Glen Helen: 2017
San Bernardino, California (May 27, 2017) – While bad luck continues to hound the GEICO Honda team, Jeremy Martin made one point perfectly clear during round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Glen Helen Raceway: he’s fast enough to win. The two-time 250MX National Champion grabbed a massive holeshot in the first moto and pulled away to an uncontested victory. In moto two, he powered away with another holeshot, but then hit a slick spot on the track and crashed all the way back to last place. He logged an amazing charge to pass over 30 riders, finishing the moto in seventh to salvage second overall with 1-7 scores.
“Things are good, we made some improvements from Hangtown,” said Martin. “I was a little nervous there, I hadn’t raced since Daytona. We made some improvements mid-week this week, and the improvements were night and day. It’s taken me a long time to learn the Honda, I’ve definitely learned a lot about having an open mind. Great to get that start and the moto win.
“I rocketed out to the holeshot again [in moto two],” he continued. “I knew it was wet there from the parade lap, but after we lined up they rewatered it again. I’m not too pumped on that because it cost me—maybe I should have been more cautious but we’re all going for it there. It was the opening lap. It was just overwatered.”
Jimmy Decotis had a nice bounce back from a tough opener last week, locking down a solid eleventh in the first moto. Bike problems knocked him out of moto two, leaving him in 17th overall for the day.
“These first two rounds have been tough for me,” said Decotis. “I’ve been struggling with a sickness since the week before Hangtown and feel my body is now just slowly starting to come around again. I qualified 11th and then I finished 11th in the first moto and we had a mechanical DNF in the second Moto. Everyone at GEICO Honda works so hard for me and we will bounce back at Colorado. Although 11th isn’t what I want it was a good building block for me in the outdoors. Can’t wait to get my body back to 100 percent.”
Rookie Cameron McAdoo showed his potential for most of moto two, starting 16th and moving up to tenth before a huge crash ended his day. McAdoo was not injured.
“Glen Helen was a rough one for us,” said McAdoo. “My bike broke in moto one, but in moto two I was finally up in the fight and feeling pretty good. About 25 minutes into the moto I hit neutral off the face of a jump that had some ruts and kickers which resulted in a pretty big crash ending my day. It was not fun! Glad I’m healthy and we will be out there fighting next weekend!”
GEICO Honda team member Christian Craig has been riding a CRF450R as a fill-in rider for the Honda HRC factory team, and he was a front runner at Glen Helen in the big bike class. Craig battled for a podium placing before a late crash left him with a broken bone in his hand. Luckily, the break is simple and Craig should be able to return to racing shortly.
“Glen Helen was overall pretty positive for me,” said Craig. “I felt awesome all day and was excited for the day in general and motivated more than ever to show where I belong. The first moto I got a really good start and was running third almost the entire moto until Eli [Tomac] got me. I finished in fourth, which is my best finish in a 450 moto. I was pumped with how I rode and where my fitness was. Knowing I am able to run up front with the best in our sport is a good boost to my confidence. Second moto started out great too. I pulled the holeshot, led four laps then was passed by [Blake] Baggett and [Jason] Anderson. They were charging hard but I kept with them for awhile. Twenty minutes in, my front end tucked on a jump and I went down hard. I punched the dirt with my hand really good and ended up getting a boxer break. Luckily the break isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. I will be getting it plated on Monday and I’m hoping to be back on the bike within a couple weeks. Although my day ended with an injury I’m pleased overall with my riding today and happy I was able to put my bike up front. I can’t thank the entire team enough for always being positive and supporting me through the good and bad. Looking forward to getting back out front!”
Round three of the championship takes place this coming Saturday at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colorado.
GEICO Honda Results
Glen Helen National
2. Jeremy Martin
17. Jimmy Decotis
35. Cameron McAdoo
12. Christian Craig