GEICO Honda rider, Geoff Aaron, charged to a third-place podium finish at Saturday’s GEICO AMA Endurocross Series event at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
“Overall I am happy to be up on the podium at a national event but it was a little crazy out there,” Aaron said. “I had some mechanical issues in the heat race and because I limped through that race it gave me a poor gate pick for the main. My start on the main was not horrible, but not perfect either. I dealt with it and tried to be smart and smooth.”
After spending about half of the Endurocross season making changes to his new GEICO Honda, the fine-tuning seems to be paying off.
“Some guys in front of me got tangled up in the main and that allowed me to pass them,” Aaron said. “Then I just tried to hang on to third. I think I rode a pretty steady race and I am happy with the changes we have made to the bikes. We changed out the cylinder to try and get some more power going and now the bikes are much more competitive.”
The 10-time National Trials Champion currently sits in third in the point standings, behind Taddy Blazusiak and Mike Brown.
“I want to finish out this series strong,” Aaron said. “It will be good to go to Vegas. It’s a double points round and I have a few weeks to prep for it so I want to be on my bike every day. I hope to win that last race.”
GEICO Honda rider Kyle Redmond rode hard and confidently through the heat race and pro semifinal, in which he earned the holeshot. He held a comfortable lead the entire race and won, wire to wire.
“I felt good going into the main but I just didn’t ride well when it counted,” Redmond said. “I not happy with my riding right now. I crashed at one point and from that I just could not work my way back through the pack. I really like that this track was hard because I think it evened up the playing field. When these tracks are technical it makes it challenging for everyone, which I like.”
GEICO rider Matt Crouch continues to experience the unique uncertainties that Endurocross racing holds. This track’s technicalities posed many challenges for the young rider.
“GEICO has been so supportive of me and I’m so thankful they are sticking with me,” Crouch said. “I feel like I rode well tonight. My practice runs today were not the best but racing the heat, the semis and the LCQ went well even though I wasn’t able to make it into the main. I got some serious points which is what I needed. I’m disappointed I didn’t make the main but still happy with my night.”
Crouch sits comfortably in the top 20 in points heading into the championship race in Las Vegas.
Fellow GEICO rider Ryan Rodger’s night was cut short due to bike mechanical difficulties.
“I raced pretty well in the heat race,” Rodgers said. “I went back to the pit after my heat race and something on my bike had broken. I couldn’t even get my bike started up again. We didn’t have the parts with us to fix the bike so that was the end of my night.”
The final race of the year takes place Nov. 19 at the Orleans Center in Las Vegas.