07 Sep, 2017

Hampshire Wins MXGP of USA for GEICO Honda

Jacksonville, Florida (Sept 3, 2017) – RJ Hampshire’s climb back to the front of the 250cc pack took another big step when he scored his first career professional win, Sunday at the MXGP of USA at WW Ranch in his native state of Florida. Hampshire grabbed double moto wins over the best of the MX2 World Motocross Championship pack—a big breakthrough scored in front of plenty of family and friends.
Hampshire’s weekend started with major struggles in Saturday’s practice and qualifying, but he returned with a vengeance for Sunday’s race.
“Had a fun weekend!” said Hampshire. “Struggled bad on Saturday with the bike. For some reason it felt like we were on a completely different bike then what we raced all year! We tried leaning it out for the qualifying race and then it was cutting out from the gate drop. Tried salvaging a gate pick but the bike completely went [stopped] with two to go. We came into Sunday relaxed and was just ready to have some fun. I was on a new bike from the beginning of the day and immediately felt better! First moto I made some passes quick and pulled right up on [Thomas] Covington. We were both going for it and giving it everything. I made the pass and pulled a gap, then went down with three to go. Once I got back up they were right on me again! Was able to hold it together for my first ever pro moto win. That felt good. Second moto pulled that start from the last gate on the outside. Covington and I were both going for it again for at least half of the moto. We both wasted a lot of energy! Once he started fading I kind of let up a bit. With about four to go I saw the Suzuki boys coming [Hunter Lawrence and Jeremy Seewer] and knew I had to pick it back up. Held on for a 1-1. It wasn’t an AMA outdoor national which I’m paid to race, but it really felt good to do in front of my home state! What a way to end my season and can enjoy my off-season just a little bit extra now.”
Chase Sexton also participated in the Grand Prix but some inopportune crashes held him to sixth overall.
“The USGP at WW was a really fun race!” said Sexton. “On Saturday RJ and I struggled a bit in qualifying but I ended up having a decent qualifying race ending up seventh. Sunday we made some changes to the bike and it made a big difference right off the bat in the warm up First Moto didn’t get a good start at all and just made my way through the pack to finish sixth, but I was really happy with my riding that moto Second moto I thought I had the holeshot but ended up coming around the corner in about fifth or so until I made a mistake in the third corner, that put me back to around 12th. Had a harder time coming through the pack and ended up eighth for sixth overall. Felt like I had the speed on Sunday to be on the podium but made too many mistakes. Overall had a lot of fun racing the MXGP guys and we will be back to do some more of them!”
GEICO Honda’s 2017 regular season is now complete, the 2018 season kicks off with the Monster Energy Supercross opener in Anaheim, California in January.
GEICO Honda Results
Jacksonville, Florida
1. RJ Hampshire
6. Chase Sexton
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29 Aug, 2017

