Craig Ninth at Final Triple Crown Race in Minneapolis
Round 14 of the AMA Supercross series at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis played host to the season’s third and final Triple Crown event, where Team Honda HRC’s Christian Craig overcame falls in the first two races to secure ninth overall with 14-10-7 results. Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Justin Brayton was the top Red Rider in the premier 450SX division, finishing just shy of the podium in fourth, with a 4-2-5 tally.
- With temperatures dropping below 30 degrees and blizzard snow conditions in Minneapolis, Team Honda HRC opted to pit inside the stadium rather than make the trip back and forth to and from their tech truck. “We were originally going to just pit inside the trailer like normal, but when the weather started to get bad even before the riders’ meeting, we decided it would make it easier to move everything inside and pit in the tunnel,” mechanic Rich Simmons explained. “We put together everything that we thought we’d need, and if we were missing something, we’d have someone run back up to the trailer to grab it.”
- During the daytime qualifying practice, Christian Craig was the top Red Rider in the 450SX class, scoring the fourth-fastest time with a 49.262” lap. Only .1 seconds off of Craig’s time, Justin Brayton was eighth overall with a 49.362” time.
- Team Honda HRC was pleased to host Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and his crew at the Minneapolis Supercross. The four-time and reigning MotoGP champion was in the U.S. early for this coming weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas, to be held in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard is a huge supercross fan and frequently rides a CRF450R during his off-season.
- After scoring his first victory of the season at the previous 250SX East race in Indianapolis, GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin was eager to return to action in front of his home crowd. The Minnesota native didn’t disappoint, starting the day off with the second-fastest qualifying time of 49.090”. Throughout the three races, Martin continued to charge aboard his CRF250R, finishing 3-3-1 to capture his second victory of the year.
- Following a one-year hiatus from Gillette Stadium, the AMA Supercross series returns to Foxborough, Massachusetts, this Saturday, April 21. Prior to all the action, Craig, Martin, Brayton, and Vince Friese will make an appearance at Bettencourt’s Honda starting at 6 p.m.
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“Tonight was tough, honestly. All day I struggled with my breathing and I’m not sure why because this hasn’t happened to me before. I was able to put a fast time down for practice, qualifying fourth. In the main events, I struggled and kept having to remind myself to breath, which was spiking my heart rate. I almost felt like my body was shutting down. The first race was the worst after my crash. I got better with it through the night, luckily, but still nowhere near happy. I was able to push through my own battles and finish ninth overall. It’s been a hard couple weekends but I’ll get through it. I’m going to focus on a lot of things this week and come back fresh next weekend in Foxboro.”
“Christian rode really tight tonight and we’re not sure why. He was having a hard time getting his breathing dialed and under control, so he struggled a bit, especially in the opening race. He did ride really well in the second race though, when he got behind a group of guys and kind of fell into their pace and rhythm. Unfortunately, he went down briefly a little bit later and lost his rhythm. By the time the last race came around, I think he was a little discouraged, but he still rode solid despite that and finished seventh. A top 10 is something Christian can learn and build from in the final few supercross races this season.”
450 SX Main Event Results
|1||Tomac Eli||3||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||1-4-3|
|2||Anderson Jason||21||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna||Husqvarna||2-6-1|
|3||Musquin Marvin||25||FRA||Red Bull KTM||KTM||7-1-2|
|4||Brayton Justin||10||USA||Muc-Off Honda||Honda||4-2-5|
|5||Barcia Justin||51||USA||TLD/Red Bull GasGas||GasGas||3-7-4|
|6||Peick Weston||23||USA||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki||5-3-11|
|7||Bowers Tyler||83||USA||Bowers Racing||Kawasaki||8-8-6|
|8||Baggett Blake||4||USA||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM||6-5-12|
|9||Craig Christian||28||USA||Star Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||14-10-7|
|10||Wilson Dean||15||GBR||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna||Husqvarna||9-9-13|
|11||Bloss Benny||73||USA||SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda||Honda||10-14-8|
|12||Friese Vince||62||USA||SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda||Honda||11-11-10|
|13||Reed Chad||22||AUS||Mountain Motorsports/CBDmd/CR22 Racing||KTM||12-13-9|
|14||Stewart Malcolm||27||USA||Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||15-12-15|
|15||Cunningham Kyle||39||USA||H.E.P Motorsports||Suzuki||13-15-16|
|17||Lamay Ben||71||USA||TPJ/Fly Racing||Honda||18-17-17|
|18||Miller Henry||81||USA||Trigger Racing||Yamaha||17-18-18|
|19||Tedder Dakota||111||USA||Team Tedder/Monster Energy/Lucas Oil/KTM Racing||KTM||19-19-20|
|20||Pauli Theodore||282||USA||Outlaw Motorsports||Kawasaki||21-20-19|
|21||Raper Deven||USA||RJC Racing||Kawasaki||20-21-21|
|22||Webb Cooper||2||USA||Red Bull KTM||KTM||22-22-22|
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