Suzuki's Alex Martin Starts Strong And Finishes Fast At 2020 Supercross Opener
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing kicked off the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross series this weekend in Anaheim with strong starts as Alex Martin put his Suzuki RM-Z250 into the lead with the first holeshot of 2020 and entered the record books with the first lap led into the new year. The team also fielded two racers in the A1 premiere class main event, with Fredrik Noren and Jimmy Decotis transferring directly to the main from their heats.
Martin showed he has what it takes to make 2020 his best season
yet. Nabbing the holeshot in the first heat of the 250 class,
A-Mart led the first two laps and finished strongly in second
place. In the main event, he turned his great gate pick into a
top-five start. Unfortunately, on the third lap Martin had a small
bobble exiting a 180-degree corner, sending him off the track where
he stalled his engine relegating him to the back of the field. With
the pack still close together early in the race, Martin displayed
speed and momentum, passing nearly a rider a lap, 11 in all, to
claw his way back into the top 10 before the checkered flag
"It was very exciting to be back at the races after a productive and healthy offseason," said Martin. "We made some positive changes throughout the day to be fourth in Qualifying. The heat race went great for me as I scored the holeshot and led a few laps. The main event was going decent after a top-five start, but I made a mistake. Not the end result we wanted, but lots of positives to take away from this weekend."
Swedish fan-favorite Freddie Noren made his full-time debut on
RM-Z450 and showed great potential. When the gate dropped
during the 450SX Main Event, Fast Freddie put his 450 near the
Pirelli MX32 was the third tire to cross the holeshot line,
proving the JGR-tuned Suzuki's have the horsepower needed in the
competitive field. Noren is looking to build off his strong starts
and continue moving up in the point standings throughout the
"It was great to be at A1 for the first round of the season," said Noren. "I came in wanting to learn and grow, and I accomplished that this weekend. In the main, I got together with another rider and went down which was a bummer, but overall was consistent. I felt the most comfortable I ever have at Supercross due to the great bike and training with Buddy Antunez this preseason. I'm very excited for St. Louis next weekend."
Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht added, "Freddie showed good speed all day and qualified for the main directly from the heat. He should improve each weekend as he gains confidence in his Supercross skill. He has been working really hard with Buddy and the team and it's nice to see it show on race day."
Jimmy Decotis kicked off the series on his RM-Z450 as part of
his select 450 round race schedule. Unfortunately, he got pinched
off on the start straight of the main and was buried in the pack
early. After reaching the top 15 halfway through, Decotis lost
momentum and dropped back again. With more opportunities to improve
on his RM-Z450 at select West Coast rounds, "Jimmy D" will also
continue to display speed and determination on his RM-Z250 for the
East Coast series. Jimmy D is no stranger to Supercross podiums and
is looking to get back into a winning rhythm.
"It was an awesome feeling getting back to racing under the lights again at Anaheim 1," said Decotis. "First race of the year is always exciting. I'm looking forward to round two to make some improvements, learn from the first race, and continue to keep striving to be better. Just glad to be back at the races and look forward to the future."
Albrecht saw good signs, "Jimmy needed some better starts to help him do what he is capable of. He looked comfortable doing all the big jumps but needed more comfort in the whoops. I believe he will improve next weekend in St. Louis."
RM-Z450 rider Joey Savatgy was not able to suit up for Anaheim 1
as he continues to recover from a broken heel he suffered during
pre-season racing in November. Savatgy will return to action once
healed up and ready to compete at full speed.
Both of the team's 450 riders ended the race disappointed with their finishes but proud of their efforts to get through the first round healthy and ready for round two.
The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team heads to The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri next weekend for round two, with all three racers eager to climb in the 2020 championship point standings.