Team Honda HRC Ready to start 2016 Supercross Season

9 01 2016

January 9, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – After months of preparation and anticipation, the 2016 AMA Supercross season is set to kick off Saturday at Anaheim, California’s Angel Stadium, where Team Honda HRC riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely yesterday participated in photo shoots and a pre-event press conference.

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Media Days typically afford attending riders the opportunity to try out the track, but because of the rains that have pelted Southern California this week, officials opted to keep the stadium floor covered with plastic tarps. The riders are now scheduled to ride the course for the first time during Saturday’s daytime practice and qualifying program. Due to the El Niño weather pattern, precipitation could play in the storylines of several of the Golden State’s supercross rounds this year.

Just as the riders have had to train, test and practice during the preseason, Team Honda HRC staff members have been working hard during the lead-in to the long series. In addition to the normal work dialing in the CRF450R race machines, they’ve had to prepare a new semi trailer that—from design to build—has been almost a year in the making.

Following the activities at Angel Stadium, Canard and Seely made the 25-mile drive west to Carson, where they took part in a Supercross Season Kickoff Party at SoCal Honda Powersports with GEICO Honda riders Justin Bogle, Christian Craig, Jordon Smith and Jimmy Decotis.

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Trey Canard
“I spent a lot of time at home this year, and that was really good for me, just to relax and be with my family. I feel like I’ve done everything I need to in terms of preparation. Tensions are always high for Anaheim 1, so you just need to minimize mistakes and avoid throwing it all away in one race; just coming out of it with good points is really important. I’ve ridden in the wet a lot this winter in Oklahoma, so that could be good if the track is muddy. We’ll do the best we can no matter what the situation is.”

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Cole Seely
“The preseason has been good. When I first returned from my injury, it felt like everything was happening really fast and we didn’t really have a lot of time on our hands, but things have slowed down a lot during the past two weeks. I think that’s just because having a general feeling of being prepared calms down the hype, which is good. I feel like the team and I are both in a good spot. As far as the weather goes, I think the track will be okay, because the guys who work on it really know what they’re doing. If it ends up being a mud race, the best approach is to just have fun. There’s so much hype around Anaheim 1, but it’s about 17 races, not one. You just need to get out of here healthy and in a good position.”

Dan Betley
“I couldn’t be happier with where the bikes and riders are; both Cole and Trey are really on-point—definitely podium material. Organizing everything else has been a bit stressful, as we only had three days to load the trailer after receiving it from the paint shop. There were some late nights, but the team pulled together really well and we’re 100-percent ready to go, excited to get the season started. Everyone’s goal is to be top-five on starts and get podium finishes, every weekend. If we can do that, then we should be in contention toward the end. As far as the weather goes, if it gets sloppy, the riders have to be smart and not make mistakes—stay out of trouble and be consistent. You win championships on your worst days.”

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Trey Canard to Race Japanese Sugo National

23 09 2015

TORRANCE, CA – September 23, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard is slated to compete in the final round of the All Japan MX National Championship series, to be held at Sportsland Sugo in Sendai, Japan, on October 25. Canard will race in the IA1 Class (450cc), where his competition will include series regular Akira Narita, a factory HRC rider and 10-time Japanese National Champion, as well as newly crowned MXGP MX2 World Champion Tim Gajser, of the Gariboldi Honda team. While in Japan, Canard will join Honda Racing Corporation engineers for a testing session in Tochigi prior to the race.

“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to race in Japan,” Canard said. “I’ve raced in Europe before but never there, so it will definitely be a different experience. I’m looking forward to the actual race but more than anything I’m really excited to meet the people that make my job possible. They have supported me throughout my entire professional racing career, so to be able to visit and show my gratitude will be very special.”

HRC Representative Director Keisuke Inomoto is looking forward to hosting Canard. “I’m really glad that we have Trey Canard racing in Japan for the first time, at Sugo,” he said. “We’re hoping he can show the young Japanese riders how the AMA riders ride, and that they can learn from him in order to bring Japanese motocross to a higher level again.”

“I’m really excited to see Trey racing in Japan for the first time,” said Sam Mishima, Honda Motorcycle Sports Manager. “I’m sure he’ll have a good time there and hopefully get some good results too.”

