Craig Ninth at Final Triple Crown Race in Minneapolis

Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

  Minneapolis Supercross

AMA Supercross 2018   Round 14

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.




NOTES

  • 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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Christian Craig  32

“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.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“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.”

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

“There were positives and negatives to take away from today. Christian was happy with his bike setup all day and was able to break back into the top 10 overall, so that’s good. He struggled with a few things though, in terms of his breathing and making a few mistakes, which cost him positions. I know he wants to get back to where he was when he first jumped on the bike, so he’s got three more supercross races to do that.”

450 SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 26 Monster Energy Kawasaki 1-4-3
2 Anderson Jason 21 USA 23 Rockstar Husqvarna 2-6-1
3 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 21 Red Bull KTM 7-1-2
4 Brayton Justin 10 USA 19 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing 4-2-5
5 Barcia Justin 51 USA 18 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team 3-7-4
6 Peick Weston 23 USA 17 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing 5-3-11
7 Bowers Tyler 69 USA 16 Bowers Racing 8-8-6
8 Baggett Blake 4 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS 6-5-12
9 Craig Christian 32 USA 14 Team Honda HRC 14-10-7
10 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 13 Rockstar Husqvarna 9-9-13
11 Blose Benny 934 USA 12 Bloss Racing 10-14-8
12 Friese Vince 45 USA 11 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing 11-11-10
13 Reed Chad 22 AUS 10 CR22 12-13-9
14 Stewart Malcolm USA 9 Ride365.com/Stewart Racing 15-12-15
15 Cunningham Kyle 39 USA 8 H.E.P Motorsports 13-15-16
16 Soubeyras Cedric 201 FRA 7 None 16-16-14
17 Lamay Ben 907 USA 6 TPJ.com/Fly Racing 18-17-17
18 Miller Henry 81 USA 5 Trigger Racing 17-18-18
19 Tedder Dakota 90 USA 4 Team Tedder 19-19-20
20 Pauli Theodore 282 USA 3 Outlaw Motorsports 21-20-19
21 Raper  Deven USA 2 RJC Racing 20-21-21
22 Webb Cooper 2 USA 1 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team 22-22-22

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Anderson Jason 21 USA 311 Rockstar Husqvarna
2 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 272 Red Bull KTM
3 Tomac Eli 3 USA 246 Monster Energy Kawasaki
4 Brayton Justin 10 USA 232 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
5 Baggett Blake 4 USA 224 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 Peick Weston 23 USA 202 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
7 Tickle Broc 20 USA 184 Red Bull KTM
8 Webb Cooper 2 USA 181 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
9 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 165 Rockstar Husqvarna
10 Stewart Malcolm USA 134 Ride365.com/Stewart Racing
11 Barcia Justin 51 USA 131 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
12 Friese Vince 45 USA 130 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
13 Seely Cole 14 USA 124 Team Honda HRC
14 Bowers Tyler 69 USA 123 Bowers Racing
15 Reed Chad 22 AUS 122 CR22
16 Roczen Ken 94 GER 102 Team Honda HRC
17 Blose Benny 934 USA 99 Bloss Racing
18 Cunningham Kyle 39 USA 86 H.E.P Motorsports
19 Craig Christian 32 USA 84 Team Honda HRC
20 Grant Joshua 33 USA 83 Monster Energy Kawasaki
21 Lamay Ben 907 USA 71 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
22 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 48 Chisholm Racing
23 Soubeyras Cedric 201 FRA 40 None
24 Martin Jeremy 6 USA 36 GEICO Honda
25 Ray Alex USA 22 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha
26 Martinez Cole 68 USA 20 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha
27 Enticknap Adam 722 USA 19 The Privateer Journey
28 Hill Justin 46 USA 18 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
29 Tedder Dakota 90 USA 18 Team Tedder
30 Miller Henry 81 USA 15 Trigger Racing

 

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