Martin Ends 2017 Motocross Season with Second-Place Ranking

Crawfordsville, IN (August 26, 2017) – The final round of the regular domestic schedule of AMA professional motocross and supercross ended on Saturday at the Ironman National in Indiana, and the GEICO Honda crew left the race thinking coulda, shoulda, woulda as far as making the podium. Ultimately Jeremy Martin finished fourth with 8-3 scores, Chase Sexton was sixth with 10-6 results, and RJ Hampshire was seventh with 12-5 finishes.
In the first moto, Martin was in contention for the race win until Adam Cianciarulo tangled with him while battling for the lead. The incident left Martin on the ground, dropping him from leading the moto to an eventual eighth-place finish. He rallied back for third in moto two.
“I felt pretty solid on my GEICO Honda at Ironman Raceway,” said Martin. “Went 8-3 for fourth overall. Probably would have ended up on the box overall if it wasn’t for AC and I getting together.”
Martin, the two-time 250MX National Champion, ends the season ranked second in the standings, with four moto wins and two overall wins. He also pulled yet another holeshot, giving him eight for the season. The next-best total collected by any other rider was three.
Rookie Chase Sexton had been wishing and hoping to finally get a good start, and he actually pulled them in both motos. He was in pursuit of his first-career podium in moto one and ran third late in the moto. Then a lapped rider slowed suddenly, and Sexton crashed into him. Two more crashes during the day spoiled his podium hopes, but he was still happy to have run up front.
“Ironman was a really fun track!” said Sexton. “Started off the day with P3 in qualifying which was good! First moto got off to a great start and felt really good on the bike and I was third until a lap and a half to go. Then a lapper slowed down right in the main line which ultimately put me in the ground. Second moto got another good start and was running fifth most of the moto until my teammate and I got together which moved me back to sixth. Ended up sixth overall on the day, but I finally got to show what I had being out front. Had a blast running with the top guys!”
The teammate that got into Sexton in moto two was Hampshire. He showed speed early in the day but things didn’t work out the way he wanted.
“First practice I was P1 which I’ve never done before so that was cool,” said Hampshire. “Second practice wasn’t so hot and went back to sixth. We made changes after that practice on the bike and went the wrong way for that first moto. I got caught up in that second turn crash and then it took me about six laps to get going. I just felt all over the place. Ended up working all the way to seventh with sixth right there and then I went down with two to go. Threw away some spots there. That was something we haven’t done since I’ve been back racing so I was kind of bummed on that. Second moto had another bad start but worked up to fifth. Felt way better on the bike after we went back to where we started the day. I’m happy with the progress we made this outdoor season and really looking forward to the GP this weekend then a productive off season.”
Hoping to keep the momentum going after a promising summer, Hampshire and Sexton will race this weekend’s FIM World Motocross Grand Prix event in the MX2 (250) class at the WW Ranch near Jacksonville, Florida.
GEICO Honda Results
Ironman National
4. Jeremy Martin
6. Chase Sexton
7. RJ Hampshire
Final 2017 250MX Standings
2. Jeremy Martin
11. RJ Hampshire
12. Chase Sexton
21 Aug, 2017

Martin, Hampshire in Podium Battle at Budds Creek Motocross

Budds Creek, MD (August 19, 2017) – Team GEICO Honda came out swinging for the next-to-last round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National in Maryland, and stayed in contention for a race win or top-three overall finish throughout the day. Ultimately a late crash for Jeremy Martin would bump him back to 2-6 scores and fourth overall, and RJ Hampshire’s bad second-moto start left him with 3-7 finishes and sixth. Chase Sexton suffered a first-turn crash and got stuck in the starting gate in moto two. He charged back to 9-9 finishes and eighth overall.
Martin shadowed first-moto winner Adam Cianciarulo for most of the first race, and then stayed in front of Cianciarulo for the first half of moto two, which might have been enough to give him his second-straight overall victory. He suffered a small crash while in a four-way battle for the lead, and that cost him a shot at it.
“Budds Creek was solid for me going 2-6 for fourth overall,” said Martin, who had won the previous series’ race in New York. “Had the speed to win and go for my third overall of the year if it wasn’t for a weird mid race front end tuck that caused me to crash. Looking forward to the last round in Indiana!”
Hampshire matched Cianciarulo and Martin’s pace in moto one, starting with them and shadowing them to the finish.
“Felt really good on the bike this weekend,” said Hampshire. “First moto we got off to a good start and found the speed early. The three of us were back and forth pretty much the whole moto till we hit some lappers. A couple almost took me down! I had a good moto though and was happy with another moto podium. Second moto I had this rookie next to me hit the gate and not stop, then when the gate did drop his handle bar fell into my arm so I was about last coming into the first turn. Everyone was close, so starting that far back was not an easy task. I felt good all day and had that podium speed. We have one more chance to get that podium overall next weekend!”
Who was that rookie who hit the gate and didn’t stop in the second moto? It was Hampshire’s teammate Chase Sexton. Sexton also got caught in a first-turn crash in moto one.
“Decent day on Saturday, qualifying was my best yet with P3 and was happy with my riding!,” said Sexton. “First moto got in a first turn pile up and came from pretty much last to ninth. Second moto I’m pretty sure everyone knows that I hit the gate! I wanted a holeshot so bad, as soon as I thought I saw something flinch, I went for it! I was 10+ seconds behind the last guy and I knew I had a lot of work to do. Got back up to ninth again which gave me 8th overall. Happy with my riding but my starts have been horrendous. Doing starts till I’m sick of them this week. They will be improved for Indiana!”
This Saturday’s Indiana National at Ironman Raceway marks the end of the standard 29-race U.S. racing calendar for GEICO Honda.
GEICO Honda Results
GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National
Budds Creek, Maryland
4. Jeremy Martin
6. RJ Hampshire
8. Chase Sexton
14 Aug, 2017

