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06 Jul, 2015

GEICO Honda rider Christian Craig snares first podium finish

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BUCHANAN, Mich. (July 4) — GEICO Honda rider Christian Craig celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with his first career podium finish at the Red Bull RedBud National Pro Motocross race on Saturday at RedBud MX.

Craig was third in the second moto Saturday and ended up with a fourth-place overall.

“That’s my first ever podium and that’s what I’ve been working for,” Craig said. “I believe I can be up there. That is my goal, to be on the podium. I’m looking for an overall podium at the next race. I missed it by one spot here, but I’m still happy about my podium in the second moto. My bike was awesome today.”

Craig didn’t make the best start in the first moto but moved his way into the top five and was running fifth until he was passed on the final lap.

“Sixth place, not bummed about it but not too happy,” Craig said. “I wanted to be a little more up front.”

That’s where he was in the second moto.

“I focused on my start and ended up pulling the holeshot and running up front for 15 minutes,” Craig said. “The guys caught me, Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin. Cooper got me at about 18 minutes, and I tried to stay with him and he ended up going down. Jeremy got me, and then with two laps to go Zach Osborne got me.”

Joining Craig in the top 10 was rookie R.J. Hampshire, who broke out of a mini slump with a 10th-place overall finish, going 14-8 in the motos.

“It was a new track for me, so I was feeling it out a little bit in practice,” Hampshire said. “I was in the top 10, went down, and was pretty far back, but I made my way back to 14th. Not too bad but I definitely wanted more.

“Second moto, I didn’t get such a good start, but I felt good, probably the best I felt all season. I worked my way up to eighth and felt like I had a good pace. It was a decent day and broke my streak of non-top 10s, so it’s good to get back in it, but I want more.”

So does Matt Bisceglia, who finished 11th overall, rebounding with a seventh in the second moto after a 17th in the first.

“I was in third on the first lap but slid out,” Bisceglia said. “I tried to pick my bike up but got hit from behind by a couple riders and ended up dropping my bike and going down again. It was a sketchy situation, but I came from dead last back to 17th. I wasn’t too pumped about the finish but I rode well.”

He rode well in the second moto, too, running with the top riders the entire moto.

“I was way up in the top five for the first 10 or 15 minutes but got passed by a couple riders,” Bisceglia said. “I pulled up on (Marvin) Musquin with about three laps to go and was almost able to get around him. I ended up seventh.”

Rookie Jordon Smith posted his best first-moto finish in four races, resulting in a 13th-place overall finish.

“The day was pretty good,” Smith said. “I had my best first moto since Colorado, so that was good. Second moto, I got a better start but ended up falling on the first lap. I think I was 35th on the first lap but came back to 14th, so I salvaged some points there.

“Overall I’m feeling better on the bike every weekend and am feeling pretty good.”

29 Jun, 2015

GEICO Honda team survives Budds Creek ‘mudder’

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MECHANICSVILLE, Md. (June 27) — The GEICO Honda 250cc team persevered through a “mudder” at the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National on Saturday at Budds Creek Motocross Park, with Christian Craig, Matt Bisceglia, and Jordon Smith all finishing in the top 11 overall.

Rain turned Budds Creek into a giant mud pit for the Pro Motocross riders, but Craig had a fifth-place finish in the first moto and Bisceglia a fourth in the second. Craig was 10th in the second moto for a seventh-place overall finish, his third top-10 in his four races of 2015.

“I’m not really a mud guy. I’m from California, so I didn’t know where I was going to fit in there in the mud,” Craig said. “I stayed up on two wheels and was one of the only guys to do that, and it seemed to work out for me.”

That was the goal for the second 250 moto before a muddy rut ruined those plans.

“I was feeling good and wanted to do better in the second moto,” Craig said. “I felt good on the bike and my fitness was there. I got a pretty good start and was running with the top guys, and then I hit a dumb cross rut down the hill and it took the wind out of my sail.”

Bisceglia’s day was a tale of two motos, as a poor finish in the first motivated him to a terrific fourth-place finish in the day’s second race.

