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
09 May, 2016
Malcolm Stewart Wins 250 Supercross Championship for GEICO Honda
Las Vegas, NV (May 7, 2016) – A wild, unpredictable season of Monster Energy Supercross’ 250SX East Region ended with yet another unexpected situation: a muddy desert. With a 14-point lead, GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart only needed to finish tenth at the season finale to clinch his first professional title, but he would face the best riders from the East and West regions as part of the annual Dave Coombs Sr. Memorial Shootout. Then massive afternoon rain turned the Sam Boyd Stadium track into a mess. Through it all, he logged a clutch ride to finish third, more than enough to come home as the 2016 250SX East Region Champion.
“It’s a big weight off my shoulders, finally!” said Stewart. He credits advice from his older brother James, who he joins to make the first pair of siblings to win supercross championships, for help with dealing with the pressure. “After we sat down and talked about that it was like a light switch. Everything was going good. I felt like I started stressing a little bit right when it started raining. This is not a race that it should ever rain at! So of course I started freaking out, but I felt that I processed it very well. Almost got the holeshot in the heat race, then we went to the main event and got a very good start. I just put a solid 12 laps in. What was funny was I decided I wanted to get tired and get arm pump on the very last lap. It was all hitting me! Stopped breathing, panick mode, over-jumping, under-jumping. I just kept it on two wheels and tried to do the best I could do and we got the championship. It was funny because I jumped the finish line and I saw my brother. He was so stoked! I was screaming in my helmet and I fell over! It’s an amazing feeling and my whole entire family and the whole GEICO Honda crew, I definitely couldn’t have done it without them. I’ll say it again – half this championship goes to my brother because he talked me through the worst nights, he put me in this situation because he’s won championships and he knows how to process it. It was my job to go out and do it, and I finally did it.”
The GEICO Honda team has now won half of the 250SX Championships in the last six years—six of twelve
The mud wreaked havoc on the rest of the team riders in 250SX. Christian Craig led that group with eighth.
“Started the day not bad, qualified second, then it started pouring so I had to change the game plan,” said Craig. “Main event, I got a decent start and was running fifth for a while and went down. It was hectic and muddy, tough to ride. But no excuses. I ended up third in points in my first year after a few years off, so I can’t complain.”
“Main event was the gnarliest track I’ve even ridden in my life,” said RJ Hampshire, who took 16th. “I think I had four crashes, just tried to finish the race. So glad to be healthy.”
“It was insane,” said Jimmy Decotis, who finished 19th. “Heat race was pretty tricky but the main event was like nothing I’ve ever ridden—one of the hardest tracks I’ve ever ridden.”
The muddy track took a toll on Jordon Smith, who was unable to finish. “My day started off good, probably my best practice of the year so far,” said Smith. “Then it started raining and I got into a pileup in the heat race and a guy ran over my rib a little bit. In the main event it was bothering me, my rib kept popping out, going to have to get it checked out.”
The team will resume racing in Sacramento, California on May 21st for the start of the Pro Motocross Championship.
GEICO Honda Results
Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Malcolm Stewart
8. Christian Craig
16: RJ Hampshire
19. Jimmy Decotis
21. Jordon Smith
1. Malcolm Stewart
8. RJ Hampshire
3. Christian Craig
7. Jimmy Decotis
9. Jordon Smith
22 Feb, 2016
Craig A Close Second For GEICO Honda In Texas
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.”
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:
2. Christian Craig
7. Jimmy Decotis
- From GEICO HONDA -
08 Feb, 2016
GEICO Honda’s Craig Scores Emotional First Career Victory
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
1. Christian Craig
9. Jimmy Decotis
01 Feb, 2016
Craig finds the podium for the 2nd straight week
Oakland, California (January 30, 2016) – Christian Craig keeps taking steps toward a career-first win in Monster Energy Supercross. After his first podium finish last week at Anaheim, California, the GEICO Honda rider came out even stronger on Saturday night in Oakland, California, grabbing the holeshot and leading the fastest 250SX class riders for several laps before a brief fall cost him the number-one spot. He fought back valiantly to salvage another podium with a third-place finish.
