ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S CHRISTIAN CRAIG MAKES THE BEST OF A TOUGH NIGHT – Motocross Efficiency Journal


 It has been a tough couple of weeks for The Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing Workforce, with a season-ending knee harm to Malcolm Stewart; and one other harm that put Jalek Swoll on the sidelines earlier than the beginning of the AMA Supercross 250 East collection. Whereas Christian Craig troopers on because the lone 450 rider, Talon Hawkins acquired the decision earlier within the week to make his skilled debut in Swoll’s place aboard an FC 250 at Houston.

250SX East

Whereas Talon Hawkins had raced the Supercross Futures the week in Anaheim the week earlier than, he discovered the motion in Houston a bit frenzied. He didn’t get the beginning he was searching for in the primary occasion, however stored pushing, shifting as much as 11th on the end.

“There’s not a lot downtime, so it’s very totally different from something I’ve ever accomplished earlier than,” Talon mentioned. “In any respect the beginner races you may have a lot time in between every race. So it was undoubtedly a change of tempo to be on the market. It’s loopy, the depth is simply so excessive, proper off the gate. So now I do know what to work on, I’m able to get again on the market subsequent weekend.”

450SX

Christian Craig continued his ahead progress throughout qualifying, clocking in with the seventh-fastest time aboard his FC 450 Rockstar Version. Sadly, a crash early in the primary occasion dropped him to the again of the pack, however after remounting he put his head down and labored his manner again to 11th place.

“I used to be spunky in observe and I felt super-confident in my bike from the adjustments we made in the course of the week,” mentioned Craig. “In my warmth race I simply rode super-cautious early and form of rode round. In the primary occasion I crashed within the second flip and it acquired red-flagged so we had a staggered restart. I did what I might from final place and simply put my head down. It wasn’t a very good end result however we’re wholesome and simply must determine this out.”

Subsequent Occasion (Spherical 6): February 11, 2023 – Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL

Spherical 5 Outcomes: Houston

250SX East – Principal Occasion

1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda)

2. Max Anstie (Honda)

3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha)

11. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing

16. Hardy Munoz (Husqvarna)

450SX – Principal Occasion

1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha)

2. Chase Sexton (Honda)

3. Jason Anderson (Kawasaki)

11. Christian Craig – Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing

250SX East Rider Level Standings

1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) – 26 factors

2. Max Anstie (Honda) – 23 factors

3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 21 factors

11. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing – 12 factors

16. Hardy Munoz (Husqvarna) – 7 factors

450SX Rider Level Standings

1. Eli Tomac – 95 factors

2. Chase Sexton – 88 factors

3. Cooper Webb – 83 factors

12. Christian Craig – Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing – 46 factors

18. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing – 15 factors