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.”


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.


“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.


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.

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


“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!”


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.


“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.”

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

07 Apr, 2017

Transworld MX: Josh Varize | The Underdog

Photos/Words | Casey Davis @air_d617

The amateur motocross racing scene is thriving right now, as more and more people are taking an interest in racing dirt bikes with each passing year. The sport is gaining recognition and growing in popularity, and families are hungrier than ever to help their kid make a name for themselves in the hopes of bettering their future as a racer. The Varize family fits into this category of dedicated families, as they’ve sacrificed and given up material items that most people wouldn’t even dream of doing, and it was all for their 14 year old son Josh. We caught up with “Jammin Josh” earlier this week at the 2017 Orange Brigade Camp to talk about his plans for the rest of year and to hear about some of the things that his family has done to get him to this point in his young career.

We’re out here at Brian Deegan’s house for the 2017 Orange Brigade Camp. Tell us a little bit about what’s going on today. It’s pretty cool that Orange Brigade put this on for you guys…
Yeah, it’s great. Almost every one of the Orange Brigade riders is here having a great time and putting in some laps. We all get to work with Buddy Antunez and Nathan Ramsey on the track, which is something that I’m really excited about. Everyone is having a lot of fun and I’m stoked to be here!

What’s it been like to work with Nate and “Budman?”
It’s been great because I feel like I’m really learning a few things. I just returned from an injury, so I’m still not quite up to pace, but I know I’ll be back in no time. I think the OBCamp came at the right time for me since I’m still getting myself back up to speed because this has allowed me to really take in everything from Nate and Buddy.


Let’s talk about the injury. How are you feeling now that you’re back on the bike?
It’s feeling pretty good, actually. It doesn’t bother me when I’m riding, but I lost all of the muscle in my arm, and that’s been the biggest struggle. I don’t remember exactly how long, but I wasn’t able to move my arm for a few months. I’m back on the bike now though, and almost 100%.

You just returned from the Freestone Amateur National, and you did quite well considering the amount of time you had to prepare after your injury…
Yeah, I had a good time over there, and I’m totally happy with the way I rode considering everything! Even though you’re right, I didn’t want to use that as an excuse. Like I said, I’m happy with the way I rode, but I needed to find my starts. Once I get my starts down though, and maintain consistency with no mistakes, I’ll feel even better!


We know you’re a real threat wherever you go and it’s evident in your results, but we don’t hear your name as much as the Jett Reynolds, the Stilez Robertsons or the Carson Mumfords. Do you feel like people underestimate you a little bit?
Maybe a little bit, but I know where I stand at the races when I’m good and healthy. It doesn’t really bother me that people don’t put me in the same category as Mumford or Robertson, and maybe it’s because I’m not doing the social media thing as much. I’m just having a good time riding my dirt bike!

Which amateur nationals do you plan on attending this year?
Up next is the Cal Classic, and I’m really hoping to get in some more good rides there, as well. I would love to come home with some championships! After that, we’ll be doing a few regional qualifiers for Loretta Lynn’s, then Mammoth will be next I think and then we’ll head back east for Loretta’s.


Prior to OBCamp17, have you ever worked with Ramsey or Antunez before?
I’ve been with Orange Brigade KTM since 2015, and twice a year they put on these OBCamps – one on the East Coast and another here on the West Coast. The first OBCamp was held in 2014 I think. I’ve actually worked with Nate quite a bit, but I really only get to work with Buddy at the OBCamps.

Just about anyone that’s been to Milestone MX has more than likely visited MX Pro Parts, which is a race shop located next to the front gate, and your parents happen to own the shop, right?
Yeah, exactly. It’s a cool little place, too because everything you need is in there. We also service bikes, as well, which is something that I don’t think many people know about. My parents work really hard to keep the place up and running, and they’ve sacrificed so much for me and my future. The same goes for my brother, and I’m very thankful for him! My parents have given up our jet skis, our boat and two really nice convertibles just so that I can race dirt bikes, and we’re even living in our motorhome behind the shop, right now. But we spend a lot of time in our motorhome traveling to the races anyways, so it feels like home. We also have another separate trailer that my mom and brother sleep in when we’re on the road traveling to the races. My parents race shop though, is pretty cool and it really comes in handy if you break a lever or get a flat tire. They carry a ton of other stuff, too in case you forget your boots or helmet or even your motor oil. I’m extremely thankful for my family and everything they’ve put on the line for me. I hope to return the favor one day.



