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05 Jun, 2017

Martin Just Misses Victory at Thunder Valley

Lakewood, CO (June 3, 2017) – In one of the most closely-contested Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship battles in quite some time, no less than seven riders were in position to potentially win in the 250MX class. GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin was up front all afternoon during the True Value Thunder Valley National just outside of Denver, Colorado, but ultimately ended up third overall with 3-2 scores in the motos.

Martin finished the second moto just .497 seconds behind race winner Joey Savatgy, and shadowed him the whole way, looking for an opening that never came.

“It’s frustrating,” said Martin. “You’re just getting pelted. My face kind of hurts right now. He was fast. He had some good lines. And then he would stick it in a corner because it was so deep, and then I would come up on him, or he’d hit a lapper and then I’d catch him. And then he’d get through the lapper and the lapper would screw me. So it was like we were playing this cat and mouse game. I had a section where I was a little better and he was a little better on the one side. I knew I needed to get him for the overall and I was trying. I was trying hard. I think I got up alongside of him one time over here but the ruts were so deep. Joey was taking good lines. He was taking the main good line. Then you had to like dive bomb it into this deep rut and then when I got alongside of him it was so deep that I went into false neutral.”

Martin made up 13 points on series’ leader Zach Osborne, and now sits third in the standings, down 18.

Jimmy Decotis rounded out the efforts for the team, going 16-14 in the motos for 16th overall. Cameron McAdoo was a late scratch for the event due to a shoulder injury suffered in a crash last week at Pala while practicing. He will likely return for round four, which comes after a weekend off, on June 17th at High Point in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

GEICO HONDA RESULTS

Jeremy Martin: 3rd

Jimmy Decotis: 16th

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30 May, 2017

Martin’s Moto Win Restablishes Title Chances for Team GEICO Honda

San Bernardino, California (May 27, 2017) – While bad luck continues to hound the GEICO Honda team, Jeremy Martin made one point perfectly clear during round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Glen Helen Raceway: he’s fast enough to win. The two-time 250MX National Champion grabbed a massive holeshot in the first moto and pulled away to an uncontested victory. In moto two, he powered away with another holeshot, but then hit a slick spot on the track and crashed all the way back to last place. He logged an amazing charge to pass over 30 riders, finishing the moto in seventh to salvage second overall with 1-7 scores.

“Things are good, we made some improvements from Hangtown,” said Martin. “I was a little nervous there, I hadn’t raced since Daytona. We made some improvements mid-week this week, and the improvements were night and day. It’s taken me a long time to learn the Honda, I’ve definitely learned a lot about having an open mind. Great to get that start and the moto win.

“I rocketed out to the holeshot again [in moto two],” he continued. “I knew it was wet there from the parade lap, but after we lined up they rewatered it again. I’m not too pumped on that because it cost me—maybe I should have been more cautious but we’re all going for it there. It was the opening lap. It was just overwatered.”

Jimmy Decotis had a nice bounce back from a tough opener last week, locking down a solid eleventh in the first moto. Bike problems knocked him out of moto two, leaving him in 17th overall for the day.

“These first two rounds have been tough for me,” said Decotis. “I’ve been struggling with a sickness since the week before Hangtown and feel my body is now just slowly starting to come around again. I qualified 11th and then I finished 11th in the first moto and we had a mechanical DNF in the second Moto. Everyone at GEICO Honda works so hard for me and we will bounce back at Colorado. Although 11th isn’t what I want it was a good building block for me in the outdoors. Can’t wait to get my body back to 100 percent.”

Rookie Cameron McAdoo showed his potential for most of moto two, starting 16th and moving up to tenth before a huge crash ended his day. McAdoo was not injured.

“Glen Helen was a rough one for us,” said McAdoo. “My bike broke in moto one, but in moto two I was finally up in the fight and feeling pretty good. About 25 minutes into the moto I hit neutral off the face of a jump that had some ruts and kickers which resulted in a pretty big crash ending my day. It was not fun! Glad I’m healthy and we will be out there fighting next weekend!”

GEICO Honda team member Christian Craig has been riding a CRF450R as a fill-in rider for the Honda HRC factory team, and he was a front runner at Glen Helen in the big bike class. Craig battled for a podium placing before a late crash left him with a broken bone in his hand. Luckily, the break is simple and Craig should be able to return to racing shortly.

