In front of a massive Fourth of July crowd at the famous RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan, for round seven of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Team Honda HRC’s Fredrik Noren rode to career-best finish of seventh overall with 7-8 marks.

With teammate Cole Seely sidelined for another weekend due to an injury sustained in a practice crash prior to Budds Creek, Noren was the sole rider carrying the torch for factory Honda. In moto one, Noren got off to a less-than-desirable start but quickly recovered, advancing to 11th by the completion of the opening lap. He maintained that position for half of the race before making more passes and capitalizing on the mistakes of other riders to secure seventh, his best finish of the year. During the day’s 17-lap final race, the Swede launched off the line to a better start and charged to eighth place by the finish.

 

NOTES

  • On Friday, Team Honda HRC crewmembers and riders celebrated Independence Day early with a team BBQ at the RedBud track before venturing down to watch the night racing in the pits.
  • During timed qualifying practice, Fredrik Noren was 13th fastest, his time of 2:04.828 coming during the second session.
  • Noren’s solid seventh-place finish moved him up two spots in the championship standings, leaving him tied for tenth with 132 points.
  • It was an exciting weekend for Noren and girlfriend Amy Schaff, who were married in Ohio on Sunday, the day after the RedBud National. The two met at the races in 2012 while Schaff was working as a photographer and Noren was campaigning his second season in the U.S. In attendance at the wedding were Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley, crewmember Jason Thomas and fellow rider Trey Canard, who actually conducted the ceremony. “I’m super excited to get married to Amy,” Noren said on Saturday. “I’m not nervous because I’ve been so focused on the race, but I’m sure it’ll come when it’s time to go up there and actually do it. Amy has been really great; she’s done most of the planning so I haven’t really had to think about it and have been able to focus on my racing.”
  • Since 1974, factory Honda has logged an impressive win list at the iconic RedBud National, including 12 victories in the 450 class, nine in the 250 division and five in the now-defunct 500cc class.
  • The Honda Red Riders will return to action on July 18 for round 8 of the AMA Pro Motocross series in Millville, Minnesota, for the Spring Creek National.

 

THE FOCUS: Injury Update

Following a successful AMA Supercross season that saw a factory CRF450R on the podium at every round of the 17 race series, the Honda Red Riders have been plagued by injury during the AMA Pro Motocross series. Trey Canard, who has been recuperating from a broken arm since the Detroit Supercross, was recently released by his doctor to begin riding. However, further evaluation revealed that the bone is still not properly healed, and Canard will visit his doctor again on Tuesday, July 7, with the hope of learning a more accurate return date.

Teammate Cole Seely has missed the last two rounds due to micro tears in his hamstring and a pulled adductor muscle, injuries that were sustained in a crash while practicing at Glen Helen prior to Budds Creek. After multiple visits to Dr. H. Rey Gubernick at Natural Health Sports Therapy in Costa Mesa, California, and attempts by Seely to ride during the week, the team decided it was best for the Californian to sit out of the RedBud national and focus on a full recovery. Seely is scheduled to return to the gate at round eight in Millville, Minnesota.

Since his season-ending crash at Colorado’s Thunder Valley National, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac has undergone successful surgery on both shoulders. He began physical therapy immediately following each procedure and has already started to see improvement in mobility and range of motion.

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“Today was a great day for me because it was my best overall finish ever. It started out a little slow; I struggled a bit during practice, but things got better during the motos. I felt like my riding was really good, with [Broc] Tickle in front of me and [Blake] Baggett behind me, so there weren’t any slow guys I was battling with. We made some small changes to the bike before the second moto, which helped. Today was even more special because I have so many friends and family here from Sweden that were able to experience this with us and to see what Amy and I do every weekend and put all our energy into.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2015
Race Round 7   Buchanan

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Barcia Justin 51 USA 22 JGR Yamaha
3 Roczen Ken 94 GER 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Tickle Broc 20 USA 18 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
5 Peick Weston 23 USA 16 JGR Yamaha
6 Baggett Blake 4 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
7 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 14 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
8 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 13 Cycletrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
9 Brayton Justin 10 USA 12 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
10 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 11 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
11 Hahn Wil 48 USA 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
12 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 9 JGR Yamaha
13 Wentland Jesse USA 8 RSR/Star Cycle Honda Honda
14 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 7 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
15 Cunningham Kyle 35 USA 6 Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki Suzuki
16 Lamay Ben 48 USA 5 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
17 Brooks  Jason USA 4 3D Racing/ Factory Connection/ Motorsports Nation Yamaha
18 Anderson Jason 21 USA 3 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Rusk Killian 58 USA 2 Slater Skin/Blue Buffalo Yamaha
20 Harrison Heath USA 1 Got Gear Motorsports Kawasaki
AMA Pro Motocross 2015
Race Round 7   Buchanan

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Barcia Justin 51 USA 25 JGR Yamaha
2 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Roczen Ken 94 GER 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 18 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
5 Anderson Jason 21 USA 16 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Peick Weston 23 USA 15 JGR Yamaha
7 Tickle Broc 20 USA 14 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
8 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 13 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
9 Baggett Blake 4 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
10 Brayton Justin 10 USA 11 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
11 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 10 JGR Yamaha
12 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 9 Cycletrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
13 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 8 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
14 Lamay Ben 48 USA 7 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
15 Hahn Wil 48 USA 6 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
16 Wentland Jesse USA 5 RSR/Star Cycle Honda Honda
17 Rusk Killian 58 USA 4 Slater Skin/Blue Buffalo Yamaha
18 Harrison Heath USA 3 Got Gear Motorsports Kawasaki
19 Audette  Gannon 73 USA 2 Legends & Heros/ Kissimmee Motorsports Kawasaki
20 Short John 253 USA 1 ACM Services/ Short racing Yamaha
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