Christian Craig, the newest rider to join the Tag Metals Factory 8 team shocked everyone by winning the OpenA ProAm modified class on his Yamaha. In perhaps the gnarliest back and forth race of the day that had 5 riders battling for the top spot until the very end. Christian came from outside the top 5 to pass everyone and win the race. Christian also decimated the field to claim the 4-stroke SX win. He also fisnished 3rd place in the 250A ProAm modified class. Christian turned a lot of heads in Florida this week. The kid is stepping it up now and he is a force to be reckoned with.
Tag Metals rider Justin Barcia won the 250A ProAm modified class> He also won the 250A ProAm stock class and finished 6th in the OpenA ProAm class after a getoff. Barcia was running great until the bobble that cost him. Barcia proved that he is in it to win it this year.
New to the Tag Metals team –Eli Tomac finished 2rd in his Factory Connection backed Honda 250B modified class. Eli backed that finish up with a 3rd in the Schoolboy class and he finished 5th in the 250B stock class. This is Eli’s first race and he did incredibly well. We can’t wait to see what he does once he gets used to the new bikes and the new competition!
Factory 8 rider Taylor Futrell grabbed 2nd place in the OpenA ProAm stock class. Taylor nabbed 5th overall in the 250A ProAm stock class as well. He was in the lead amidst the insane action in the 250A ProAm modified class when he crashed hard and pulled out of the event. A battered and bruised Futrell lined up for his final race of the day in the and managed to grab 7th in the OpenA modified class.
Shawn Norfolk, Director of Marketing for Tag Metals said, “We’re really excited about the finishes in Florida today! Our guys kicked butt down there today! It’s a great day for Tag Metals and for these kids. We have spent an incredible amount of effort in revitalizing the Tag Metals brand. Our product has improved dramatically, our racing efforts for 2009 have improved, and our customer service has improved. We’re here to make a difference. That is why we created the Factory 8 amateur program as well…to improve our amateur racing results and to help make a difference for these families that devote their lives to racing motocross. The Amateur 8 program is off to a good start. A few of our riders were not able to race the event in Florida, but they’ll be back soon. We also will be signing our last two riders for the team in the coming weeks. We’re really excited about our amateur effort. Congratulations to our team and their families. Happy Thanksgiving!”