focus on his starts leading up to RedBud.

Albrecht continued, “Alex rode well all day. He had a few crashes while trying to push the limit and I am proud of him for trying so hard. I think he is poised for a break-out ride soon.”

Kyle Peters qualified well but crashed in the second moto and was unable to finish. Peters continues to push through the adversity and looks for better results at the upcoming stops.

Alex Martin [250 Class, 10-5 for 6th Place] – “Qualifying went significantly better this weekend with logging the seventh-fastest time. I managed a decent start in the first moto, only to have it last for three corners with a silly tip-over crash. I felt like I rode well to go from about dead last to eighth, before a small crash put me back to tenth. I overcame a mid-pack start in the second moto to finish fifth. I am still frustrated with my starts. I will continue to make that a priority this week leading up to RedBud.”  

Kyle Peters [250 Class, 16-35 for 20th Place] – “I had a great start in the first moto and was right with my teammate Alex Martin. He stuffed his front end in a sand berm and almost took me down, so I dropped back a bit. I had a good pace going while running 12th and tipped over halfway through the race. Then I crashed on the first lap and caught a handlebar in the ribs that were already injured. I couldn’t breathe and unfortunately wasn’t able to finish the moto. The track got gnarly. There weren’t any places where you could relax.”  

Fredrik Noren [450 Class, 5-7 for 7th Place] – “I had an awesome start with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing crew in finishing seventh overall. Having the support system of everyone around me this weekend was more helpful than I can explain. I couldn’t ask for a better bike in the Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m excited for the remainder of the season.”

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager] – “This was the weekend that the team needed. Fredrik Noren and the team did a great job leading into Southwick to prepare for the race. It was a great combined effort. Noren’s excitement transferred over to the team. Freddie proved that he is, in fact, ‘Fast Freddie,’ and I think he can do even better at RedBud.”

“In the 250 class, Alex Martin rode well all day. He had a few crashes while trying to push the limit. I am proud of him for trying so hard. I think Alex is poised for a break-out ride. Kyle Peters qualified better than in past races and was riding well. He crashed in the second moto and injured his ribs, which ended his day”

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to the famed RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan on Saturday, July 6th for the seventh 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.