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25 Apr, 2016

Free Gear Announcement (4/25/16)

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Each week (until May 2nd, 2016) we will be randomly selecting a DiRECT 2 RiDER Member to receive a Free Set of gear (jersey/pant/glove)! We will contact each weekly recipient by the email attached to their D2R account! The recipients will also be announced each week on ALiASMX.com and ALiAS Social Media.

Random Selection - 4/25/2016 :

The following DiRECT 2 RiDER Member has been randomly selected to receive a free set of 2016 ALiAS gear. The following member will get their choice of a 2016 A1 Series, A2 Series, or Youth combo, featuring a jersey, pant and glove:

NICK WEBER - Sioux Falls, SD

*If you are the member above you have been contacted at the email used on your account!

CREATE A DiRECT 2 RiDER MEMBERSHIP:

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25 Apr, 2016

Stewart’s Podium Maintains East Supercross Points Lead for GEICO Honda

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Foxborough, Mass. (April 22, 2016) – In Monster Energy Supercross’ wild and crazy 250SX East Region Championship, consistency has become paramount. So while GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart could have been disappointed after holding the lead but eventually only finishing third at Gillette Stadium, he instead found the positive. On a changing track, he avoided a big mistake and crash and also finished ahead of his nearest championship rival, extending his points lead from one to five with just two races remaining.

Stewart led the main event early and pulled out a small lead, and at that point it looked like he might take a victory. “I think everybody thought that. I thought it myself too,” he said. “Overall the day turned around for sure. It was real muddy in the morning and then obviously the change was amazing, for the heat race and how the race went. The track turned out dry. The heat race went good. Won that one and that was amazing. Then we went into the main event and I got the lead really quick. I started kind of pulling away a little bit. I think I started making a couple mistakes. The track got worse and worse and I think the mistakes, it was more of the track getting to me. I felt like you got to a point you couldn’t even take the same lines every time. Fifteen laps, I think you took fifteen different lines! I had to just ride, just ride my own speed. I made a few mistakes and I let [Jeremy] Martin and [Martin] Davalos get around me, but I settled down and got on the box with third.”

A week ago Stewart endured three crashes in the main event and a disappointing eighth place finish. He was happy to avoid that fate this time. “It was one of those races that you can’t do anything but think positive because the way last weekend was, crashing three times and almost losing the points lead… I could say a third is a considered a win with how last weekend went. There’s nothing but positive energy leaving from this. From here on out it’s all about staying on the box.”

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RJ Hampshire’s 250SX East season has been hampered by terrible starts. The story remained the same in Massachusetts, where he got a bad jump out of the starting gate and approached turn one nearly last.

“Practice I felt good, heat race I felt good, main event I struggled again due to a terrible start,” said Hampshire. “I don’t know what it is, just seems like I can’t get off the gate in the main. I felt like I was riding well during the main, too, I was just so far back it seemed like I was in the middle of nowhere. Besides lappers, I didn’t see anyone for like 9-10 laps! Then I finally caught [Tyler] Bowers on lap 12 and could see the rest of the pack, then I cross rutted and went down, landed in the mud. We have two of these things left, I believe I can challenge the front with a start.”

The team heads to Met Life Stadium just outside of New York City for Saturday night racing on April 30.

GEICO Honda Results:Gillette Stadium

Foxborough, Mass.

250SX

3. Malcolm Stewart

8. RJ Hampshire

[GEICOHONDA.com]

18 Apr, 2016

Free Gear Announcement (4/18/16)

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Each week (until May 2nd, 2016) we will be randomly selecting a DiRECT 2 RiDER Member to receive a Free Set of gear (jersey/pant/glove)! We will contact each weekly recipient by the email attached to their D2R account! The recipients will also be announced each week on ALiASMX.com and ALiAS Social Media.

Random Selection - 4/18/2016 :

The following DiRECT 2 RiDER Member has been randomly selected to receive a free set of 2016 ALiAS gear. The following member will get their choice of a 2016 A1 Series, A2 Series, or Youth combo, featuring a jersey, pant and glove:

Marshall Gremard - Lake Havasu City, AZ

*If you are the member above you have been contacted at the email used on your account!

