LAKEWOOD, Colo. (June 4, 2016) – After a disastrous outing a week ago in California that left the squad battered and bruised, the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team regrouped with solid finishes at round three of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, the True Value Thunder Valley National, near Denver.
Jordon Smith was one of four team riders to leave last weekend’s race hurting, but he said he felt fine by race day this time. He bounced back with 5-12 moto scores for seventh overall in the 250MX class.
“I had a pretty good weekend. I like the track here in Colorado and my bike was good today,” said Smith. “I got off to a good start in the first moto and was running up front pressuring the leaders for the first few laps. I ended up getting a little arm pump around half way and dropped back to fifth. Second moto I had a decent top 10 start and ended up falling on the first lap. I fell pretty far back; not exactly sure what place I was in, but put my head down and charged back to 12th in the moto for a seventh overall. Definitely need to put two motos together for the rest of the season. I know that’s what I need to work on, so I’m going to try to put in a lot of work during this week off and be as ready as I can be for High Point.”
Justin Bogle couldn’t even line up for the second moto last week due to a massive cut on his hand, which was the result of an accident while cutting open an avocado. He skipped riding during the week to let the hand heal and came away with 10th overall in the 450MX class via 7-13 finishes.
“It was better,” said Bogle. “I had my goals for the day and I met them. I qualified good. First moto was actually really good for me. I didn’t have the best start and I came through and finished seventh. Making progress and getting closer to where I need to be, but we’re not there yet. Second moto was tough and I still had trouble holding on. No excuses; that’s on me and I have to just ride that one out because it was something I did to myself. That moto was tough. I was so much better than that and it was a bummer. I didn’t ride all week and I might not be able to ride again this week because it [the wound] split back open. The incident, it’s my own dumb fault – might as well say it! But we made progress today, so I’m happy.”
RJ Hampshire was the only rider on the team not injured last week. Unfortunately he didn’t get the results he wanted in Colorado, going 10-14 for 12th overall.
“Rough weekend. Felt good on the bike all day. Got tangled up on both starts and was way back!” he said. “Felt like my speed was good enough to be with the top guys, but just didn’t start up there then made stupid mistakes all day. Second moto, I hit the ground pretty hard around 20 minutes in just as I had caught up to a pack of guys. Forgetting this weekend and looking forward to heading east!”
As for the other injured riders, Christian Craig has come through surgery for his broken leg and hasn’t been ruled out for a return at some point before the end of the season. Rookie Tristan Charboneau has had his broken collarbone plated and expects to return for the next race at High Point in Pennsylvania on June 18.
In addition, GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda amateur team rider Chase Sexton was on hand to watch in Colorado. He will make his pro debut later this summer once he completes the AMA Amateur National Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in August. With Sexton set to join the team later this year, Charboneau’s comeback scheduled for the next event and Craig working on rehab, the team does not plan on bringing on any fill-in riders at this time.