15 Jan, 2018

Sexton Podiums in Second Supercross Race Ever

Houston, Texas (January 13, 2018) – It didn’t take GEICO Honda supercross rookie Chase Sexton very long to figure it out. On a tough, technical track in Houston’s NRG Stadium, the 18-year-old from Illinois rode steady and snagged third in just the second Monster Energy Supercross race of his career.

“To be honest, no,” said Sexton when asked if he expected to podium so quickly. “Last weekend I got an eighth, and I wasn’t really happy with that. I was shooting tonight for a top five. I was riding sixth the whole moto and made two passes and I was in fourth. Then Adam [Cianciarulo] ended up crashing. That was like two laps to go, and I was set up for a podium. I was just trying to get through those two laps. I’m really happy to come away with a podium.”
It was a solid day for the team all around, with Christian Craig finishing fifth despite nursing an ankle injury. Craig overjumped a landing during the week and his ankle immediately swelled up. Two therapy sessions a day helped prep the ankle for Saturday.

“It felt fine and then in the main my foot slipped out third lap and it hit the ground. That one kind of spooked me,” said Craig. “That kind of made me tense up a little bit, but I’m not going to blame my ride on my ankle. I finished fifth and I had a podium position right in front of me. I was stuck with those guys all race and I’m pretty frustrated of how I finished. At least the ankle injury is out of the way. It’s just going to get better, so I don’t need to worry about it anymore.”

Jeremy Martin continues to campaign the 450SX class for GEICO Honda on the CRF450R. His tenth was impressive since he got tangled up in a first-turn incident.

“Felt good all day on a very tough technical track that became very rutty,” said Martin. “Qualified sixth fastest in practice. Got out of the gate good in my heat race but made a couple rookie moves in the next two sections to slide back to tenth before settling in sixth spot when the checkered flag flew. Got a great jump from the outside on the main but [Cooper] Webb bashed the side of me and we both went flying off the track in the first turn. Came from last to tenth place for the main.”
All three riders return to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California this Saturday for round three of the championship.

GEICO Honda Results
250SX
3. Chase Sexton
5. Christian Craig

450SX
10. Jeremy Martin
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08 Jan, 2018

Craig, Sexton, Martin Start Season Strong for GEICO Honda in Anaheim

Anaheim, California (January 6, 2018) – Nerves and uncertainly surround every rider when the Monster Energy Supercross Championship kicks off, and team GEICO Honda’s riders were not immune at the 2018 season opener at Angel Stadium. 250SX riders Christian Craig and Chase Sexton recorded solid fifth and eighth-place finishes, respectively, and Craig also got some TV time by scoring a heat race win. Jeremy Martin competed in the premier 450SX class and acquitted himself well, taking 11th after a race long battle. Overall, each rider showed promise but also hopes for more as the nerves subside for round two.

“The season opener is always a ton of nerves and wondering where you’ll fit in especially in a stacked class like this year,” said Craig, racing in 250SX West. “I felt pretty decent in practice. They brought in different dirt this year so had to change up my suspension a little for that. It was hard for me to find a flow, honestly, but we worked through it. In the heat, I pulled the hole shot and took it from there to get the win. It was nice to start my season off with a little victory in the heat race. In the main, I got a pretty good start, came out second or third. Again, it was hard for me to find a flow and get comfortable but I think a lot of that had to do with the first race jitters. I ended up in fifth for the night but I’ll take it. Looking forward to Houston next weekend!”
Sexton’s experience was unique, as it was actually his first-ever supercross since he missed all of last year’s indoor campaign with a broken leg. He didn’t ride like a rookie, though, battling with defending 250SX West Champion Justin Hill for nearly all of the main event before settling for eighth.

