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.”



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.


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.


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.”


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.


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)

About Troy Lee Designs

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.



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
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby’s Andrew Short opened the 450SX Class Main Event with the 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,’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.

150330 Short (#29) won the Holeshot Award

Short (#29) won the Holeshot Award
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

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 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.

150330 Musquin Leads 250SX Class Points Race Heading into Season Finale

Musquin Leads 250SX Class Points Race Heading into Season Finale
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

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.”

150330 Martin (left) and Savatgy (right) round out the 250SX Class Podium

Martin (left) and Savatgy (right) round out the 250SX Class Podium
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

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



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.”



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
Photo: Rich Shephard’s Weston Peick won his first 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.

150301 Atlanta ll Ryan Dungey Podium

Ryan Dungey became the first three-time winner of the season
Photo: Simon Cudby

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.”

150301 Musquin taking the 250SX holeshot

The start was a key component for tonight’s races with Musquin taking the 250SX holeshot
Photo: Simon Cudby

Musquin captured the 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.

150301 250SX Podium

Marvin Musquin led from start to finish to capture his second win of the season
Photo: Simon Cudby

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.



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.

2015 Honda Racing - Atlanta

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.


  • 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 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 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.”


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



Thrilling Victory for Canard in San Diego

9 02 2015


  • For 2015, the FOX Sports 1 show Behind the Dream expanded to eight episodes, one of which will showcase Team Honda HRC and its riders, Trey Canard and Cole Seely. The show gives viewers an inside look at the lives of the sport’s elite athletes and teams. Thursday before San Diego, Canard and Seely spent time with the show’s production crew filming the episode, which will air later this season.
  • Ahead of Saturday’s Military Appreciation Race, Canard and Seely spent a portion of their Friday on one of the area’s local Navy bases touring the USS Peleliu, a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship. During the tour, riders were able to see the ship’s flight deck, mess hall, berthing and anchor room before signing autographs for the sailors on board.
  • The substantial increase in Honda Racing Corporation’s involvement with American Honda’s AMA Supercross effort this season is well known, and the results have been positive so far. Team Honda HRC was pleased to host HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto for round six, and following the daytime qualifying program, Mr. Nakamoto took time out of his day to meet with members of the media at the team’s hospitality rig. “HRC’s dream is to win all of the major championships,” Nakamoto said. “In motocross, this series is the most important, so that’s why we started this activity again.”
  • Seely and Canard were slotted in the second heat race at San Diego, and when the gate dropped, both Team Honda HRC riders were at the front of the pack. Seely took over the lead on the opening lap, while Canard settled into third. That’s where they finished, earning direct transfers to the main event.
  • Canard’s best lap in the main event was 55.568, making him the only rider to drop into the 55-second range.
  • Entering the San Diego round, Canard was tied for third in the championship points standings, and his win gave him sole possession of the position, 18 points behind leader Ryan Dungey. Seely advanced one spot to sixth, and Tomac currently sits fourth.
  • The Team Honda HRC riders were prepared for a short week following the San Diego race, as they will participate in Thursday’s press day ahead of the Arlington, Texas, round. It will be a busy event for Seely and Canard, who will also visit DFW Honda on Friday for an autograph session.

THE FOCUS: HRC Worlds Collide
On Tuesday prior to the San Diego Supercross, Team HRC Rally racers Joan Barreda and Jeremias Israel paid a visit to the Team Honda HRC test track in Corona, California. Fresh off of January’s Dakar Rally in South America, the Spaniard and Chilean are spending time vacationing in Southern California. Both went to Anaheim 3, and Israel—who campaigned selected AMA Motocross rounds from 2000 to 2003—also attended the San Diego race before returning home. “I used to live here, so it’s nice to come visit friends, see some of the Supercross races and get away from the press and craziness for a little bit,” Israel said. “I’m always following the series and rooting for these guys, checking updates on Twitter and re-watching the races on YouTube.”

At the test track, Trey Canard and Eli Tomac spent time chatting with Barreda and Israel about their respective racing disciplines and the challenges that come with them. “I’ve never known much about the Dakar Rally or ever followed it, but after hearing more about what they do, I couldn’t even image doing it,” Canard said. “Riding stages of 600 miles, or holding it wide open from one mountain range to another while not knowing what’s in front of you is just crazy. The only thing you have to go off is a road book that shows the course.”