“I thought tonight was my night to win,” said Craig. “Worked on my starts last week and was confident on those. I pulled the holeshot in the heat race, but Cooper [Webb] was just on another level there, he got around me. In the main event I knew I had to get a good start and just try to run away with it. I ended up pulling the holeshot there, my first holeshot in a main event, ever, so I was pretty happy with that. Just focused on myself and tried to pull away as fast as possible, and on lap five I threw it away in a corner all by myself. That was it. Went back to sixth, fought my way back up. After holeshotting, I thought I could finally do it. Unfortunately, mistake on my part, but I learned. I know I can win now, it’s all just a matter of putting it together.”
Craig fell when he lost traction with his front tire in a tight, 180-degree corner. A similar crash also cost teammate Jordon Smith. Smith was fighting a sore shoulder coming into the race, and then crashed again in practice. He fought through all of tha pain to battle inside top five during the first half of the main event. When Craig crashed, Smith took over fourth, but then he too lost traction and crashed in one of the 180-degree turns. He ended up dropping back to 13th, and then picked off a few riders to take 11th at the finish.
“Day was pretty tough for me, I had a crash at the practice track during the week and had an AC separation in my shoulder,” said Smith. “Unfortunately a mistake by me in the main event cost me a pretty good finish. Just rehab the shoulder and get ready for next weekend.”
Jimmy Decotis had a quiet night, taking a ninth-place finish.
“I struggled a little bit in practice and the heat, really struggled in the main event. Just couldn’t get in a flow,” said Decotis, who was in the top five last weekend. “So I’m going to regroup and get ready for next weekend, that’s really all I can do now. Go punish myself in the gym this week, make up for it and get ready for next weekend.”
GEICO Honda Results
3. Christian Craig
9. Jimmy Decotis
11. Jordon Smith
25 Jan, 2016
Craig’s Big Night Highlights Anaheim 2 Supercross for GEICO Honda
Anaheim, California (January 23, 2016) – The story of Christian Craig’s comeback to Monster Energy AMA Supercross just keeps getting better, and it now includes a career-first podium finish and a heat race victory. Craig had a spectacular night at the third race of the 2016 season, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, which included several laps battling for the lead against defending 250SX West Champion Cooper Webb. It was the stiffest challenge anyone given Webb this year, and the Anaheim fans cheered every move.
In their qualifying heat race, Craig passed and defeated Webb for the victory. “I had number one in the heat race with me, knew I had to get a good start to stay up front with him,” said Craig. “He ended up getting a holeshot, but the first lap I was quicker in the whoops and made the pass. I ended up winning my first heat race ever, that was a boost of confidence coming into the main.”
Craig and his GEICO Honda teammate Jimmy Decotis fought for the holeshot in the main event, with Decotis getting the nod. Craig lost a spot but quickly passed his way back into the lead. He led for eight laps before battling again with Webb, and the two went back and forth with numerous passes. Craig finally lost the lead for good on lap 11, and after that duel he admitted that he got tight and lost his pace, ultimately dropping to third.
“I just clicked those laps off, the first ten laps went quick,” said Craig after the race. “My last five laps were slow—but we know what we need to work on. This is my first podium ever, something to build on, and I’m happy.”
Craig had actually retired from racing in 2013, but decided to make a full-scale comeback in 2015. While on the podium at Anaheim, Craig spoke to the Fox Sports TV crew, and brought his son, Jagger, with him to explain his comeback.
“There’s no better feeling—it’s all learning for me,” he said to the live television audience. “I got to battle with the number one. I got tight, never been up there for that long. It’s good, it’s coming together now, all my hard work. I definitely do this for my son. He’s the reason I came back to racing. When he was born, I looked at him and said, ‘I don’t want him to grow up knowing his dad gave up on his dream.’ I’m back and I’m showing him that his dad can do it.”
The other two GEICO Honda 250 riders had solid nights as well. Decotis grabbed the holeshot and held fourth most of the way before losing a position in a last-lap battle.
