OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2017) – The lone soldier for the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda supercross team managed to navigate a rough, rutted, challenging track to tie his career-best result with fourth, just missing his first podium finish. On a track battered by rain, Jimmy Decotis put his experience in his native New England’s treacherous weather conditions to work to log a strong charge toward the end of the race. Ultimately, Decotis closed on third-place Shane McElrath and the two battled for the spot, but a lapped rider slowed him, and when he couldn’t jump a triple jump, he was relegated to fourth.
“I started eighth or ninth around the first corner and there was that big pileup,” said Decotis. “I came around the triple and I was in fourth. I don’t know how that happened. I ended up getting by Shane [McElrath] in the whoops and actually rode good for the first eight minutes, but I missed a rhythm and made a couple mistakes and Shane ended up getting back by me. Toward the end, I reeled him back in and was thinking podium. It’s something I’ve never gotten in my career and I’m getting better every week and it was my time to get it. I made a run on the last lap in the whoops but he kind of inched me out a little bit into the lappers. It was hard out there with the lappers. It was a tough track. The harder you pushed, the worse it was. I felt like I was just trail riding out there. It was still tiring even though I felt like I wasn’t pushing that hard. Fourth isn’t where I want to be. I want to get on the podium. It’s something I want to experience. I want to get up there and stay up there. Tonight I was really close, but just missed it.”
Decotis also finished fourth for the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team at the 2015 season opener in Anaheim, California.
Jeremy Martin missed his second-straight race after getting a concussion last week in Arizona. The team will reevaluate his status before the next race this coming weekend in Arlington, Texas.