Martin Reigns in the Rain with Unadilla Motocross Win for GEICO Honda

New Berlin, New York – GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin shot back to the front of the 250MX pack in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, taking 2-1 moto finishes to his second overall win of the season. The rough and tumble Unadilla Valley Sports Center always offers a challenges to the riders, but this year’s event was Unadilla at its best, which meant the worst-possible conditions: heavy, heavy rain that drowned the track and led to a big delay before the second moto. After a strong second in moto one, Martin got a key holeshot in the muddy second moto and led from start to the finish.

“I mean, yeah, it’s nice,” said Martin. “I don’t really dictate off the second moto. I dictate off the first moto. I locked bars with teammates RJ [Hampshire] and Chase [Sexton] and we all stayed in it. Then I was able to kind of get through and not go down and work my way forward and had a good battle with the guys. Joey [Savatgy] was out front doing his deal. I tried to reel him in, but he was just doing what he needed to do to get the win. Second moto I just got a holeshot. That was it guys!”

Martin had not been on the podium in a moto since winning the first race at RedBud four races ago, an uncharacteristic slump for the two-time 250MX champion. The return to form at Unadilla felt good.

“A little bit of both [rider and bike],” said Martin. “Working on some things just off the bike as well. Just trying to get a little bit more – obviously it’s the end of the season so you can’t get much more fit but just trying to do a couple different things differently. My parents had a local race. They had like 500 riders on the weekend off [at their track in Millville, Minnesota]. So, on Monday and then on Tuesday of this last week I tested. So, there was like three or four ruts in every corner and I was like, ‘We’re going to tune this GEICO machine in a little bit.’ We were able to make little percentage gains in the fork and shock and take the edge off. I felt like it helped today”

The mud wasn’t kind to any rider, but RJ Hampshire and Chase Sexton persevered to log top-ten finishes. Hampshire went 8-6 for eighth overall.

“Felt good in practice and first moto!” said Hampshire. “Somehow I saved a first turn crash first moto but was way back after that. I felt really good and had some good passes but kind of ran out of time. Starting that far back really hurt me. I don’t have that [Zach] Osborne type speed that can start 20th and be battling up front by the end. Made my way up to eighth but felt like I had a lot in the tank for that second moto! Then the rain came down. I had a good start and had a pretty good moto going. I was running third then a lapper fell into my line, I tried to get out of it but lost the front and slid headfirst through about four puddles. Got up and just tried to keep it on two wheels after that. 8-6. I’ll be ready for Budds Creek.”

Sexton went 7-12 for ninth overall.

“Tied my best finish, I got a seventh at RedBud,” said Sexton. “But it was a good moto, started about 14th and passed some good people, almost got [Dylan] Ferrandis at the end. It was a little tough to pass but the track was pretty fun. Second moto was just a disaster. I went down and just lost all vision. I got 12th and ninth overall, but I’m happy with the first moto and I think my starts are coming around so I think we can be up around the top five.”

Two races remain in the 2017 season for the team, starting with the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland this weekend.

GEICO Honda Results

Unadilla National

1. Jeremy Martin

8. RJ Hampshire

9. Chase Sexton

01 Aug, 2017

Hampshire Logs Career Best at Washougal

Washougal, Washington (July 29, 2017) – Since returning to action on his GEICO Honda at the High Point National in June, RJ Hampshire has shown big gains in speed and the ability to mix it up at the front of the pack. He hasn’t been able to fully put it together in the results column until now, though, as he logged a career-best at the Washougal National, leading laps in the second moto and ultimately finishing the race in second. In the tight 250 class of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, his 6-2 scores for the day netted him fifth overall.