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TLD’s Noren Makes It Three Weekend’s In A Row With Career-Best Finish

27 07 2015

WASHOUGAL, WA – July 27, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Troy Lee Designs rider Fredrik Noren tied his career-best finish for the third round in a row by going seventh overall on a muddy and tough track at Washougal MX Park just outside Portland, Oregon. The conditions seemed to bring out the best in the Swede’s riding style, helping him score a notable 9-7 moto result.

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When Noren lined up for Moto 1, the rain was lightly falling and the track was rutted and deep. He got out to a decent start in 13th and was quickly trying to make up time. He broke into the top 10 and ended up settling for ninth at the end of the opening race.

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By Moto 2, the rain had stopped, but the track was even deeper and rutted than the first race. Noren got out to a 16th-place start but was on a mission to score better than his opening moto. Every couple of laps he would pick off riders and eventually made it up to seventh, placing him seventh overall on the day.

“I wasn’t sure I was even going to be back with the Team Honda HRC because Trey (Canard) was coming back,” said Noren. “I am bummed that Cole got hurt, but happy to give the team another solid finish.”

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TLD rider Cole Seely was forced to sit out the Washougal round as he continues to get tests on an injured shoulder. His return timeline is uncertain, but he’s still holding out hope that he can return before the end of the season.

Noren was sporting the 2016 SE Caution Flo Yellow/Black Racewear. See more of the 2016 gear sets and the 2016 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.

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450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-1)
  2. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (1-2)
  3. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (3-5)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (7-3)
  5. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (4-6)
  6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (12-4)
  7. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (9-7)
  8. Trey Canard, Edmond, Oka., Honda (8-9)
  9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (5-12)
  10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (11-8)

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For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.

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Sixth-Win Celebration for Dungey, Five for Musquin at Monster Energy Supercross in St. Louis

30 03 2015

Musquin Extends 250SX Class Points Lead with Fifth Win

ST. LOUIS, MO  March 30, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the sixth time this season, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was victorious en route to winning the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at the Edward Jones Dome in front of 58,552 fans. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin won his fifth Eastern Regional 250SX Class race, leading all 15 laps of the Main Event. Tonight was the fifth time this season that the Red Bull KTM team swept both classes.

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Dungey Captures Win Number 6
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BTOSports.com/KTM’s Andrew Short opened the 450SX Class Main Event with the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award but was quickly passed by Dungey before being ejected from his bike. The crash forced Short to exit the race.

On the first lap, Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Weston Peick trailed Dungey in second with Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson in third place. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, who won last week’s Main Event in Detroit, moved into third place but Anderson answered back and re-passed him to hold down the number-three position.

Near the halfway point of the race, Peick was passed by Anderson, then Tomac and finally Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely. Peick finished the race in fifth place, bouncing back from his 22nd-place finish last weekend.

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Short (#29) won the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award
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On Lap 14, Tomac passed Anderson for second place, where he would finish. Anderson finished in third, marking his second podium finish of the season.

“That was a monkey off my back,” said Anderson. “I have been wanting to get back on the podium since the first race of the season. There are a lot of people behind me to help me get here, and I am going to come out swinging at the next race.”

Tomac now has seven podium finishes on the season and is second in season standings.

“I struggled off the start and didn’t make the fast passes early enough in the race,” said Tomac.

Dungey, who captured the second win in St. Louis of his career, has an 80-point lead over Tomac in season standings.

“I tried to open a gap on Weston [Peick], but he kept me honest in the early stages,” said Dungey.

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin picked up the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award with Musquin in tow to start the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event. Musquin moved around Martin in Turn 2 and the two traded places a few times on the opening lap before Musquin pulled away.

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Musquin Leads 250SX Class Points Race Heading into Season Finale
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Musquin established a 2.9 second lead by Lap 5. Earlier, on Lap 3, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy established a sizable lead in third place.

Defending class champion Justin Bogle worked his way through the field to fourth place and set chase to Savatgy but was unable to cut into the deficit. Martin finished second and Savatgy finished third.

