06 Mar, 2017

Craig Rebounds with Toronto Supercross Podium

Toronto, CA (March 4, 2017) – A week after a crash knocked him out of action in Atlanta, GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig bounced back with a solid, safe third place during a hectic 250SX main event in Toronto, Canada. With riders battling and crashing all around him, Craig kept it steady to grab his first podium finish of the season.

“Toronto was definitely an improvement for me,” said Craig. “I qualified second but didn’t feel like I was second honestly. The track was tricky. Being from California, I’m not used to a track that breaks down like that. For the night show I was kinda in safe mode, which I shouldn’t have been.”

Craig battled hard with Frenchman Dylan Ferrandis for his heat race win and finished less than half a second behind. “My heat was good. I started in like fifth or so and made my way to second. I almost took the lead in the last turn but I didn’t want to take either of us out.

“The main was pretty bad, actually. I tightened up on about lap eight and was riding too cautious because of the track conditions. I was in fifth for a while then [Colt] Nichols and [Joey] Savatgy went down. After they both went down I knew I needed to get focused to stay in third. I rode my best after those guys crashed to hold onto third—I wanted to hold onto that spot. I got lucky with a podium but it’s where I belong so it felt good to be there after the first two rounds I had.”

Craig, despite being one of the fastest riders at the first two rounds of the series, had finishes of 12th and Did Not Qualify coming into Toronto.

Unfortunately, even with Craig’s podium, the GEICO Honda team’s recent run of bad luck didn’t end entirely. RJ Hampshire finished the race in 14th place, but actually broke his lower leg in the process, and the injury will likely end his supercross season.

“This weekend was for sure not my best,” said Hampshire. “The track got really beat down and it was hard for me to find a flow all day. In the heat I was running in second and felt the best I had all day then I tucked the front end and went down. I was able to work my way back up to eighth. My start in the main wasn’t the best so as always, it makes everything more challenging. I think I was seventh on the last lap when I came up short on the rhythm section and went down. I knew something had happened to my leg but didn’t know how bad so I got up and was able to finish in 14th. I went to the doctor today and found out I fractured my lower tib and fib [tibia and fibula]. Looks like I won’t need surgery and should hopefully be back within eight weeks or so.”

Craig will carry the flag for the team at this weekend’s Daytona supercross in Florida, but 250SX West Region rider Jeremy Martin will also be in attendance, riding under the factory Honda HRC tent in the 450 class. Martin will be in his traditional GEICO Honda Alias gear, riding aboard the injured Ken Roczen’s Honda CRF450R. The Daytona race will mark Martin’s career debut in the 450SX class.

GEICO Honda Results

Toronto, Ontario Canada

3. Christian Craig

14. RJ Hampshire

27 Feb, 2017

GEICO Honda Press Release – Atlanta

Hampshire Salvages Top 10 on Rough Weekend for GEICO Honda

Atlanta, GA (February 25, 2017) – High hopes for GEICO Honda’s 250SX East effort ran into a wall of bad breaks at the second round of the championship, held in the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta. RJ Hampshire admits it wasn’t a great night for him, but he was the lone soldier for the team in the night show, and salvaged tenth. Cristian Craig crashed out in his heat race, and Chase Sexton’s pro debut once again stalled due to injury, as a practice crash left him with a broken femur.

Sexton underwent surgery on Sunday afternoon and is out indefinitely. Craig suffered a mild concussion but felt surprisingly well on Sunday, and he might be able to compete this weekend in Toronto.

As for Hampshire, he came in nursing a shoulder injury, but competed for a top five before going down late in the race.

“It was a tough weekend,” said Hampshire. “Struggled with the whoops from the start of the day and never really found a flow after that. I finished third in the heat race but felt like I was lost on my bike, was riding terrible. Got off to a decent start in the main, right around the top five and hung right around there till about five to go. I ended up going down on the landing of the finish and landed right on the hurt shoulder. So a bad night turned even worse! Had to many small mistakes all night that cost me big. But I’m okay–looking forward to Toronto!”


Craig hovered in the top three in practice times throughout the day, with his number popping up in the top spot several times, aided by impressive whoop speed. Unfortunately, the whoops also led to his undoing.