CREATE A DiRECT 2 RiDER MEMBERSHIP:

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign-up for a Free DiRECT 2 RiDER membership at aliasmx.com! Not only will you save with wholesale pricing on brand new gear, but you will also be eligible for other special offers and deals throughout the year!


11 Apr, 2016

Free Gear Announced (4/11/16)

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Each Monday (until May 2nd, 2016) we will be randomly selecting a DiRECT 2 RiDER Member to receive a Free Set of gear (jersey/pant/glove)! We will contact each weekly recipient by the email attached to their D2R account! The recipients will also be announced each week on ALiASMX.com and ALiAS Social Media.

4/11/2016 CONGRATULATIONS:

The following DiRECT 2 RiDER Member has been randomly selected to receive a free set of 2016 ALiAS gear. The following member will get their choice of a 2016 A1 Series, A2 Series, or Youth combo, featuring a jersey, pant and glove:

Justin Child - Price, UT

*If you are the member above you have been contacted at the email used on your account!

CREATE A DiRECT 2 RiDER MEMBERSHIP:

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11 Apr, 2016

Stewart’s Solid Ride on Tough Track Grows Points Lead for GEICO Honda

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Indianapolis, IN (April 9, 2016) –  Malcolm Stewart, once known mostly for his all-out speed, has made tremendous strides this season in his consistency during the Monster Energy Supercross’ 250SX East Championship. On Saturday night, even a rough, rutted track that led to the undoing of several title rivals couldn’t throw the GEICO Honda rider, as he scored a strong second-place finish at round five of the nine-race season.

“Had a good day in Indy,” said Stewart, who has a win and two seconds this season. “Qualified first in practice and was feeling good on the bike all day. Finished second in my heat. In the main I got a decent start and worked my way up to second.”

The Indianapolis track was extremely rutted, and that caused most riders to make huge mistakes. Up front, Stewart trailed leader Aaron Plessinger, but rode smart and steady to hold his position and ultimately stretch his points lead. “I closed in on Plessinger a few times but couldn’t make the pass happen on that track,” said Stewart. “Luckily, I’m keeping the red plate [as points leader] which I’m really pumped on. Now I’m leading the points by 10.”

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Hampshire faired pretty well despite the demanding track, but trouble working through traffic held him to sixth.

“Decent weekend,” said Hampshire, who tied his season-best finish. “Felt good in practice, and was right where I needed to be. Had a pretty good heat going and ate it in the whoops, hit my head and chest pretty good. That sent me to my first LCQ of the season. Won that but had a terrible gate pick on the outside for the main. Ended up coming out of the gate pretty good, rounded he first turn around the top five then got tangled up in the first couple turns and believe I fell back to around 15th. I had a massive case around half way because of a lapper, which hurt me pretty bad. Put my head down and came back to sixth. Not what we want but we will keep building and not dawn on the downs!”

The team heads to downtown St. Louis next weekend, with Stewart carrying a 10-point lead in the 250SX East Championship.

GEICO Honda Results

Indianapolis Supercross

250SX: 

2. Malcolm Stewart

6. RJ Hampshire

21 Mar, 2016

Malcolm Stewart Scores Win and Takes Points Lead for GEICO Honda

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Detroit, MI (March 19, 2016) – In what’s rapidly turning into one of the wildest 250SX East Region Championship chases ever in Monster Energy Supercross, GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart stated his championship case with a dominant victory at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. Stewart’s first win of the season also allows him to take over the series’ points lead. Even more impressive, he did it while dealing with an illness during the afternoon.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Stewart. “Coming out and being sick, and then to turn the race around like that. I felt good on the track and felt bad in the truck!”

