JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Racing were in Daytona, Florida for round 10 of the Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross series with newly-crowned 2020 UK Pro 450 Arenacross Champion Charles Lefrancois as a last-minute addition to JGR Suzuki as a fill-in rider for the injury-plagued team.
Lefrancois had a smooth transition to the JGR team thanks to winning his 2020 UK title. After a last-minute call to join the team, the Frenchman was eager to continue the momentum he gained before Daytona and showed he has what it takes to advance aboard the familiar RM-Z450.
Although the high-speed Florida track was difficult, Lefrancois turned in strong lap times during daytime qualifying but was unable to secure a transfer position in his heat race and the LCQ. Lefrancois looks to show his true potential and talent in Indianapolis and will be working on stronger starts to advance further in the competition.
“I felt comfortable on the bike from the start of timed practice,” said Lefrancois. “I managed to get the 19th fastest time in the first timed session and qualified 22nd overall after the second session. I knew a direct transfer into the Main was possible for me with a good start, and usually starts are my strength, but not tonight.
“I worked hard to make passes, but it was not enough in my heat or the LCQ to transfer to the Main. Despite my bad result I liked the bike, and also the track, and will work hard this week to get better results in Indy.”
Said Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht: “Charles rode well in qualifying and improved each time he hit the track. He showed speed, but bad starts did not help him get into the Main Event. We will focus on starts to help him improve for next weekend. He has a great attitude and wants to prove he can make us and Suzuki proud. I believe he will make improvements each weekend.”