“The first moto, I was really buried in the mud in the back of the pack,” Bisceglia said. “It was a really tough, grueling race. To not score any points was demoralizing, so I rode with anger that second moto.”

And it worked, as he raced with the leaders most of the 16-lap race.

“I showed up to the line and was way to the outside, but I ripped a second- or third-place start from the outside,” Bisceglia said. “I just rode aggressive and stayed right behind Adam (Cianciarulo) and Marvin (Musquin), but they got away from me a little bit.

“I made a mistake in the back, and (Joey) Savatgy got me, but I regrouped and got right back on them again and almost finished third. Man, I wish I would’ve had a couple more laps to get ‘em.”

Still, his fourth in the second moto was Bisceglia’s best outdoors, and he ended up ninth overall to move up two spots to eighth in the 250 motocross points standings.

Smith gained two spots in the points, too, to 11th after moto finishes of 17th and eighth resulted in an 11-place overall.

“That was my first mudder as a professional, and it was tough,” the rookie Smith said. “It was kind of the same story this week as every week: Had a good second moto and not such a good first moto. I’m riding well in both, but I just need to calm down a little bit in the first moto the first few laps and get through there so I can put together two good motos instead of just one.”

Fellow rookie R.J. Hampshire was left wondering what could have been after passing for the lead early in the first moto. But the mud got the best of Hampshire, as he went 15-19 for a 20th-place overall finish.

“Just made a mistake and went down,” Hampshire said. “I was way back and went down a couple more times, so that wasn’t good. The second moto, I got a decent start and was running 10th, but I went down again, and the bike was overheating from all the mud, so we just had to cruise in and score some points. I feel like we had more than we showed today.”

28 Jun, 2015

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4) Sunday, July 26, 2015 2:00pm The Wastelands, Nanaimo, BC

5) Sunday, August 2, 2015 2:00pm Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary, AB

6) Sunday, August 9, 2015 6:00pm Moto Valley Raceway, Regina, SK

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22 Jun, 2015

Podiums for Goerke and Maffenbeier in Regina

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(Vaughan, ON – June 22, 2015) Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke and Shawn Maffenbeier claimed podium finishes in MX1 and MX2 respectively at the final round of the western leg of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals, which were held in Regina, SK on Sunday.

With 3-1 moto results, Goerke not only snared second overall, he extended his points lead at the top of the current standings. Maffenbeier also did good business at Regina’s Moto Valley Raceway, moving from sixth to fourth on the scoreboard. The Swift Current, SK native recorded consistent 3-3 motos to take third overall on the day in front of a home-province crowd.

Goerke’s MX1 teammate Bobby Kiniry rode the wheels off his YZ450F to finish top-10, logging sixth overall on the strength of 6-7 motos. He currently holds down seventh in the points chase.

Although some rain and high winds were part of the equation at Moto Valley Raceway, fortunately the expected thunderstorms bypassed the area and the track was spared being turned into a mudbog. In fact, the steady, shifting winds and expert grooming left the track in a nearly perfect condition and saved the maintenance crews from having to bring out the water truck between motos.

The first MX1 moto holeshot went to pro rookie Jake Streichert, but within seconds Kiniry, who followed him closely into turn one, shot into the lead. The New York native’s up front moment lasted only one lap, however, when he was passed by defending champion Colton Facciotti.

A few laps later Cole Thompson, Brett Metcalfe and Goerke, who started around seventh, relegated Kiniry to fifth place. The frontrunners, who were buffeted by the strong winds and rain that had started falling during the first MX2 moto, laid down a fast pace while clustered relatively close together.

By lap six Goerke installed himself into third place, one second behind Metcalfe, who was just half a second behind Facciotti. Around the halfway point Metcalfe stuck a pass on Facciotti and for the rest of the moto the top three positions did not change. By this time Kiniry was running sixth and he would stay there until the finish line.
Under dry conditions fast starter Kiniry nailed the second moto holeshot.

