2011 AMA Endurocross
The third stop of the GEICO Endurocross tour takes place this Friday in the Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the riders of the flagship GEICO Honda race team are ready to take command of the challenging series.
Leading the charge as always is 10-time U.S. National Trials champion Geoff Aaron of Bailey, Colo., who posted a strong second-place finish two weeks ago in Seattle. A runner-up to reigning series champion Taddy Blazusiak in last year’s points, Aaron once again finds himself looking up at the talented rider from Poland in the current rankings. Last year, Aaron was the only riders besides KTM’s Blazusiak to win a race.
Geoff Aaron (GEICO Honda CRF250R Endurocross) says: “It’s early in the season but to me this Indy race is crucial. Taddy’s too good to let out of your sight. He’s already won the first two races this year and if we don’t do something to slow him down, we’ll all be fighting for second place.
“I’ve been working very hard, riding every day to get stronger. It’s also taken a lot of work to get these Hondas up to speed but I feel like we’re very close. They start their lives as motocross bikes so we have to adapt them to meet the demands of Endurocross racing. They want to run wide-open, and this sport requires more technical riding. But considering this is our first year with them, we’re really pumped up.”
Joining Aaron in Indy are teammates Kyle Redmond, Matt Crouch and Ryan Rodgers.
Redmond, who became a bona fide challenger for the podium last year, has been nursing a banged-up elbow suffered in Seattle when Kevin Rookstool ran into him from behind in the pond section. Adding to the injury was an infection in the wound that ultimately has kept Redmond off his GEICO Honda since the incident.
Kyle Redmond (GEICO Honda CRF250R Endurocross) says: “I’m feeling pretty good but it’s been tough not riding for two weeks,” Redmond said. “I couldn’t tell you the last time I went two weeks without riding, but I’ve been on a bike my whole life so I hope it won’t hurt me too much when the race starts.
“I will be riding with an elbow pad that’s been modified to protect my elbow as much as possible. It feels a little bulky but my doctor wants me to use it so I’ll make it work. Once the race starts I need to put all of this out of my head and just ride. I want to challenge for the win.”
Crouch has more modest goals after a lackluster start to his season in Seattle.
Matt Crouch (GEICO Honda CRF250R Endurocross) says: “If I can make the field for the main event and get a top-five finish, that would be huge,” Crouch said. “I’ve been riding a lot with Rory Mead, who has joined our GNCC team to fill-in for Jimmy (Jarrett), and he’s been a great asset for me. I’m also switching from the 450 I ride in GNCC to a 250 for the race and I think that will help me a bunch. The 450 is just too much bike for an Endurocross course.”
Rodgers and JG Offroad team owner JT Bennett will also attend the Indy race. Rodgers currently holds the No. 18 spot in the points.