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.