“To be on the podium is where I need to be, but I want to be a little higher,” said Savatgy on his third podium of the season. “I can’t wait to get on the gate in New Jersey.”

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Martin (left) and Savatgy (right) round out the 250SX Class Podium
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Musquin, who finished second last weekend in Detroit, now has a 20-point lead in season standings with the final race of the championship set to take place April 25 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“We work hard during the week, and come here prepared to race,” said Musquin. “I had a good pass early on and we battled on the opening lap.”

The next Monster Energy Supercross will take place Saturday, April 11 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

450SX Class Results: St. Louis

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna
  4. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda
  5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
  6. Josh Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
  8. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
  10. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki

 450SX Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 296
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 216
  3. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 204
  4. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 198
  5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 183
  6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 165
  7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 165
  8. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 156
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 146
  10. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 137

 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: St. Louis

  1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
  3. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki
  4. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
  5. Anthony Rodriquez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
  6. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
  7. Luke Rezland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda
  9. Jace Owen, Mattoon, Ill., Honda
  10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda

 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM, 169
  2. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 149
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 125
  4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 113
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, 84
  6. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 84
  7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 84
  8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda, 76
  9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Husqvarna, 63
  10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Kawasaki, 60

 KTM Junior Supercross Challenge Results

  1. Van Adams, Morgantown, Ind., KTM
  2. James Howard, Cumberland, Ken., KTM
  3. John Kish, Jefferson, Ohio, KTM
  4. Paul Neunzling, Germany, KTM
  5. Kenson Wells, Cullman, Ala., KTM
  6. Trevor Kuntz, Cleveland, Mo., KTM
  7. Isaac Snodgrass, Barnhart, Mo., KTM
  8. Matthew Wolfe, Pataskala, Ohio, KTM
  9. Dylan Kahle, San Diego, KTM
  10. Christopher Colantoni, Metamora, Ill., KTM
  11. Brayden Baars, Muscatine, Iowa, KTM
  12. Michael Faulk, Connersville, Ind., KTM
  13. Leo Tucker, East Dubuque, Ill., KTM
  14. Jacob Struble, Three Rivers, Mich., KTM
  15. Cooper Loftin, Foxon, Okla., KTM

 Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 136
  2. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 106
  3. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 104
  4. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna, 102
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 86
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 81
  7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM, 79
  8. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 79
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 75
  10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 69

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Canard Undergoes Successful Surgery on Broken Left Arm

25 03 2015

Trey Canard
“The surgery went really well, and we’re hoping for the best in terms of recovery time. The doctors said it will likely be six to eight weeks, but we’ll have a better idea after seeing the X-rays. I start physical therapy tomorrow and am going to do everything I can to get back to action as soon as possible. I’d really like to thank everyone for their love and support.”

Dan Betley: Team Manager
“Obviously, everyone at Honda was saddened to see Trey’s Supercross run end the way it did. He had been extremely fast all year and was having the best season of his 450 career. After consulting with his doctor on Monday, it was determined that surgery was the best course of action, and we’re pleased that the operation went well. Now all we can do is wait for the recovery process and set our sights on the outdoors. If we know one thing about Trey, it’s that he’ll come back stronger and hungrier than ever. Everyone on the team can’t wait for him to be back.”

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Dungey Brings Home Third Monster Energy Supercross Win of 2015 in Atlanta

1 03 2015

Musquin Becomes First Two-Time Winner in Eastern
Regional 250SX Class Competition

ATLANTA, GA – March 1, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey became the first three-time Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race winner of the season tonight at the Georgia Dome before 53,537 fans. Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin led wire-to-wire en route to his second Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship win of the season. This is the second time this season that KTM swept both Main Events.

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NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson, who is a six-time champion and winner of 70 Cup races, served the Grand Marshall at tonight’s race.

A large contingent of NASCAR racers and teams were on hand for tonight’s race. To view the rights-free photo gallery, click here.

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Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Dungey discuss strategy before tonight’s race
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Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Weston Peick won his first SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award of the season when the gates dropped on the 450SX Class Main Event. Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed, who won last week’s race, followed Peick in second place with Dungey in third.