2015 Honda Racing - San Diego

The 2015 Dakar event finished on January 17, with Israel earning second overall and Barreda having topped four stages. Now, the team has its sights set on next year’s race, and they’ll have plenty of opportunities to prepare. “We both ride motocross as part of our training, but there are other series and races we can ride,” Israel said. “There’s the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, which starts soon, but there’s also a series in South America that’s operated by the same organization that puts on the Dakar. We’ll race certain ones depending on if the course runs in the areas where the next Dakar will run or not. It’s all about preparation and planning, and these are great opportunities for testing and training.”


Trey Canard
“It was an awesome day. I had a big scare in practice when I had to jump over the handlebars. That could’ve been a lot worse, but man, I’m stoked with how things went. I didn’t get a great jump on the start, but I was able to get through on the inside. Kenny [Roczen] was riding really well behind me. I felt like I pulled out on him a little bit, and then he reeled me back in. It’s really tough because you want to charge but you don’t want to make mistakes. You try to block everything out, but you hear him and you hear the crowd, which makes you a little more anxious. I wasn’t really happy with laps 10 to 15, but I think I did a good job on the last five. It just feels good to win again, and the vibe is awesome. I’ve been on this team for a long time now, and there have been some nights where we hung our heads. I’m so happy to be a part of this now, where everyone is so excited. It shows also with how Eli and Cole are riding.”

Cole Seely
“After coming off a second last weekend, this wasn’t what I was looking for, but it was still a good night and I’m happy with sixth. I had a few bad laps there in the beginning. On the first lap, I almost got taken out by another rider and had to roll the triple, then the next lap I got cross-rutted in one of the sections and landed on a Tuff Block. The bike just came to a stop and I hit my chest on the cross-bar pad, knocking the wind out of myself. After that it was hard to keep my form and hit all my marks, but I did my best and tried to fight through the field. There are a lot of fast guys out there, so I feel like this is still a good position for my rookie year.”

Yasuhiro Yokoyama: Technical Director – Team HRC Motocross
“We had another good night, with Canard getting his second win of the season. His starts have been improving and he had a decent one this time again. He passed the guys in front and took the lead early on, then kept the position until the end despite pressure from behind throughout the race. Tomac and Seely also showed they had the speed throughout the night but in the main event, both had some problems at the beginning and lost positions before coming back to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. With Canard’s win, the championship points got a little closer, and we’ll try to keep this momentum as we head east next week. Thank you very much for your support!”

Dan Betley: Team Manager
“Trey got a little pinched off at the start, but he was able to sneak on through on the inside, which he’s been really good at this year. Then he just rode strong to the finish and held on for the win. Cole’s just progressing also, becoming more comfortable in the class. He got a bad start and then had a little mishap when he landed on a Tuff Block and hit his chest on the handlebar. That kind of knocked the wind out of him, but I think he recovered well for sixth, and he had an awesome win in the heat race. The team has been picking up momentum since the beginning of the year. I really like what I see in terms of the progression and how everyone’s evolving, and I think it’s going to continue—we’re in a good place right now. It was also nice to get a win with Mr. Nakamoto here. I love the spirit of all the HRC guys; they’re totally into racing, and they really support our effort.”

Brent Presnell: Mechanic (Trey Canard)
“Tonight was awesome. Trey’s starts were good, and in the main he got out front and controlled the race, so it was good. I would’ve preferred a bigger gap at the end, but we’ll take the win! He seems to be getting some momentum going. I think the more he keeps running up front, the more comfortable he’s going to be in that situation, so hopefully it’ll get a little easier.”

Rich Simmons: Mechanic (Cole Seely)
“The heat race was good. Cole was actually a little bummed even though he won because he said he made a lot of mistakes and just didn’t ride the way he wanted to. On the first lap of the main, he had to single through the big triple, and he was worried about getting landed on. He lost some momentum and made a few mistakes here and there. Maybe he was trying to push a little too hard, and with tracks like this, if you ride over your head, everybody’s so close on times that it allows guys to get on the inside of you and make the pass. Still, sixth place isn’t bad for how the main event went. It was an up-and-down night, but we’ll learn from the mistakes and move on.”

450SX Results

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

450SX Championship Points (after 6 of 17 rounds)

1. Ryan Dungey   127
2. Ken Roczen   118
3. Trey Canard   109
4. Eli Tomac   100
5. Jason Anderson   85
6. Cole Seely   82
7. Chad Reed   75
8. Justin Barcia   71
9. Blake Baggett   68
10. Andrew Short   66
11. David Millsaps   55
12. Broc Tickle   51
13. Jacob Weimer   48
14. Brett Metcalfe   40
15. Weston Peick   32
16. Mike Alessi   29
17. Kyle Chisholm   28
18. Dean Wilson   23
19. Joshua Grant   17
20. Joshua Hill   16



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