“Glen Helen was overall pretty positive for me,” said Craig. “I felt awesome all day and was excited for the day in general and motivated more than ever to show where I belong. The first moto I got a really good start and was running third almost the entire moto until Eli [Tomac] got me. I finished in fourth, which is my best finish in a 450 moto. I was pumped with how I rode and where my fitness was. Knowing I am able to run up front with the best in our sport is a good boost to my confidence. Second moto started out great too. I pulled the holeshot, led four laps then was passed by [Blake] Baggett and [Jason] Anderson. They were charging hard but I kept with them for awhile. Twenty minutes in, my front end tucked on a jump and I went down hard. I punched the dirt with my hand really good and ended up getting a boxer break. Luckily the break isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. I will be getting it plated on Monday and I’m hoping to be back on the bike within a couple weeks. Although my day ended with an injury I’m pleased overall with my riding today and happy I was able to put my bike up front. I can’t thank the entire team enough for always being positive and supporting me through the good and bad. Looking forward to getting back out front!”

Round three of the championship takes place this coming Saturday at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colorado.

GEICO Honda Results

Glen Helen National

250MX

2. Jeremy Martin

17. Jimmy Decotis

35. Cameron McAdoo

450MX

12. Christian Craig

20 May, 2017

Martin’s Moto Podium Salvages Pro Motocross Opener for GEICO Honda

Sacramento, California (May 20, 2017) – Racing luck was certainly not on Team GEICO Honda’s side for the 2017 kick off of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. However, come-from-behind efforts on a hot race day and a rough track served to prove the team is not short on determination.

Jeremy Martin’s day sums up much of how it went for the entire team. The two-time AMA 250 National Motocross Champion was running sixth in the first moto when his engine died, the result of freak electrical troubles. Martin, who has not raced since suffering a back injury not long after the Daytona Supercross in March, had to take the 35th gate selection for the second moto of the day. He got a predictably bad start from that gate, but quickly began to charge forward, finding new lines on the rough race track and blasting all the way to third at the finish, with runner-up Austin Forkner just ahead.

“Hangtown is in the books,” said Martin. “It’s unfortunate that we had a rough first round going 35-3 for 11th overall. It’s only two of 24 motos and we have a whole lot of racing left. Second moto was encouraging. I came from the 25th gate pick and was probably around 15th or 20th rounding the second turn. It was good to get all the way to third. I gotta be able to get around those guys faster. I sat behind Austin [Forkner] for way too long. I had to go wide in some spots to make passes and try taking different lines. I was sick of getting roosted!”

Cameron McAdoo made his professional motocross debut at Hangtown, but never got a shot to show what he had after a pair of first-turn crashes. From 24thand 32nd position on the first lap of his two motos, he finished 15-16 for 16th overall.

“Hangtown was definitely pretty tough on me, but it was something to build off of and learn from,” said McAdoo. “Moto 1 I hit a downed bike in the second turn and went down. Lost my back brake in the crash, too, but I ended coming through to 15th. Moto 2 I got my front wheel taken out coming into the first turn and ended up down pretty hard. At first I was unsure if I was gonna be able to finish the race until I gathered myself back up and got going and came through for 16th. Ended up 16th overall on the day, but we’re healthy and going to come out swinging at Glen Helen.”

The day was even tougher on Jimmy Decotis, who suffered a big crash in the first moto and battled back to score one championship point with 20th. He failed to finish the second moto, and was credited with 37th.

The trio hopes for better days ahead, starting with round two at Glen Helen in San Bernardino, California, this weekend.

GEICO Honda Results (Overall)

Hangtown National

11. Jeremy Martin

16. Cameron McAdoo

23. Jimmy Decotis

08 May, 2017

Decotis and McAdoo Cap Learning Seasons at Supercross Season Finale

Las Vegas, NV (May 6, 2017) – Jimmy Decotis and Cameron McAdoo represented GEICO Honda’s 250SX efforts for the Monster Energy Supercross season finale at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The annual Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Showdown pits 250SX riders from both coasts against each other for the only time each season, and in the deep field both riders grabbed top ten results, with Decotis sixth and McAdoo tenth. Decotis also took the fastest qualifying spot and the heat race win in 250SX West.

Christian Craig made a late switch back up to the 450 class to fill in for Cole Seely on the factory Honda HRC machine. He finished 11th.

Decotis brought his late-season speed to the event, and continued to make strides. He clocked the fastest qualifying time of anyone in 250SX West, and then took a big win in the 250SX West heat race. Unfortunately, a terrible main event start ruined his chances for that elusive first career podium.

“It was a bittersweet ending to the 2017 supercross season,” said Decotis. “I qualified P1 won the West heat race but didn’t execute the start in the shootout. I was happy with my riding in the main event but I wasn’t happy with the result. I really felt I could’ve challenged for a win and podium with a start in the main so starting back in 14th was extremely frustrating. I’m happy with my progress and the big steps forward I made tonight. Now it’s time to just focus on the outdoors and keep the momentum rolling.”

