Huntersville, NC (January 28, 2019) – The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team traveled to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, for round four of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series. Packed with soft soil and back-to-back whoop sections, two-time 450 Supercross Champion Chad Reed rode his Suzuki RM-Z450 to a ninth-place finish in front of 47,024 fans. Teammate Justin Hill overcame a qualifying crash to earn valuable points in the 450 class main event. In the 250 ranks, Jimmy Decotis soared to his first 250 West heat race victory of the season but was later slowed down by a crash in the main and was held to 15th place. Rookie teammate Enzo Lopes nearly had the holeshot in his heat race, but collided with another rider and fell. Lopes and his RM-Z250 returned for the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) and was pushed into a barrier, resulting in a crash that ended his night.
Chad Reed rode with high intensity in Oakland, logging the seventh-fastest lap time in the main event. Reed was inching his way up to the front when a rider crashed in front of him over a blind jump, causing Reed to fall. He remounted and clawed his way back to ninth. Reed’s perseverance moved him up to 11th in the 450 points standings.
Justin Hill briefly put the #46 Suzuki RM-Z450 at the top of the leader board in the opening daytime qualifying session, but suffered a crash landing on his shoulder. Hill fought through pain the remainder of the day and salvaged a 14th place finish. He will undergo evaluation early this week to determine the severity of the shoulder injury. Hill is 14th in the points standings.
Jimmy Decotis was flying in practice, scoring the third-quickest qualifying time in the 250 West. He sliced through the pack in his heat race to capture the lead with just over two laps to go. After a mid-pack start in the main, Decotis went down in the whoops and remounted. He methodically worked his way up to 15th by the conclusion of the 250 West main. Decotis is 10th in the points standings.
Enzo Lopes shot out to a second place start in his heat race, only for the rider in front of him to veer wide and roll a double. Lopes committed to jumping the double and landed on the back of the rider in front of him. Lopes returned for the LCQ, but was pushed wide in the first corner and crashed. As a result, the 19-year-old did not qualify for the main event. Lopes sits 17th in the points standings.
Chad Reed – “I really liked the Oakland track layout. There were nice whoops and ruts. Unfortunately, I again struggled with one-lap speed, but I felt like I would be okay for the heat race and main event. I had a decent start in the heat race and finished fourth. I was really enjoying the main event and began to find a rhythm. I was going to try and make some moves forward. Then I landed on Plessinger’s bike when he crashed in a blind spot. I fought back to ninth. I’m entering a new week with confidence. I have the pieces, but I need to start out the day better and carry that into the night show. We’re heading to one of my favorite races of the series this weekend. San Diego has always been a solid hunting ground for me.”
Justin Hill – “I had a huge endo over a berm in the second qualifying practice. My injuries are yet to be determined. Needless to say, I could barely ride throughout the night program. My left shoulder was getting considerably worse as the racing continued. On the bright side, we had excellent gains with the bike setup before the big crash. I have a fantastic team of people to help me rehab this week and make sure I am structurally okay to get back to work!”
Jimmy Decotis – “Oakland was looking like a promising night for the whole JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team. I qualified third in both of my practices and won my heat race. I was feeling really comfortable and fast on my Suzuki RM-Z250. Unfortunately, I got off to a bad start in the main event and crashed in the whoops. It took me a while to get going and back on the track. I’m bummed on the result, but I feel like I’m riding really well right now. We are going to get the results. Thanks to everyone on the team for helping me all weekend. I love riding for JGRMX and having like-minded people in my corner.”
Enzo Lopes – “It was a tough day. I struggled in practice, especially in the whoops. I didn’t qualify well, but I went to the heat with a fresh mindset. I had a great start, but someone cross-jumped in front of me and I crashed, and my bike was all bent up. I had a good start in the LCQ, but someone ran me wide and I crashed. I couldn’t keep going, because the bike was so bent up. It was out of my hands at that point. I’ll keep on fighting to finish where I belong.”
Jeremy Albrecht – “There was improvement this weekend. Justin Hill was riding better in practice, until he crashed at the end of the whoops. He hurt his shoulder and struggled the rest of the day. We’ll know more later in the week about his condition. Chad Reed rode really well in the main event. He had a good day overall. He would have finished just outside the top five, but Plessinger’s bike was in the middle of the track and he landed on it and crashed. Chad was very fast. The starts were better for everyone, which is what we were focusing on improving this past week.”
“In the 250 class, Enzo Lopes was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s learning. The track was tough for him, because the whoops were difficult. Jimmy was great in the whoops and awesome all day, except in the main event. He was so good in the whoops that he didn’t know how to go slower, and he ended up crashing. Hopefully the results come in San Diego.”
The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to PETCO Park in San Diego, California on Saturday, February 2nd, for the fifth round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. This will also serve as the fifth round of the 250 Western Regional Supercross series.