Suzuki 2023 Race Teams Primed For Motocross

HEP Motorsports and BarX Teams Continue 2023’s Progression

Suzuki Motor USA, LLC is pleased to announce its continued alliance with HEP Motorsports for the 2023 AMA Pro Racing Motocross Championship. Suzuki and HEP Motorsports will race as Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance. Bar X Suzuki will continue to spearhead Suzuki’s 2023 motocross 250-class racing efforts in the Championship.

Coming off a successful 2023 Supercross campaign, Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki Presented by Progressive Insurance team riders include Fredrik Noren (47), Marshall Weltin (50),  and Kyle Chisholm (11) racing on Suzuki RM-Z450s.

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Marshall Weltin and Fredrik Noren will run the 450 class, with Kyle Chisholm competing in select rounds of the 2023 AMA Pro Racing Motocross Championship.

Veteran racer Fredrik Noren joins the Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki squad. Freddie Noren comes to the team with 27 career AMA Pro Motocross Championship 450-class top-ten results and is projected to be a strong addition to the team and its continued progression.

Supercross 450-class stalwart Kyle Chisholm finished the 2023 Supercross season with solid results. Finishing the 2023 SX season in 15th place, Chisholm had consistent race performances,  with his best result of the 2023 SX season at the penultimate stop in Denver, recording a solid 8th place. Chisholm will compete in select 2023 MX Outdoor rounds.

Rounding out the Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki 450-class team is Marshall Weltin. Hailing from Ulby, Michigan, Weltin is moving up from the 2023 250 SX East series, where he showed consistent performance, highlighted by 11th-place finishes in Atlanta and Daytona.

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Robbie Wageman, and Dilan Schwartz will spearhead BarX Suzuki’s 250 class efforts in the 2023 AMA Pro Racing Motocross Championship while Derek Drake will try his hand on the RM-Z450.

Competing for Suzuki in the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship’s 250 class is BarX Suzuki’s  Robbie Wageman (59),  and Dilan Schwartz (85): who joins the BarX Suzuki squad from the Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki team. BarX Suzukis third rider, Derek Drake (53) will step up into the 450 class for the outdoor series. BarX Suzuki also showed consistency and progress in the 250 SX season that just concluded.

Wageman had a solid season in the 250SX West series, finishing 11th overall, with a best result of ninth at Glendale. Derek Drake, from San Luis Obispo, CA continues with Bar X having finished in 15th place in the 250 SX West Series Championship. Drake’s strongest showings were 12th-place finishes at Anaheim 1, Glendale, and Denver. Dilan Schwartz joins Bar X having achieved a 16th place finish in the 250 SX West Series Championship, with an 11th place result at Denver.

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Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 make for some of the
best-turned-out race bikes of 2023.

“The 2023 Supercross season was an exciting time for the Suzuki teams, with a nice progression of improving results as the season progressed,” stated Suzuki’s Motorsports Manager Chris Wheeler, “with both the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 continuing to show consistent performance and results, our teams are amped to race the Outdoors,” added Wheeler.

“We are excited to bring the team’s Supercross season momentum to the Outdoors series. Our program has made great strides in 2023, and we are looking forward to extending this effort to the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Testing and development efforts in 2023 have achieved some great results for Suzuki fans,” HEP Motorsport’s Team Principle, Dustin Pipes stated.
Suzuki’s teams now take on the challenge of the 11-round AMA Pro Motocross Championship. And then onto the SuperMotocross World Championship Finals fueled by Monster Energy returning this September.

The all-new series seeds the top 20 racers in combined supercross and motocross season championship points into two Playoff rounds,  and the Final at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicks off at Fox Raceway in Pala, California on Saturday, May 27th.

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Ken Roczen Storms to Top-Five at Anaheim Supercross Opener

Suzuki Racers Launch Into the 2023 Supercross Season

BREA, CA, January 10, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  Ken Roczen had the Angel Stadium of Anaheim crowd on its feet with a thrilling main event ride on his Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen ran with the leaders all night and started the 17-round Monster Energy Supercross season with a solid top-five result.

BarX Suzuki’s Derek Drake used a top-five heat race result to set up a strong main event performance on his Suzuki RM-Z250. Drake’s new BarX Suzuki teammate Robbie Wageman was smooth and consistent on his Suzuki RM-Z250, and BarX’s third rider, Ty Masterpool, holeshot and led the 250 class LCQ in his debut performance on his BarX Suzuki RM-Z250.

