CHRISTIAN CRAIG CONTINUES CLIMB UP SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
EIGHTH OVERALL IN ARLINGTON TRIPLE CROWN MATCHES HIS SERIES STANDING.
Christian Craig moved up two spots in the championship standings to eighth position after finishing the Triple Crown with a 7-8-8 score for eighth overall.
Steady progress has been the way forward for Christian Craig and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team this season. As Christian continues to climb the AMA Supercross standings aboard his FC 450 Rockstar Edition, the Triple Crown format in Arlington provided plenty of bonus seat time to size up the competition.
“On paper it was better, but I still struggled a bit in the mains,”Craig said. “I need to get a start and run up front with those guys and learn that pace more. Starting in the back’s not going to help. Other than that, we went 7-8-8. I need to be better, and we’ve got Daytona coming up so we’ll keep working. I’m moving up in the points, but still want more.”
For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team 250 rookie Talon Hawkins, who was a late replacement for the injured Jalek Swoll, the 2023 season has been one of challenges. With a 13-15-11 score, he finished in 13th spot for the night. He’s now focused on improving his qualifying performance and is working with the team to put a proven plan into place.
“Qualifying is definitely something I need to work on,”Hawkins said. “I’m going out to Baker’s Factory this next week and I’m going to be there for a while. We’re going to work on some high-intensity training. I know I need it, and I’m excited to implement that style of training. The rest of the day went pretty good. I ended up with a P13 overall. I’m pretty pumped about that. It’s a good base, and I know where to build from here. I’m hoping to get some top-ten finishes. That’s what I want, and I know I can do it. I’ve just got to put it together and ride the way I know how to ride.”
Next Event (Round 8): March 4, 2023 – Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Round 7 Results: Arlington
1. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha) 3-2-3
2. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) 4-1-5
3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 1-3-6
13. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 13-15-11
22. Hardy Munoz (Husqvarna) 22-18-21
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 5-2-1
2. Chase Sexton (Honda) 3-3-2
3. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 1-4-6
8. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 7-8-8
250MX East Rider Point Standings
1. Hunter Lawrence – 73 points
2. Max Anstie – 62 points
3. Nate Thrasher – 57 points
14. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 26 points
16. Hardy Munoz, 21 points
450MX Rider Point Standings
1. Eli Tomac – 160 points
2. Cooper Webb – 158 points
3. Chase Sexton – 155 points
8. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 90 points