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Decotis and McAdoo rode in close formation for much of the main event, and could have impacted the championship outcome of 250SX East by battling around title contender Joey Savatgy for several laps. Decotis passed Savatgy and held him off, but the rookie McAdoo, in just his fifth pro supercross start and second ride with GEICO Honda, made a mistake while challenging for position.

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“We had a solid night of racing in Vegas!” said McAdoo, who won the Amateur All-Star Race at the Monster Energy Cup the last time dirt bikes invaded Sam Boyd Stadium. “I definitely felt like I improved every time out on the track. It felt good to mix it up in the front in my heat race, and a 10th overall in the combined East/West main was my best result all year. About halfway through the main I was closing a bit on Savatgy until I clipped the off in the rhythm after the finish and ended up off the track and losing a couple of positions. Glad I was able to get back going and hold on for the top ten–my GEICO Honda was great all night and we are excited to get the outdoors rolling now!”

With supercross complete, the team gets a weekend off before kicking off the Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown in Sacramento, California on May 20th.

RESULTS-

Decotis: 6th

McAdoo: 10th

05 May, 2017

Christian Craig To 450 For Las Vegas SX

GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig will forego the final round of the Eastern Regional 250 Supercross Championship Series this weekend in Las Vegas and will instead field the sole Team Honda HRC CRF450F out of the factory team semi. Honda announced earlier that Cole Seely reinjured his groin at the East Rutherford SX and will miss this weekend’s Monster Energy Supercross finale. “I got the call yesterday,” said Craig. “Looks like I will get a head start on my summer aboard a 450.”

Craig finished 11th two weeks ago at the 2017 Salt Lake City SX aboard the factory CRF450R and is looking to improve greatly on his showing in Las Vegas.
Read more at http://motocross.transworld.net/news/christian-craig-race-450-las-vegas/#WmMYUF1KQRbdfUcP.99

02 May, 2017

Motocross Action Mag: Christian Craig “Why We’re Here.”

01 May, 2017

Team Geico Honda’s McAdoo Debuts – Craig Lands 5th

East Rutherford, NJ (April 29, 2017) – The New York and New Jersey metro area offered up something new for the GEICO Honda team in Monster Energy Supercross, as pro rookie Cameron McAdoo made his debut for the team, alongside veteran Christian Craig. While McAdoo was happy to get some experience with his new team and grab a top ten with a ninth, Craig was hoping for a little more than his fifth-place finish

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“Another not great night for me,” said Craig. “I ended up finishing in the top five after [Joey] Savatgy got penalized. I felt awesome in my heat race and stayed on Zach [Osborne] the entire race so I was pumped on that. In the main I got a pretty good start, I was in about fourth. My first couple laps I went into safety mode for some reason, I didn’t ride like myself right away which hurt me. Once I got into a flow I passed Adam [Cianciarulo] but then missed the triple so he got me back. Another race with the same story, I feel like. I’m ready to have some fun in Vegas then put this SX season behind me.”

McAdoo moved from the SmarTop MotoConcepts Honda team to GEICO Honda back in March, but had not been able to actually race his new machine due to a laceration on his hand. The race marked the fourth supercross race of his career, and his second-straight top ten finish.

“East Rutherford had its ups and downs for me but it was a night that we can and will definitely build off of,” said McAdoo. “I got good starts in both my heat and my main which I was happy about. In the main I rode pretty tight but It was great to get back to racing after missing a few weeks due to the hand injury, and to finally get out there on my new GEICO Honda. The bike and team are awesome! It took me some time getting used to the track, it was so soft and rutted all day which made for some challenging racing for all of us. I can’t wait to go dice it up with some west coast boys next weekend in Vegas!”

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The Las Vegas race this coming weekend marks the annual Dave Coombs Senior Memorial East/West Showdown, pitting both 250SX East and West Region riders against each other. Craig and McAdoo will be joined by Jimmy Decotis for that one, with Jeremy Martin recovering from injuries and waiting for the May 20tth start to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to return to racing.

GEICO Honda Results
New Jersey Supercross

5. Christian Craig

9. Cameron McAdoo

24 Apr, 2017

Decotis Continues Top Five Run for GEICO Honda Team

Salt Lake City, UT (April 22, 2017) – With injured teammate Jeremy Martin out for the rest of Monster Energy Supercross, it’s critical for Jimmy Decotis to log consistent laps for the GEICO Honda team, and the Massachusetts native delivered again in Salt Lake City. Decotis’ fifth-place finish on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium gives him three top-fives in the last four races, and top tens in all eight races this season.  Decotis battled for a podium spot last week in Seattle, but while he didn’t feel as quick this time, he was happy to persevere.

