With heavy hearts, Team Honda HRC took part in round two of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, California, dedicating their efforts to Nicky Hayden, who passed away last Monday. It was a rollercoaster day for the squad. In moto 1, both Cole Seely and Christian Craig grabbed stellar starts aboard their CRF450Rs and were running 2-3 after the first lap. Throughout the remainder of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, the two Red Riders battled up front, swapping positions multiple times before Craig took the checkered flag in a career-best fourth position while Seely slipped back to seventh.

In moto two, Craig scored his second holeshot of the season and began setting an impressive pace out front. He maintained the lead for several laps before falling back two spots. While running third at the halfway point, Craig went down before the sand section, injuring his hand and forcing him to the sideline. Meanwhile, Seely had gotten a poor start and was sitting 13th after the completion of the opening lap. He struggled to find his groove during the 15-lap race but still managed to work his way up to eighth by the finish.

 

NOTES

  • On Friday, hundreds of fans turned out at Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside, California, to meet their favorite riders at the pre-race pit party. Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and test rider Andrew Short, as well as GEICO Honda fill-in rider Christian Craig and 250 riders Jeremy Martin, Cameron McAdoo, and Jimmy Decotis were on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
  • Having been seriously injured last year in a practice crash, former All-Japan MX 250 Champion Toshiki Tomita returned to action at Glen Helen under the Team Honda HRC awning in hopes of building consistent results. Tomita was forced to qualify into the afternoon program via the consolation race and although he finished 25th in the first moto, his score improved in the second race, in which he finished 17th.
  • The Glen Helen track showcases a challenging layout with large jumps, long and drastic elevation changes, and the infamous Talladega first turn. This year, that section actually featured a pair of 90 degree turns, with riders then heading uphill instead of sweeping around the normal 180 degree right-hander.
  • For the second consecutive week, Craig was the top Red Rider in the day’s qualifying, securing the seventh-fastest time at 2:22.105, while Seely notched ninth with 2:22.177.
  • It was an exciting day for GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin as he secured his first podium finish of the season with second overall. In moto 1, the Minnesota native was quick out of the gate, grabbing the holeshot aboard his CRF250R. Once out front, Martin never looked back, dominating the competition on his way to victory. During the second moto, he once again grabbed the holeshot and early lead but a mistake on the first lap saw him fall back in the pack. By the checkered flag, he had managed to work his way into seventh, still securing the podium spot.
  • The Honda Red Riders will return to action Saturday, June 3, for round 3 of the AMA Pro Motocross series in Lakewood, Colorado, also known as the Thunder Valley National. On Friday, Team Honda HRC and GEICO Honda will visit Sun Enterprises for an autograph session.

 

THE FOCUS: Tribute to “The Kentucky Kid”

With the loss of Red Bull Honda World Superbike racer Nicky Hayden earlier in the week, there were heavy hearts for crewmembers, riders and fans at Glen Helen. Although all were focused on the racing activities, they took time to remember and celebrate the life of the 2006 MotoGP World Champion. In a show of solidarity, Team Honda HRC wore black ribbon pins on the collars of their crew shirts, while riders showcased Hayden’s signature “69” logo on their gear. For the second week, Cole Seely’s and Christian Craig’s CRF450Rs were adorned with “69” stickers on the front number plates, and the team’s semis were also equipped with new graphics to pay respect.

On display under the Team Honda HRC tent was Hayden’s 2002 AMA Superbike Championship bike, which was also taken to the podium for an official moment of silence during opening ceremonies. During the 250 podium celebration, GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin held up a Hayden sticker in place of his champagne bottle, which he refrained from opening.

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Cole Seely 14

There were positives from today but also a lot of things I need to work on. I’m still having some trouble with my hip from last week’s crash, so I was in some pain from that throughout the day but worked through it. I got a good start in the first moto and was feeling good for the first half or more but then faded back. I got a terrible start in the second moto and just spent the rest of the race trying to make my way by as many people as I could. We did some fine-tuning on my bike this week and on Thursday press day, so I was really happy with that. I just need to work on myself and try to keep improving.

