30 Jan, 2017
Struggle in the Desert for GEICO Honda
Glendale, AZ (Jan 28, 2017) – After showing signs of potential at the first three rounds of Monster Energy Supercross, the GEICO Honda 250SX effort hit a rough patch a round four, on a cold night at University of Phoenix Stadium outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Jimmy Decotis led the team with an eighth-place finish, while Jeremy Martin was forced out of the event after a practice crash. Martin will be reevaluated before next week’s race in Oakland, California.
Decotis’ eighth was solid, but the popular New England native feels he is capable of more.
“Started the night out with a solid third place in the heat race,” said Decotis. “Grabbed another great start in the main event starting second. My first five laps were really bad. I struggled with the section after the second triple. I couldn’t execute the roll-triple-triple and it cost me huge. Really struggled in the main event. I take full responsibility for my results with some bad racing decisions. Good thing we go racing again in six days and everyone will forget about this race. Going to make some adjustments this week and come back next weekend with an open mind and leave this weekend in the past.”
Martin showed his typical fast qualifying speed by clocking the third-best time in the first timed qualifying session. But when Tyler Bowers crashed in a rhythm section, Martin connected with him and went down, and he banged his head a bit in the fall. Martin was able to get back up and finish the qualifying session, but as a precaution, the team elected to keep him out of the racing action for the rest of the event.
GEICO Honda Results
January 28, 2017
8. Jimmy Decotis
23 Jan, 2017
Decotis, Martin, Endure Anaheim 2 Supercross
Anaheim, CA (Jan 21) – The story remains the same for the GEICO Honda team in Monster Energy Supercross, as Jeremy Martin had to mount a comeback from last in the main event, and Jimmy Decotis fought hard to hang onto the leader’s pace up front. Both were left searching for more, again, when the night was over. Decotis finished sixth, and Martin was tenth.
Just like Anaheim 1 two weeks ago, Martin grabbed poll position by logging the fastest time in qualifying. But he was again undone by first-lap troubles, getting caught in a pileup with his friend Phil Nicoletti in the first turn. From 22nd, Martin charged the whole way to get to tenth, just missing ninth-place Josh Hansen at the line. Martin has had to come from way, way back in all three races this season.
“A2 started out great with P1 in practice,” said Martin. “Got off to a decent start in the in the heat with a third place and felt solid going into the main, but got into a first turn pile up. Had to remount from last to 10th place. Me and my buddy Phil [Nicoletti] keeping finding each other! Looking forward to Phoenix SX to finally better my result!”
Last week, Decotis led more than half of the main event only to slip back to sixth. This week his ride was more consistent, but the result ended up the same.
“Another weekend in the books,” said Decotis. “Happy with my riding, not so happy with the result. Started fourth, I slipped back to sixth and stayed there the whole race. Fought as hard as I could but sixth was the best I was going to get tonight. Really happy with the positive feedback from GEICO Honda, though. I’m so blessed to have such a good team behind me. Looking forward to Phoenix and putting the bike on the podium. Everyday is getting better and I’m thankful for everyone helping me chase my goals.”
The team heads to Glendale, Arizona for round four this Saturday.
GEICO Honda Results
Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
January 21, 2017
6. Jimmy Decotis
10. Jeremy Martin
16 Jan, 2017
Decotis leads, Martin charges for GEICO Honda in San Diego
San Diego, CA (January 14, 2017) – A tale of two races for GEICO Honda riders Jimmy Decotis and Jeremy Martin at round two of Monster Energy Supercross in San Diego. Early in the race, Decotis took off with the holeshot and the early lead, logging some of the best laps of his professional career. At the same time, Martin got stuck in the starting gate and then went down, making the two teammates first and last at the end of the first lap.
Decotis led 10 laps of the 18-lap 250SX main event but ended up sliding back to finish in sixth place. Martin compounded his bad start with a first-lap crash, but came from last place, 22nd, to finish seventh.
For Decotis, it was an emotional night after leading for so long.
“This weekend was a tough result,” said Decotis. “I’ve been riding really good and I feel my time is coming. I executed the main event start perfectly and laid down 8 solid laps, I felt smooth and comfortable out front just hitting my marks and staying focused. Around lap 10 I suffered from a pretty bad cramp in my stomach I think from eating too close to the main event. I also had a few mental errors that cost me big. It was my first time leading multiple laps and I struggled a bit at the half way mark. I think I showed myself and this industry that once I figure out my 15 minute motos I can be a threat. I always thought I could win but last night showed me deep down that I have the ability to win a main event. I was extremely bummed after that race and I really have to thank my crew at GEICO Honda for keeping me positive. I know what to take from this night and I’m looking forward to getting some redemption in these next couple weeks.”