07 Apr, 2017

Transworld MX: Jo Shimoda | The Japanese Import

Words/Photos: Casey Davis | @air_d617

Following a championship at Loretta Lynn’s in the highly competitive Supermini 2 class, Jo Shimoda signed a two year contract with Amsoil/Factory Connection/Honda. Shimoda’s US racing career began roughly four years ago though, after moving to Southern California from Japan. Shimoda is now one the sport’s rising young stars, as he is a real threat in the “B” class wherever he goes. We caught up with the #47 after the Freestone Amateur National to discuss his plans for the year and to hear a little more about the “Snapchat Master.”

We’re out here at Milestone MX, and it looks like you’re doing a bit of testing. What’s going on today?
Yeah, we’re doing some suspension testing. I had a little trouble in Freestone with my suspension, so that’s what’s brought us out here today. My bike wasn’t handling the way that I wanted it to in the high speed sections, so we’re here trying to figure out a better setting. However, we are having a little bit of trouble because the track isn’t very rough right now, which isn’t ideal for suspension testing.

As you mentioned, you just returned from Freestone, so talk about how the week went for you.
Freestone went pretty well even though my times were slightly off from the top guys. My corner speed was lacking a little bit and my speed around the outside lines wasn’t what it should have been. Garrett Marchbanks and Pierce Brown rode really well though. Right now, I’m just preparing for the Cal Classic.

Let’s talk about your mechanic Cameron Camera. You two have a very close relationship, as he’s been working with you for the last four years since your move to the US.
Cameron is a great guy. He’s the “Snapchat Master!” This guy is constantly Snapchatting. It will be quiet one minute, then all of a sudden Cameron will yell something as he records a Snapchat. He’s so funny (laughs).


Are you Snapchat famous because of Cameron?
I’m not famous on my own personal Snapchat, but that’s another story on Cameron’s. I think that’s how most people know me (laughs).

Recently you signed with Amsoil/Factory Connection/Honda, and you’re looking very comfortable on your new ride. How has everything been with the new bike and new team?
Everything has been amazing! Jeff Majkrzak and everyone at the team is very nice. Working with this team has eliminated a lot of the everyday stresses that come with motocross racing because they take care of everything. The bike has been incredible, as well! Until this, I’ve never ridden a bike like that!

Prior to signing with Factory Connection Honda, you were racing Superminis and occasionally a KTM 125SX. Going from Superminis to a full-fledged Factory Connection Honda, was that a difficult transition for you?
It was definitely a big jump. Before riding a Factory Connection bike though, I was riding a Honda CR125. It was a little difficult to ride that bike because it was a little slow. The switch did take a little time because there were so many new things for me to get used to, but I’m settled in and very happy my bike.


Mike LaRocco heads up the professional side of the team, but do you ever get to work with him?
On rare occasions. He primarily works with the Geico guys, but if I ever need any tips or advice I know I can ask him. Most of my time is spent with Cameron (laughs).

When you moved to the US, how was Cameron able to help you?
When I came here, Cameron was my first friend. I stayed with him at Jeff Pestana’s place for a short time, so right off the bat we were with each other every day. Cameron was able to help me communicate with other people since I didn’t speak English when I moved out here. Everything worked out great with Cameron and I’m so happy to have him in my corner. He’s not just a mechanic to me, he’s my friend!

How do the racetracks in Japan compare to the tracks here in Southern California?
First off, they don’t prep the tracks, and sometimes there isn’t any water, either. Other times they’ll water the course, but they won’t groom it. Sugo is a really cool track though, because they prep it. Everyone out here always complains about the tracks being too rough or too dusty, but that’s what I’m used to. Everyone out here has it really good when it comes to practice tracks, they just don’t know it (laughs).


Coming from those kinds of riding conditions, did you have to adjust your riding style to get used to the tracks here in So.Cal?
Yeah, I basically had to learn how to ride in this kind of dirt. The dirt is so much tackier out here, which requires a different kind of riding style. I learned that I can lean the bike a lot more thanks to the moist dirt.

You have a few more races to accomplish by the end of the year, so do you have any goals set forth other than the obvious, which would be winning?
My primary goal is to ride throughout the entire year without any injuries. I want to continue to progress every time I’m on the bike, as well. Being stationary in this sport means you’re going backwards, so I want to keep moving forward.