“A1 was in a way my first SX race since I got hurt last year in Atlanta,” said Sexton. “Practice went pretty decent. I felt comfortable and it was good to see where I fit in with such a talented class. My heat was going decent. I got a pretty good start and was able to make some passes to get myself into fourth. Unfortunately another rider [Mitchell Harrison] and I came together and I went down. Was able to get up fast and not have to go into the LCQ. For the main, I got a good jump and was running up there in the front of the pack for a few laps. I think it being the first race and racing against all these guys was a new challenge for me but I was able to finish in eighth and see where I need to improve. Excited for next weekend!
In what was his first-ever true stadium-style supercross in the 450SX class (he raced at Daytona International Speedway last year), Martin grabbed a good start and battled all race long with 450SX class veterans. It was intense! He ran most of the race inside the top ten but ended up 11th.

“Solid performance at A1 aboard the GEICO Honda 450 machine for me,” said Martin. “I couldn’t believe how close everyone was! Got off to a great start in the main before settling into seventh place for most of the main until I got tight and pumped up with three minutes to go to end up 11th on the night. Really enjoyed being in the mix with the 450 guys and can’t wait to learn some more in these next two rounds!”
Martin will indeed stay on the big bike for the upcoming rounds in Houston and Anaheim before putting his focus back on the Honda CRF250R for the 250SX East Region Championship. Craig and Sexton will continue competing for the 250SX West Region Championship. The team next lines up in Houston, Texas, this Saturday night.
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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

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

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

04 Apr, 2017

Christian Craig to Fill in for Team Honda HRC During AMA Motocross Series

TORRANCE, Calif. (April 4, 2017) – Team Honda HRC is happy to announce that current GEICO Honda rider Christian Craig will fill in for the injured Ken Roczen throughout the entire 12-round AMA Pro Motocross series. Craig will pilot a factory CRF450R alongside Cole Seely beginning with the Hangtown season opener on May 20.

Craig is not new to the premier class, having campaigned 450s during the 2009 ’11, ’12 and ’14 Pro Motocross seasons. The Californian has a career-best 450 outdoor finish of seventh and is hoping to improve with help from the factory squad.

“Honestly, when I got the call that factory Honda wanted me to fill in, I couldn’t stop smiling,” Craig said. “To have this opportunity is an honor. Obviously, everyone including me is so bummed Kenny got hurt, and I’ll do everything in my power to make the team and Kenny happy they chose me as the guy to ride his bike while he recovers. I’ll be going into the season open-minded and as prepared as I can be. The 450 class is more stacked than ever, but hopefully after the first couple rounds I’ll be able to learn the pace and see where I fit in. Thanks to the entire Team Honda HRC and GEICO Honda crews for allowing this to happen, and to Kenny for letting me borrow his bike for the summer. I’m beyond grateful.”

“We’re really excited to have Christian riding for us in the AMA Pro Motocross series,” said Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley. “He’s shown notable speed in the 450 class in previous years, and I think he has the potential to deliver solid results. GEICO Honda is our extended family; we have a great relationship, so we appreciate them allowing us to have Christian for the season.”

03 Apr, 2017

Craig Grabs Top Five for GEICO Honda in St. Louis

April 2, 2017 ST. LOUIS, MO – GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig was looking forward to a fresh start when Monster Energy Supercross arrived at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. He ended last week’s main event in Detroit with solid lap times and a great comeback, from nearly last to seventh. He improved in St. Louis, finishing fifth, but was still disappointed that a bad start in the main event continued to hamper any chance of making the podium.

“Practice started off good, ended up qualifying fifth,” said Craig. “Going into my heat I had third gate pick. I got a pretty good start and ended up coming out first in the first turn. Joey [Savatgy] took a different line so he passed me through the first rhythm section. I stayed on him the entire race which was really good for me. I never let him out of sight and kept fighting. The main event is the same story I’ve been telling all season, I feel like. A crappy jump left me almost last and I had to work my way up, once again. I ended up getting fifth which was good compared to where I started but extremely frustrating at this point. I’m not a fifth place guy and I hope other people still believe that.”

Craig, who sits sixth in the 250SX East Region standings, will get two more cracks at it this year, with a small break before the New Jersey supercross on April 29, and then the Las Vegas finale the following weekend. In between, West Region 250SX resumes, with GEICO Honda sending Jeremy Martin and Jimmy Decotis back into competition this upcoming weekend in Seattle.