“Washougal has been one of those tracks I struggled at. We turned it around yesterday,” said Hampshire. “Missed my shift first moto out of the gate and was way back. Had a pretty solid moto and came up to sixth but knew I could run up there with a start. Got out of the gate good that second moto right behind Joey Savatgy. The opening laps I found really good lines and knew I could make the pass but at one point I thought about waiting a little later so he didn’t have enough time to pick up on my lines, but that would have been risky and I’m not going fast enough to make that type of call. So I made the pass to the lead and was feeling good but I knew he was all over me. Once he got me back, I think around 22 minutes in, I still felt good, we were right there. Fell just short of a moto win and an overall win! It’s been a bumpy road since my head injury, but I’m thankful to be able to show what I can do again and be battling in the front!”

Rookie Chase Sexton was also happy with his speed, but mistakes left him with 13-12 scores ane 13th overall.

“Washougal in the books! Track was actually really fun and is one of my favorites so far,” said Sexton. “Qualifying went pretty good ended up and ninth. First moto was running inside the top 10 and tried to make a pass on McElrath and stalled it so I went back to 15th or so and made a few passes, ended up 13th. Second moto was in the top 10 once again and made a dumb move and hit a hay bale and fell over. Was dead last almost after that and came back to 12th. Overall my speed was the best it had been so far, just have to limit the mistakes and fix the starts. But that is why they call us rookies! Learning every weekend and ready for the last three nationals!”

As for Jeremy Martin, it was a forgettable day. He moved into second in the 250 standings but was not happy with his 9-6 scores and seventh overall.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Martin. “Another frustrating day but we’ll keep working.

The pro team takes a weekend off before resuming action at Unadilla in New York.

GEICO Honda Results

Washougal National

5. RJ Hampshire

7. Jeremy Martin

13. Chase Sexton

24 Jul, 2017

Martin Just Misses Podium at Millville

Millville, MN (July 22, 2017) – GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin came into the Spring Creek National as a heavy favorite to win, since this round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is literally his home track—Martin’s parents own and operate the facility. He had an uncharacteristic off-day, though, and has to settle for fourth overall with 4-5 moto scores. Teammates RJ Hampshire (5-7 for sixth overall) and Chase Sexton (12-11 for 11th overall) were happy with their days.

Martin plans to quickly get back to work and figure out what kept him from his usual podium pace.
“Rough day at the home town race,” said Martin. “Good starts but didn’t have the speed nor the flow around the track today. I will study footage from the race and work on getting better.”
“Practice we ran into some problems again, but we turned it around for the motos,” said Hampshire. “Pulled the holeshot in the first moto with 28th gate pick but had a lot of mistakes the first few laps, wasted a bunch of energy. Then second moto I didn’t have the greatest start but made some good passes and actually rode pretty smooth! Was pretty solid all day. We didn’t have the speed to run up front this weekend, but man I’m having a blast! We will give it another go and try to get it on the box next weekend. It’s coming soon.”
Sexton, the rookie, once again showed solid pace, but suffered small crashes at the worst times.
“Qualifying went well today,” said Sexton. “P3 first practice and P8 second practice. Felt good coming into the motos but a mid-pack start hurt me first moto, ended up getting to seventh and then fell on the last lap! I was bummed, I got 12th. Second moto got a good start and got tangled up on the first lap, then came back to eighth and then fell again. Got 11th. Speed was good today just needed to stay on two wheels! Onto Washougal.”
Washougal, Washington hosts the next round of the championship this coming Saturday.
GEICO Honda Results
Spring Creek National
Millville, MN
4. Jeremy Martin
6. RJ Hampshire

11. Chase Sexton

10 Jul, 2017

Hampshire makes strides toward the podium at Southwick MX

Southwick, MA (July 8th, 2017) – Now into his third pro season, RJ Hampshire has been waiting for the pieces to fall into place so he could battle for a podium finish. At round seven of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, in the sand of Southwick, Massachusetts, Hampshire found his groove and put in his best performance in years, leading laps and finishing just short of the box with 5-4 finishes and fourth overall. Teammates Jeremy Martin (4-6 for fifth overall) and Chase Sexton (9-8 for eighth overall) made for three GEICO Hondas in the top ten.

