CORONA, Calif. — official team release — Photo courtesy GEICO Honda —
GEICO Honda will carry a five-rider lineup into the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on May 21 in Sacramento, California.
Tristan Charboneau, a two-time AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion at Loretta Lynn’s, will make his professional debut in the 250MX class at Hangtown. The Washington state native joined the squad’s amateur wing in late 2014, and moved to California this year to operate closer to the team’s headquarters. His recent gains in speed and stamina while riding with current pro riders during the week has convinced the team he’s ready for the professional ranks.
“I’ve been working really hard to try to get here and riding is going really well,” says Charboneau, who will wear the No. 403. “I’ve only known for sure about this for the last few days, but my trainer has had me training for the last two months for this because I knew there was a chance. The work has been a huge confidence booster. I can do two 30-minute motos now no problem, and it has helped a lot mentally, too. When I do my motos at the practice track, I’m trying to track down the pro guys and sometimes I’m even passing them. I think [Team Manager] Mike LaRocco saw something in me when I was riding with other pros at the practice track. I’m really, really excited about this opportunity.”
Charboneau works with team trainer John Wessling alongside several other GEICO Honda pro riders, as well as personal riding coach Jay Whipple.
Charboneau will join Christian Craig, R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith to make a four-rider 250MX lineup, while Justin Bogle will anchor the 450MX program.
Malcolm Stewart, fresh off the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross 250SX Eastern Region Championship, will forgo the motocross season to prepare for his graduation to a full-time 450 career in 2017.
“Now that I have won my first 250 SX championship, I know firsthand just how much work it takes to become a champion,” says Stewart. “So as I move full time to the 450 class for 2017 I know it will take twice as much work and preparation. Not riding the outdoors this year will leave me plenty of time to prepare for my 450 SX and MX pro debut.
“Thanks to everyone at GEICO Honda and my family for helping me win this 250 SX Championship.”
CREDIT: GEICO Honda