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 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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