Goerke, Thompson, Medaglia, Metcalfe and Facciotti trailed the New Yorker in close order. Goerke, intent on claiming his second moto win of the season, flashed by his teammate a few turns later and he would take it all the way to the checkered flag.

But with a very quick moving Metcalfe taking up second place five laps into the moto, Goerke found himself in the unenviable position of having to pin the throttle the rest of the moto to keep the Australian from taking over the lead.

A lap-after-lap hair raising battle saw Metcalfe relentlessly hounding Goerke, closing in within a fraction of a second. Florida native Goerke, however, failed to succumb to the pressure put on him by the 2013 champ. When all was said and done, Goerke, winner of the 2012 MX1 Championship, prevailed and took a well-deserved win to claim his third 2nd overall of the season.

“You definitely needed a really good start today if you hoped to get up front. My first moto start was outside the top five so I had my work cut out for me just to get into third place. With the rain and roost, vision became a problem, after I ran out of tear-offs. At that point I concentrated on staying in third and not take any risks,” Goerke said. “The second moto start was good for me, but holding the lead was a huge task, especially with Metty being all over me for most of the moto. When I saw the two-lap board, I knew I had to put down two perfect laps and pick up
the pace a bit. My YZ450 definitely was my best friend out there today.”

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Meanwhile, Kiniry stayed in the top-10 mix, claiming seventh at the finish line. After he lost the lead to Goerke, Kiniry had to bow to the title contenders and make his main objective a race for points and not a podium finish.

“Battling with the top points guys meant riding on the edge so I decided to focus on staying on my bike, not make any errors, and grab as many points I could by finishing top ten,” Kiniry said. “That seemed like the smart alternative. I didn’t want to end up in a catch-up race. Traditionally I have always done better in the eastern rounds and I hope to pick up that thread again, starting at Gopher Dunes.”

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In MX 2 action Shawn Maffenbeier held up his end of the bargain by producing top-five starts in both motos aboard his potent YZ250F, which would keep him in the mix for podium finishes both times out.

In the first moto, which called for a restart, after a first turn crash saw officials red flag the first start, Maffenbeier found himself around fifth place. He was neck and neck with Morgan Burger, chasing Kevin Benoit, Jimmy Decotis, Brad Nauditt and Jeremy Medaglia.

Some four laps into the moto Maffenbeier had taken possession of third place, cheered on by family and friends, and would hold that position till the finish line. He was never able to connect with second place Decotis, but managed to keep a hard charging, fourth place running Blake Savage from closing in.

The start of the second moto put Maffenbeier just inside the top-five. By the end of the lap two he had taken command of third behind second place Decotis and first place Medaglia.

The battle up front was intense for most of the moto, but the top-three stayed intact until the finish line, with Maffenbeier running his own race. Behind Maffenbeier Savage and Burger fought for position in a bid to challenge for Maffenbeier’s third place slot, but neither one was able to clear the task.

“It was nice to be really consistent this weekend and get the three-three finishes and third overall. Unfortunately I didn’t get as good a start on the restart in the first moto, but I made the best of it and worked my way into a podium finish,” Maffenbeier said. “All in all it was pretty cool riding well in front of my family. It seems like pretty well everybody was there to cheer me on and blast off air horns as I raced by them.”

The Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals resume in Courtland, ON for the eastern leg of the series, after a two-week break, on Sunday, July 12th.

MX1 Overall Results – Round 4
1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 1-2
2. Matt Goerke (Yam) 3-1
3. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 2-3 4. Cole Thompson (KTM) 4-4 5. Tyler Medaglia (Husq) 7-5 6. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 6-7
7. Cade Clason (KTM) 8-6
8. Dylan Schmoke (KTM) 9-10
9. Kyle Keast (Hon) 11-9
10. Mathew Davenport (Yam) 16-8

