Hampshire’s Fourth Leads GEICO Honda in 250SX East Kickoff
Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 18, 2017) – After a frustrating run in Monster Energy Supercross’ 250SX West Region Championship, the GEICO Honda team sent Christian Craig and RJ Hampshire into battle for the 250SX East opener at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Craig showed speed throughout the day while Hampshire admitted he never felt totally comfortable, however, their main event results told a different story, with Hampshire netting a solid fourth and Craig taking 12th.
Hampshire was aided by some good fortune off the start in the main event, as several riders went down and allowed him to sneak into the front pack. He then logged consistent laps on a tricky track.
“I’m pretty happy with the result, but not too happy with the riding,” said Hampshire. “I feel like I struggled all day, didn’t even jump the big rhythm, and somehow I got fourth. My starts weren’t good, I got lucky with those crashes and just put in 15 minutes plus one. I rode like crap but I’ll take a fourth any weekend.”
Hampshire says he made big changes to his bike before the main event and the changes worked. Now that he has a race under his belt he and the team can continue to dial in his Honda CRF250R and hope for better things this weekend in Atlanta.
Craig will hope for much, much better in Atlanta. His night in Minnesota started well with a dominant heat race victory, but it fell apart in the main event. A bad start and an early crash left him playing catchup.
“I honestly was having a great day in Minneapolis,” Craig said. “I qualified third and felt good. The track was really easy which kinda makes it hard to separate yourself or make passes, but I got the hole shot in my heat and took off. I ended up with almost a nine second lead when I finished. I was really happy with how I rode in the heat, and everyone on the team was really pumped with how I rode and we were all expecting great things for the main. But I got a horrible start and kind of just fell apart mentally. I wasn’t riding like myself and kept making stupid mistakes. I was able to work my way up to 12th after being almost last but I should have been way more up there than that. Luckily, I got my bad race out of the way and can learn from it. I started in 17th last year at A1 so it’s an improvement this year I guess!”
Craig will hit the reset button over the next few days and try to get back into contention in Atlanta.
“Looking forward to a good week in Florida then heading to Atlanta next weekend to show everyone where I belong,” he concluded.
Rookie pro Chase Sexton did not compete in Minneapolis as he continues to recover from off-season wrist injuries. His status for Atlanta will be confirmed later in the week.
Posted In: Christian Craig, News, RJ Hampshire, Team
17 Feb, 2017
Transworld MX: Christian Craig “CULMINATION”
The 2016 season marked a turning point in the career of GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig. After returning from a brief stint with retirement, Craig proved to everyone – including himself – that he was capable of winning by doing just that at the Phoenix Supercross. Armed with more confidence than ever, Craig’s season was cut short at the 250 National Championship Series opener at Glen Helen when he collided with a teammate and suffered a badly broken lower leg.
From the moment he woke up from the surgery needed to repair his damaged limb, Craig has been counting the days until the start of his 2017 season. It’s been a long journey back from injury, but when the gate drops in Minneapolis this weekend, Craig will certainly be more prepared and determined than ever.
Culmination is a mini-documentary that chronicles Craig’s preparation for 2017; and features insightful interviews from key players in his corner. Special thanks to Geico Motorcycle, 100%, Alias, 6D, Rynopower, and Roy’s Cyclery for making this project possible. Enjoy!
Glendale, AZ (Jan 28, 2017) – After showing signs of potential at the first three rounds of Monster Energy Supercross, the GEICO Honda 250SX effort hit a rough patch a round four, on a cold night at University of Phoenix Stadium outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Jimmy Decotis led the team with an eighth-place finish, while Jeremy Martin was forced out of the event after a practice crash. Martin will be reevaluated before next week’s race in Oakland, California.
Decotis’ eighth was solid, but the popular New England native feels he is capable of more.
“Started the night out with a solid third place in the heat race,” said Decotis. “Grabbed another great start in the main event starting second. My first five laps were really bad. I struggled with the section after the second triple. I couldn’t execute the roll-triple-triple and it cost me huge. Really struggled in the main event. I take full responsibility for my results with some bad racing decisions. Good thing we go racing again in six days and everyone will forget about this race. Going to make some adjustments this week and come back next weekend with an open mind and leave this weekend in the past.”
Martin showed his typical fast qualifying speed by clocking the third-best time in the first timed qualifying session. But when Tyler Bowers crashed in a rhythm section, Martin connected with him and went down, and he banged his head a bit in the fall. Martin was able to get back up and finish the qualifying session, but as a precaution, the team elected to keep him out of the racing action for the rest of the event.
Posted In: Jeremy Martin, Jimmy Decotis, News, Team
23 Jan, 2017
Decotis, Martin, Endure Anaheim 2 Supercross
Anaheim, CA (Jan 21) – The story remains the same for the GEICO Honda team in Monster Energy Supercross, as Jeremy Martin had to mount a comeback from last in the main event, and Jimmy Decotis fought hard to hang onto the leader’s pace up front. Both were left searching for more, again, when the night was over. Decotis finished sixth, and Martin was tenth.
Just like Anaheim 1 two weeks ago, Martin grabbed poll position by logging the fastest time in qualifying. But he was again undone by first-lap troubles, getting caught in a pileup with his friend Phil Nicoletti in the first turn. From 22nd, Martin charged the whole way to get to tenth, just missing ninth-place Josh Hansen at the line. Martin has had to come from way, way back in all three races this season.