Reed made a pass on Peick during the opening lap, but Peick answered back and took over the lead. Reed crashed on Lap 2 and remounted in 13th place. Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard took over the number-three spot on Lap 5, and on the same lap, Dungey passed Peick for the lead.

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Ryan Dungey became the first three-time winner of the season
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On Lap 6, Canard moved into second place, and on the next lap, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac moved into third place. Tomac passed the fellow Honda ride on lap 16, turning in his best finish since the third race in Anaheim. Canard finished third, his fourth consecutive podium finish. Reed went on to finish in seventh place.

In six of seven career starts in Atlanta, Dungey has six podium finishes and three wins. He now has 17 career wins and holds a 30-point lead in season standings.

“I was there on the start,” said Tomac. “Just to be here on the podium is huge for me. Second place is great, and I will go after the number-one position.”

Dungey’s second place at the first race in Atlanta and his win tonight earned him the inaugural “Duel in The Dome” trophy.

“With Marvin’s win [Musquin], it was perfect execution,” said Dungey. “The Honda boys were breathing on me, but I was able to put some distance between us as the race went on. Winning the Duel in the Dome is icing on top of a great race.”

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The start was a key component for tonight’s races with Musquin taking the 250SX holeshot
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Musquin captured the Supercrosslive.com Holeshot Award in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy on his rear wheel. As Savatgy ran into traffic, his teammate Arnaud Tonus took over the number-two position.

Harley-Davidson/Trail Jesters/SOB MX’s Jimmy Decotis quickly moved into third place on the opening lap. On Lap 3, last week’s winner, Jeremy Martin, advanced to second place, passing Tonus. Defending Eastern Regional 250SX Class Champion Justin Bogle put his GEICO Honda in third place on Lap 4.

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Martin finished second, while Bogle finished third for the second consecutive weekend.

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Marvin Musquin led from start to finish to capture his second win of the season
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Musquin gave KTM their first-ever win in Atlanta and the sixth win of his career. Musquin now leads the championship by seven points.

“I made some passes in the early part of the race to get up front,” said Martin. “I tried to run Marvin [Musquin] down but he was the better man tonight.”

“Once again, the start was key to getting up front,” said Musquin. “I proved in my Heat Race that if you don’t get a good start, you can’t win. I was bummed with my second-place finish last weekend, so I am really happy to get this win tonight.”

450SX Class Results: Atlanta

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  3. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
  4. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki
  6. Josh Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
  8. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
  9. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna
  10. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha

450SX Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 199
  2. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 169
  3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 156
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 137
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 126
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 124
  7. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 120
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 115
  9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 100
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 96

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Atlanta

  1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville., Minn., Yamaha
  3. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
  4. Joey Savatgy Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki
  5. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
  6. Martin Davalos, Corona, Calif., Husqvarna
  7. Arnaud Tonus, Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Kawasaki
  8. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
  9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, Honda
  10. Luke Renzland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM, 72
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville., Minn., Yamaha, 65
  3. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 62
  4. Joey Savatgy Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 54
  5. Martin Davalos, Corona, Calif., Husqvarna, 45
  6. Matt Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Kawasaki, 39
  7. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 38
  8. Arnaud Tonus, Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Kawasaki, 38
  9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, Honda, 38
  10. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 34

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge Results: Atlanta

  1. Austin Weinsziehr, Amanda, Ohio, KTM
  2. Caden Murphy, Thomaston, Ga., KTM
  3. Jesse Parkey, Canutillo, Texas, KTM
  4. Kyle Heald, Corona, Calif., KTM
  5. Elijah Odom, Dawsonville, Ga., KTM
  6. Andrew Segars, Sumter, S.C., KTM
  7. Seth Mahlstedt, Crane, Mo., KTM
  8. Kameron Nath, Cheyenne, Wy., KTM
  9. Texas Lindsey, Surprise, Ariz., KTM
  10. Marshall Cochran, Blountville, Tenn., KTM

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 136
  2. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 106
  3. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 104
  4. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna, 102
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 86
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 81
  7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM, 79
  8. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 79
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 75
  10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 69

Racing continues next Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Canard Advances to Second in Championship Hunt

24 02 2015

February 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Round 8 of the AMA Supercross series marked the first of two back-to-back stops at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, and for Team Honda HRC it also marked the point at which Trey Canard advanced to second place in the points standings, thanks to yet another podium finish. In addition, Cole Seely rebounded after a tough race at the previous round to finish a solid fourth.

