The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team was in Nashville, Tennessee this past weekend for round 14 of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship and the seventh stop of the 250 Eastern Regional Supercross Series. Suzuki RM-Z250 rider Kyle Peters earned his first top-five finish of the series and moved up in the points standings. Teammate Alex Martin rode through adversity to score his sixth top-ten finish in seven rounds. Suzuki RM-Z450 rider Justin Hill was hampered by an injury suffered in practice and had to end the night early.
“Peters had his best day of the season,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “He rode really well through practice to the main and was solid in the whoops. Kyle had a little slide out in the heat race, but he came back strong. It looked like he was going to get on the podium, but he was holding his breath. It’s disappointing that he didn’t get a podium, but he’s getting better every week. With more experience, he ‘ll continue to gain confidence”
Aside from a fluke race in Atlanta earlier in the 250 East series, Kyle Peters has steadily improved his finishes at consecutive rounds. Peters looked instantly comfortable on the Suzuki RM-Z250 in Nashville, attacking the complicated track. In front of 54,703 fans, the North Carolina native started just outside the top-five in the main event and charged up to second place. He held that position for several laps, but settled for a hard- fought fourth. It marked his best finish of the season.
Alex Martin was excited to race at the series’ inaugural visit to Nashville. He rode a strong heat race, finishing second. Before heading into the main, A-Mart made some big changes to his RM-Z250 in hopes to continue the momentum. Unfortunately, the deteriorating track didn’t mesh well with the changes, but Martin was able to push through the discomfort and earn a solid top-ten finish.
“The heat race was the highlight of my weekend, said Martin. “Nashville is a pretty cool city, but the racing was rough. We made some changes going into the night show and they didn’t work out like we had hoped. It was frustrating, but we’re going to rebound.”
Justin Hill jammed his back in the opening practice session and missed the first qualifying session. He fought through pain and put in a fast lap. Hill followed that up with an impressive fourth place finish in his heat race, given his level of pain. Unfortunately, Hill only lasted half of the main event before pulling off the track. The team will provide more information on the extent of Hill’s injury when it becomes available.
“I was really vibing with the track this weekend, but I made a small miscalculation in a rhythm section,” said Hill. “I rode the remainder of the night as best as I could, but I was in a lot of pain. It’s very disappointing, because I liked the track a lot. The bike is working really well right now. I’m going to get my body checked out and take it from there.”
The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, April 13th for the 15th round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the ninth round of the 250 West Regional Supercross series.