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Brea, CA (September 13, 2021) – Suzuki riders matched or bested their top results at the final race of the 12-round 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Series in Rancho Cordova, California at the Hangtown Motocross Classic. 450-class rookie Brandon Hartranft had his season-best performance with a fifth-place overall finish aboard his Twisted Tea/H.E.P. Motorsports/Suzuki RM-Z450. Hartranft's Twisted Tea/H.E.P. Motorsports/Suzuki teammate Max Anstie finished just one position back on his Suzuki RM-Z450. 250-class rookie Dilan Schwartz matched his season-best overall finish with another top ten result with his BarX/Chaparral/ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z250. Schwartz's Bar X/Chaparral/ECSTAR Suzuki teammates Preston Kilroy and Derek Drake both put in strong charges on the storied track aboard their Suzuki RM-Z250s.
Brandon Hartranft ended his freshman 450 class season on a high note, using his speed and comfort on the more powerful 450cc Suzuki RM-Z to earn top ten results in qualifying, at each moto's holeshot stripe, past each moto's checkered flag, and on the event's results board with a fifth-place overall finish.
"The first moto went great; I had a battle from literally start to finish with another rider and ended up seventh. I feel like I rode really well," said Hartranft. "In the second moto I started around fourth or fifth and then maintained it for most of the race. Halfway through the moto I dropped back to sixth, but P-5 on the day - it was an awesome day. I couldn't be more proud of our effort, and it was a great way to end the season."
Max Anstie and his Suzuki RM-Z450 race bike followed up his strong performance at the previous round with another top five moto score. The Englishman was fast on the hardpack Northern California dirt and delivered a sixth-place overall finish to match his season best result.
"In the first moto I was unlucky on the start. I got squirrely and almost hit another rider; I ended up coming out on the first lap near last, so I had a lot of work to do. I climbed my way back to ninth, which I was happy with." Anstie went on to report, "My second moto was solid. I got out of the gate in third and I pushed as hard as I could, and I ended up fifth. So, thanks to everyone; the whole team has done a great job this year."
"It was a great final weekend for the team," summed up Dustin Pipes, the Team Manager for Twisted Tea/H.E.P. Motorsports/Suzuki. "Both guys performed the best they have all season, resulting in season bests for both athletes. The bikes performed well all day and the team worked in unison. This was a great way to put our best foot forward as we enter the off-season."
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