MotoConcepts Team Owner Issues Statement on the Vince Friese, Christian Craig Incident in Glendale

We all know what went down in Glendale between Vince Friese and points leader Christian Craig. If you somehow were on Mars the past few days, here is replay.

In the second main of the Triple Crown, points leader Christian Craig made the pass on Friese only to get blasted going into the following sand corner. It was a bone head move and sent Craig flying off the track.

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Somehow Craig came all the way back to fourth and finished second overall on the night behind Hunter Lawrence.

The AMA issued Friese a written warning and placed him on sixth months probation.

MotoConcepts team owner Mike Genova issued a statement on the teams Instagram page today.

You can read it below.

“I felt it necessary to address the incident involving MCR rider Vince Friese and Star Yamaha rider Christian Craig during this past weekend’s race in Glendale, AZ.

After close review by the MCR team and AMA, it has been agreed upon that while Vince’s line choice in the sand was not the smartest, there was no intent or malice in colliding with Christian. This is evidenced in the video replay that shows Vince breaking hard, causing his rear wheel to slide and ultimately make contact with Christian.

That said, the entire MCR team and I are relieved that Christian wasn’t injured in the crash but also remorseful for how things transpired in Glendale last Saturday for all parties involved. Vince has personally contacted Christian to address the situation and express there was absolutely zero intent to make contact or knock Christian out of the race.

MCR understands that Christian is the premier rider in the 250 West class and is easily favored to win week in and week out. As the team owner, I want to make it very clear that in no way do I endorse, promote, or agree with any malicious or dirty act of conduct by my riders on or off the track. Our goal as a team is not to take out the current points leader and hope things turn out good, but to get great starts, race hard and clean, and secure the best results possible.

While there are varying opinions and perceptions of MCR and Vince Friese, those who know us know our commitment to professionalism is first and foremost. Our team is always striving to provide exemplary representation for our sponsors.” – Mike Genova

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  1. sorry but somewhere some how someone is gonna tire of Friese’s endless crap and blast him into ‘the cheap seats”.

  2. Um… he had to brake hard because he had made zero effort to turn, avoid, or slow down… it was 10000% intentional. #forcedapology

  3. BULLSH*T…Friese was already passed and he blew past the inside berm to clean out Craig, he diesnt like to be passed and hes a dirty rider

  4. If Vince didn’t have a history of this then most people would understand however Vince has made a career doing things like this. Vince is terrible for the sport. We have seen Supercross take a major step forward in promoting fair competition and great sportsmen-ship. Your statement is worthless unless fire Vince.

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