“In the first moto, I almost had the holeshot, and I was feeling good, so I put in a sprint and got into the lead,” said Hampshire. “It was good, I haven’t been up front like that since I hit my head over a year ago. That felt good. Man, I felt awesome but then I made a mistake and threw it away through the rollers. I got up, and I felt good again! I was putting in laps and laps and then my rear brakes went out—I mean, that’s still not an excuse—but they went out halfway. So I got fifth, happy with that. We were in the battle. I wanted it bad in that second moto, got a good start and was behind Alex [Martin] but I couldn’t get around him. Then it started to rain and I couldn’t see, so I was going to just let him go, but then [Joey] Savatgy started to catch up. I picked it up a little bit, I ended up catching him [Alex Martin] again, so I said “Let’s give this thing another go!” I caught him and started really pushing some outsides, but I couldn’t see and I had no brakes. That probably wasn’t very smart! So had to take fourth. My bike is awesome right now—we’ve had some problems but you can tell we’re up there every week, and I have complete confidence in my team. I want that podium.”
Jeremy Martin wasn’t happy with his day, losing more ground in the series’ championship to leader Zach Osborne.
“Tough day at Southwick in the sand going 4-6 for 5th overall,” he said. “I struggled all day with the track and my starts didn’t make anything any easier on me.”
Sexton, in his fourth professional race, was aiming for two top-ten finishes, and he made it happen with the 9-8 scores.
“Qualifying was a little off, I was like 16th or something like that,” he said. “Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to Southwick at all. I come from Illinois so I’m not a big sand rider. But I took a nap after practice, woke up feeling good, and in the first moto I came from 20th to ninth and I felt pretty good about that. I was happy with my riding. Second moto I wanted another top ten, I got a decent start but Osborne kind of came over on me, I had to let him go, so I just pushed from there. I passed some people, then I passed Mitchell Harrison and rode the whole moto in seventh. Last lap I got into some lappers, he went around the outside and he got me. I was kind of bummed about that, but I still finished in the top ten, 9-8 on the day, which is not bad at all. I want to just get a good start and I feel with my speed I could be a top-five guy, but my starts have been awful. I’d like to get out front and try to go as hard as I can as long as I can. I feel at these last five races, they’re good tracks. So we’ll see what I can do.”
GEICO Honda Results
4. RJ Hampshire
5. Jeremy Martin

8. Chase Sexton

02 Jul, 2017

Martin scores moto win and two holeshots, just misses the overall at RedBud

Buchanan, MI (July 1, 2017) – For a moment, it appeared Jeremy Martin was set for a 1-1 day and an overall victory in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at RedBud for GEICO Honda. That moment washed away when he crashed in the second turn of the second moto, while leading. Sent from first place back to last place, Martin would recover to snag eighth, holding onto third overall with 1-8 finishes, and earning him a trip to visit the raucous RedBud fans on the podium.

