SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (May 28, 2016) – With only one of the team’s five riders even able to complete the second moto uninjured at round two of the Pro Motocross Championship, the Glen Helen National was a race the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team would like to forget. Unfortunately, some painful injuries mean they probably won’t.
“Yeah, definitely one of those days that we wish we could start over,” said Team Manager Mike LaRocco. “We lost Christian Craig in the first moto. He went to the hospital; I believe he’s going to end up having a fractured tibia and fibula. He actually came together with Jordon Smith, who got a really large contusion on his back from when he and Craig came together. So he suffered in the first moto and then couldn’t finish the second moto. So two-in-one there.”
Craig has undergone surgery on his leg and his status will be updated going forward. Smith rode well early in moto two until the pain set in and he was unable to finish. The second moto also claimed rookie Tristian Charbonneau with a possible collarbone injury.
“Tristan was seventh in the first moto, and was running in that 12-to-15 pack in the second moto,” said LaRocco. “He went down just before three laps to go and shouldered into the wall part of the rhythm lane. So he possibly fractured his collarbone. We’ll have to wait and see how that turns out. And (RJ) Hampshire, at one point I believe did an off-track into the fence! So we just had a bad day.”
Hampshire was the only rider to complete both motos successfully, taking solid 6-11 scores for ninth overall. Even the team’s 450 rider, Justin Bogle, had to deal with injury issues due to a cut on his hand suffered in a non-racing incident earlier in the week. He toughed out 15th in the first moto but couldn’t finish the second race.
“Bogle came in with some stitches in his hand and he found that he couldn’t hang on between moto one and moto two, so he didn’t even ride the second moto,” said LaRocco. “So all the way around we just had one of those days that we’d like to forget.”
With several riders on the mend, the team heads to round three of the motocross championship at Thunder Valley MX outside of Denver, Colo., next Saturday.