MX2 Overall Results – Round 4
1. Jimmy Decotis (Yam) 2-2
2. Jeremy Medaglia (Hon) 6-1
3. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 3-3 4. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 1-6
5. Morgan Burger (Yam) 5-4
6. Blake Savage (Yam) 4-5
7. Dustin Creson (Yam) 7-8
8. Brad Nauditt (Yam) 12-7
9. Jesse Pettis (Yam) 9-10
10. Dylan Wright (Yam) 10-11

MX1 points after 4 of 10 rounds
1. Matt Goerke 207 pts
2. Colton Facciotti 200
3. Brett Metcalfe 195
4. Cole Thompson 193
5. Tyler Medaglia 169
6. Cade Clason 155
7. Bobby Kiniry 149
8. Kyle Keast 132
9. Teddy Maier 130
10. Dylan Schmoke 115

MX2 points after 4 of 10 rounds
1. Kaven Benoit 217
2. Jeremy Medaglia 204
3. Jimmy Decotis 194
4. Shawn Maffenbeier 162
5. Morgan Burger 156
6. Brad Nauditt 148
7. Blake Savage 144
8. Dylan Wright 137
9. Jesse Pettis 111
10. Seth Rarick 111

15 Jun, 2015

Christian Craig bounces back in High Point to lead GEICO Honda effort

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MOUNT MORRIS, Pa. (June 13) – Christian Craig bounced back in a big way, leading the GEICO Honda 250cc team with a seventh-place finish at the High Point National Pro Motocross race on Saturday at High Point Raceway.

Jordon Smith finished sixth in the second moto for an 11th-place overall finish, with Matt Bisceglia 12th and R.J. Hampshire 15th.

Battling an illness last week in Tennessee, Craig finished 35th overall. But he was back on pace at High Point from the first time he hit the track, qualifying fifth. He then finished eighth in the first moto and seventh in the second.

“Big-time redemption,” Craig said. “Going in, I knew I had to put in some results. Last week, I want to forget about. It obviously wasn’t me riding out there. I don’t want to make excuses, but I was really sick, and I was really depleted that day. I wanted to move on from that and wanted to better myself.”

He did that, nearly matching his performance in his first race serving as a replacement for the injured Justin Bogle, when he was fifth overall in Denver.

“I had a good qualifying (effort),” Craig said. “I just wanted to put in two solid motos and ended up going 8-7. It’s not my best, and obviously I want to be up there with the (top) guys, but I am still working on race-pace fitness. Everything is coming along, and every day, I’m building. Every weekend is all about improving.”

That’s Smith’s attitude, too, as the rookie improved from the first moto to the second. He’s still battling “arm pump,” where he tenses his arms too much for them to be effective, but he rode better in the second moto.

“I’m still struggling with arm pump in the first moto,” said Smith, who was 16th in the first moto in High Point. “But it’s better in the second motos, and that’s when I can ride like I know how. It was a good day; I think we made some improvements, and we’ll get ‘em in Budds Creek.”

Bisceglia is looking forward to Budds Creek, the next race on the Pro Motocross schedule, after battling physical problems in High Point. He reached his goal of surviving the first lap of each moto and raced in the top four in the second moto for several laps.

But he had to race in survival mode.

“It was pretty painful,” Bisceglia said. “I’m definitely glad I have a week to recover now. I got just as good a start in the second moto as I did the first. I ran in the top three or four the first half of the moto, and I felt really good. Then I started getting really hot. I just survived today. I’m glad I have a week off to recover for Budds Creek.”

Hampshire is thankful for the time off, too, as a crash in the second moto left him a little banged up.

“I had a decent start and was seventh,” Hampshire said. “I came to a high-speed section near the finish, and I came together with (Shane) McElrath in the air. I hit pretty hard, and I’m banged up, but nothing too bad. We’ll get ready for Budds Creek.”

Hampshire was seventh in the first moto, battling for a podium spot for most of the race.

“I pushed pretty hard for 25 minutes and was still in third,” Hampshire said. “I ran second, ran third, but I ended up fading a little bit toward the end, but it was a good steppingstone for me. I got to see the (leaders’) pace, so I’ve got to keep building and don’t let one crash halt it.”

