Ten-time champion Geoff Aaron rides his GEICO Christini Honda into National Western Complex for Saturday’s round of the GEICO AMA Endurocross Series with high hopes of turning his season around.
Although most riders on the tour can only dream of being one point out of the top three, where Aaron currently resides, it’s a different story for the veteran from Bailey, Colo.
“We’re plugging away at it,” said Aaron, who won this event one year ago. “It’s been a challenging season for sure. After finishing so well last year and taking second to Taddy (Blazusiak) we were hoping to challenge him from start to finish in 2011 but we’ve had a few little things crop up that have set us back a touch.”
Aaron’s team, JG Racing, switched to Hondas in the off-season and his new bike has a different ignition system as the one he rode in 2010. It’s been a hurdle both Aaron and Honda have attacked with gusto.
“The engineers at Honda have been working overtime to help us,” Aaron said. “I just received some new trick ignition parts they think will make a big difference. It’s equipment that will be way better for Endurocross applications. We will literally be trying it for the first time this weekend so we’re all very hopeful. It’s a big race for me. It’s near home so a lot of my friends and family members will be out to support us. Colorado is Endurocross country so we know the fans will be out in full force. Plus, races are slipping away fast and I have no more room for error. I need to get a win right now. A little luck wouldn’t hurt either.”
With two weeks off since the last event in California, GEICO Honda teammate Kyle Redmond feels fully recovered from an early season crash that left him bruised and battered. Despite the slow start, Redmond currently sits ninth in the season points.
“My season started horrible with the X Games and my crash,” Redmond said. “But I feel like I’m 100 percent recovered. Nothing is hurting me when I ride. Geoff and I have been training together and hopefully things come around for us this weekend. I feel like we can both finish on the podium.”
The California native said a late stumble at the last race, cost him a shot a top-three finish. It’s something that’s on his mind as he heads to Denver.
“I came so close to a podium,” Redmond said. “I’m seeing this race as a shot at redeeming myself. Running both the Endurocross race and racing GNCC in the same weekend last time out really helped me get my confidence back. I’m coming to Denver with an aggressive mindset.”
Practice for Saturday’s event begins 10 a.m. MDT at the National Western Complex. Opening ceremonies get under way at 7:30 p.m.