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(Madera, CA, May 28th, 2023) – The opening round of the 2023 Pro Motocross Championship commenced this past Saturday at FOX Raceway in Pala, California. Freddie Noren returned to Pipes Motorsports Group, this time for the outdoor nationals on his RM-Z 450 Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Suzuki presented by Progressive Insurance. Marshal Weltin returned to the premier class on a Twisted Tea/H.E.P. Suzuki, presented by Progressive Insurance RM-Z 450. Kyle Chisholm joined the team for the opening round. Chisholm will be racing select outdoor nationals this year.
Freddie Noren #47: Solid day for Freddie Noren, coming away with 10th overall. Freddie overcame a rough couple of laps in his first moto to charge back to 13th place. In the second moto, Noren got a strong start and was running in 6th place before a small crash set him back. Outside the top ten, Freddie charged his way back into the top ten with 9th place, where he finished. Noren went 13-9 in two motos for 10th overall.
“First round, overall, it was good,” said Freddie Norren. “I wanted more like I always do, but considering how much time I have had on the bike before this round, it was a good day. The first moto I went down twice; I got a bad start. So considering that 13th in the first moto is good. The second moto, I got a way better start. I put myself in a good position, running in 6th, then I had a rider error and fell back to around 13th place. After that, I put on a good charge and worked my way up to 9th place. I’m happy about 10th overall. I think the more time we have together, the more time we have to test and work on suspension, the better it will get. I think it is just going to go up from here. I’m thankful for the guys. We got ten more races to go. It should be good!”
Kyle Chisholm #11: Consistent day out on the track for Kyle Chisholm. In both motos, Kyle got strong starts. He rode very consistently throughout the day. Kyle went 12-13 in two motos for 12th overall.
“It was an okay day here at Pala, and I ended up 12th. It was nothing special but nothing bad either. We learned quite a bit. We tinkered with the bike all day. We made some really good progress. It was good to learn and be able to apply it to next week. The starts were pretty good, both motos. I just need a little bit better intensity in the first half of the moto and keep myself in a better position. So we’ll work on that for this next weekend. I enjoy Hangtown typically, and I’m looking forward to next week. We will try to get up into the top ten.
Marshal Weltin #50: Bummer opening round for Marshal Weltin. Making his debut back to the RM-Z450cc, Weltin has been prepping hard for this Outdoor Nationals. The day went differently than planned. In the first moto, Marshal crashed and could not finish the race. Weltin rode much better in the second moto and returned with 15th place. He went 31-15 in two motos for 17th overall.
“Not quite delivered to what I expected for the day,” said Marshal Weltin. “I just couldn’t stay off the ground. Moto one, I fell over, and I couldn’t get the bike back going. In the second moto, I felt like I was riding okay, but I had a bunch of crashes. I fell four times. The bike feels really good right now, and I am happy with everything. The team has been great, and I had solid prep coming into this round. I was definitely expecting a little bit more today. The team has been great; I need to execute.”
Larry Brooks – Team Manager
“The riders did pretty good,” said Team Manager Larry Brooks. “..but we wanted them to be better. We finished 10th with Freddie Noren. He finished 13th in the first moto and 9th in the second moto. Kyle Chisholm finished 12th in the first moto and 13th in the second, giving him 12th overall. Marshal Weltin finished 31st in the first moto and 15th in the second. Our riders can do much better then that and we will expect more next weekend.
H.E.P. Motorsports heads to Northern California for the Hangtown National this Saturday, June 3rd, at Prairie City’s O.H.V. park. The next round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series Race Day Live starts at 10 AM on PEACOCK TV. You can catch all the action live on PEACOCK TV. The first gate drop is at 1:00 PM Saturday.
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