08 Jun, 2015

Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Goerke & Maffenbeier on the box in Nanaimo



(Vaughan, ON – June 8, 2015) A hot, humid day, and a hardpack Wastelands racetrack provided the setting for Goerke to claim fiercely contested 4-2 moto results in MX1, netting the Florida native second overall. Saskatchewan’s Maffenbeier also had his hands full in the volatile MX2 class that saw him record 2-7 motos, which sufficed to place him third overall on the day.
Goerke’s MX1 teammate Bobby Kiniry, despite a second moto crash, once again held up his end of the bargain by delivering a well-earned seventh overall on the strength of 5-8 motos.

On the edge MX1 action saw Keylan Meston peg the first moto holeshot, but with defending champion Colt Facciotti and Kiniry taking the first turn alongside him, Meston was quickly relegated to third place. Facciotti took command of the freight train while Kiniry grabbed second place.



By the end of the first lap Cole Thompson and Tyler Medaglia claimed third and fourth respectively while Meston faded from the top-five. After a ninth place start, Goerke, meanwhile, wasted no time connecting with the frontrunners. Brett Metcalfe, who started in 10th, stuck with Goerke as the duo battled their way into the top-five.

By lap six Thompson had displaced Facciotti from the lead, and the Ontario native was on his way to claiming the moto win. Kiniry, who was betrayed by a rock hitting his front brake rotor, briefly ran in third, now without the use of the brake. At the halfway point of the moto, Goerke stuck a pass on his teammate, with Metcalfe following to take fourth. Kiniry, to his credit, held on to fifth until the checkered flag.

An unleashed Goerke next disposed of Facciotti, to then chase down Thompson. In his bid to take over the lead, Goerke unfortunately stalled his bike, allowing Facciotti and Metcalfe to get by. Goerke was able to restart quickly enough to rejoin the fray in fourth place, where he would end the moto.



The second moto holeshot proved to be a clash between Thompson and Kiniry, with Thompson just edging Kiniry out for the honour. Goerke was also in the top-five mix off the start, rounding turn one in third place just ahead of Facciotti.

But once again the hand of fate disfavoured Kiniry. Guarding his inside line, he washed out on the slick, freshly watered track and found himself dead last by the time he recovered. Shaken but undaunted, the New York native poured on the gas to slice and dice his way back into the top-10, salvaging an eighth place finish and seventh overall on the day.

“I had the speed for at least a top-three finish in the first moto, so it was a bit disappointing having to settle for fifth because of the front brake issue. Going from the front of the pack to the back of the pack wasn’t exactly what I had expected in the second moto,” Kiniry said. “It was a little deflating. But in a case like that I let the frustration work for me instead of against me to put on a charge and redeem myself with at least a top-10 finish. My bike certainly helped make my efforts a little easier.”

With Kiniry out of the front running pace setters, Goerke settled into second place, where he stayed within striking distance of Thompson for about half the moto. At that point he made his move to take over the lead. Once in control of the moto Goerke kept his head down, putting about five seconds worth of real estate between himself and Thompson to take his first win of the season.

“My YZ450 ran awesome and definitely fast enough for a clean sweep, which arguably would have been the case if I hadn’t stalled it in the first moto. The second moto I got a much better start, saving to have to play catch-up,” Goerke said. “I decided to take my time, keeping Cole in my crosshairs. Once I passed him I ran my own race and built up enough of a lead for a cushion till the finish line. Nanaimo was certainly a confidence booster.”

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In MX2 action, Shawn Maffenbeier kept Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha in the limelight with a top-five start in the first moto. By the second lap he had piloted his YZ450 into second place behind defending champ Kaven Benoit. Despite continuing pressure from Cole Martinez, running in third for a number of laps, and then Jeremy Medaglia, Maffenbeier stayed focused. Before the halfway point of the moto he put enough of gap between himself and Medaglia to comfortably finish the moto in second place.

