The GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross Series heads to another new venue for its Sept. 11 event, and Team GEICO Powersports owner JT Bennett can’t wait to see how his riders tackle the Comcast Arena layout.
JT Bennett says: "We’ve never been to Washington and I always look forward to checking out a new track. Sometimes you get in a rut making the same drive to the same arenas. It’s cool to have something new."
GEICO Powersports’ Kyle Redmond, a 22-year old, had a breakthrough race in Indianapolis last time out, and he’ll try to lead the team charge once again in the great Northwest.
JT Bennett says: "This was the first I’ve worked with Kyle and I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t think he knew what to expect on our side either. At first we were kind of feeling each other out, but now we’re really starting to click. He’s got a lot of talent."
Redmond said he’s had some great practice sessions during the recent break and hopes to break the death grip that series points leader Taddy Blazuiak has on the No. 1 spot on the podium.
Kyle Redmond says: "Indy was a pretty big morale booster for me. I’ve been training a lot and feel good. Once you get on the podium, you want to get back, and it seems you start to ride better automatically."
"I’m still learning, but this year I think I’ve ridden my best ever. I’m trying to be more consistent with it."
The team’s other top rider, Geoff Aaron, ran into mechanical troubles last time out, but knows that was just a temporary setback.
Geoff Aaron says: "I am looking forward to a podium that’s dominated by GEICO Powersports riders real soon. Last race was a bummer, but it goes with the territory. Racing can be tough on you sometimes."
"I was still riding strong in qualifying and won my heat race. I just wound up smashing my bike into a rock in the main event and the thing didn’t want to play after that."
"I’m looking for some of those big Pacific Northwest logs on the track this weekend. Every track has its own wrinkle and I can’t wait to see how this one rides."
Bennett agreed that Aaron, the No. 2 man in the standings, won’t be down for long.
JT Bennett says: "Geoff is a 10-time U.S. Trials champion. He brings such a level of professionalism to the team. He had some bad luck at the last race, but he’s fired up to get back out there and redeem himself."
Qualifying for Saturday’s event begins at noon PDT from Comcast Arena. Opening ceremonies for the main even begin at 7:30 p.m.