“My day was awesome before the night show,” said Craig. “I was fastest in the first qualifying and second in the last one. I liked the track and was probably one of the best guys through the whoops all the day. I jumped the gate in my heat, giving me a terrible start. I was making a ton of passes, an average of two riders every lap through the whoops! I slid out once, then made my way back up to fifth. On one of the last laps I was going for another two guys in the whoops but there was someone crashed on the right side which left me frazzled with what to do. I kinda just lost it when I saw him down and crashed. I unfortunately got a concussion and wasn’t able to ride in the LCQ or main. I’m super bummed with how these first races have gone. If you watch me in practice, you know what I’m capable of so it’s hard to understand why I can’t make it happen when it matters. Hoping to get clearance to ride early this week and be in Toronto.”

Sexton’s delayed pro debut was supposed to happen in Atlanta, as he missed last week’s 250SX East opener to give his injured wrists an extra week to heal. He looked solid in his first professional practice sessions until the whoops bit him late. Sexton tried jumping out of the section but caught a wheel, sending him to the ground, and also leading to a red flag stoppage of the action in practice. There is no timetable yet on his return from the femur injury.


Hampshire and possibly Craig will represent the team this weekend in Toronto.

GEICO Honda Results

Atlanta Supercross

10. RJ Hampshire

20 Feb, 2017

Hampshire’s Fourth Leads GEICO Honda in 250SX East Kickoff

Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 18, 2017) – After a frustrating run in Monster Energy Supercross’ 250SX West Region Championship, the GEICO Honda team sent Christian Craig and RJ Hampshire into battle for the 250SX East opener at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Craig showed speed throughout the day while Hampshire admitted he never felt totally comfortable, however, their main event results told a different story, with Hampshire netting a solid fourth and Craig taking 12th.

Hampshire was aided by some good fortune off the start in the main event, as several riders went down and allowed him to sneak into the front pack. He then logged consistent laps on a tricky track.

“I’m pretty happy with the result, but not too happy with the riding,” said Hampshire. “I feel like I struggled all day, didn’t even jump the big rhythm, and somehow I got fourth. My starts weren’t good, I got lucky with those crashes and just put in 15 minutes plus one. I rode like crap but I’ll take a fourth any weekend.”


Hampshire says he made big changes to his bike before the main event and the changes worked. Now that he has a race under his belt he and the team can continue to dial in his Honda CRF250R and hope for better things this weekend in Atlanta.

Craig will hope for much, much better in Atlanta. His night in Minnesota started well with a dominant heat race victory, but it fell apart in the main event. A bad start and an early crash left him playing catchup.

“I honestly was having a great day in Minneapolis,” Craig said. “I qualified third and felt good. The track was really easy which kinda makes it hard to separate yourself or make passes, but I got the hole shot in my heat and took off. I ended up with almost a nine second lead when I finished. I was really happy with how I rode in the heat, and everyone on the team was really pumped with how I rode and we were all expecting great things for the main. But I got a horrible start and kind of just fell apart mentally. I wasn’t riding like myself and kept making stupid mistakes. I was able to work my way up to 12th after being almost last but I should have been way more up there than that. Luckily, I got my bad race out of the way and can learn from it. I started in 17th last year at A1 so it’s an improvement this year I guess!”


Craig will hit the reset button over the next few days and try to get back into contention in Atlanta.

“Looking forward to a good week in Florida then heading to Atlanta next weekend to show everyone where I belong,” he concluded.

Rookie pro Chase Sexton did not compete in Minneapolis as he continues to recover from off-season wrist injuries. His status for Atlanta will be confirmed later in the week.


GEICO Honda Results

Minneapolis Supercross

February 18, 2017

4. RJ Hampshire

12. Christian Craig

27 Jun, 2016

Smith Leads Laps to Head GEICO Honda Charge at Muddy Creek


Blountville, TN (June 25, 2016) – Consistency is what the GEICO Honda team has been looking for in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and that’s what it got during a hot and humid day at Muddy Creek, round five of the season. Jordon’s Smith’s strong 4-6 moto finishes led to fourth overall in 250MX, and included some laps led in moto one.

“Oh man it feels so good, especially after the last few races, they’ve been tough,” said Smith. “We’ve been doing some testing to try to figure things out. It feels good to have two good motos and to run up front both times. I led four or five laps there in the first moto. The only time I’d ever been in the lead outdoors was at Utah last year, and that time I was a little freaked out. This time I felt really comfortable up there and it was fun. I ended up getting a little bit of arm pump so I kind of had to salvage a fourth there. Arm pump in both of the motos so that kind of hurt. But it feels good to run up front. I feel like that’s where I belong.”