In just his third pro race, Chase Sexton also had a good day with 12-7 scores at his home track, netting ninth overall. RJ Hampshire showed speed but ran into mechanical problems in both races, and Cameron McAdoo returned to action after a shoulder injury but failed to finish either moto after a small crash reaggrivated the injury.
Martin’s starts have been on point this season, and he nailed the holeshot in both motos, giving him five holeshots for the season.
“It was great,” said Martin of the first moto. “I got the holeshot. I was riding good. The guys were right there. Zach [Osborne] was there. We hit lappers and he’d catch me. I’d get away through the lappers. I saw Alex [Martin] right there. We were just yo-yoing the whole time. I think I got a little lucky with the lappers and Zach, I was able to kind of keep him at bay. It was a good first moto.
The second moto started off almost exactly the same.
“Yeah, it was great,” continued Martin. “I got the holeshot again. I’m really comfortable with the GEICO Honda out of the gate. It’s been really good this year. Just unfortunately lost the front end in the second turn. Yeah. I’m obviously bummed. I would have liked to have gotten up there further, or not even gone down at all. I made one mistake today and that was in the second turn in moto two. Otherwise it was a good day. I felt really good in the second moto. I felt like I was riding better in moto two.”
“Overall the day was good!” said Sexton, a local product from Illinois. “I was actually just having a lot of fun being back in the Midwest and riding RedBud! First moto got an awful start and fell in the third turn but came back from almost last to 12th. Second moto was fourth or fifth off the start and then when Jeremy fell I ran over his bike and got passed by a few people but was able to make some passes back and just put in some solid laps to get seventh. Overall happy with the weekend and looking forward to getting back to work!”
Hampshire’s DNF-DNF scores obviously do not show how well he has been riding since his return from injury. “We are in a way better place then I have been before,” he said. “DJ [practice mechanic] and I do our own thing back home and a lot of people may not agree with it, but I’m loving every minute of it. I believe in my team and know we will be battling for a podium here soon. Considering I was sick all week and could barely make a 20-minute moto on Thursday, I was happy to make it that far in the first moto. We will give it another go next weekend!”
McAdoo’s day was actually more heartbreaking than Hampshire’s, with his lingering shoulder injury still thwarting his races.
“I was really excited to get back to racing at RedBud,” he said. “I got off to a pretty good start in moto 1 and was running with the front group, which I was happy with, but unfortunately my day was ended early with a small crash that resulted in re-injuring my shoulder.”
McAdoo will be reevaluated going forward. The team heads next to the famous sand track in Southwick, Massachusetts for round seven.
GEICO Honda Results
RedBud National
3. Jeremy Martin
9. Chase Sexton
39. RJ Hampshire

40. Cameron McAdoo

26 Jun, 2017

Sexton, Hampshire Make Speed Gains at Muddy Creek for GEICO Honda

Sexton, Hampshire Make Speed Gains at Muddy Creek for GEICO Honda

Blountville, TN (June 24, 2017) – Jeremy Martin’s recent surge for the GEICO Honda team suffered a setback at round five of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Muddy Creek Raceway, but the squad can at least be happy to see recent returnees Chase Sexton and RJ Hampshire making gains. Martin’s day was undone by a first-turn crash in moto one, leading to 13-6 moto finishes and ninth overall, one week after winning the High Point National. But rookie Chase Sexton made great gains in his second pro race, overcoming his own first-turn mishap to turn in 15-9 scores for 11th overall. RJ Hampshire ran up front for most of the first moto before an electrical problem did him in. He was 12th in moto two.

“Rough day of racing at Muddy Creek for the number six machine,” said Martin. “I needed to be better on a day that I wasn’t feeling very good. Starts were everything on that track so the first turn crash in the first moto set the tone for the day. Had the bad gate pick for the second moto. Not making excuses though—I straight up got beat and I gotta get better. Looking forward to Red Bud and getting back up front.”

Martin slips from second to third in the series standings, leapfrogged by his own brother, Alex Martin.

As for Sexton, he improved on his pro debut from a week ago and was happy with his performance.

“Tennessee went pretty well!” said Sexton. “Track was fun and the fans were awesome! First moto I fell in the first corner and had to come from way back to 15th. Second moto was top 15 on the start and made some passes early and felt really good on the bike. Ended up ninth in the second moto and 11th overall on the day. Now I just need to work on starts and come out swinging at RedBud!”

RJ Hampshire had the stuff to go top ten or even top five at Muddy Creek, but bike problems ended his run while running with the lead pack in moto one.

“Day started off good. I always rode well at Muddy Creek so I was pretty excited to go racing,” said Hampshire. “First moto I had a good start, came around the first turn in second but slid out exiting the turn and fell back to fourth. Struggled to find a flow the first couple laps and got shuffled back a little bit. Started putting laps together and pulled up to Zach Osborne and the pack in front of me. I think lap eight we ran into some electrical problems so that ended my moto. Second moto we had 38th gate pick and just tried to make the best out of it on a track that was pretty tough to pass on. I’m happy with my riding and the starts. We will be ready for RedBud!”