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Canard turned in another strong ride aboard his factory Honda CRF450R, earning a heat-race win before bringing home a third-place finish in the final. Although a poor start left Canard unable to fight for the win, he rode an impressive race, advancing from outside the top 10 to third by the time he reached the checkered flag. Seely qualified through his semi race and sat fifth after the first of 20 laps in the main, then eventually worked his way into fourth behind his teammate.

NOTES

  • The evening before the race, Team Honda HRC riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely, along with GEICO Honda riders Eli Tomac, Justin Bogle, RJ Hampshire, Jordan Smith and Malcolm Stewart visited Douglasville, Georgia’s Freewheeling Honda for an autograph signing.
  • Team Honda HRC was pleased to host Keisuke Inomoto, Representative Director for HRC Motocross, at the first Atlanta Supercross. Following several post-race meetings on Monday at American Honda’s Torrance, California, headquarters, Inomoto will return to Japan and then head to Losail, Qatar, to be with Team HRC on February 27 for the opening round of the MXGP series.
  • For the second time this season, Canard qualified on pole during timed practice, this time by logging a 48.380-second lap. Tomac secured second with 48.628, while Seely was seventh at 49.383. Canard was also the fastest man in the main event, laying down a blistering time of 48.811. Atlanta 1 was the track with the lowest times so far this season.
  • If asked to describe the Atlanta Supercross, most riders and mechanics would mention the unique, red dirt that is used to construct the track. “Atlanta is weird because you never know what kind of Georgia clay you’re going to get,” explained Brent Presnell, Canard’s mechanic. “Tonight it was really hard and slippery, but there was still some moisture. It’s definitely not the famous old-school Georgia clay we used to see, whether that’s due to how it’s stored or the weather, but it was really dry and hard-packed out there tonight.”
  • Seely and Canard were two of only four riders to do an incredible “quad” jump after a section of whoops, launching the last four rollers all the way into the following corner. “I didn’t do the quad in the main event,” Seely said. “The line never seemed to form during the night, so it was pretty tricky. During practice though, both Trey and I did it, but we didn’t know the others had done it. I was kind of stoked to have a secret line heading into the night—but it wasn’t [laughs]! I just came around that thing and had a ton of speed out of the whoops, pulled up and made it. I made it two or three times after that too.”
  • Consistency has paid off for Canard, and in Atlanta he used another podium finish, along with a bad night by Ken Roczen, to take over second in the championship hunt, 25 points behind points-leader Ryan Dungey. Tomac and Seely remain in fourth and sixth, with 115 and 111 points, respectively. Only five points separate fourth through seventh in the standings.
  • The Honda Red Riders will return to the Georgia Dome next weekend for the second and final stop in Atlanta.

THE FOCUS: Noren Prepares for Motocross

For Fredrik Noren, often referred to as “Fast Freddy,” the past eight months have been a whirlwind. After a successful stint as a substitute rider with the factory Honda team during the latter part of the 2014 AMA Motocross season, the Swede was chosen to be the squad’s official test and fill-in rider for 2015. Noren campaigned the first six AMA Supercross rounds in the 450SX class, for MotoSport.com/Crossland Honda, but now duty calls for outdoor testing to begin.

“Freddy wanted to ride some Supercross, and we wanted him to get his feet wet,” said Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley. “He has never really ridden much Supercross, so I think for all of us it was more of a learning experience to see how he would do on a 450. The most important thing was we didn’t want to see him get hurt, because the plan for him moving forward is to do some testing for us in preparation for outdoors. Right now, his bike has been turned into a test bike, and he’s going to be doing some endurance testing on engine parts for us. Then when he’s up to speed and more acclimated to motocross, he’ll move into some chassis testing.”