Teammate RJ Hampshire wasn’t too far back with 9-9 finishes for eighth overall. “Consistent weekend. That’s something we haven’t had!” said Hampshire. “Speed wasn’t that great but we weren’t worried about that this weekend. [Team Manager, Mike] Larocco and I talked a lot this week and came into the weekend with new goals. We were close to reaching them but overall happy with the weekend. Both Motos inside the top ten and eighth overall. We will start building now!”


Hampshire is eighth in the 250MX season standings, Smith is ninth. Bogle is eleventh in the 450MX class.

The team heads to the popular Red Bud National for Independence Day Weekend, July 2nd in Buchanan, Michigan.

GEICO Honda Results

Red Bull Muddy Creek National

Blountville, TN


250 MX

4. Jordon Smith 4-6
8. RJ Hampshire 9-9


05 Jun, 2016

Rebound Weekend for GEICO Honda Sees Smith in Top Ten


Lakewood, Colorado (June 4, 2016) – After a disastrous outing a week ago in California that left the squad battered and bruised, the GEICO Honda team regrouped with solid finishes at round three of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the True Value Thunder Valley National, near Denver, Colorado.

Jordon Smith was one of four team riders to leave last weekend’s race hurting, but he said he felt fine by race day this time. He bounced back with 5-12 moto scores for seventh overall in the 250MX class.

“I had a pretty good weekend. I like the track here in Colorado and my bike was good today,” said Smith. “I got off to a good start in the first moto and was running up front pressuring the leaders for the first few laps. I ended up getting a little arm pump around half way and dropped back to fifth. Second moto I had a decent top 10 start and ended up falling on the first lap. I fell pretty far back, not exactly sure what place I was in but put my head down and charged back to 12th in the moto for a seventh overall. Definitely need to put two motos together for the rest of the season. I know that’s what I need to work on so I’m going to try to put in a lot of work during this week off and be as ready as I can be for High Point.”


RJ Hampshire was the only rider on the team not injured last week. Unfortunately he didn’t get the results he wanted in Colorado, going 10-14 for 12th overall.

“Rough weekend. Felt good on the bike all day. Got tangled up on both starts and was way back!” he said. “Felt like my speed was good enough to be with the top guys but just didn’t start up there then made stupid mistakes all day. Second moto I hit the ground pretty hard around 20 minutes in just as I had caught up to a pack of guys. Forgetting this weekend and looking forward to heading east!”

As for the other injured riders, Christian Craig has come through surgery for his broken leg and hasn’t been ruled out for a return at some point before the end of the season. Rookie Tristan Charboneau has had his broken collarbone plated and expects to return for the next race at High Point in Pennsylvania, on June 18th.

In addition, GEICO Honda amateur team rider Chase Sexton was on hand to watch in Colorado. He will make his pro debut later this summer once he completes the AMA Amateur National Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in August. With Sexton set to join the team later this year, Charboneau’s comeback scheduled for the next event, and Craig working on rehab, the team does not plan on bringing on any fill-in riders at this time.

GEICO Honda Results

True Value Thunder Valley National

Lakewood, Colorado


7. Jordon Smith

12. RJ Hampshire


28 May, 2016

Rough Day At the Races for GEICO Honda at Glen Helen National


San Bernardino, CA (May 28, 2016) – With only one of the team’s five riders even able to complete the second moto uninjured at round two of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the Glen Helen National was a race the GEICO Honda team would like to forget. Unfortunately, some painful injuries mean it probably won’t.

“Yeah, definitely one of those days that we wish we could start over,” said Team Manager Mike LaRocco. “We lost Christian Craig in the first moto. He went to the hospital, I believe he’s going to end up having a fractured tibia and fibula. He actually came together with Jordan Smith, who got a really large contusion on his back from when him and Craig came together. So he suffered in the first moto and then couldn’t finish the second moto. So two in one there.”

Craig has undergone surgery on his leg and his status will be updated going forward. Smith rode well early in moto two until the pain set in and he was unable to finish. The second moto also claimed rookie Tristian Charbonneau with a possible collarbone injury.

 “Tristan was seventh in the first moto, and was running in that twelve to fifteen pack in the second moto,” said LaRocco. “He went down just before three laps to go and shouldered into the wall part of the rhythm lane. So he possibly fractured his collarbone. We’ll have to wait and see how that turns out. And (RJ) Hampshire, at one point I believe did an off-track into the fence! So we just had a bad day.”

