DETROIT (March 26, 2017) – Christian Craig’s up and down season of 250SX racing for GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda gained yet another twist after a dramatic weekend at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Craig collided with Alex Martin in practice, and the move sent Martin over a berm and down hard. Martin was knocked out of racing for the night. As a penalty, the AMA and FIM assigned Craig the last gate selection for the night’s main event, but then a strange thing happened during this day of drama for Craig: he ended up logging his best ride of the season.
“Well, yesterday went from terrible to great to pretty good. As everyone knows, I had a practice incident with Alex Martin. I let my frustrations get the best of me in the heat of the moment. I could sit here and explain my side of the story but I’ll still end up in the wrong so I won’t,” said Craig, who took to his personal Instagram account to apologize to Martin. “Anyway, I got penalized and fined by the AMA. No matter what I got in my heat I would have last gate pick for the main. I ended up winning my heat which was such a good confidence booster for me. I’ve been mentally broken this season and I’ve been trying to get myself to where I was last year. I feel like I’m back as my normal self again. I rode like I knew how and I didn’t give up. I got the holeshot and led every lap. I know it was only a heat race win but that one felt really good.”
With the 22nd gate pick in the main event, Craig had no choice but to go wide open into turn one and hope for the best. He very nearly pulled off a good start, but at the last moment he came into contact with a pileup building from the inside, and that sent him into the tuff blocks.
“Going into the main I obviously knew I was going to be last pick so I took the outside gate and was just gonna go for it,” says Craig. “I actually got a really good start but was caught in a first turn pile up. I would have for sure gotten a top five start if that [the crash] hadn’t happened. I started in 18th and made my way to seventh. With one more lap I could have gotten the two guys in front of me but I was just happy to see myself fight again. This season has been rough and it sucks it’s taken me this many rounds to find myself again but I’m thankful I’m healthy and ready for St. Louis next weekend.”
Craig will continue as the lone 250SX East rider for GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda, as new team member Cameron McAdoo will miss this weekend’s race in St. Louis while he waits for a deep cut on his hand to heal properly.