Despite the illness, Stewart logged a perfect night, taking fast qualifier honors and winning his heat race. “It was one of those ones that you feel good and just hope for the best,” Stewart continued. “It was a clean sweep. I can’t thank GEICO Honda enough for that. It was one of those things where it’s all about having fun and I’m glad that I got it over with. I was just letting it come to me because every time I force the issue I’ve gone down and made some bonehead mistakes.”

Stewart took the lead in the whoops on lap five. That section of the track tripped up most riders, but turned into a strength for him.

“I knew my strongpoint was in those whoops and I knew that those guys were kind of struggling,” said Stewart. “So I just hit the left side of the whoops because I knew that was the point where everybody was not hitting them, so I knew that I could make it work here. That’s the reason why we get a parade lap. I just kind of mapped it out myself. This is exactly where I’m going to pass people. Everybody else was pretty much even around the track except for those whoops, so I knew that was a big part. And it’s in my favor being a tall guy and knowing how to hit whoops paid off.”

Stewart has overcome his share of rough patches during this 250SX East campaign, as just last week he was down in a huge first turn crash that required two trips to the mechanic’s area for repairs. He salvaged a sixth at that race, and combined with second and fourth place finishes at the other rounds, is enough to lead the series by seven points.

“I’m happy that my good luck is starting to happen and let’s just keep it that way,” said Stewart. “It’s not over yet. We’ve still got a lot of racing to go.”

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Stewart’s 250SX teammate RJ Hampshire is still waiting to get his bad luck out of the way. A big early crashed left him way back, and he rallied to seventh.

“Whoops killed me in practice, was just saving it for the night show,” said Hampshire. “Had a really good jump [off the start] and was up front coming into the first turn, I had the inside and someone came into me which stood me up and shot me right, hit a couple more people and went down. Was back in like twenty first and just put my head down tried to pick off as many as I could. Got sketchy in the whoops numerous times. Seventh is not cutting it. I’ll build during this break and come out for the last five races ready to play.”

The whole team gets the weekend off before resuming competition in Santa Clara, California, on April 2. The team’s 250SX West riders, Christian Craig, Jordon Smith and Jimmy Decotis will be back in action.

GEICO Honda Results

Detroit Supercross 

250SX

1. Malcolm Stewart

7. RJ Hampshire

07 Mar, 2016

Stewart Just Short of Daytona Home Win for GEICO Honda

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Daytona Beach, FL (March 6, 2016) – GEICO Honda riders Malcolm Stewart and RJ Hampshire were ready to go for the gold at the famous Daytona International Speedway, as both Florida-born riders are big fans of the track built on the infield of the World Center of Racing. And both delivered moments of glory at the Daytona Supercross by Honda, but eventually ended up short of the results they wanted.

Stewart led much of the thrilling 15-lap 250SX main event, hanging his GEICO Honda in the number-one spot until lap 12. Jeremy Martin finally managed to get past, but Stewart looked good for a podium finish until he stalled with one turn to go—a heartbreaking mistake that pushed him back to fourth.

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“I had a really good day going into Daytona,” said Stewart. “I felt good and qualified third in practice. Got second in the heat and almost got RJ on the last lap. In the main, I led most of the laps but I got tight. Pretty bummed about the main but I have a lot of races to look forward to and I’m looking forward to being on top! Only down five points with seven races to go so I’m not worried.”

For the second year in a row, Hampshire won a qualifying heat race in front of his home fans, and he was hoping to back it up with a strong ride in the main. “I felt good all day. Had a decent practice time and then a good heat race getting my first win of the season,” said Hampshire. “Was feeling great coming into the main, but I didn’t get a good start and then on lap three or four I cased a jump and blew my hand off the handlebars. I was in survival mode from there, riding in a lot of pain, so I tightened up. Certainly not happy with seventh but looking to bounce back next weekend in Toronto.”

The team next heads north of the border to Toronto, Canada this Saturday night.

