Deltran Battery Tender RC Hard Charger Award: Ironman
With more than 100 career wins and 10 career championships in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Ricky Carmichael is the standard bearer of success and it's why he's affectionately known as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time). In celebration of Carmichael's legacy Pro Motocross has been recognizing the most determined rider at each respective round of the championship with the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award for more than a decade. This award recognizes the one competitor at each of the nine rounds on the schedule who overtakes the highest number of his fellow racers in either 450 Class moto.
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Each recipient of the Deltran Battery Tender RC Hard Charger Award is recognized during the riders meeting at the following national and is awarded with a custom-designed trophy.
With perfect weather and a technical track that lent itself to great racing the Guaranteed Rate Ironman National featured some of the tightest and most exciting racing of the 2020 season thus far. Following an 11th-place finish in the opening 450 Class moto, Team Honda HRC's Christian Craig entered Moto 2 in the thick of the hunt for a top-10 finish in an incredibly deep field of talent. Unfortunately, Craig's second moto didn't start the way he would have hoped as the second-generation racer found himself on the ground in the first turn. Craig was able to quickly reenter the race and began a come-from-behind effort that saw him climb from a hole of 36th place at the conclusion of the opening lap all the way to 12th by the end of the moto, just one position shy of where he finished in Moto 1. That resilient effort was rewarded with a 10th-place finish in the overall standings. By virtue of his improvement of 24 spots in that final moto, Craig is the recipient of the RC Hard Charger Award from Ironman.
#62 Christian Craig / El Cajon, California / Honda
+24 positions in 450 Moto 2 (36th to 12th)
2020 Deltran Battery Tender RC Hard Charger Award Recipients
#51 Justin Barcia / Monroe, New York / Yamaha
+15 positions in 450 Moto 2 (22nd to 7th)
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#16 Zach Osborne / Abingdon, Virginia / Husqvarna
+26 positions in 450 Moto 1 (31st to 5th)