Glendale, AZ (Jan 27, 2018) - A challenging, technical Monster Energy Supercross track at University of Phoenix Stadium outside of Phoenix, Arizona held great potential for the GEICO Honda duo of Christian Craig and Chase Sexton. It never quite materialized, though, as Craig was taken down early in the main event and finished tenth, while Sexton logged a solid but unspectacular race to net fifth.
"Phoenix was pretty solid," said Sexton. "Felt pretty good on the bike all day qualifying fifth in practice. Track was fun and super hard pack which was tough for sure but I think this was our most technical track so far, which I felt suited me well. In the night show I never really felt that intensity and spark that I've had at the other rounds. I felt like I was riding good at times and my speed was good once again but I have to work on being more consistent. Overall thankful and happy to come away with a top five and looking forward to Oakland."
Craig had good memories from the stadium where he delivered his first career 250SX win, but it was spoiled almost immediately in the main event.
"Hard day overall in Glendale. Couldn't get comfortable at all but worked my way through it," said Craig. "Had a solid second in my heat race. My start for the main was pretty bad. I started mid pack but was able to work my way up pretty quickly then got taken out by [Justin] Hill early on which put me half a lap down because I had to go into the mechanics' area. Then made my way through the pack up to tenth. Super bummed on the night as that's one of my favorite races of the year but hopefully I got my bad race out of the way! Lucky to be healthy and moving on to Oakland where better things are in sight."
Craig and Sexton will compete this weekend in Oakland, California.
GEICO Honda Results | Glendale Supercross
5. Chase Sexton
10. Christian Craig