Dilan Schwartz did battle on his first ride with the Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z250 squad, and Shane McElrath and Kyle Chisholm both showed promising speed as they debuted their Twisted Tea Suzuki presented by Progressive Insurance RM-Z450s

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Ken Roczen (94) with a solid showing back aboard his RM-Z450 at Anaheim 1.

A strong second-place finish in his heat race set Ken Roczen and his Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z450 up for a wild, dramatic, and impressive ride in the 450-class main event. Roczen had a great jump off the gate and exited the first corner in second. A thrilling opening-lap battle had him back and forth in a fight for the lead. Four minutes into the 20-minute plus two-lap race, Roczen once again put his RM-Z450 into the second-place position and set his sights once again on the lead.

The TV commentators outlined Roczen’s return to Suzuki after an off-season motorcycle tryout with several brands, ultimately choosing the rock-solid RM-Z450; returning to the machine that he’s seen the most professional success on, the Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen was on either the attack or defense for every lap of an exciting and satisfying opening-round race. He crossed the checkers in the top five and is looking ahead to an outstanding season with Suzuki.

“Our weekend at Anaheim was a fun one, but a very gnarly one,” said Ken Roczen right after the race. “We’ve had a lot of rain here lately on the west coast so the track for the first race was very unique, very difficult, and quite possibly one of the gnarliest supercross tracks that I’ve ever ridden. Overall, I’m stoked to get away with a top-five. We didn’t blow anything out of the water, and we didn’t do the absolute greatest, but at the same time we have something strong to build on and I’m super stoked about it. Most importantly, we didn’t crash all day and we got out of here healthy; we saw a lot of real bad crashes and we were able to keep it rubber side down and that was very important to us to keep building.”

Derek Drake (53)

After a solid qualifying Derek Drake (53) goes straight into the
main event with a top-five finish in his heat race

Derek Drake led the BarX Suzuki team with a top-five start and finish in his heat race for a direct transfer to the main. Unfortunately, a challenging start in the main event put Drake at the tail end of the pack. He twisted the throttle on his Suzuki RM-Z250 and passed nine riders before the race’s midpoint to salvage good points on the night.

“It was nice to get A1 behind us,” Drake commented. “There is a lot of improvement to be made and I’m confident we can reach it. All in all, it was a good night, and we are ready to fight next weekend.”

Robbie Wageman started the evening’s racing with a quick climb into a qualifying position in his heat race. He and his BarX Suzuki RM-Z250 were on the move in the main event, fighting forward in the early laps. Wageman put in consistent laps to hold his position on a rutted track that reached up and bit several other riders throughout the night.

Robbie Wageman (59)

In his debut, Robbie Wageman (59) had a solid first Anaheim 1 aboard his RM-Z250.

“It was a rough start to the main event, but we made our way through the pack,” said Wageman. “I’m happy to make it out of the first round safe. Onwards and upwards from here. My Suzuki was working great all day and I can’t wait for next weekend!”

After showing strong speed for a direct transfer to the main, Schwartz’s performance in the 250-class main event didn’t demonstrate his 2023 speed. Schwartz navigated the technical track to put his Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z250 into the points and hinted at strong supercross finishes ahead this season.

“The track shaped up pretty well for the night show,” added Dilan Schwartz. “I felt comfortable but we’re just dealing with some little things that held us back. But we’re going to get it sorted and come out swinging next weekend.”

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Dilan Schwartz (85) showed good speed to get valuable points for the 250 West championship.

Ty Masterpool’s first ride with the BarX Suzuki team had him conserving energy as he was still recovering from the flu. Masterpool finished his heat race one spot away from a direct transfer position. He bounced back with a holeshot in the 250 class LCQ. He kept his Suzuki RM-Z250 up front until the final laps when a simple mistake cost him not only the win, but a transfer into the main event.

“I am battling Type A flu so I just did the best I could with the cards I was dealt,” Masterpool explained after the event.

Ty Masterpool (81)

With the flu, Ty Masterpool (81) nearly made the main event
through the LCQ, but a small mistake cost him. 

Shane McElrath’s debut ride with the Twisted Tea Suzuki RM-Z450 saw him clawing forward in his heat race to miss a transfer position by only one spot. In the LCQ, McElrath got pinched off entering the first turn with thick mud at the edge of the track catching his wheel and ending his night with a crash.