“A2 started out great with P1 in practice,” said Martin. “Got off to a decent start in the in the heat with a third place and felt solid going into the main, but got into a first turn pile up. Had to remount from last to 10th place. Me and my buddy Phil [Nicoletti] keeping finding each other! Looking forward to Phoenix SX to finally better my result!”
Last week, Decotis led more than half of the main event only to slip back to sixth. This week his ride was more consistent, but the result ended up the same.
“Another weekend in the books,” said Decotis. “Happy with my riding, not so happy with the result. Started fourth, I slipped back to sixth and stayed there the whole race. Fought as hard as I could but sixth was the best I was going to get tonight. Really happy with the positive feedback from GEICO Honda, though. I’m so blessed to have such a good team behind me. Looking forward to Phoenix and putting the bike on the podium. Everyday is getting better and I’m thankful for everyone helping me chase my goals.”
The team heads to Glendale, Arizona for round four this Saturday.
Posted In: Jeremy Martin, Jimmy Decotis, News, Team
16 Jan, 2017
Decotis leads, Martin charges for GEICO Honda in San Diego
San Diego, CA (January 14, 2017) – A tale of two races for GEICO Honda riders Jimmy Decotis and Jeremy Martin at round two of Monster Energy Supercross in San Diego. Early in the race, Decotis took off with the holeshot and the early lead, logging some of the best laps of his professional career. At the same time, Martin got stuck in the starting gate and then went down, making the two teammates first and last at the end of the first lap.
Decotis led 10 laps of the 18-lap 250SX main event but ended up sliding back to finish in sixth place. Martin compounded his bad start with a first-lap crash, but came from last place, 22nd, to finish seventh.
For Decotis, it was an emotional night after leading for so long.
“This weekend was a tough result,” said Decotis. “I’ve been riding really good and I feel my time is coming. I executed the main event start perfectly and laid down 8 solid laps, I felt smooth and comfortable out front just hitting my marks and staying focused. Around lap 10 I suffered from a pretty bad cramp in my stomach I think from eating too close to the main event. I also had a few mental errors that cost me big. It was my first time leading multiple laps and I struggled a bit at the half way mark. I think I showed myself and this industry that once I figure out my 15 minute motos I can be a threat. I always thought I could win but last night showed me deep down that I have the ability to win a main event. I was extremely bummed after that race and I really have to thank my crew at GEICO Honda for keeping me positive. I know what to take from this night and I’m looking forward to getting some redemption in these next couple weeks.”
Martin’s race was off to a rough start after a huge practice crash that sent him flipping over the tuff blocks that mark the course. He was lucky to escape unhurt, and might find himself quite popular via viral video due to the crash. Unfortunately, it didn’t get much better off the start in the main event.
“Round 2 at Petco park in San Diego was a bit rough,” said Martin. “Qualified third fastest after a big get off in practice. Struggled in the main event due to some mistakes I made on the opening lap! I was so cranked up to get the start, once Josh Hansen went and hit the starting gate it moved and I smashed it. That was a big mistake. Then later in the lap, I lost the front right before the triple. I sent it in trying to pass someone and lost the front when I landed. From there I put my head down and charged my way from last to 7th place on the night. Looking forward to Anaheim 2.
The series returns to Anaheim this Saturday night, January 21st.
Posted In: Jeremy Martin, Jimmy Decotis, News, Team
08 Jan, 2017
Martin, Decotis, Show Speed as GEICO Honda Begins 2017 Season
Anaheim, CA (January 7, 2017) – The annual debut of Monster Energy Supercross, at a sold out Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, created the usual hype and nerves after four months of off-season anticipation. While GEICO Honda teammates Jeremy Martin and Jimmy Decotis didn’t get the results they hoped for, they have reason to think this season will be a good one. Martin finished sixth and Decotis ninth, which marked solid comebacks since they ended the first lap of the main event in 12th and 14th place, respectively.
Martin showed great speed in qualifying by logging the top spot in the 250SX class, three-tenths of a second quicker than anyone else. He grabbed the early lead and led most of his heat race before a few late mistakes let Shane McElrath catch him and then make a last-lap pass for the win. Martin was still looking to do some damage in the main event, but a mistake off the start set him way, way back. From there, he scratched and clawed his way forward. He got to seventh then won a duel with Dan Reardon to finish sixth.
“It was a bummer, didn’t get the start. That was the biggest thing, it’s not a matter of speed, fitness or anything else, it’s just a matter of execution, and I just didn’t get it [the start] tonight,” said Martin. “We started the day at A1 out great in practice logging the top spot in qualifying, and then felt solid in the heat race going into the main. But I made a mistake on the start in the main which affected my whole race. Ultimately, it made me just go into damage control! San Diego [round two] can’t come soon enough.”
Decotis’ night started with a crash on the first lap of his heat race, and he was in salvage mode from there.
“This weekend was pretty stressful for me,” said Decotis. “I had two crashes in the heat race which sent me to the LCQ. I had a terrible gate pick for the main which resulted in a bad start. The track was really basic and hard to pass, I felt I laid down solid and consistent laps but the whole night snow balled from the bad heat race. I put myself in bad positions and it cost me my main event. I’ve been working so hard with my trainer Seth and GEICO Honda has put in so much work during the offseason. I feel we are much better than what the results say on paper. I’m looking forward to next weekend and getting back up to the front of the field.”
Round two of Monster Energy Supercross takes place this weekend, January 14th, at Petco Park in San Diego, California.
Posted In: Chase Sexton, Christian Craig, Jeremy Martin, Jimmy Decotis, RJ Hampshire, Team, Videos
09 Dec, 2016
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