Christian Craig 48

Glen Helen was pretty positive for me overall. I felt awesome all day and was excited for the day in general and motivated more than ever to show where I belong. In the first moto I got a great start and was running third almost the entire moto until Eli [Tomac] got me. I finished fourth, which is my best finish in a 450 moto. I was pumped with how I rode and where my fitness was. Knowing I’m able to run up front with the best in our sport is a good boost to my confidence. The second moto started out great too. I pulled the holeshot, led four laps, and then was passed by [Blake] Baggett and [Jason] Anderson. They were charging hard but I kept with them for a while. Twenty minutes in, my front end tucked on a jump and I went down hard. I punched the dirt with my hand and ended up getting a ‘boxer break.’ Luckily the break isn't nearly as bad as it could’ve been. I’ll be getting it plated on Monday and hope to be back on the bike within a couple weeks. Although my day ended with an injury, overall I'm pleased with my riding today and happy I was able to put my bike up front. I can't thank the entire team enough for always being positive and supporting me through the good and bad. I’m looking forward to getting back out front!

Dan Betley

Team Manager

I think the high for today was definitely our starts. Both Christian and Cole got good starts in the first moto and then Christian got the holeshot in the second moto, which was awesome. Also, Christian rode really well and his times were much more consistent throughout the entire race than last week. He definitely would’ve been on the podium after the second moto if he didn’t have that mishap and go down. Sadly, he broke a bone in his hand but we’re hoping he can be back in a couple weeks. Cole still has some things to work through. Like I said, he got a good start in the first race and rode up front for a bit before fading back. He’s still struggling with his leg but also his fitness, so hopefully we can just race him into shape and build each week.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

Today’s overall result was better than last week but I think Cole rode better last week than he did today. He got a good start in the first moto and had a pretty good pace going in the beginning but he said he got tight and fell back. He got a bad start in the second moto and never really found the race pace, again like last week. He rode okay but struggled to make the passes that he needed to. I’m glad we got sixth although we kind of got lucky with a lot of guys not finishing, but that’s part of the game. We just need to keep improving. In terms of bike setup, we did make some changes for this track specifically. With the downhills you want to make the front end a little taller and lower the rear, then for the second moto we softened it up to make it easier to ride.

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

Today could’ve been a Cinderella story because Christian was setting himself up for third overall. That would’ve been his first-ever 450 podium and a great result for our team. He got two great starts and was riding well in both motos but unfortunately, it didn’t end the way we had hoped. He crashed halfway through the second race, hurt his hand, and wasn’t able to finish. Overall though, today was good and our bike was better than last week, so when he’s able to get back out there, I think we’ll be in a good spot.

AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   San Bernardino

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Grant Joshua 33 USA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Craig Christian 48 USA 18 Team Honda HRC Honda
5 Anderson Jason 21 USA 16 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 15 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
7 Seely Cole 14 USA 14 Team Honda HRC Honda
8 Baggett Blake 4 USA 13 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
9 Peick Weston 23 USA 12 JGR Yamaha
10 Webb Cooper 17 USA 11 Star/MyPlash/Yamalube/Yamaha Yamaha
11 Hoeft Justin 244 USA 10 None Yamaha
12 Bogle Justin 19 USA 9 RCH Racing Suzuki
13 Barcia Justin 51 USA 8 JGR Yamaha
14 Tickle Broc 20 USA 7 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
15 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 6 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
16 Davalos Martin 47 ECU 5 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
17 Cooper Cody 121 NZL 4 Crownkiwi Enterprise Honda
18 Epstein Dillan 188 USA 3 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Kawasaki
19 Alix Dakota 70 USA 2 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
20 Bell Zach 44 USA 1 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   San Bernardino

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Anderson Jason 21 USA 25 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
2 Baggett Blake 4 USA 22 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
3 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 20 Red Bull KTM KTM
4 Tickle Broc 20 USA 18 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
5 Bogle Justin 19 USA 16 RCH Racing Suzuki
6 Peick Weston 23 USA 15 JGR Yamaha
7 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 14 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
8 Seely Cole 14 USA 13 Team Honda HRC Honda
9 Davalos Martin 47 ECU 12 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
10 Barcia Justin 51 USA 11 JGR Yamaha
11 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 10 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
12 Epstein Dillan 188 USA 9 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Kawasaki
13 Harrison Heath USA 8 Got Gear Motorsports Kawasaki
14 Hoeft Justin 244 USA 7 None Yamaha
15 Alix Dakota 70 USA 6 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
16 Mosiman Josh 125 USA 5 HD Supply Husqvarna Husqvarna
17 Tomita Toshiki 718 JPN 4 Team Honda HRC Honda
18 Stewart Ronnie 606 USA 3 DirtCandy Graphics Suzuki
19 Tomac Eli 3 USA 2 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 Tedder Dakota 151 USA 1 Team Tedder Kawasaki
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