Foxborough, Massachusetts, played host to round 15 of the AMA Supercross series, where Team Honda HRC’s Christian Craig overcame a crash on the opening lap of the main event to turn in an 11th place finish. Craig launched his CRF450R out of the starting gate with the holeshot and early lead, but the Californian made a mistake on the opening lap, landing on some trackside Tuff Blox before hitting the ground. He remounted and rejoined the race in 19thplace. Craig began chipping away at his deficit and advanced to 11thby the checkered flag.


  • For the second time this season, riders and teams were on a daytime schedule due to the Foxborough Supercross airing live on the Fox network. The program started four hours earlier than normal, with track walk taking place at 6:30 a.m. and the racing being completed by 6 p.m. “The early schedule is kind of rough,” Christian Craig said. “It’s nice being done earlier in the evening, but waking up and getting to the track so early isn’t fun, especially for those of us who are on West Coast time—it’s basically 3:30 a.m. I definitely drank a good amount of coffee this morning!”
  • During the morning qualifying practice, Craig was 10thquickest with 55.165” time, which was secured in the day’s second session. Smartop/Bullfrog Spa/MotoConcept’s Justin Brayton was once again the top Red Rider, landing eighth overall with a 54.709” lap.
  • Brayton and Craig were both slotted in 450SX heat 1, and they launched their CRF450R race machines down the start straight in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Craig made a mistake on the second lap, losing one position. He maintained sixth through the remainder of the race, transferring directly into the main event. Despite being under pressure for much of the second half of the heat, Brayton stayed cool and collected, crossing the finish in fourth.
  • The Foxborough track posed an interesting challenge for riders, as the conditions changed substantially from qualifying practice to the evening program. “It was like a completely different track than what we had earlier,” Craig said after his heat race. “In practice, there was way more traction. The dirt was softer and it was really rutted. Now it basically went from a normal East Coast track to something we’d see on the West Coast—super dry and slippery.”
  • Race mechanics often build a close bond with the riders they work with, which could make things strange when they must work with a fill-in rider. Although Rich Simmons and Cole Seely have been working together for nearly 10 years, Simmons also has a close relationship with Christian Craig. “I don’t approach working with a fill-in rider any different than I would if it was Cole, but yes, it is different, especially if you don’t have any relationship with the rider,” Simmons said. “However, I’ve worked with and around Christian since 2010, so I know him. He’s a friend and I’ve been around him in racing, so I know his personality on and off the track. That makes it easy for me to work with him. Obviously, we all wish Cole were here racing, but Christian is here and wants to get better, so when you give him information, he applies it. I’m having a lot of fun with him.”
  • In the 250SX East class, GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin dominated the competition most of the day, posting the fastest time in qualifying before nabbing the win in 250SX heat 2. It looked as though the Minnesotan was going to continue his recent hot streak, but an unfortunate crash on the first lap of the main event left him dead last. He remounted his CRF250R and began hammering out blazing-fast laps as he charged through the pack for the remainder of the 17-lap race, taking the checkered flag in an impressive fourth—a mere 1.219 seconds off the podium. Martin’s fastest lap time of 55.183” was unmatched by the competition. He currently sits third in the championship standings with one round remaining.
  • This Saturday, Team Honda HRC will take on the penultimate round of the 2018 AMA Supercross series in Salt Lake City. On Friday, Craig and GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton will make an appearance at Honda World to sign autographs for fans, beginning at 6 p.m.

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“The day started off pretty good. I qualified first in the free practice, and while that obviously doesn’t matter, it just shows that I was comfortable right away. I went into the rest of the day happy with my bike. I didn’t have that good of a gate pick going into the main, so I ended up picking the first gate on the inside, but was confident in it because the rut was prime. I got the holeshot, which I haven’t done in a while, so that felt good. I led for about half a lap before making a dumb mistake on my part—I cross-rutted off a double and landed on some Tuff Blox. Once I got going I was in dead-last, so I just put my head down, focused, and tried to push forward the best I could all the way to the end. I probably could’ve ridden better toward the end and made up a few more positions, but it could’ve been worse. I’m happy with my start and am going to take what I learned into these last two races.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Christian got an awesome start and rode strong for the first half of the main event. He made some good passes and worked his way up to 13th by the halfway point. Unfortunately, when he got behind Chad Reed, it seemed like his momentum stopped. He really should have gotten around him, but he began making a lot of mistakes. Overall though, 11th is good and Christian is doing a great job for us. We’re looking to finish the last two supercross races this season strong.”

AMA Supercross 2018
Race Round 15   Foxborough

450 Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Anderson Jason 21 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Baggett Blake 4 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
5 Wilson Dean 15 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Peick Weston 23 USA Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
7 Stewart Malcolm 27 USA Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
8 Brayton Justin 10 USA Muc-Off Honda Honda
9 Barcia Justin 51 USA TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
10 Reed Chad 22 AUS Mountain Motorsports/CBDmd/CR22 Racing KTM
11 Craig Christian 28 USA Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
12 Friese Vince 62 USA SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda Honda
13 Bowers Tyler 83 USA Bowers Racing Kawasaki
14 Bloss Benny 73 USA SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda Honda
15 Soubeyras Cedric 77 FRA None Suzuki
16 Miller Henry 81 USA Trigger Racing Yamaha
18 Ray Alex 87 USA SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
19 Raper  Deven USA RJC Racing Kawasaki
20 Catanzaro  AJ 330 USA SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
21 Pipes  Dustin USA TPJ/Fly Racing Suzuki
22 Cunningham Kyle 39 USA H.E.P Motorsports Suzuki
Location Information

1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA, United States - View in Google Maps