Despite a weekend off of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Racer X/PulpMX’s Steve Matthes reported some animated silly season recordsdata final night—even while on lag. Matthes acknowledged in a tweet, “I mediate we’ll stare [Christian] Craig to Rockstar Husky for 2023” then clarified the reported deal will be in the premier class.
Plod, right this moment time is April Fool’s Day, but this Craig deal Matthes is reporting is official recordsdata that he has been ready to ascertain.
Craig used to be a protracted-time GEICO Honda rider earlier than switching to the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing group in 2021. He earned two fundamental tournament wins and 6 total podiums wins in the first seven rounds of the championship and sat very most sensible eight aspects at the abet of his teammate Colt Nichols earlier than an ankle grief at the 2d to final spherical sidelined him for the remainder of the championship. He underwent surgical treatment, returned to riding 17 days post-operation after which jumped to the 450 Class for the Lucas Oil AMA Knowledgeable Motocross Championship, where he completed sixth in the standings.
2021 250SX East Situation Championship Standings
In Might possibly possibly 2021, Craig signed a one-year deal to return to the Star Racing squad for 2022 to dart the 250SX Class of supercross and the 450 Class of Knowledgeable Motocross, upright as he did in 2021. After starting the 2022 250SX West Situation championship off with two straight fundamental tournament wins, the California native has four total fundamental tournament wins this season and is the easiest 250SX West Situation rider on the podium at all seven rounds to date. Craig (171 aspects) leads 2d-place apart Hunter Lawrence (145 aspects) by over a chunky dart as he eyes his first skilled title.
2022 250SX West Situation Championship Standings
With the means the contemporary tips are in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross rulebook, riders exceeding at the least the aspects listed under for bigger than four years, that rider is ineligible to return to the 250SX class and need to transfer to the premier class.
5.2 250SX East/West Championship Pointers
D. Efficient with the 2007 season aspects, riders earning at the least 135 250SX Championship aspects in a nine-dart season, 120 250SX Championship aspects in an eight-dart season, or 105 250SX Championship aspects in a seven-dart season, in four seasons of 250SX competition will be ineligible for the 250SX class.
Craig has but to exceed the 250SX aspects limit—and the 2022 250SX West Situation title would no longer trade that as he could possibly well also return to the division in 2023, but he has acknowledged he needs to hold a 450 trudge. While Craig’s two provides with Star Racing for 2021 and 2022 were every to dart the 250SX Class of supercross and the 450 Class of Knowledgeable Motocross, continuously premier class provides are strictly chunky-time 450cc races.
“No, that doesn’t trade. I’m going to hasten to 450 both means,” Craig explained after winning the Oakland Supercross 250SX fundamental tournament.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna group for the time being has Malcolm Stewart (in the first year of a two-year deal) and Dean Wilson in the 450 Class.