Craig led 11 laps in the 450SX class in Atlanta

The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season has been a brutal one for many factory 450 teams, but nobody has been hit harder than Team HRC / Honda with both their riders, Ken Roczen and Cole Seely, going down and out with major injuries. In Atlanta, GEICO / Honda’s Christian Craig filled in on the team and rode the factory 450 to a career best fifth overall in the “Triple Crown.” Craig led 11-laps in two different main events and looked good doing it.

Today, Honda just announced that Craig will be sitting out the rest of the 2018 250SX Western Regional Championship and moving over to 450SX class for the remainder of 2018 Supercross. The team said from their @Honda_Powersports_US Instagram account, “After a solid fifth-place overall result in Atlanta, Team Honda HRC is happy to announce that Christian Craig will fill in aboard a factory CRF450R for the remainder of the AMA Supercross season!”

“Extremely grateful to the entire @Honda_Powersports_US team for believing in me and wanting me to complete the rest of the SX season on their 450,” Craig said from his @ChristianCraig Instagram account. “Thanks to GEICO / Honda for letting me forgo the remainder of the 250 West series for this opportunity. Hoping for fast healing to Cole Seely and Ken Roczen.”

Craig will be an awesome addition to the injury depleted 450SX class and it will not surprise us at all to see the #32 on the podium before the season concludes in Las Vegas. We wish both Kenny and Cole a quick recovery and hope to see them both some time later in 2018.