GEICO Honda has announced the team has signed RJ Hampshire to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the 250 class through 2020. Hampshire joined the team’s amateur program after winning the Amateur All-Star portion of the 2013 Monster Energy Cup, made his professional debut in 2014, and has remained with them since.
Hampshire’s career has been marked by high and low moments. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in a crash at the 2015 Red Bull Straight Rhythm but recovered in time to race the 2016 season. A fourth-place finish in the 250 Main Event at the 2017 Minneapolis SX was the highlight of his 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series as a broken lower leg forced him to miss the majority of the series and the early portion of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. After returning to the starting line in the summer, Hampshire finished in the top-ten in thirteen of the eighteen motos he contested and then won the MX2 overall at the 2017 MXGP of USA.
Hampshire will be aboard the all-new Honda CRF250R in 2018 and per an earlier press release from GEICO Honda, is slated to race the 250 East Coast portion of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series.