Christian Craig Yoshimura Video: Ready to Be a Champion

Yoshimura profiles GEICO Honda rider Christian Craig, who returns healthy and ready to race the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season.

Yoshimura has produced the following video, highlighting GEICO Honda rider Christian Craig.

Christian Craig is back for the 2018 supercross and motocross season with GEICO Honda.

Craig, returns to action in 2018 armed with the all-new 2018 Honda CRF250R and the talent to win races, having finished as high as third in previous 250cc supercross series attempts. In 2017 he finished sixth in the Monster Energy AMA 250 SX East Series points standings after finishing on the podium once. He then joined Team Honda HRC to contest the Lucas Oil 450cc Pro Motocross Championship as a fill-in for injured Team Honda HRC star Ken Roczen.

Craig didn’t enjoy a very healthy season on the factory Honda CRF450R. In just his second race with the team, at Glen Helen Raceway, he led the first four laps of the second moto, only to crash and suffer a boxer’s fracture while running in third place. Two weeks after undergoing surgery to have a plate inserted in his hand Craig returned to action at the 2017 High Point National.

Injuries have been a stumbling block for the talented Craig, son of former Team Yamaha factory racer Mike Craig, for much of his career. In 2009 he was testing in preparation for the supercross season with his Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda factory team when he suffered a grinding crash. After being rushed to the hospital, Christian underwent an 11-hour surgery to repair his badly broken back. Through sheer determination and a lot of rehab, Craig was able to return to racing with the team in 2011, only to suffer more injuries in both 2011 and 2012.

Craig (48) filled-in for the injured Ken Roczen on the Team Honda HRC CRF450R in the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, only to suffer an injury himself. He came back and finished 11th in the series points standings. PHOTO BY RAS PHOTO.

Craig announced his retirement from racing before the start of the 2014 season, in which he would finish 21st overall in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. During the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, he was brought out of retirement when the GEICO Honda team needed a fill-in rider for Justin Bogle. Returning full-time in 2016, he enjoyed his best career series finish, scoring a win at the Phoenix 250Sx West round and going on to finish third in the series. Switching to the 250cc East series for 2017, he posted one podium finish and went on to finish sixth in the final standings.

It will be interesting to see what kind of damage a fully healthy Christian Craig can do in 2018.