JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing Team Wrap Up the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series
Suzuki racers wrapped up the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season with great moments in a nine-round series that crossed the United States through the late summer and early autumn months. The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing kept the team's Suzuki RM-Z450s and Suzuki RM-Z250 up front from the holeshot stripes to the checkered flags.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing is no stranger to racing challenges, but no motocross teams had before coped with the COVID lockdowns, varying by state, and the scheduling scrambles that they required. But the professionals persevered and the team helped Suzuki pull in seventeen top ten overall finishes, which included five top fives and two podium overall finishes.
Even in the abbreviated season Alex Martin managed to rack up a moto win, a holeshot and a first place in timed qualification. "A-Mart" was also part of round two's Suzuki dominance of laps led, totaling 26 when combined with 450cc class laps led by another Suzuki rider, and sat in third place in the point standings during much of the year.
"Unfortunately I wasn’t able to compete at the final race because of a practice incident leaving me with an injury to my right leg." Martin continued, "I'm pretty disappointed, but we had many positive races this year and we were in the hunt for a top three in the championship down to the last race."
Joey Savatgy (17) earned five top-ten overall positions on his RM-Z450 in 2020
Joey Savatgy returned from a pre-season injury to make his team debut at the season's first-ever two-weekend double-header in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Savatgy was one of three Suzuki riders who finished inside the top ten at round seven, making Suzuki the brand with the most machines inside that front group. "Versace" pulled ten top-ten moto finishes and five top ten overalls, this in spite of having his season cut short with a foot injury incurred at the penultimate round that unfortunately dropped him outside of the top ten in season points.
"I wasn’t able to race the final round, unfortunately." Savatgy told, "A nagging injury from the previous round stayed around longer than I thought it would. I was glad to be back at the races but it was a tough year."
Fredrik Noren (31) had a strong 2020 season posting a career-best fourth-place moto finish
Swedish racer Fredrik Noren took the reins with his career-first holeshot at round two. "Fast Freddie" turned that lead into a career-best fourth-place moto finish. His season unfortunately also got cut short at the final round, surprisingly by a knee injury that required the competitor to withdraw from the final round in Pala, California.
"I was told that I definitely shouldn’t race so decided not to. After the race new X-rays showed nothing. It’s frustrating but I’m also happy I’m not injured," Noren explained. "Overall I’ve had a great time with the team and I had some good highlights this season; I'm especially happy about my first holeshot and career-best moto finish. I want to give a big thank you to the team and all of our sponsors that have made this happen. I’m happy that we could race considering these crazy times."