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
Photo: Rich Shephard

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
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.”

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

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
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.

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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

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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.”

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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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Thrilling Victory for Canard in San Diego

9 02 2015

NOTES

  • 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.”

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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.”

QUOTES

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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Canard Wins First Monster Energy Supercross Race Since 2011 in Oakland

25 01 2015

Stewart Wins First-Ever 250SX Class Race

OAKLAND, CA – January 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Team Honda’s Trey Canard won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the 2015 season in front of 47,671 fans at O.co Coliseum. GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart captured his first win in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship.

Canard fights hard to earn first Monster Energy Supercross win of 2015

Canard fights hard to earn first Monster Energy Supercross win of 2015
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

BTO Sports/KTM’s Andrew Short won the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award with RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Factory Suzuki’s Ken Roczen, who came into tonight’s race as the points leader with two wins, and Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed in second and third respectively.

Reed passed Short for the lead on the opening lap, and Roczen passed Reed on Lap 1. However, after the pass, Roczen did not have the momentum needed to clear the triple jump and crashed upon landing, forcing him to drop back to nearly last place. He eventually remounted and finished 16.

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Canard and company couldn’t be happier heading into the third race in Anaheim
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Roczen’s crash allowed Reed, who was black flagged last week because of an on-track altercation with Team Honda’s Trey Canard, to take over the lead. Team Honda’s Cole Seely moved into third place on Lap 4 and Canard pulled into third place on the same lap.

Canard took over second place, just behind Reed, on Lap 5, and the stage was set for the highly anticipated duel between the two riders. Canard wasted little time on Reed, passing him on the following lap.

On Lap 16, Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey passed Reed for second place, marking his second-consecutive runner-up finish of the year. Reed finished third, his best finish of the season.

“All things considered, tonight’s track was really tough,” said Dungey. “I wanted to make up some ground on Trey [Canard] for the lead, but it didn’t work out. It’s nice to take over the points lead, but the season is still young.”

Canard’s last win came in Arlington, Texas in 2011.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Canard. “I didn’t think I would be on the podium after the first few laps; it was busy out there. It has been a long haul to get here on top of the podium, and I am really happy about it.”

Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Bell started the Western regional 250SX Class Main Event by winning the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. Following closely was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge and GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart in second and third respectively.

Stewart won the first race of his career

Stewart won the first race of his career
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb, who came into tonight’s race with a two-race win streak and the points lead, started near the back of the pack.

Stewart worked his way into second place on Lap 1, and on the following lap, he moved into the lead. On the race’s third lap, the lead would change again as Red Bull/KTM’s Justin Hill passed Stewart for the lead. Alldredge had a miscue and jumped off the track, which cost him several positions. Cycle Trader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Alex Martin moved into the third position by Lap 5.

2015 Oakland Webb fought hard to finished second

Webb fought hard to finished second and remain the points leader
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

While working his way through the pack, Webb collided with four-time AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers and subsequently crashed.

While in the lead on Lap 7, Hill crashed and turned the lead back over to Stewart. Following the bad start and the crash, Webb came back, and passed Bowers, to put himself in third place. On the last lap, Webb passed Martin for second place and earned his third consecutive podium finish.

Martin finished third, the first podium of his career.

“I didn’t get the start that I wanted, but I worked my way through, but then Bowers [Tyler] sawed my front end off,” said Webb.

Webb holds and eight-point lead in championship stands over Bowers. Stewart moved up one spot in the standings and is sixth.

“This is a big moment for me,” said Stewart. “First of all, I want to thank my brother. I want to thank these fans out here tonight; I am an Oakland Raiders fan, so you guys are great. I knew I could do it, and tonight it finally paid off.

Monster Energy Supercross continues next weekend with its fifth stop of the 17-race season from Anaheim, California, the third of three stops at Angel Stadium. Live broadcast coverage on FOX Sports 1 begins at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 31.

450SX Class Results: Oakland

  1. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  5. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda
  6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
  7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki
  8. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
  9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
  10. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna

450SX Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 82
  2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 78
  3. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 68
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 64
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 62
  6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha, 58
  7. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 45
  8. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 44
  9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 44
  10. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 42

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Oakland

  1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
  4. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
  5. Zach Bell, Cairo, Ga., Husqvarna
  6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
  8. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
  9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM
  10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 86
  2. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 78
  3. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 71
  4. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna, 69
  5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM, 65
  6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 64
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 54
  8. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 49
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 47
  10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 47

Headlining the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television package will be the first-ever live FOX network broadcast from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. EST. FOX Sports 1 will broadcast 12 races live and FOX Sports 2 will broadcast 3 races live. Each race will include a next-day re-air on FOX Sports 1. In addition, the authenticated FOX Sports Go app will live stream each race.

