2012 GEICO Powersports Honda
Team Behind the Team
Behind every successful motocross rider is a team of professionals that keep the bikes race-ready and ensure that support services are in place. The GEICO Powersports Honda team epitomizes this concept.
Week in, week out, its behind-the-scenes efforts ensure that the next win is within the grasp of its riders. Each rider receives the support of a personal technician, as well as the expertise of a team of specialists in the areas of suspension, engine tuning, and development and testing. Coordinators handle the day-to-day details so riders can focus on one thing: winning. And the transport operator delivers the team truck, loaded with bikes and spare parts, to the track-on time, every time.
Rick Zielfelder, Team Co-Owner
Rick Zielfelder knows that the average rider views motorcycle suspension setup as a complete mystery. That is why he established Factory Connection, a company that is now a household name. The company's success in the area of suspension development allowed Zielfelder to start a one-rider motocross team in 1997 with multi-time champ Mike LaRocco. That initial effort has grown into the GEICO Powersports Honda six-rider squad with the potential to win in every AMA Motocross and Supercross competition.
Jeffrey Majkrzak, Team Co-Owner
Jeffrey Majkrzak (pronounced "my-shack") spent 20 years in the business world before returning to his true passion-motocross racing. Majkrzak, who grew up riding and racing motorcycles and snowmobiles, formalized his business relationship with Factory Connection in 2003. As co-owner of the team along with Rick Zielfelder, his key roles include providing growth capital, sponsorship development, business development and strategic oversight.
Mike LaRocco, Team Manager
In 2010, Mike LaRocco—two-time AMA Motocross Champion, World Supercross Champion plus winner of the U.S. Open of Supercross—takes the reins as GEICO Powersports Honda Team Manager. Earning the nickname The Rock for his hard-fought racing performances, LaRocco enjoyed a long and successful career that many racers aspire to match. After a 13-year association with Factory Connection in professional-racer and advisory capacities, his credentials are a perfect fit to lead the Honda team’s talented five-rider squad.
Darren Borcherding, Operations Manager
For many years, the multi-talented Darren Borcherding has fulfilled a variety of roles with the team, and in 2009 he is charged with solving many of the logistical challenges that are inevitable on a race team. Borcherding, who sharpens his own riding skills as an amateur motocross racer, also enjoys a game of golf whenever he has the opportunity.
Brian Calma, Technician for Kevin Windham
Brian Calma's pro career began when he wrenched at White Brothers on special project bikes. He later worked on Spud Walter's Honda CRF450R for the Four-Stroke National Series, and then wrenched for Nick Wey and his CRF450R. Calma is excited about the all-new CRF450R that he will be wrenching for Windham in 2009. "The new CRF450R is awesome and KW is easy to work with. He's an easygoing guy, and he knows what he wants on his bike. And his talent level is ridiculous-he's a real natural talent!"
Mike Tomlin, Technician for Justin Barcia
GEICO Powersports Honda’s longest-serving technician Mike Tomlin focuses his years of experience on Justin Barcia in 2011. Entering his ninth season with the team, the New York native will apply his extensive development and racing knowledge to Barcia’s Honda CRF250R in both Motocross and Supercross Lites series. Tomlin’s insight into the inner workings of GEICO Powersports Honda will be an asset to Barcia in his first full season with the team.
Kristian Kibby, Technical Coordinator
Kristian Kibby is an Australian native who discovered his passion for motocross at the age of 11. Countless hours of scouring motocross magazines for tech articles paid off for Kibby, who could mount tires, change fork oil and even perform top-end overhauls by the time he was 13 years old. Kibby worked as a factory team mechanic in Australia before relocating to the United States. As Technical Coordinator, Kibby keeps a skilled and watchful eye on Honda's powerful CRF-R four-strokes.
Mick Fallins, Engine Lead Technician
Like his fellow countryman Kristian Kibby, Aussie Michael "Mick" Fallins now calls California home. His 14-year career as a race tech began with local West Coast riders and he soon graduated to wrenching for national-caliber pro motocrossers. He joined the GEICO Powersports Honda team in 2004 and since 2006 has headed up engine development for the team.
Matt Taylor, Amateur Coordinator
GEICO Powersports Honda stepped up its amateur support in 2007 with Trey Canard, which proved extremely successful in Canard's first pro season. In 2008, Blake Wharton and Justin Barcia flew the team's colors in major amateur national events; Wharton even competed in several AMA outdoor nationals. This year both riders enter the pro ranks and the transition requires a commitment of coordination, planning and oversight. Matt Taylor is the man who leads the effort, and he will be mentoring more promising amateurs throughout the season.
Peter Page, Suspension Lead Technician
Peter Page joined Factory Connection in 2000 and has spent countless hours building and developing suspension components. In 2009, the New Hampshire native moved to the West Coast to spearhead Factory Connection’s new California operations, which include developing race-ready suspension components for GEICO Powersports Honda CRF racebikes.
Josh Wisenor, Parts Coordinator
After several years working as a technician for various pro motocross racers, Josh Wisenor is putting down his wrenches and moving into the important role of GEICO Powersports Honda Parts Coordinator. The California native has always aspired to be a part of the GEICO Powersports Honda team, and in 2010 he got that opportunity. “It’s no easy task coordinating parts and accessories for five full-time riders. The team has a reputation for having some of the best equipment in the pits, and it’s a challenge I’m up for.”
Shannon Harjes, Transport Coordinator
Driving a big rig 35,000 miles each year is no easy task, but for Shannon Harjes it’s a great job. Growing up racing motocross, the Nevada resident understands how important team camaraderie is when you’re on the road eight months a year. “In 2009 I drove the GEICO Powersports Honda rig to a few races and quickly realized how lucky I was to work with such a great bunch of guys. When you work alongside people who are as passionate about their jobs as these guys are it’s easy to enjoy your work.”