Martin’s race was off to a rough start after a huge practice crash that sent him flipping over the tuff blocks that mark the course. He was lucky to escape unhurt, and might find himself quite popular via viral video due to the crash. Unfortunately, it didn’t get much better off the start in the main event.
“Round 2 at Petco park in San Diego was a bit rough,” said Martin. “Qualified third fastest after a big get off in practice. Struggled in the main event due to some mistakes I made on the opening lap! I was so cranked up to get the start, once Josh Hansen went and hit the starting gate it moved and I smashed it. That was a big mistake. Then later in the lap, I lost the front right before the triple. I sent it in trying to pass someone and lost the front when I landed. From there I put my head down and charged my way from last to 7th place on the night. Looking forward to Anaheim 2.
The series returns to Anaheim this Saturday night, January 21st.
GEICO Honda Results
San Diego Supercross
January 14th, 2017
6. Jimmy Decotis
7. Jeremy Martin
08 Jan, 2017
Martin, Decotis, Show Speed as GEICO Honda Begins 2017 Season
Anaheim, CA (January 7, 2017) – The annual debut of Monster Energy Supercross, at a sold out Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, created the usual hype and nerves after four months of off-season anticipation. While GEICO Honda teammates Jeremy Martin and Jimmy Decotis didn’t get the results they hoped for, they have reason to think this season will be a good one. Martin finished sixth and Decotis ninth, which marked solid comebacks since they ended the first lap of the main event in 12th and 14th place, respectively.
Martin showed great speed in qualifying by logging the top spot in the 250SX class, three-tenths of a second quicker than anyone else. He grabbed the early lead and led most of his heat race before a few late mistakes let Shane McElrath catch him and then make a last-lap pass for the win. Martin was still looking to do some damage in the main event, but a mistake off the start set him way, way back. From there, he scratched and clawed his way forward. He got to seventh then won a duel with Dan Reardon to finish sixth.
“It was a bummer, didn’t get the start. That was the biggest thing, it’s not a matter of speed, fitness or anything else, it’s just a matter of execution, and I just didn’t get it [the start] tonight,” said Martin. “We started the day at A1 out great in practice logging the top spot in qualifying, and then felt solid in the heat race going into the main. But I made a mistake on the start in the main which affected my whole race. Ultimately, it made me just go into damage control! San Diego [round two] can’t come soon enough.”
Decotis’ night started with a crash on the first lap of his heat race, and he was in salvage mode from there.
“This weekend was pretty stressful for me,” said Decotis. “I had two crashes in the heat race which sent me to the LCQ. I had a terrible gate pick for the main which resulted in a bad start. The track was really basic and hard to pass, I felt I laid down solid and consistent laps but the whole night snow balled from the bad heat race. I put myself in bad positions and it cost me my main event. I’ve been working so hard with my trainer Seth and GEICO Honda has put in so much work during the offseason. I feel we are much better than what the results say on paper. I’m looking forward to next weekend and getting back up to the front of the field.”
Round two of Monster Energy Supercross takes place this weekend, January 14th, at Petco Park in San Diego, California.
GEICO Honda Results
Anaheim 1 Supercross
January 7th, 2017
6. Jeremy Martin
9. Jimmy Decotis
02 Sep, 2016
GEICO Honda Announces Two-Year Deal with National Champion Jeremy Martin
Corona, California (September 1, 2016) – Team GEICO Honda announces the signing of two-time AMA 250 National Motocross Champion Jeremy Martin for the 2017 and 2018 professional supercross and motocross racing seasons. The deal will see Martin ride a Honda CRF250R in the 250 class for the 2017 season, and move to a Honda CRF450R full time in 2018.
“I’m very excited to finally announce I’ve signed a two-year deal with the GEICO Honda team,” says Martin. “They’re a proven, championship winning team and I’m excited to reach a new level on the 250 next year and continue the relationship through the 2018 season as a rookie 450 rider.”
Martin, of Millville, Minnesota, won the 2014 and 2015 AMA 250 National Motocross Championships and has won 11 career AMA National Motocross races and four career AMA 250 Supercross events, along with collecting 12 supercross podiums finishes.
“Everyone at GEICO Honda is happy to have Jeremy Martin coming to our team,” says GEICO Honda Team Manager Mike LaRocco. “He has that burning desire to be great and I look forward to working with him. He’s a great addition to our team.”
Martin will now begin testing his new ride. He will make his racing debut with the team at the Glen Helen MXGP of the USA in the MX2 (250) class next weekend, September 10-11, in San Bernardino, California.
The full 2017 rider lineup for the GEICO Honda team will be announced at a later date.