Indianapolis, IN (March 18, 2017) – While a sixth-place finish in the 250SX East Region main event wasn’t exactly what GEICO/AMSOIL/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,” said Craig. “I got caught up in my own head for the first few rounds and kinda just lost touch with where I should be mentally. 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.