(Madera CA, August 14, 2023) – The 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked off its final stretch with round nine, the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York. Rain threatened the day and lightning delayed the final moto, but the Twisted Tea Suzuki presented by Progressive Insurance Team battled hard on the long-rutted and legendary Unadilla track.
Freddie Noren #47 : Freddie Noren raced his Twisted Tea Suzuki RM-Z450 to his eleventh top-ten moto result of the 2023 motocross season. Noren qualified inside the top ten in the second qualifying session, but a nasty elbow injury from a first-turn crash in moto one turned his efforts heroic to deliver a top-ten moto and overall result. Noren remains firmly in eighth place in the championship points with two rounds remaining.
“The track was super-high speed. I’ve never hit fourth gear on the Suzuki before, but this weekend I did,” said Noren. “In the first moto, I let off a little early coming into the first corner, which probably kept me out of one first-turn crash. Then I tangled with another crashed rider, and I went down. As I was falling, I put my arm out and someone ran straight into it. Once I untangled my bike and got back going I tried to shake my arm out, but that hurt a lot, so I knew it was going to be a challenging moto. My bars were bent as well, but I just had to keep going. I think I passed the finish line on the first lap in 30th place. I gained back to 13th, which was a surprisingly good charge considering I had bent bars and an arm that wouldn’t work properly. I was concerned I wasn’t going to be able to run the second moto. I’m the type of person who will always try, so I went out on the sight lap. I couldn’t fully extend or pull my arm in all the way. I knew it was going to be a challenge with a lot of pain. I had a decent start, passed a few guys, got up to ninth place, and actually rode really well. About halfway through the moto, both arms started going numb. I had to use all of my fingers to pull in the front brake and clutch. Overall, I’m super pumped with the team. They’re doing a really good job and the bike’s working really well. I’m happy with where I’m at right now, and I really just want to finish off the season strong and go into the playoff rounds healthy.”
Kyle Chisholm #11: Kyle Chisholm maintained his position in the championship with two strong rides at Unadilla.
Kyle Chisholm was fast off the gate at Unadilla. First-lap troubles challenged him, but Chisholm fought hard and claimed solid points at the New York round.
“The track was super-fast. I couldn’t put it together and ride my best in qualifying. That left me with a poor gate pick for the first moto,” explained Chisholm. “In the first moto, I got caught in a little crash in the second turn. About halfway through the moto I finally found my stride. In the second moto, I had a really good start but made a couple of mistakes on the first lap and lost some spots. I ran around eleventh for most of the moto, so I was happy with that.”
The series now heads to Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Maryland for the penultimate event of the 11-round motocross series. The Suzuki racers are ready to put in strong laps and earn more points toward both the AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship.
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