Fast started Maffenbeier nailed the second moto holeshot, only to lose the lead to Brad Nauditt, who would then lose it to Benoit. From that point on Benoit was on his way to a clean sweep. Some six laps into the moto the frontrunners were already encountering lappers. One of these lappers crashed and unfortunately took out a hapless Maffenbeier, who was running in fourth, trying to put a pass on third placeholder Nauditt.

Although Maffenbeier managed to remount quickly enough, losing only three positions, he was unable to find his groove again and get back into the top-five on the high speed Wastelands track. He had to settle for seventh place, but thanks to his second place in moto one still snared a respectable third overall on the day.

“After a bit of struggle last weekend in Kamloops it was nice to rebound today. I had an excellent run in the first moto and was feeling good as far as my capabilities to again finish top-three in the second, especially after getting the holeshot,” Maffenbeier said. “All in all it was a good weekend, other than hitting the lapper’s bike after he crashed, but that was one of those things I had no control over. It happened so fast that one second I’m going for third, the next I’m on the ground.”

07 Jun, 2015

R.J. Hampshire’s career-best eighth leads Team in Tennessee

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 6) — The fourth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship threw several obstacles at GEICO Honda’s four riders, but each persevered, led by pro rookie R.J. Hampshire’s 11-5 moto scores and eighth overall finish. Hampshire and teammates Matt Bisceglia (10th overall) and Jordon Smith (11th overall) had to overcome early-race crashes to salvage valuable championship points.

Hampshire went down off the start of the first race and had to charge back from 40th to 11th. He rebounded for fifth in the second race, a career-best result.

“I did all I could,” Hampshire said. “I was working hard. I felt good today. Second moto I started fifth, went back to sixth, got Joey Savatgy back for fifth, then Marvin Musquin passed me. I made a mistake, then I closed back in on him and was close all the way to the end. I was trying to get him back. I felt good.”

Hampshire credits time back home in Florida and improved bike settings for his ride.

“I get to be back home on the East Coast now, which means I can work with my trainer every day,” he said. “But the time out in California was good. The team worked hard to get my bike where I want it and I’m a lot more comfortable. I like my bike setup now; we’ve just got to keep going every weekend.”

Bisceglia’s sixth in moto one was solid, but for the third week in a row he found himself buried early in the second race.

“I got like a third-place start and I just came into the second corner and Marvin Musquin bombed down the inside, crashed in front of me, and I had nowhere to go and went down,” said Bisceglia, who rallied back to 13th. “I was just stuck in a hole right behind his bike, and I couldn’t get going until he did. Once I got going I did what I could do.

“It’s kind of a bummer this happened in the second moto three weeks in a row. I feel like I’m really close to a breakthrough. That’s what’s frustrating me right now. If I could get through the first lap of the second motos, I’d be good, but it’s the first lap and you have to be aggressive. Today was just unfortunate.”

While Hampshire and Bisceglia each had to overcome early troubles in one of their two motos, Smith had to mount comebacks in both.

“It was a pretty rough day,” Smith said. “I had two first-lap crashes in the first moto but still rode as hard as I could the whole moto. The second moto was pretty much the same. I also ran into Marvin Musquin on the first lap, so it was pretty much the same, coming from the back.

“It was hot out there and a lot of people were fading. I’ve been training really hard down at the Millsaps’ Training Facility, and my fitness is amazing right now. I just kept charging and picking off guys as the moto went on. I think I had one of the fastest times of the race, so it was a good day. Character building, I guess.”

It was a disappointing day for Christian Craig, who shocked the industry with a fifth-place result last week in his return to racing. The fill-in rider for the injured Justin Bogle was under the weather for this race and didn’t have the energy to fight to the front again.

“Today was rough,” Craig said. “Coming in I was really sick. After last week’s race I had a bad cold and struggled all week with it out in California. I wasn’t able to train and ride the way I wanted to, so coming in I wasn’t feeling too good. I qualified decent, but five laps into the first moto, I was coughing in my helmet, stuff was coming out of my nose. I was feeling bad. It wasn’t good and I thought it was kind of dangerous to stay out there riding like that.”

