We made our way to San Diego this past weekend for Round 6 of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, where it was an action-packed Saturday evening of racing.
Alex Martin's 12-point cushion was large enough to maintain his strong top-five position in the championship standings after his most challenging race of the 2020 Supercross season in San Diego this weekend. Building on newfound speed in the whoops from a recent bike set-up and training week with the JGR team at its North Carolina headquarters, A-Mart was fast on his Suzuki RM-Z250 through the San Diego track's two whoop sections. Even in spite of a late-race collision with a lapped rider, Martin was able to salvage a top-ten finish in the main event.
Martin showed great speed in practice and was feeling ready to repeat last weekend's main event holeshot and grab a podium in the competitive 250 West class, but an unfortunate launch off the starting gate put A-Mart into an uphill battle during the night's action. He put in strong laps and was on the move, up to sixth place at the mid-point of the race, but unfortunately tangled with another rider. Losing nearly 20 seconds in the incident, Alex recovered to finish inside the top-ten.
"San Diego was very up and down. I had some positive moments in practice, but I also had some pretty big crashes," said Martin. "The main event was going decently as we were near the top five, but towards the end a lapper cross-jumped me, taking me out. I was able to salvage a top-ten. I'm looking to take advantage of this six-week break then capitalize on the last four rounds."
"The San Diego round was a cool opportunity to honor the military and run some special graphics with a NAVY theme," added Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. "Alex had speed in the whoops this weekend but had some crashes that made it tough. Alex still has more races after the break to get the JGR Suzuki on the podium."
The Supercross series heads to the east coast for round seven at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The move marks a six week break for the 250 West riders and the start of the 250 East coast series. JGR-rider Jimmy Decotis, who used the first three 2020 rounds to warm up on a Suzuki RM-Z450, is ready to put his JGR-tuned RM-Z250 on the podium in 250 East racing.
Aaron Tanti finished his US trip in San Diego, competing in the first six rounds of the 2020 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series. Tanti made 5 of 6 mains and scored a 9th overall finish. He is very happy with his overall performance stating that he “definitely ticked some goals for my first ever AMA supercross races!” Aaron left sitting 14th and now heads back to Australia.
Triggr Racing/AHM/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers represented the Veteran MX foundation in San Diego this past weekend. Bowers kept a top ten position in the 450SX Heat 2 and ended up with a 16th place finish for the evening at Petco Park. He’s got his eye on the prize and is ready to take on Tampa.