With the GEICO AMA Endurocross Series down to its last two events, the riders on the GEICO Honda team have some major goals to accomplish before putting the wraps on 2011.
Ten-time National Trials Champion Geoff Aaron is looking to get back on top of the podium before the year is out. He won an event last year and would like to at least equal that accomplishment by winning this Saturday at the Idaho Center.
“I’m actually trying to settle down a little bit,” Aaron said. “I felt like the last race in Denver was a good ride for me. I didn’t make any big mistakes and rode solid, like I should be riding. I hope to use that success and keep going.”
Aaron is in a battle for second place in the season points with Mike Brown. So far, Brown has earned 102 points on the year, while Aaron sits at 97. A win would also break the five-race winning streak points leader Taddy Blazusiak is currently on.
“I’ve been practicing a lot,” Aaron said. “Sometimes during a race you can try too hard and take a step backwards. You have to pace yourself and be solid everywhere. I’ve had a really busy schedule this year between my moto trials program and Endurocross. The last couple of weeks I’ve really been able to focus on the Endurocross.”
It’s been three weeks since the Endurocross series has had an event, and GEICO Honda rider Kyle Redmond hopes the extra time off helps both his physical and mental preparation.
“It’s good to have that time to recover,” Redmond said. “It gives you time to train and fix your bike if you’ve done any damage to it at the last race. I’ve been doing a lot of work with my trainer, so I feel like I’m really prepared for this weekend. With the next race always a couple of weeks away, you don’t feel like you have to worry about anything but this weekend’s event.”
Redmond is in the middle of a three-way battle for seventh place. Just 11 points separates seventh place Gary Sutherlin and ninth place Kevin Rookstool with Redmond sandwiched in between, one point ahead of Rookstool.
Boise is another new stop for the GEICO AMA Endurocross Series and Aaron expects to see an enthusiastic, knowledgeable crowd.
“Idaho is a big off-road riding area,” Aaron said. “Hopefully we’ll have some new fans out there and we’ll all have a great weekend.”
Practice gets under way at 10 a.m. MDT Saturday at the Idaho Center. Qualifying begins at noon with the main show getting under way at 7:30 p.m.