Hampshire was the only rider to complete both motos successfully, taking solid 6-11 scores for ninth overall. Even the team’s 450 rider, Justin Bogle had to deal with injury issues due to a cut on his hand suffered in a non-racing incident earlier in the week. He toughed out 15th in the first moto but couldn’t finish the second race.


With several riders on the mend, the team heads to round three of the motocross championship at Thunder Valley MX outside of Denver, Colorado, next Saturday.

GEICO Honda Results

FMF Glen Helen National

Glen Helen Raceway

San Bernardino, California



9. RJ Hampshire

15. Tristan Charbonneau

30. Jordon Smith

40. Christian Craig

23 May, 2016

Young Talent Shows Potential for GEICO Honda at Motocross Opener


Sacramento, California (May 21, 2016) – With a deep field of contenders in both the 250 and 450 classes of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, every rider at the Hangtown season opener simply wanted to test their speed and preparation without specific expectations for results. In that aspect the GEICO Honda team can be happy as several riders logged better rides than the overall results sheet indicates.

It starts with Jordon Smith, who logged a career-best second in the first moto of the year in 250MX, and looked set for a podium finish overall while running fourth early in moto two. Unfortunately, he was taken down due to an aggressive pass from rider Alex Martin. He ended up sixteenth, with 2-16 scores relegating him to seventh for the day.

“My day went pretty good overall. I can only take positive away from it,” said Smith. “Made some changes to my bike after practice—those guys killed it and the bike was great. Got a good start in the first moto, got up there and ran second the whole race. I felt good. Had another good one going in the second moto and…I ended up getting taken out. I just sort of struggled from there and finished sixteenth. I was running up front in both motos, had good starts and showed I had the speed, so I can just build on that.”

It looked like RJ Hampshire would have a great day, too, after a strong fifth in the first moto. A minor crash in moto two turned into a bad situation, though, as he was trapped under his bike.

“Weekend didn’t end too good but I’m taking positives from it,” said Hampshire, who went 5-38 for fifteenth overall. “Solid first moto, ran fifth pretty much the whole time. Second moto I made some quick passes and ended up going down, my arm got stuck in the bike. That pretty much ended my moto. But I showed good speed and have a lot of positives to take out of the weekend, so hopefully we can improve the results.”

Rookie Tristan Charboneau made his much-anticipated professional debut at Hangtown and showed he’s ready, taking an impressive sixth in moto one. A fourteenth in moto two gave him ninth overall.

“Had a great first moto, went out and got a great start and followed the leaders around for awhile,” said Charboneau. “I got sixth, and I tried to throw a few passes in there, but a rookie guy doesn’t really know how to make those passes yet! Second moto I had a terrible start and crashed, but they red flagged it and had a restart because someone was down. But I got another bad start, had to work my way up to 14th. Made a lot of progress today and I think I’ll be alright going forward.”

Christian Craig suffered setbacks in both motos, and his 15-8 for twelfth overall doesn’t show his capabilities. He passed 25 riders during a comeback charge in the first moto. “Started off the day ninth in qualifying. I want to be up there so that wasn’t my best, for sure,” he said. “I went into the motos confident, but I fell in the third corner of the first moto. Started dead last and worked my way up to fifteenth. Second moto I started mid pack and just tried to go forward. I got to seventh and went down. Had to just ride it out and I got eighth. Not my best—I’m looking for a lot more. Next weekend I need to get a better result and I’m confident I can get it.”


The team heads down to Southern California for the Glen Helen National this weekend.

GEICO Honda Results



7. Jordon Smith (2-16)

9. Tristan Charboneau (6-14)

12. Christian Craig (15-8)

15. RJ Hampshire (5-38)


12 May, 2016

GEICO Honda Announces Rider Lineup for Pro Motocross Nationals


Corona, CA (May 11, 2016) – Next weekend, the GEICO Honda race team will mark the transition from stadium racing in Monster Energy Supercross to traditional outdoor-style action in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A five-rider lineup will include a new face at the opener at Hangtown in Sacramento, California on May 21st.

Tristan Charboneau, a two-time AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion at Loretta Lynn’s, will make his professional debut in the 250MX class at Hangtown. The Washington state native joined the squad’s amateur wing in late 2014, and moved to California this year to operate closer to the team’s headquarters. His recent gains in speed and stamina while riding with current pro riders during the week has convinced the team he’s ready for the professional ranks.