“Honestly, for me, I just mentally didn’t show up ready to race. It took me too long throughout the day to get to that point,” McElrath reflected. “I’m a little banged up but it’ll be all good. We’ll just keep moving forward and I’m going to be fully prepared next weekend.”

Shane McElrath (12)

Shane McElrath (12) looking to bounce back in Oakland after a big get off in the LCQ.

Kyle Chisholm had his Twisted Tea Suzuki RM-Z450 in a qualifying position in heat one but couldn’t hold the spot to the checkers. Chisholm opted out of the LCQ and will come back strong at round two.

“I’ve been under the weather for the last couple of weeks and then something hit me hard the last few days. I’m not able to keep any food or water in me.” Chisholm then told of his night, “I tried to get out there in the heat race and see what I could do. This was my first race with the new team, and they did great and gave me a great bike. With how bad I’m feeling, I’m pretty happy with where we’re at, and excited to I know we’ll be able to keep improving.”

Kyle Chisholm (11)

After battling some sickness, Kyle Chisholm (11) tried his best to get
valuable data aboard the RM-Z450.

“I thought the night went well,” said HEP Motorsports Team Manager Larry Brooks. “Roczen put in a good performance. I thought the bike worked well and was not too far off; testing at the track is never the same as at the races. All your weak points show at that first race of the year, but fifth place is a good starting point. As far as the other guys, Chiz was sick, so he was really just out of it all day. Shane crashed so we really didn’t get a chance to see him race and as for Dilan, he’s a young rider making rookie mistakes. He’ll catch on, it’s only a matter of time.”

“We were on point as a team and our Suzuki’s were ready to go for round one,” said Buddy Antunez, BarX Suzuki Team Manager. “Derek did a great job of dialing in his Suzuki and himself all day. His riding ability did not match his result on the evening. Robbie was happy with his riding coming out of qualifying, but from the gate drop of heat two he never got going. He’s capable of so much more, and Ty had a couple of crashes that held him back from making the main.”

The Suzuki racers earned points not only for the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season, but also for the inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship that ties together 31-rounds that incorporate the supercross and motocross seasons, two Playoff rounds, and an SMX World Championship event.

The racers and teams now travel north to RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California for round two of both the Supercross season and the SMX World Championship series. The weather shows rain, which offers different challenges and opportunities for all the riders. The Suzuki teams are ready for anything the supercross track will present.

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BarX Suzuki Set for 2023

BREA, CA – January 1, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Suzuki Motor USA, LLC is pleased to announce its continued support for the BarX Suzuki 250-class race team. The BarX Suzuki team is ready to attack the 2023 Supercross season with several new and returning riders for the 2023 season.

BarX Suzuki Set for 2023

Derek Drake and Carson Mumford return to BarX Suzuki for 2023 and are joined by two new teammates, Robbie Wageman and Ty Masterpool.

Derek Drake (53)Derek Drake (53) Carson Mumford (52)Carson Mumford (52)
Robbie Wageman (59)Robbie Wageman (59) Ty Masterpool (81)Ty Masterpool (81)

Both Drake and Mumford are looking to push their Suzuki RM-Z250s toward the top of the standings. Mumford, from Simi Valley CA, competed in the 2022 Supercross 250 West championship, finishing 12th. Drake, hailing from San Luis Obispo, CA finished tenth in the Supercross 250 West championship in 2022.

Newcomers to the BarX team are Wageman and Masterpool who are both showing great potential aboard the Suzuki RM-Z in pre-season testing. Wageman, from Newhall, CA, finished ninth in the Supercross championship last season and is looking to break into the top tier of the championship. Masterpool, from Paradise, TX, in only his second season in Supercross is excited to put more RM-Zs in competition.

Buddy Antunez

Buddy Antunez ready to take on the 2023 Supercross season as the Team Manager for BarX.

BarX has also announced Buddy Antunez as their new Team Manager. “I’m excited to be a part of the BarX Suzuki program. I believe with our team and rider lineup; we will be battling for top spots this coming season. Let’s go!”, Antunez stated.

The BarX Suzuki team will be aboard the race-ready 2023 RM-Z250

The BarX Suzuki team will be aboard the race-ready 2023 RM-Z250.

BarX Suzuki is excited to compete in 2023 and looks forward to seeing all the RM-Army faithful throughout the 2023 Supercross season. The season begins at Angel Stadium on January 7th, 2023, for Anaheim 1.

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Suzuki Motor USA, LLC (SMO) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Accessories, and ECSTAR Oils & Chemicals via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors, and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit

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