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“Salt Lake City was a tough day for me,” he said. “I struggled all day in practice with the track. My team did such a great job keeping me positive and on track. I got a bad start in the heat and finished sixth. The main event I put myself into a great position starting in the top five, and I ran fourth for a while and eventually ended up in fifth. It wasn’t my best race of the year but I was happy with my execution of the main event and that I made positive changes after the heat race. I can’t wait for Vegas to mix it up with the east coast boys!”

GEICO Honda 250SX East Region rider Christian Craig raced a 450 in Salt Lake City in a guest fill-in ride with the factory Honda HRC team. He finished 11th in his first-ever 450SX race.

Supercross heads to New Jersey this weekend, just over the river from New York City. The 250SX East Region Championship will resume, with Craig joined by new teammate Cameron McAdoo, who will make his team debut. Then the Las Vegas race comes on May 6th, where both the east and west divisions will race together, marking the season finale for the supercross season.

GEICO Honda Results

Salt Lake City Supercross

5. Jimmy Decotis

18 Apr, 2017

Salt Lake City SX | Christian Craig On Team Honda HRC

Team Honda HRC announced today that Christian Craig will ride a factory-prepped CRF450R at round 15 of the AMA Supercross series in Salt Lake City, Utah. The substitution is for one race only, as Craig will rejoin GEICO Honda to finish out the 250SX East series, in which he currently sits sixth in points. However, the Salt Lake City race serves as an opportunity for Craig to get a head start on preparing for the AMA Pro Motocross series, the entirety of which the Californian will spend with the factory squad. A final decision has yet to be made on participation at Salt Lake City by Cole Seely, who pulled out of the last round with a groin injury.

“I’m really excited to debut on the Honda CRF450R this weekend in Salt Lake,” Craig said. “The only time I’ve ridden a 450 in supercross was at Monster Cup in 2012 and 2015. I’ll only have three days on the supercross bike going into the weekend, so my expectations are to have fun and try my best to put in some good results for the team. I’m thankful for this opportunity that HRC has given me.”

“We’re looking forward to having Christian ride for us this weekend in Salt Lake City,” added Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley. “Although it’s only for one round, it will be good to have another rider out there, and it’s a nice chance for him to get to know the team and vice-versa. Christian won’t have spent much time on the bike with supercross settings, but we’re hoping he can deliver a solid result before finishing out the 250SX season and joining us full-time for motocross.”
Read more at http://motocross.transworld.net/news/2017-salt-lake-city-sx-christian-craig-on-team-honda-hrc/#A2KJS0mdSyHZxW3r.99

10 Apr, 2017

Decotis Misses Podium in Return for GEICO Honda

Seattle, Washington, (April 8, 2017) –Jimmy Decotis served as the lone representative for the GEICO Honda race team for Monster Energy Supercross in Seattle, Washington’s Century Link Field, and the popular New Englander rode hard in another attempt to collect his first career top three. He found himself battling in second and third for most of the race, and then back to fourth during a fight late in the race. After fourth place finishes in his last two races, Decotis was determined to do one better, so he entered checkers-or-wreckers mode on the last lap, and crashed vying for third. The crash cost him a few positions, as he ultimately finished sixth.

“I wasn’t going to get fourth tonight, I was either going to get third or I was going to crash,” said Decotis. “It’s been a long seven weeks of having to think about getting two fourths at the last two races. During the break, I rode with Coop [Cooper Webb] and AP [Aaron Plessinger] and we had fun. And during the week, I can hang right in there with them if I’m feeling good. So, AP and I had fun battling in the heat race. I’m starting to fight back when I’m up there, because I’m starting to believe in myself now. I was just trying to do my best, I gave it everything I had. Mitchell [Oldenburg] passed me [for third] and I thought maybe I was dropping off, but then I saw we were starting to catch back up to [second place rider Justin] Hill. I knew we had two laps to go, so I laid it down and went as fast as I could on the next to last lap. Going to the white flag, I just missed the rut coming up the jump. And if I had hit the finishline jump, it would have been bad. I backed off at the last second, went into a mud hole, and a couple of guys ran into me. It ended up being a sixth, bummed about that, but I did everything I could. I passed a few guys back I put up a lot more fight than I have in the past, and I nailed all of my starts. That’s good progress.”

 

Decotis gets another brief break to think about the podium, as the series takes a weekend off for Easter before resuming at Salt Lake City on April 22nd. Decotis 250SX West Region teammate Jeremy Martin, who missed the Seattle race after a practice crash prior to the event, will be reevaluated before the Salt Lake City race.

GEICO Honda Results:

6. Jimmy Decotis