Team Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Suzuki presented by Progressive Insurance got after it this past Saturday at the fourth round of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series. Racing at the historic High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, the hillsides, and fence lines where packed with fans cheering on riders every lap. Brandon Hartranft led the way for the team with 11th overall and Marshal Weltin was not too far behind in 15th place.
Brandon Hartranft #41: Strong result for the 23-year-old New Jersey native who finished 11th overall. Despite getting tied up in traffic off the start in both motos, Hartranft was able to quickly work his way into the top 20. He made his way up to 12th place both motos for 11th overall.
“Much better weekend for myself,” said Brandon Hartranft. “We made some improvements this past week, rode smooth all day. Definitely love these East coast tracks. I ended up 11th overall just shy of the top ten. The field is very tough right now, I need to work on my starts. Happy with the progression we have made, but I’m bummed that its round 4 and I am starting to figure it out. I’m going to keep fighting and will be in that top ten shortly.”
Marshal Weltin #285: Solid result for Weltin in his second race on the RM-Z 450. He is quickly adapting to the Suzuki and catching his stride in the 450cc premier class. Marshal got off to great starts in both his motos. He rode very consistent and finished16-14 for 15th overall.
“Round 4 went pretty good,” said Marshal Weltin. “I struggled in qualifying, trying to get things dialed in. The teams doing great. The bike’s great and I’m happy with everything. We are working well together. We are going to keep picking away and trying to break into the top ten. I feel like I’m riding pretty good. Just this weekend was little uncomfortable, not quite what I’m used to riding overall. I think I am a good place headed into Redbud. I’m stoked for my home race coming up. I’m going to shoot for some good results and show up for my home crowd.”
“Starting to gain a little momentum as we get into the middle stretch of the championship,” said team manager Dustin Pipes. “Marshal is continuing to get familiar with the bike and it’s showing on the racetrack with him battling within the top 10 in the beginning of the motos. We’re excited to continue testing with him in preparation of his home race at Red Bud, where we think he has the potential to take the next step. Brandon had a better day with 11th overall and is starting to look more like himself. Dave, Clark, and Jaimie did a great job on the new motor spec for him, and it allowed for a more complete race. He was in a battle every lap of both motos and ended up on the better end of both, once he fixes his starts, he’ll be well inside the top ten.”
The 2022 Outdoor National will resume in two weeks’ time from this past Saturday as the series takes a week break before Red Bud National on July 2nd. Qualifying starts at 8:00AM EST and the first gate is set to drop at 1:00AM EST.