GEICO Honda Results
St. Louis Supercross

5. Christian Craig

27 Mar, 2017

Dramatic Weekend for Craig at Detroit Supercross

Detroit, MI (March 26, 2017) – Christian Craig’s up and down season of 250SX racing for GEICO Honda gained yet another twist after a dramatic weekend at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Craig collided with Alex Martin in practice, and the move sent Martin over a berm and down hard. Martin was knocked out of racing for the night. As a penalty, the AMA and FIM assigned Craig the last gate selection for the night’s main event, but then a strange thing happened during this day of drama for Craig: he ended up logging his best ride of the season.

“Well, yesterday went from terrible to great to pretty good. As everyone knows, I had a practice incident with Alex Martin. I let my frustrations get the best of me in the heat of the moment. I could sit here and explain my side of the story but I’ll still end up in the wrong so I won’t,” said Craig, who took to his personal Instagram account to apologize to Martin. “Anyway, I got penalized and fined by the AMA. No matter what I got in my heat I would have last gate pick for the main. I ended up winning my heat which was such a good confidence booster for me. I’ve been mentally broken this season and I’ve been trying to get myself to where I was last year. I feel like I’m back as my normal self again. I rode like I knew how and I didn’t give up. I got the holeshot and led every lap. I know it was only a heat race win but that one felt really good.”

With the 22nd gate pick in the main event, Craig had no choice but to go wide open into turn one and hope for the best. He very nearly pulled off a good start, but at the last moment he came into contact with a pileup building from the inside, and that sent him into the tuff blocks.

“Going into the main I obviously knew I was going to be last pick so I took the outside gate and was just gonna go for it,” sais Craig. “I actually got a really good start but was caught in a first turn pile up. I would have for sure gotten a top five start if that [the crash] hadn’t happened. I started in 18th and made my way to seventh. With one more lap I could have gotten the two guys in front of me but I was just happy to see myself fight again. This season has been rough and it sucks it’s taken me this many rounds to find myself again but I’m thankful I’m healthy and ready for St. Louis next weekend.”

Craig will continue as the lone 250SX East rider for GEICO Honda, as new team member Cameron McAdoo will miss this weekend’s race in St. Louis while he waits for a deep cut on his hand to heal properly.

GEICO Honda Results

Detroit Supercross

7. Christian Craig

20 Mar, 2017

Craig Takes Positives From Indianapolis Run

Indianapolis, IN (March 18, 2017) – While a sixth-place finish in the 250SX East Region main event wasn’t exactly what GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig was hoping for, it was still a much-needed improvement over the previous week’s 14th place at Daytona. Following that race, Craig said he needed to make some changes, and it started with the week of preparation between the races. That resulted in a much better feeling throughout the race weekend.

“The week before Indy was no doubt the best week I’ve had during the season. I got caught up in my own head for the first few rounds and kinda just lost touch with where I should be mentally,” said Craig. “I had my mechanic stay in Florida with me and we did a week from last year. I had fun riding again. When you’re in season and have all this pressure, it’s easy to lose the fun part. I also am having a detox from social media and any dirt bike websites! I need to focus on myself right now so that’s what I’m doing. My plan for Indy was to have fun and race for me again and I did just that.”

Craig took fourth in 250SX qualifying in Indianapolis and finished second in his heat race. In the main event, he completed the first lap in eighth place and rode a steady race to net sixth. He is up to seventh in the point standings.

“Did I want sixth place? No, but I was happy with where my head was during the day,” explained Craig. “I was thoroughly enjoying myself and my bike. I was happy to get through the day and start building myself back up to where I should be. Like I always say, you can see where I am in practice and even in the heat races. I belong up front and I need to bring that to the main.”

Craig’s next chance to do that comes this weekend with the Detroit Supercross at Ford Field. He will be joined by new teammate Cameron McAdoo, who will make his debut with the team.

GEICO Honda Results

Indianapolis, Indiana

6. Christian Craig