Craig didn’t finish the first race but decided to try racing the second, determined to finish at all costs. Bike problems held him to a disappointing 29th, however.

“I had a decent start for how far outside I was,” Craig said. “I was ninth, went back to 10th, and then on the big triple jump, something happened when I landed, the chain got stuck, and the bike wouldn’t even go. I pulled into the mechanic’s area and it took five minutes to get it out. I was like three laps down by then.

“But I had told myself I was going to finish, so I got back out there and kept going. I’m really disappointed with my day. I feel like I left the team down and myself down. That wasn’t me that was out there. I’m glad I have next weekend to come back and do better.”

The next stop for the GEICO Honda team will be the High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., next weekend.

01 Jun, 2015

Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke claims second overall at Round1

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Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha got off to a promising start with Matt Goerke and Bobby Kiniry this past Sunday at Round 1 of the MX1 Nationals in Kamloops, BC.

Goerke, making his debut with the team, rose to the occasion by nailing down an impressive second overall on the strength of 2-3 motos.

Kiniry, although not a podium contender at Whispering Pines Raceway, held up his end of the bargain with a respectable top-10 finish. The long-time team member recorded seventh overall thanks to 5-8 moto results.

For Shawn Maffenbeier, the team’s MX2 rider, the season opener proved less auspicious despite his efforts. The Saskatchewan native ended up with 12th overall on the strength of 7-17 motos.

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The start of the first MX1 moto saw both Kiniry and Goerke dive into turn one in the top-five, running third and fourth respectively. Goerke, looking smooth and super-fast on his YZ450, wasted no time sticking a pass on his teammate as well as second place holder Cole Thompson.

By the end of lap two Goerke had taken over the lead from Tyler Medaglia, only to lose it back to him a lap later, after washing out his front end, which also allowed Brett Metcalfe and defending champion Colton Facciotti to get by.

At the halfway point of the moto, however, Goerke charged past Facciotti and within a minute or so he disposed of Medaglia to settle into second place behind Metcalfe, where he would remain till the finish line.

Fast starter Kiniry claimed the second moto holeshot, but he was able to hold the lead position only briefly, being passed by Metcalfe, Facciotti, and Goerke in short order. While Goerke’s race again unfolded with the frontrunners, Kiniry kept losing position, eventually finishing in eighth.

“I made some poor decisions on chassis set-up and kind of paid the price for it as the day went on. At this point I just want to move forward, learn from my mistakes, pick up the pieces and go for the podium at the next round,” Kiniry said.

Goerke, who started the moto in fourth place, moved into third on lap two. At the halfway point he inherited second place from Facciotti, who slid out on a berm. Medaglia, who was running in fourth, also got by Facciotti. The frontrunners’ pace was relentless, quickly leaving the chase group behind.

A few laps later it was Goerke’s turn to tip over in a corner, and this to the advantage of Medaglia, who took over second place. Goerke rejoined the fray almost instantaneously in third place, pinning the throttle while Facciotti hounded him for a number of laps. Facciotti was unable to challenge Goerke for a pass, with the Florida native successfully defending third place to the checkered flag.

“My Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha was just ripping out there today. There was a lot of pressure all around and I made a couple of errors but managed to get on the podium both times, charging hard to stay in the mix with Metty, Tyler, and Colt,” Goerke said.

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In MX2 action Shawn Maffenbeier, who is recovering from a pre-season shoulder injury, got off to a top-10 start in the first moto. He had difficulty finding his groove, however, and was unable to break into the top-five aboard his potent YZ450. Maffenbeier ended up spending most of the race riding in seventh; a position he would hold till the finish line.

Despite a top-three start in the second moto, Maffenbeier, found himself in seventh place at the halfway mark, continuing to drop off the pace to finish 17th by the time the checkered flag signalled the end of the race.

“This isn’t quite how I envisioned the start of the season. It was a bit of a wakeup call and I know I definitely have my work cut out for me, if I’m going to play a major part in the championship,” Maffenbeier said.

