MILLVILLE, Minn. (July 16, 2016) – Millville, Minnesota’s Spring Creek Motocross Park is one of the most popular events on the Pro Motocross Championship schedule, and one of the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda riders ended the weekend with some good vibes. RJ Hampshire scored a solid ninth overall after consistent 10-11 finishes in the two motos. The finish matches Hampshire’s rank in the series standings, with ninth.
“Weekend was better. My bike and riding were better than what they have been,” said Hampshire. “Starts sucked again, which was a bummer because I feel like I had the speed to be up there. Crashed first lap of first moto and came from outside of the top 20 to 10th. Second moto, worked my way up to 10th again and stalled it – lost a couple spots and a lot of time. I’ll take the ninth overall and get ready for next weekend.”
The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team believes in close camaraderie between its riders, but things got a little two close between Jimmy Decotis and Tristan Charboneau, who ended up crashing into each other twice in the first moto. A series of setbacks led to forgettable results for both riders, who are just rejoining the series after missing the first half of the year with surgeries.
Charboneau, a rookie pro, was racing for the first time since breaking his collarbone at the second round of the championship in California. He ended up with 21-20 finishes and 22nd overall.
“Practice was difficult for me; trying to jump right back into that fast pace was hard,” said Charboneau. “First moto I got a top-10 start or so, but on the first lap me and Jimmy D got together and crashed, putting us back a good bit. Then we came together again on the second lap, putting us both back in last! I managed to make it back to 21st by the end of the first moto. Second moto, that gave me a bad gate pick leading to a bad start. I got pinched pretty bad in the first corner and was really far back. I struggled more in the second moto trying to make my way around people and ended up 20th. To say the least, it was a terrible weekend for a comeback race. Move on to Washougal (Washington) this weekend and run that hometown soil.”
After arm-pump surgery following the Monster Energy Supercross season, Decotis joined the series last weekend for his home race at Southwick and is still working on his speed.
“Weekend was okay; had a good first practice, but second one wasn’t as good,” he said. “First moto I had a good start – around top five. I got shuffled back to maybe eighth or ninth, then I tipped over and me and Chaboneau came together. He didn’t mean it, but after that crash I had no front brake. We got up together and were trying to come through the pack together, and me and Charboneau crashed together again! He came through pretty good to get 21st, but my front brake was totally messed up. I went into the mechanic’s area and we cut the line and by then I was two laps down, so I just went back to the truck.
“Second moto I got 18th, which wasn’t what I wanted,” continued Decotis. “Need some more intensity; fitness seems good. I haven’t raced outdoors in awhile, so that intensity just takes some getting used to. We’ll keep working on it.”
The team’s 450MX rider, Justin Bogle, missed the race after getting banged up in a big crash the previous weekend at Southwick. Jordon Smith, of the 250MX class, was also out for the second straight weekend after hurting his shoulder before Southwick. Both riders will be reevaluated before this weekend’s race in Washougal, Wash. At Millville, 250MX rider Christian Craig was in attendance to cheer his teammates on. Craig continues to work his way back from a broken leg and hopes to return to racing before the season is complete.