WASHOUGAL, Wash. (July 23, 2016) – After six straight grueling weekends of Pro Motocross, a two-week break couldn’t come at a better time for the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda motocross squad. The team suffered through a disappointing weekend at round nine of the season in Washougal, Wash., and looks to bounce back when the series resumes.
RJ Hampshire had the best result for the team at Washougal, with 15th overall and 18-14 moto scores. He wasn’t happy about those results and would rather just think about what’s ahead. “Awful weekend,” he said. “Thankful to be healthy and ready to figure things out during this break and come out swinging for the last three races. The team is all-in and we are ready to turn it around, finish the year strong and get ready for next year.”
On the other end, pro rookie Tristan Charboneau was happy with his riding, but felt circumstances hampered his results. He went 19-16 for 18th overall.
“Got to the track and had the confidence, but in practice I was a bit off; just struggling with suspension and tire setups,” said Charboneau, who actually grew up in Washington. “Came off the gate for my first moto, got a good jump, but got pinched in the first corner. I tucked in behind Austin Forkner for a few laps and we were picking off people, then I managed to go down, twice. In the same corner! Made my way back to 19th. Second moto, had an awesome start! Came into the S turns after the downhill, and Cooper Webb decided he wanted to make a road block, so everybody was piled up going everywhere. I actually made my way through about seventh, but then I fell in the next corner and went back to 30th. Managed to come back to 16th. I learned this much: I need to work on not crashing!”
Jimmy Decotis made his third motocross appearance with the team this year at Washougal and felt better, but bad starts hurt him. He went 30-20 for 23rd overall.
“Washougal was better; good progress with the bike,” said Decotis. “Mike [LaRocco, Team Manager] helped me make changes throughout the day and, by the second moto, I was really happy with my setup. Just two bad starts put me way back in the beginning of each moto. Charged hard and made progress, but this class is stacked and starting 30th makes it hard to make up ground. I’m happy to be racing no matter the results; tough day, but we’ll keep digging for more progress.”