MX1 Overall Results – Round 1
1. Brett Metcalfe (1-1)
2. Matt Goerke (2-3)
3. Tyler Medaglia (4-2)
4. Colton Facciotti (3-4)
5. Cole Thompson (7-5)
7. Bobby Kiniry (5-8)

MX2 Overall Results – Round 1
1. Jimmy Decotis (1-1)
2. Jeremy Medaglia (2-2)
3. Kaven Benoit (3-3)
4. Cole Martinez (4-4)
5. Blake Savage (5-5)
12. Shawn Maffenbeier (7-17)

30 May, 2015

Craig, Smith, Hampshire have season-best days for GEICO Honda

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DENVER (May 30) — The GEICO Honda 250 team had a terrific day at the Thunder Valley National on Saturday, with Christian Craig, Jordon Smith, and R.J. Hampshire each positing season-best finishes in the Pro Motocross series.

Craig was making his season debut for the team as a replacement for the injured Justin Bogle and was sharp all day, finishing fifth overall.

Smith posted his first top-five finish in a moto and came home sixth overall, and R.J. Hampshire finished eighth. Matt Bisceglia maintained his presence in the top 10 of the 250 points standings with a 12th-place finish.

Craig made an immediate impact, leading the first practice of the day. He then finished fourth in the first moto and sixth in the second to take home an overall top-five.

“The day started off great; I qualified first in practice,” Craig said. “I went into the motos not knowing where I was going to be. I got a bad start on the first moto but I worked my way up, and I really didn’t know where I was until about three laps left in the moto.

“I got the sign from my mechanic, and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ It kind of surprised me but I have been training really hard and riding every day, so I did expect to be in the top 10.”

Craig rode well in the second moto, but his absence from motocross may have hurt him in the latter stages.

“I got a bad start, and then towards the 20-minute mark I was getting tired, so I put it on cruise control and rode it out to a sixth,” Craig said. “I wasn’t feeling the elevation; it was just that my body didn’t have a lot of time to recover. I can’t complain with a 4-6 finish; that was pretty great.”

Rookie rider Smith had one of his best performances for the GEICO Honda team with a sixth in the first moto and a fifth in the second, easily his best showing in the three races outdoors so far in 2015.

“The entire GEICO Honda team has been working really hard,” Smith said. “They have been doing some great work to my bike, and this is the happiest I have ever been with everything this season. Today went well with qualifying and I felt really good. Hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling into next weekend.”

Hampshire’s eighth-place finish was the first top-10 of his young motocross career, dating back to the final three races of 2014. He was ninth in the first moto and 10th in the second.

“Practice went really well for me today and I qualified top 10,” Hampshire said. “I got a pretty good start in the first moto and was sitting fifth for about 26 minutes. I actually started catching the leaders, but I had a stupid little mistake and went down and it cost me a lot. I felt good through that moto, though.

“The second moto I got tangled up in the start, so I went down and was dead last, but I turned it around and finished 10th.

“I had a much better weekend. I made a lot of improvements but the results didn’t really show. Overall it was a better weekend. The track was cool, it was gnarly and rough. I have never seen anything deeper than those ruts. It was fun and the track was great.”

Bisceglia remains as the highest-ranked GEICO Honda rider in the points standings, ninth, after going 10-13 in Denver.

“The first moto I was in eighth place and came up on a group of riders, the guys that were from about fourth to seventh place, and I got hung up,” Bisceglia said. “My fitness is really good, so I reeled them in coming up on the last couple laps. I got close to that pack but made a mistake and went down in the corner, so I lost a couple positions.

“The second moto I came up in the first corner and one of the Kawasaki riders crashed right in front of me, and I had nowhere to go. I just got stuck in the middle of the pileup. I did come from last and ended up 12th.

“Overall I rode well but I am disappointed because my results are not reflecting how hard I work during the week. I need to minimize the mistakes. The first moto kind of sucked because that moto was my mistake but the second moto there was nothing I could do, so I just had to put my head down and charge.”

28 May, 2015

Supermini AM Riders Zach Darnley and Tyson Johnson

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