“I’ve been working really hard to try to get here and riding is going really well,” says Charboneau, who will wear the #403. “I’ve only known for sure about this for the last few days, but my trainer has had me training for the last two months for this because I knew there was a chance. The work has been a huge confidence booster. I can do two 30-minute motos now no problem, and it has helped a lot mentally, too. When I do my motos at the practice track, I’m trying to track down the pro guys and sometimes I’m even passing them. I think [Team Manager] Mike LaRocco saw something in me when I was riding with other pros at the practice track. I’m really, really excited about this opportunity.”

Charboneau works with team trainer John Wessling alongside several other GEICO Honda pro riders, as well as personal riding coach Jay Whipple.

Charboneau will join Christian Craig, RJ Hampshire and Jordon Smith to make a four-rider 250MX lineup, while Justin Bogle will anchor the 450MX program. Malcolm Stewart, fresh off the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross 250SX Eastern Region Championship, will forgo the motocross season to prepare for his graduation to a full-time 450 career in 2017.

“Now that I have won my first 250 SX championship, I know firsthand just how much work it takes to become a champion,” says Stewart. “So as I move full time to the 450 class for 2017 I know it will take twice as much work and preparation. Not riding the outdoors this year will leave me plenty of time to prepare for my 450 SX and MX pro debut.

“Thanks to everyone at GEICO Honda and my family for helping me win this 250 SX Championship!” concludes Stewart.

Motocross prep and testing for the GEICO Honda team is well underway. The squad’s 250 division grabbed the AMA 250 National Motocross Championship in 2010 and 2013, and last year the 450 division won the first five motos of the 450MX season.

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

Final Standings:

250SX East:

1. Malcolm Stewart

8. RJ Hampshire

250SX West:

3. Christian Craig

7. Jimmy Decotis

9. Jordon Smith

25 Apr, 2016

Stewart’s Podium Maintains East Supercross Points Lead for GEICO Honda



Foxborough, Mass. (April 22, 2016) – In Monster Energy Supercross’ wild and crazy 250SX East Region Championship, consistency has become paramount. So while GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart could have been disappointed after holding the lead but eventually only finishing third at Gillette Stadium, he instead found the positive. On a changing track, he avoided a big mistake and crash and also finished ahead of his nearest championship rival, extending his points lead from one to five with just two races remaining.

Stewart led the main event early and pulled out a small lead, and at that point it looked like he might take a victory. “I think everybody thought that. I thought it myself too,” he said. “Overall the day turned around for sure. It was real muddy in the morning and then obviously the change was amazing, for the heat race and how the race went. The track turned out dry. The heat race went good. Won that one and that was amazing. Then we went into the main event and I got the lead really quick. I started kind of pulling away a little bit. I think I started making a couple mistakes. The track got worse and worse and I think the mistakes, it was more of the track getting to me. I felt like you got to a point you couldn’t even take the same lines every time. Fifteen laps, I think you took fifteen different lines! I had to just ride, just ride my own speed. I made a few mistakes and I let [Jeremy] Martin and [Martin] Davalos get around me, but I settled down and got on the box with third.”

A week ago Stewart endured three crashes in the main event and a disappointing eighth place finish. He was happy to avoid that fate this time. “It was one of those races that you can’t do anything but think positive because the way last weekend was, crashing three times and almost losing the points lead… I could say a third is a considered a win with how last weekend went. There’s nothing but positive energy leaving from this. From here on out it’s all about staying on the box.”



RJ Hampshire’s 250SX East season has been hampered by terrible starts. The story remained the same in Massachusetts, where he got a bad jump out of the starting gate and approached turn one nearly last.

“Practice I felt good, heat race I felt good, main event I struggled again due to a terrible start,” said Hampshire. “I don’t know what it is, just seems like I can’t get off the gate in the main. I felt like I was riding well during the main, too, I was just so far back it seemed like I was in the middle of nowhere. Besides lappers, I didn’t see anyone for like 9-10 laps! Then I finally caught [Tyler] Bowers on lap 12 and could see the rest of the pack, then I cross rutted and went down, landed in the mud. We have two of these things left, I believe I can challenge the front with a start.”

The team heads to Met Life Stadium just outside of New York City for Saturday night racing on April 30.

GEICO Honda Results:Gillette Stadium

Foxborough, Mass.


3. Malcolm Stewart

8. RJ Hampshire