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 GEICO Honda Results:

Atlanta Supercross

250SX:

4. Malcolm Stewart

7. RJ Hampshire

[ http://www.geicohonda.com ]

29 Feb, 2016

Stewart Grabs Second in GEICO Honda’s 250SX East Kickoff

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Atlanta, GA (February 27, 2016) – The results were good, but the riding was even better for the three members of the GEICO Honda team competing in Monster Energy Supercross Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. Malcolm Stewart showed great speed during the 250SX East Region Championship kickoff, topping both qualifying sessions and winning his heat race before taking second in the main event. Teammate RJ Hampshire fought through an injury to net a consistent sixth.

Stewart spent much of the 15-lap 250SX main event hounding eventual winner Martin Davalos, but he suffered a crash when he clipped a downed rider. He recovered and closed back in on Davalos before the checkered flag flew.

“I felt good in the main event all the way around,” said Stewart. “I just had a bonehead move. I clearly did not see him [downed rider Shane McElrath] at all. As soon as he picked his bike up I was already committed. It is what it is. I felt like I came back pretty strong actually once I got back going. That’s just racing. But last year my first race I got 22nd. This year I got 2nd. Of course obviously I’m going to be mad and upset—I didn’t feel like I just gave the race away, but at the same time I felt that it was my race to win and I let it go under me. But overall I’m happy for not being worse than what it was. First place loser, you will take it. It is what it is for a long season.”

Hampshire’s supercross season was in jeopardy after a huge crash at an off-season race last October, but he recovered in time to be ready for the 250SX East opener—only to go down again a few days before the race.

“I was 100 percent ready, best I’ve ever felt,” said the Florida native. “We got a new trainer and stuff. I’m fit as could be. So that’s not my issue at all.

Tuesday this week actually I had a pretty big get-off and kind of reinjured some old injuries. So I’d say honestly I wasn’t that healthy coming in.

“I tried riding Thursday and it was hurting me bad, so I just did starts. Just kind of survival all day until the main event. I put fifteen laps in, so that was the goal. We showed decent speed but definitely not what we trained for and stuff. We want to win and that’s what we’re here for. We’ll get there, though. I’m not too bummed on the night considering everything going on. I see it all being pretty fast healing. Then we’ll be ready for next weekend, that’s all that matters. We’ll do what it takes this week and be ready.”

The team now heads to the famous Daytona International Speedway for the annual Daytona Supercross by Honda on Saturday, March 5.

 GEICO Honda Results:

Atlanta Supercross

250SX:

2. Malcolm Stewart

6. RJ Hampshire

 

22 Feb, 2016

Craig A Close Second For GEICO Honda In Texas

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Arlington, TX (February 20, 2016) – At round seven of Monster Energy Supercross in AT&T Stadium, just outside of Dallas, Christian Craig once again put his GEICO Honda in the mix for a 250SX main event win. He led until lap 12 of the 15-lap race before yielding to eventual winner Cooper Webb. Craig’s runner-up finish marked his fifth-straight visit to the podium, and he remains third in the points standings.

“I tightened up in the heat race. I wasn’t breathing,” said Craig. “My breathing was better in the main. I still wasn’t 100 percent myself out there. I’d say I was riding at 80 percent—I was trying to ride mistake-free and when you do that you actually make more mistakes. Two big mistakes in one lap cost me. I had Cooper come right up on me and he made the pass pretty quick. I tried to get in behind him and ride with him. Made a couple more mistakes and lost a second or two. Second tonight. I thought I threw that one away.”

Craig held the early lead after a controversial moment, as he moved over on Joey Savatgy in the whoop section, sending Savatgy to the ground hard. He was uninjured but got up in last, and finished tenth. Craig defended the move as a racing situation.

“I got off to a holeshot; Savatgy got around me,” said Craig, who extended the team’s holeshot streak to six-straight races. “He bobbled coming out and I snuck on the inside. I thought I made the pass and then I heard him coming to the left of me, and there was a left-hander coming up so I knew I had to block that inside right away or he was going to take me high. I jumped into the second set of whoops and I moved over pretty quick. If not, I would have gotten taken high for sure. He was going for it. I ended up taking him out. It’s unfortunate. I don’t like being a dirty rider but it’s a racing incident. It happens. I’m sure he would have cut over, too. I didn’t mean to cut over as hard as I did, but, you know, you’re in the mode of racing and pass, pass, pass, so you don’t think at the time, really. You’re just thinking: Get in front and get over.”

