AMA MOTOCROSS

SUZUKI TEAMS IN THE POINTS AT HANGTOWN AMA MX


Team Suzuki Press Office – June 7.

Brandon Hartranft: RM-Z450 – 15-18
Justin Bogle: RM-Z450 – 37-DNS
Derek Drake: RM-Z250 – 13-20


Perfect weather and excellent track conditions delivered an exciting round two of the 12-round 2022 AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series at the weekend.

Bar X/ Chaparral Suzuki's Derek Drake continued his strong return to outdoor racing aboard his Suzuki RM-Z250 and the Twisted Tea Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance racers Brandon Hartranft and Justin Bogle turned impressive lap times on their Suzuki RM-Z450 race bikes on the legendary Hangtown, high-speed hillside track.

Bar X/ Chaparral Suzuki's Derek Drake wasted no time putting his Suzuki RM-Z250 up front with a near-holeshot in the first moto of the day. Drake battled inside the top 10 for the first half of the moto. In moto two Drake and another rider made contact down the start straight, putting Drake in the back of the pack of 40. He recovered quickly and pushed his Suzuki RM-Z250 into a points-paying position in the early, crowded laps. Drake held steady to pull championship points out of the race.

Said Drake: "Qualifying was good, I ended up P9. My first moto was okay. I struggled with some bike settings towards the end and faded a bit. For the second moto, we made some settings changes but unfortunately we went the wrong way. We still need to dial in the bike, so it's back to work.”

In the first moto, Hartranft crossed the holeshot stripe just outside of the top 10 but within a few corners, he established himself inside that group. Moto two's start presented a challenge, seeing Hartranft mid-pack. "The Brick" kept the throttle pinned and started picking off riders quickly. He held on to take home more points toward the title chase.

Said Hartranft: "Round two of the 2022 Pro Motocross season did not go as planned. I qualified 13th, which was good. But in the motos, I've really been struggling with the power of the bike. The bike's so fast, but we're just struggling with the right outdoor set-up. This year was for sure one of the roughest Hangtown tracks I've ever witnessed, but everybody has to race it. We'll just go back to the drawing board on Tuesday and keep on working."

Twisted Tea Suzuki's Justin Bogle wasn't able to deliver one of his signature great starts with his Suzuki RM-Z450. Despite good speed on the rough track, Bogle ran into trouble in moto one and was unable to line up for the second moto.

"It was a rough day at round two," commented Dustin Pipes, Team Manager for Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance. "We're glad to be out of there and moving on to the next event. We have a plan in motion to be better at the rounds moving forward."

The Suzuki teams head east to Thunder Valley, Colorado for round three of the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. The race will see the return to action of Bar X/ Chaparral Suzuki's Preston Kilroy.

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