Texas (February 11, 2017) Ė With Jeremy Martin back in action alongside Jimmy Decotis, the GEICO Honda team was back at full strength for
the final Monster Energy Supercross 250SX West Region race before a long break.
Decotis continued his recent run of strong riding to
net fourth for the second-straight race. Martin looked solid in his return but
was again done in by a bad start.
course, while heís riding well, finishing just one spot away from a first
career podium has only serves to frustrated Decotis,
who has finished fourth three times now in his professional supercross career.
time to do it, tonight and even last weekend I had the speed,Ē said Decotis. ďI need to work on being confident halfway
through. Itís not a fitness thing, Iím not breathing hard out there, I feel
good, everything is good. Last week I made some mistakes in the middle, this
one was good but I got a little tight in the middle. And I got arm pump
surgery, but no matter what, itís not going to be perfect. It definitely helped, though. Itís okay. My lap times are
competitive, I just need to be closer to my best lap every lap. Thatís whatís
costing me from getting up on that podium.Ē
Decotis looked good in fourth
for most of the 15 minute plus 1 lap main event, trying to keep third-place
Austin Forkner in sight. Then Aaron Plessinger got around him and Decotis
had a few bad laps. Later, race leader Shane McElrath
ran into bike problems and had to pull off the track, moving the field forward
one position, allowing Decotis to take fourth.
Decotis has also climbed to
fifth in the 250SX West Region standings.
return to action after missing two races with a concussion looked much the same
as his previous races: great speed, bad start. He came from 15th on lap one to
race in Dallas,Ē said Martin. ďStruggled on the gate again, had to come from
behind in the main to sixth. I canít tell you how many starts Iíve practiced in
the last three or four weeks! Iíll have to just keep working on them. Looking
forward to the break to build and get better.Ē
250SX West Region division will be on break until April, when Decotis and Martin will resume competition. The 250SX East
Region kicks off this weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with Christian Craig
and RJ Hampshire carrying the flag for the GEICO Honda team.