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Fellow GEICO Honda 250 rider Jimmy Decotis took seventh.

“My night was okay, I finished right where I qualified,” said Decotis. “I felt a little bit off today, not exceptional. I had a bad start on this track and it cost me. You start in 14th on this track, it’s hard to make ground.”

The team now heads to Atlanta, Georgia for the first 250SX East Region race of the season. West Region riders Craig, Decotis and the injured Jordon Smith get a break, while East Region riders Malcolm Stewart and RJ Hampshire will make their 2016 debut.

GEICO Honda Results:

 

Arlington, Texas

250SX

2. Christian Craig

7. Jimmy Decotis

 

- From GEICO HONDA -

08 Feb, 2016

GEICO Honda’s Craig Scores Emotional First Career Victory

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Glendale, Arizona (February 6, 2016) – Just outside of Phoenix, GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig completed his remarkable rise from retirement to the top step of the podium in Monster Energy Supercross, claiming his first career victory on Saturday night. After three straight weeks of duels with defending 250SX West Champion Cooper Webb, Craig emerged on top of another scintillating battle that had the crowd on its feet the whole way.

“Tonight was something special for sure,” said Craig. “I was struggling with the track, too. Got a good start. [Jimmy] Decotis, my teammate, got the holeshot, I think that’s almost every holeshot this year for the team, pumped for him, but I made the pass through the whoops, that was my strong point. Then I was like ‘Alright, here we go again, I see the number one [Webb] coming.’ Same thing again, he caught me, lap ten, he tried to run it in on me in one of the corners before the whoops, and I saw his front end push right under me. [After he crashed] I was like, ‘Okay, five more laps, just ride it in.’ Crossing that finish line was like a dream come true, for sure. A feeling I’ll never forget.

“Riding around after that win, doing a parade lap, I just had my eyes closed,” Craig continued. “I am just so thankful for being here and racing again. I’m thankful for the opportunity with the GEICO Honda team. I had a strong off season with a great group of people around me, and all of that hard work that we all put in made this happen.”

The second coming of Craig’s career has been the feel-good story of the 2016 supercross season, as the California native retired from the sport in 2013, only to find himself rejuvenated by the time off. He has trained and worked harder than ever in his return to competition.

“Last year at this time I was working construction,” Craig explained. “To be here today, I didn’t see that happening. When I came back last year outdoors, I finally started to believe in myself, then this year around round three I knew I could win. I just needed to get the jitters out at the first few races.”

With the victory, Craig made up five points on series’ leader Joey Savatgy, and now sits just eleven points back in the standings.

Earlier in the evening, it looked like team rider Jordon Smith was headed for a breakthrough as well, as he led his qualifying heat race down to the final lap. Then disaster struck.

“Day started out pretty good, I think it was my best qualifying of the year with sixth, and all the times were pretty close so I felt good about that,” said Smith, who has been wrestling with a shoulder injury of late. “Got a good start in the heat race and made a few passes, found myself in the lead. That was the best I’d felt all year, and then on the last lap I had a really unfortunate crash in the whoops. They were really big and tough this week. That put me out for the rest of the night. It’s a bummer but we’ll be back.”

Jimmy Decotis also got to do some leading by nailing the holeshot in the main event, but was feeling ill and couldn’t hold up to the lead pace.

“In the main I got the holeshot and rode the first couple of laps great, then it went downhill,” Decotis said. “I’ve been sick for the past three weeks and can’t seem to kick it. Ended up finishing ninth which I’m not happy about. Hoping I can get this sickness out of my system and get on the podium soon.”

The team heads to PetCo Park in San Diego, California for round six of the season on February 13th.

GEICO Honda Supercross Results: Glendale, Arizona

250SX

1. Christian Craig

9. Jimmy Decotis