As a precursor to the live television, don’t forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live, which will stream on SupercrossLive.com from 12:50 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. local race time each Saturday during the season. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live webcast.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrossLive www.Twitter.com/supercrosslive and www.instagram.com/supercrosslive. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/supercrosslive. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305.

About Feld Motor Sports

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

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Race Day Live Streaming Available for the Monster Energy Cup

15 10 2014

AURORA, IL – October 15, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that the pre-race press conference and the afternoon qualifying sessions of the Monster Energy Cup taking place at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 18 will be streamed live at www.MonsterEnergyCup.com/SupercrossLive and www.Facebook.com/VegasMECup.

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The Monster Energy Cup pre-race press conference featuring the world’s top supercross riders Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey, Davi Millsaps, Eli Tomac, Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia, and Trey Canard will stream live Friday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. In addition, Zac Commans from the Amateur All-Star Class and Chase Sexton from the Super-Mini Class will also be in attendance. The afternoon qualifying sessions on race day will be streamed live on Saturday at 3:50 p.m. ET/12:50 p.m. PT.

“It’s really exciting for our fans all over the world to be able to stream the live video coverage of the Monster Energy Cup pre-race press conference and the Saturday afternoon qualifying races,” said Dave Prater, director of operations. Feld Motor Sports. “This is a great opportunity for any fans who cannot get to the race to be able to watch all of the action before the night’s Main Events in the comfort of their own homes live on FOX Sports 2.”

Jim Holley, a former World Supercross Champion, and Kevin Barnett, two-time Olympian, of the Supercross Live® team will be providing commentary throughout Saturday’s qualifying sessions. Original Supercross Live content will be available all weekend long including track walk interviews, behind the scenes action and podium interviews at the end of the evening. All videos will be available on the Monster Energy Cup website and social media pages.

The 2014 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by 5-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.

The Monster Energy Cup airs LIVE on FOX Sports 2 on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and the following day, FOX Sports 1, will re-air the entire race at 1:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, October 19. A week later, Sunday, October 26,  FOX broadcast network offers a 90-minute Monster Energy Cup encore special following NFL football in most markets, while preceding football in others (check local listings).

For more information on the Monster Energy Cup, log on to www.MonsterEnergyCup.com.  For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305. To follow the Monster Energy Cup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram log on to www.Facebook.com/VegasMECup; www.Twitter.com/VegasMECup; www.Instagram.com/MonsterEnergyCup.com.

Tickets for the 2014 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com,  or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.

About Feld Motor Sports

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross and AMSOIL Arenacross.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit  www.feldentertainment.com.

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American Honda Extends Partnership With GEICO Honda

25 09 2014

TORRANCE, CA – September 25, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has renewed its contract with GEICO Honda for an additional three years, ensuring that the Factory Connection-run program will continue running Honda’s factory-supported 250 team through the 2017 season.

Honda’s long professional relationship with Factory Connection owners Mike Grondahl, Jeff Majkrzak and Rick Zielfelder started in 1995, when the company began providing the factory team with suspension-related technical support. Five years later, Factory Connection took over Honda’s satellite team, which has enjoyed consistent success ever since, earning nine titles with Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, Trey Canard, Wil Hahn, Travis Preston and Eli Tomac. For the 2015 AMA Supercross and Motocross season, the Mike LaRocco-managed GEICO Honda team’s 250 effort comprises Matt Bisceglia, Bogle, R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith, all campaigning Honda CRF250R machinery.

“We’re very pleased to extend our partnership with GEICO Honda,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “We’ve achieved a lot together over the years, and the team continues to demonstrate that it is second to none in terms of professionalism and capability. We’re confident that together, we can continue adding to our list of accomplishments.”

“We’ve had a long and prosperous relationship with American Honda spanning almost two decades now,” Majkrzak said. “We hope it continues well into the future. It’s an honor to represent Honda and to consistently put the brand on the podium. They have the best motorcycles in the business. We truly feel that we have two of the best names in the industry with GEICO and Honda.”

About American Honda

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.

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