” Beginning of the day was bad, I struggled in practice, but we made a bike change and I felt awesome for the night show,” said Decotis. “My heat race was great, and then I got the holeshot in the main event. I’m struggling with the first few laps. I’m just getting eaten up, I have to work on that. My last lap was a bad lap and Joey Savatgy got me. Fifth place is okay, but not great because it should have been fourth. I’m a little bummed on it.”
Behind him came teammate Jordon Smith, who took sixth to follow his podium finish from a week ago in San Diego. Smith, a second-year pro, is working on his consistency, and tried to avoid a big mistake on a very difficult Anaheim track.
“The day for me was a little rough,” said Smith, who is fourth in the series standings. “I felt good but I was just struggling a little bit in the big whoops. I crashed there in practice and kind of hurt my wrist a little bit. Overall I got out of it pretty safe and scored some points, it’s a long season and we’re all right there still. Just want to be consistent every week and put ourselves in a good position at the end of the year.”
GEICO Honda Results
Anaheim 2 Supercross
3. Christian Craig
5. Jimmy Decotis
6. Jordon Smith
17 Jan, 2016
GEICO Honda’s Jordon Smith Scores First Career Podium in San Diego
San Diego, CA (Jan 17, 2016) – The GEICO Honda supercross team ran at the front all of the pack all night at the second Monster Energy Supercross race of the season, at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. While some of the riders bounced through ups and downs, second-year pro Jordon Smith held steady to score his first career podium with third place in the 250SX West class.
It was a particularly satisfying result since Smith had shown speed before, only to have his results undone by bad starts or crashes. This time he showed the full package, leading the race early and riding consistently throughout.
“My day went really well, I’m so happy,” said Smith, of North Carolina. “Felt comfortable all day throughout practice and into the night show. My GEICO Honda pulled me to a really good start, and I was able to get out front early. Last week I got to experience racing toward the front, and I got to do that again here and learn how to lead. I tried to ride my own laps, but I got a little tight in the middle of the moto. Just learning. I went back to third, but I’m happy I was able to pull it back together and got a strong podium! Overall it was a great night and now I can’t wait for Anaheim 2!”
Teammate Christian Craig followed Smith in fourth, which is a career-best result for him as well. Coming into the season, Craig generated some buzz with quick times at the test track, and he brought that speed to San Diego, even topping defending 250 West Region Champion Cooper Webb to grab top honors in the first timed qualifying session.
“Last week was not me, I rode tight,” said Craig to the fans after topping to the qualifying session. “This is where I want to be: up front.”
Craig and Webb diced for top qualifying time again in the second timed session, with Webb just edging him. Craig then holeshot his heat race and began to pull away from the field, until he crashed, dragging him back to sixth. In the main event, he overcame a bad start to net fourth, but again feels he got tight, and didn’t quite show his full game.
“In the main, I got a terrible start, but I tucked to the inside in the first turn. I don’t know where I came out, but it was toward the front,” Craig said. “Rode around, got tight around lap five and started making a lot of mistakes. I wasn’t happy with that, but I held on, got fourth. It’s a career-best for me, but I want to get on the podium, and I’m not going to be happy until I get there. Other than that, though, it was a good night.”
Looked like it was going to be a good night for Jimmy Decotis, too, who was right behind Smith early in the main, putting the GEICO Hondas in first and second in the early laps.
“Today the result was not good,” said Decotis, who ended up falling down and settling for eighth. “I felt really good all day riding wise, I was getting the sections down good and I was strong in the whoops. I was really looking forward to the main event, and I put myself in a good position off the start, right behind Jordon in second. I made a bobble and washed the front, came back through the pack. Overall, I felt like I rode really good all day, and I had strong points. I think I’m starting to believe I’m one of those guys and I can be up there every week, so I just need to keep working hard and hopefully it can just snowball from here.”
GEICO Honda Results: San Diego Supercross
3. Jordon Smith
4. Christian Craig
8. Jimmy Decotis