SUZUKI TEAMS MOVE UP IN AMA MOTOCROSS STANDINGS2022-08-02 02:24
Marshal Weltin: RM-Z450 – 12-11
Brandon Hartranft: RM-Z450 – 0-18
Carson Mumford: RM-Z250 – 11-17
Derek Drake: RM-Z250 – 15-14
Preston Kilroy: RM-Z250 – 16-11
Round Eight of the 2022 AMA Pro Motocross Series saw strong results and championship points gains for at least four Suzuki riders. The track among the pines of Washington state set the stage for Twisted Tea Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance's Marshal Weltin to deliver solid points results.
BarX/ Chaparral Suzuki teammates put in outstanding rides in 250 class racing with Preston Kilroy and Derek Drake topping their previous season-best rides and advancing their Suzuki RM-Z250s two spots in the championship points standings. Teammate Carson Mumford used speed and consistency to advance his RM-Z250 up two spots in the points standings. Twisted Tea Suzuki's Brandon Hartranft bounced back from a first moto crash to tally more championship points at the event, and BarX/ Chaparral Suzuki’s Dilan Schwartz returned to racing and earned strong points.
Weltin started both motos just inside the top 20 and moved forward from there. In Moto 1, his charge forward aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 put him in a great position for a strong day. He rose faster through the pack in the second moto. The event advanced Weltin in the championship standings and highlighted Weltin's improvement after joining the Twisted Tea Suzuki team and getting aboard the RM-Z mid-way into the season.
"I've been putting in some work in California. I feel those tracks are pretty relatable to Washougal, with their makeup and how they change throughout a race day. I was feeling strong coming into this weekend," said Weltin. “The bike's been working great. I got off to pretty average starts then put in the work and went 12-11 on the day for 11th overall. It was a really cool weekend having Adam Enticknap with us to help analyse the riding and put my focus into the track and what I was doing. I think it elevated our game mentally for the weekend; he brought a lot of energy. Just overall it was a really fun day."
Kilroy delivered again with back-to-back milestone results. The RM-Z250 rider set season-best overall and moto finishes, just as he had at the previous round.
"Washougal was another step in the right direction," declared Kilroy. "My starts weren’t the greatest and that made things pretty difficult on me in Moto 1. I got stuck behind riders and the track was hard to pass on. In Moto 2 I was able to make some quick passes and get a gap and was able to finish in 11th."
Drake and his BarX/ Chaparral Suzuki RM-Z250 had their work cut out for them in the second moto; the opening lap of Moto 2 had them well outside the top 20. Drake put the hammer down and got around riders on a track known for being difficult for passing.
"Washougal was good." Drake said, "I got challenging starts in both motos. That made it hard coming from the back on a one-line track. But I saw big improvements with my second moto fitness, so we are getting there!"
Mumford was fast all day, and earned enough points, like two of his BarX/ Chaparral Suzuki teammates, to move his RM-Z250 up two positions in the season points standings.
"It wasn’t exactly the day I was hoping for," said Mumford. "In the second moto I crashed two times, so I had to charge every lap to get 17th. Fourteenth overall on the day isn’t terrible, but I am ready to get up near the top five."
Hartranft clawed back from a tough opening moto to end the day strong on his Twisted Tea Suzuki RM-Z450.
"In qualifying I felt really good. I thought today was going to be a great day for me and the team." Hartranft said, "But in the first moto, right off the bat, I ended up being in a pile-up. I got ran over by a couple of riders and tweaked my ankle a little bit, so I skipped Moto 1. Before Moto 2 I got some therapy and got my ankle taped up. I finished Moto 2 in 18th. I honestly didn't really ride that well; I just wanted some points. It's tough because I felt really strong on the bike."
The BarX/ Chaparral Suzuki team welcomed Dilan Schwartz back to racing after time off due to an injury. After running inside the top10 in the day's opening moto, Schwartz already held his own against racers at their mid-season strides.
"It was great to be back at the races after a long time," said Schwartz. "I got a little tight in the first moto, and the second moto my wrist was sore just from not having enough time on the bike. I’m going to spend the break back on the bike and getting back up to speed for the last four rounds!"
"It was a mixed day at Washougal," said Team Manager of the Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance team Dustin Pipes, "Marshal had a good day battling for a top 10. It was tough finishing so close in 11th, but I like the fight he showed all day. Brandon, unfortunately, had a tough day with a first corner crash in the first moto. After getting checked out by the Asterisk medical team he toughed out the second moto, which was good to see. He will get looked at further to determine his status for the next event. The bikes worked great all day and the staff worked well together."
The 12-round AMA Pro Motocross Series takes two weekends off before the final four rounds of the summer series. The riders and teams will use the momentum from Washougal to charge into Unadilla in New Berlin, New York on August 13th seeking more personal bests and more upward moves in the series standings.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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