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SUZUKI TEAMS CAP OFF SUPERCROSS SEASON IN SALT LAKE CITY

Suzuki Racers Now Gear Up for Pro Motocross

Brea, CA – (May 13, 2024) – The 2024 Monster Energy Supercross season wrapped up with Round 17 inside Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. A storm caused a brief weather delay, but rainfall was minimal, and the track remained in good condition. The 250-class racers had the added challenge of the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Showdown format, which puts racers from both regional championships into one 22-rider main event that pays points toward each series.   

Race Highlights:

  • Twisted Tea Suzuki presented by Progressive Insurance
    • 450 Class
      • Shane McElrath delivered lap times that earned him a top-ten, season-best qualifying position.
      • Kyle Chisholm matched his season-best heat race result and finished strong after nursing a late-season injury. 

       

  • Toyota Redlands BarX Suzuki
    • 250 Class
      • Anthony Bourdon wrapped up a strong US Supercross rookie season with a top-ten result in the championship. 
      • Max Miller delivered the most exciting pass of the night en route to a main event transfer. 
      • Preston Boespflug finished his rookie pro Supercross season healthy, and ready to attack the Pro Motocross Nationals.

 

Shane McElrath (12) delivered a top-ten result in the second qualifying session inside Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Shane McElrath (12) matched his season-best overall qualifying result and topped his season-best for a qualifying session. McElrath transferred directly from his heat race into the main. McElrath put in a steady climb forward for much of the main, and ended the Supercross season strong, healthy, and with his Suzuki RM-Z450 inside the top-15 in the season championship. 

“It’s bittersweet,” said McElrath. “It’s been a long season. We’ve learned a lot, we’ve gained confidence, and we’ve worked hard. And that’s what I’m happy about. We never stopped working and we never stopped trying. I’m really happy with my effort. We’ll get back to work, and we’re going to be a lot better, and I’m excited about that. This Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki team, we don’t settle, so I’m excited to be a part of it. We’re going to start this all over again for Outdoors and do our best, so we’ll see you all there.”

 

 

Kyle Chisholm (11) matched his season-best heat race result for the fourth time.

Kyle Chisholm (11) was fast and consistent all season, despite racing through an ongoing injury. Chisholm ended the series inside the top 20 in championship points, and already has his sights set on the Pro Motocross season. 

“We didn’t make any changes to my Suzuki from Denver last week with the altitude,” reported Chisholm. “The RM-Z450 was awesome. I felt good in practice, made it out of the heat race with a direct transfer, which was good, and then ended up 16th in the main. I rode a little tight in the main, then midway through I got into a flow. We ended the season healthy, that’s always an accomplishment in itself just to get all 17 of these in and stay healthy, so I’m happy about that. We always want to be better, but we’ll take the good for the good and work on the bad stuff. We’ll be racing Outdoors at Pala in a couple of weeks, so I’m looking forward to that.” 

 

 

Anthony Bourdon (100) wrapped up his first US Supercross season with a top-ten result in the championship.

Anthony Bourdon (100) found his way into his first 250 LCQ. Bourdon rode brilliantly under the added pressure to earn a transfer to the main event. Bourdon now looks ahead to racing select rounds in the Pro Motocross series aboard his Toyota Redlands BarX Suzuki RM-Z250. 

“I made a mistake and fell in the heat race when I was in sixth place. I had to go to the LCQ for the first time this season, finishing second to reach the main,” Bourdon said. “In the main, I didn't have a good start. I put in a few strong laps, but I couldn't do better than 18th place. The competition is exceedingly high at a showdown, and I was fighting deep in the pack with factory riders throughout the main. Still, I'm happy to finish my first US 250 Supercross season in eighth place overall. It was the first time in my life that I'd set foot in the USA at the beginning of the year, and with several top-ten finishes and a top-ten overall, the objective was achieved. I've learned a lot this year, and we'll be back in 2025 to race even better. I'd like to say a big thank you to my team, and thank you to Suzuki, for the opportunity they gave me this year! It was my best professional year ever, and it wouldn't have been possible without my team's help.”

 
 

 Max Miller (87) created the most exciting moment of the night with a last-lap pass in the LCQ.

Max Miller (87) had the crowd on their feet in a race-long battle in the LCQ. Miller blitzed the whoops to snag the final transfer position with a pass in the last corner before the checkered flag. Miller went onto the main to earn enough points to tie the two racers ahead of him in the championship points.

“I’m stoked to finish out the Supercross season in the main event!” exclaimed Miller. “I was taken out in the heat race when I was just outside of a transfer spot. In the LCQ, I was off to a good start. I battled to fourth but was contested for a few laps, going back to fifth. On the final lap I shifted up and made the pass for the transfer spot through the whoops and into the final corner. After so many unfortunate events this season that kept me out of main event races, it felt great to clutch up for the shootout! I raced the main event and finished 20th. I had some great moments this season but there was a lot left on the table. I’m happy with where we left off and excited to start racing Pro Motocross at Pala!” 

 

 

Preston Boespflug (128) wrapped up a strong rookie pro Supercross season in Salt Lake City.

Preston Boespflug (128) finished his rookie pro season in the top 15 in the overall championship standings. Boespflug’s first year after moving up from the SX Futures class bodes well for an even stronger sophomore season next year; and will serve as excellent preparation for his attack on the outdoor motocross season. 

“My rookie season was good,” said Boespflug. “Utah was solid for me. I was happy to be in the main and gain more experience. I’m looking forward to next season!” 

Ken Roczen was out with injury at the final round but got some TV time as a guest on the Race Day Live pre-race show. Roczen announced the winner of the H.E.P. team’s “Kickstart for a Cause” sweepstakes live on the show. The sweepstakes benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a donation, and the winner will receive Roczen’s actual 2024 Suzuki RM-Z450 race bike used to contest the Supercross series.

“The Twisted Tea Suzuki team finished Salt Lake City with Shane McElrath and Kyle Chisholm racing well,” reported Twisted Tea/H.E.P. Motorsports/Suzuki presented by Progressive Insurance Team Manager Larry Books. “Shane McElrath finished 14th on the night and Kyle Chisholm finished 16th. the overall Supercross championship results were Ken Roczen in seventh, Shane McElrath 13th, and Kyle Chisholm 18th. It wasn’t the night we wanted. It could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse, too. We’ll move on to Outdoors and keep working hard, and have our fingers crossed to get Ken back racing as soon as possible.”

“Tonight was a little bit of everything for us,” said James Coy, Team Manager for the Toyota Redlands BarX Suzuki team. “We had some challenging and exciting moments. Basically, that’s how the year has been for us. The team has come a long way since round one, and I am really happy with the potential we have for the Outdoor races. The Suzuki RM-Zs are more than fast enough to get us closer to the front; we just need to keep pushing as a team and we will be there before long.”

The Suzuki teams have one weekend off before the start of the 11-round Pro Motocross series. In September, championship points earned from the Supercross and Motocross seasons combine to seed racers into the sport’s post-season racing to determine the SuperMotocross World Championship. 

The teams are poised to continue their progress and momentum, continue delivering strong results and are optimistic about the remainder of the 2024 US racing series. 

 

Please visit SuzukiCycles.com/Racing/Motocross and HEPMotorsports.com for more team news. 


Photos by BrownDogWilson Photography

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