MUMFORD AND SUZUKI TAKE TOP 10 AT MILLVILLE MX

2022-08-02 02:08
Brandon Hartranft: Suzuki RM-Z450 – 13-13
Marshal Weltin: Suzuki RM-Z450 – 14-15
Carson Mumford: Suzuki RM-Z250 – 16-10
Preston Kilroy: Suzuki RM-Z250 – 17-13
Derek Drake: Suzuki RM-Z250 – 15-26

Suzuki riders were strong across the board at the Spring Creek AMA Pro Motocross in Millville, Minnesota at the seventh round of the series at the weekend.

Carson Mumford was spectacular, delivering top 10 points aboard his BarX/ Chaparral Suzuki RM-Z250, Preston Kilroy achieved a season-best moto and overall result with his BarX/ Chaparral Suzuki RM-Z250 and his teammate Derek Drake pulled championship points aboard his RM-Z250.

Twisted Tea Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance's Brandon Hartranft missed a top 10 result by a single point on his Suzuki RM-Z450 while teammate Marshal Weltin was steady on his Twisted Tea Suzuki RM-Z450.

In only his second race after returning from injury, Mumford was back in the battle up front. After getting a top 10 start, the young racer earned a top 10 finish in the second moto, grabbing enough points to cap the day with a top 10 overall finish.

"It was a rather good day for me," said Mumford in an understatement. "I came in kind of sick and not feeling well, but I dug deep and was determined to use the rough track to my advantage. My Suzuki worked great all day!

Kilroy claimed his season-best moto and overall finish, earning enough points to leap three positions up in the championship standings.

Said Kilroy: "Spring Creek was a fun one! I felt a lot more comfortable on the bike this weekend and the team has been making improvements every week. Moto 1 was pretty strong, but I made a couple of mistakes that cost me. In Moto 2 I was able to nail my start and almost grab the holeshot, but then I rode a little tight. I was able to get my best moto finish so far this year and my best overall, but I'm still hungry for more."

Hartranft used consistency over both 450 class motos to match his season-best overall result of 2022. The strong athlete used all of his Twisted Tea Suzuki's horsepower for the steep climb up the track's legendary Mt. Martin.

"I felt much better all day long. I liked the track a lot; it was actually more hardpack than normal this year," said Hartranft. "In qualifying one I was 11th and in the second qualifier I was 15th; the riders from eighth through about 17th were all on the same second. We had some close racing. In Moto 1 my start was not good. I got into 13th then started pumping up. I started battling with another rider and that actually helped with my arm pump. My Moto 2 start was even worse. Then I fought super hard to move up. I feel like I rode really well, and we ended up 11th overall, so all-in-all it was a good weekend. The 450 class has some heavy hitters, so it feels great beating some guys and getting 11th, but I really want to be top 10."

Weltin was up to pace and held strong through two gruelling motos on the demanding Millville track. He battled inside the front group and left Millville with a strong handful of points towards the championship standings.

"I really enjoyed the track all day. The Martin family does a great job with track preparations and making sure everything's on point." Weltin then described the on-track intensity. "I had a few good battles with my teammate Brandon Hartranft and also with Alex Martin, so it was cool to battle with Alex in his last race at Millville before retiring from the sport. We're pretty good buddies so it was cool to have a good, clean race with each other. I ended up going 14-15 on the day for 16th. I'm definitely still searching to gain a few more positions forward, but overall, I’m happy with being consistent and staying off the ground."

Drake earned more championship points to deliver a top 20 overall finish. A couple of laps into the second 250 moto the red flag came out for the racers. The moto was given a complete clock reset and re-start, which unfortunately did not work in Drake's favour.

"My first moto was okay. I came from way far back up to 15th," Drake said. "In the second moto the red flag zapped my energy and I had nothing in the tank. The track was fun and challenging and I'm looking forward to Washougal!"

"Spring Creek did not disappoint," declared Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance Team Manager Dustin Pipes. "The mechanics did a great job making sure Hartranft and Weltin were dialled in all day. Brandon was very consistent with 13th place in both motos for 10th overall. Marshall struggled in the first moto getting back on pace after a near get-off, but his final moto was really good. He finished 16th overall. You can expect to see these guys push for better starts and stronger results in these final five rounds."

The teams travel next to the Pacific Northwest where they will battle among the pines at the scenic Washougal MX track in Washougal, Washington..

Source: Team Suzuki Press Office

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