RedBud is the annual motocross July 4th weekend celebration in Buchanan, Michigan, and it comes this Saturday.

GEICO Honda Results

Tennessee National

9. Jeremy Martin

11. Chase Sexton

16. RJ Hampshire

19 Jun, 2017

Martin Back to the Winner’s Circle for GEICO Honda

Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania (June 17, 2017) – The tides are turning for GEICO Honda, as round four of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship welcomed back two team riders from injury and also completed Jeremy Martin’s steady climb back to of the podium. Martin used 2-1 moto scores at the Red Bull High Point National to grab his first overall victory of the season. The two-time 250 National Motocross Champion also vaulted to second in the season standings. Chase Sexton and RJ Hampshire also made their season debuts in motocross after recovering from leg injuries suffered during the supercross campaign a few months back. Hampshire took eighth overall and Sexton was 13th in his debut race as a professional.

Martin continues to flex the muscle of his Honda off the starts, as he nailed the holeshot in the first moto. He suffered from arm pump and yielded to Zach Osborne, but in moto two he felt better and ran down the leader—his brother, Alex Martin—to get the lead and take off with the victory.

“It’s been one heck of a rough season for me, supercross and the beginning part of outdoors,” said Martin. “[Then I had a] DNF right away first moto [of the season]. So, it’s nice. I’ll make sure I enjoy it. These are hard to come by especially with how good these guys are. Hopefully the team and I enjoy it tonight.

“I got off to a great start [in the first moto],” said Martin. “I was pumped up right away, but no excuses. I did my best to manage it. I could see Zach coming. I’m like, dang it. He was able to get around me. It is what it is. We made some changes for moto two and felt better. I was able to kind of keep him at bay even though we got a bad start.”

Hampshire’s return from a lower-leg injury was impressive, as he started well and ran with the lead group all day. He went 9-8 for eighth overall.

“Both motos I had good starts. First moto I got that good start and was so excited to be back racing, I was letting it hang out,” said Hampshire. “Then I got passed by four dudes in one lap! I had to calm it down or I wouldn’t have made it. Once I settled in I started putting good laps together and pulled back up to the pack right behind [Austin] Forkner. Ran there for a few laps and then went down. Second moto I had another good start but didn’t want to blow it like I did first moto so I rode cautious and that bit me. I made so many mistakes! Pretty sure four guys passed me again in one lap! Once again I had to settle back down and start putting laps together. I felt good and made a pass on Savatgy late in the race, then with one to go I had a run in with a lapper on a downhill, we both went flipping. Got up in 8th. But going P8 in my first race since my injury, I’ll take it. I’m just happy to be back at the races and having fun again. I like Muddy Creek so looking forward to this weekend!”

Sexton’s race actually marked the much-anticipated professional debut for the 2016 AMA Amateur Horizon Award winner. After injuring his knee last summer and breaking his femur in February, the Illinois-based rider finally made it to the show this time, only to be welcomed by a big pileup on the first lap of the first moto. He finished 19th, but bounced back with a solid tenth in moto two. The 19-10 scores gave him 13th overall.

“First moto wasn’t what I wanted,” said Sexton. “I went down with A-Mart [Alex Martin] in the first turn and I couldn’t get up. I was probably 30 seconds behind everybody else. I was probably 16th or something and I fell over and I ended up 19th. Then second moto was better. I think I started off 16th or something and came to tenth, so it’s all right. I want to be top ten. I think I can be there for sure. Biggest surprise was probably that I wasn’t surprised with the speed. I think my speed’s fine. The starts, it’s chaos in the first couple of laps. They go for it, for sure. I’ve just got to learn that. I haven’t raced in eight months or something, so it just feels nice to race and get a race in.”

Team member Cameron McAdoo was scheduled to race High Point but realized after practice that the shoulder he injured two weeks ago still wasn’t ready. He plans to suit up again alongside Martin, Hampshire and Sexton at the Muddy Creek National in Blountville, Tennessee next weekend.

GEICO Honda Results

Red Bull High Point National

1. Jeremy Martin

8. RJ Hampshire

13. Chase Sexton

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