Betley also noted that fans can expect to see Noren back in action this year, as the plan is for him to return to racing at the Hangtown AMA Motocross opener. “Freddy will still be racing under the MotoSport.com/Crossland Honda umbrella, but he’s on standby for the factory team in case any of our riders get hurt. He’ll be our guy to come over and fill in.”

QUOTES

2015 Honda Racing - Atlanta

Trey Canard
“Not a bad night at all. I’m happy to be on the podium again, and to have moved into second in points, but it was a bummer to get another bad start. I just moved forward and did the best that I could, which is all we can ask for. I was riding really aggressive, but I think you have to when you’re that far back. I started to catch them a little when I got into third, but it was basically cat-and-mouse all the way to the end. I think the bike was working great in the main event, so hopefully we can keep that going into next week and come out strong.”

2015 Honda Racing - Atlanta

Cole Seely
“I got tangled with another rider and went down in the first turn of my heat race, and I just had flashbacks of last weekend when I had to go through the LCQ. I kind of went into panic mode, because I didn’t want to let that happen! From there on out, I felt like I turned it up a notch. I got a decent start in the main event by sneaking to the inside of everyone in the turn. I came out sixth or seventh and then just tried working my way forward. When Trey passed me, I just tried to stay on him to see his lines, and we moved forward together.”

Keisuke Inomoto: Representative Director- Team HRC Motocross
“Tonight was not so bad for us. Trey had a pretty good race, even after a bad start, and Cole also rode well to finish in the top five. We still had problems with our starts, so hopefully we can figure that out soon and improve. Trey’s podium finish was good though. Now he’s second in points and in the hunt for the championship, which is where he should be.”

Dan Betley: Team Manager
“Overall, the day was pretty good. We showed good speed in practice, won a heat race and finished with one rider on the podium and another in the top five. Cole had to go to the semi, but all in all I think everyone did a good job and was pretty much on-point. In the main event, we got some mediocre-to-bad starts again, so we really need to figure that out. Trey was on fire coming though the pack; he was catching first and second but just came up a little short. He also moved into second in points, which is a great step. Every week, he’s gaining more and more confidence with his riding and our bike. I’m really happy with the progress Cole has been making, and he’s really becoming a big asset to the team.”

Brent Presnell: Mechanic (Trey Canard)
“Trey was fast all day and especially fast in the main event, but he just started too far back and couldn’t get up to the leaders. We really need to figure out our starts. He got tangled with some other riders going down the start straight and was kind of banging bars, which pushed him toward the back. He was able to work his way up to third, but I don’t believe he’s all that happy with that. It’s kind of funny because that used to be good for him, but now, with a couple wins, he knows what he’s capable of and has that fire in him to win.”

Rich Simmons: Mechanic (Cole Seely)
“We got a fourth tonight, which is a good rebound after last weekend. I think Cole rode well; he’s just a little off the pace of those guys up front. He made some good passes and was able to get behind Trey and kind of work his way up, but I think he needs to work on having a little more aggression at the beginning of the race.” 

450SX Results

1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Trey Canard Team Honda HRC
4. Cole Seely Team Honda HRC
5. Weston Peick
6. Broc Tickle
7. Jason Anderson
8. Blake Baggett
9. Andrew Short
10. Joshua Grant
11. Phillip Nicoletti
12. David Millsaps
13. Mike Alessi
14. Josh Hill
15. Jacob Weimer
16. Kyle Chisholm
17. Nicholas Wey
18. Ken Roczen
19. Zackery Freeberg
20. Eli Tomac GEICO Honda
21. Ronnie Stewart
22. Cade Clason

450SX Championship Points (after 8 of 17 rounds)

1. Ryan Dungey     174
2. Trey Canard     149
3. Ken Roczen     143 
4. Eli Tomac     115
5. Jason Anderson     114
6. Cole Seely     111
7. Chad Reed     110
8. Blake Baggett     99
9. Andrew Short     94
10. Broc Tickle     78
11. Justin Barcia     71
12. David Millsaps     65
13. Jacob Weimer     61
14. Weston Peick     49
15. Joshua Grant     41
16. Mike Alessi     40
17. Brett Metcalfe     40
18. Phil Nicoletti     33
19. Kyle Chisholm     33
20. Josh Hill     32

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