Craig Grabs Top Five for GEICO Honda in St. Louis
April 2, 2017 ST. LOUIS, MO – GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig was looking forward to a fresh start when Monster Energy Supercross arrived at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. He ended last week’s main event in Detroit with solid lap times and a great comeback, from nearly last to seventh. He improved in St. Louis, finishing fifth, but was still disappointed that a bad start in the main event continued to hamper any chance of making the podium.
“Practice started off good, ended up qualifying fifth,” said Craig. “Going into my heat I had third gate pick. I got a pretty good start and ended up coming out first in the first turn. Joey [Savatgy] took a different line so he passed me through the first rhythm section. I stayed on him the entire race which was really good for me. I never let him out of sight and kept fighting. The main event is the same story I’ve been telling all season, I feel like. A crappy jump left me almost last and I had to work my way up, once again. I ended up getting fifth which was good compared to where I started but extremely frustrating at this point. I’m not a fifth place guy and I hope other people still believe that.”
Craig, who sits sixth in the 250SX East Region standings, will get two more cracks at it this year, with a small break before the New Jersey supercross on April 29, and then the Las Vegas finale the following weekend. In between, West Region 250SX resumes, with GEICO Honda sending Jeremy Martin and Jimmy Decotis back into competition this upcoming weekend in Seattle.