While Team Honda staff and riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely had hoped for a better showing at the Phoenix Supercross than ultimately proved possible, the squad’s spirits were buoyed by the inspiring debut premier-class victory of GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, who also rides a factory CRF450R.

Canard’s bid for a top finish was complicated by a poor start, but he worked his way through a pack that was deep with talent, eventually crossing the checkered flag in eighth place. Seely had trouble in the main and ended in fourteenth position, but he was encouraged by the fact that he had ridden to his career-first 450 heat-race win earlier the same evening.

NOTES

  • On the eve of the race, Trey Canard and Cole Seely made an appearance at Peoria, Arizona, dealership RideNow Powersports. The Team Honda duo is scheduled to attend another autograph signing at Huntington Beach Honda on Friday, January 16 at 6 p.m., along with the GEICO Honda team.
  • On race day, Seely’s mechanic Rich Simmons joined Brian Kranz, mechanic for GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, to meet with a large group of students from the nearby Phoenix campus of Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. Both technicians are graduates of the program and were happy to give the pupils a glimpse of life as a factory mechanic.
  • During the daytime program at Phoenix, Canard set the sixth-fastest qualifying time at 55.457 seconds, just over a second off the mark of top man Eli Tomac, of GEICO Honda. Seely was 10th-fastest at 55.891, about four-tenths of a second behind his teammate.
  • Seely led the first heat race from start to finish, and with Tomac topping heat two, Honda riders scored the wins in both heat races and the main event at Phoenix. The difference between the two riders’ winning times in the six-lap heat races was just .173 seconds. Canard was fourth in the first heat, so all three factory CRF450R racers qualified directly to the main event.
  • Prior to the main event, Team Honda mechanics mounted road race-style tire warmers to the rear Dunlops of the CRF450R race bikes. “At some of these races, we’ll do that to get a heat cycle in the tires before we go out,” explained Team Manager Dan Betley. “Even though the tires cool off by the time we actually start the race, the heat cycle changes the compound slightly and helps with traction.”
  • During the live television coverage of the Phoenix Supercross, Fox Sports 1 aired a short feature called “Passion to Persevere: Trey Canard on a Balanced Life.” The emotional piece was filmed at Canard’s home in Edmond, Oklahoma, during the off-season, and covered his faith, his recoveries from injuries and how he and wife Hannah met during a mission in Africa.
  • On January 17, Team Honda will campaign the second of three 2015 AMA Supercross rounds to take place in Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

THE FOCUS: 
Red Riders

In the AMA Supercross pits, the Team Honda and GEICO Honda semi trucks are invariably parked adjacent to one another, and that’s not just because birds of a feather tend to flock together. GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac’s mechanic Brian Kranz works out of the Team Honda truck, and he, Trey Canard and Cole Seely all enjoy the same technical support from HRC. That being the case, the feeling of contentment following Tomac’s debut premier-class victory permeated the entire Honda pit area, with both Team Honda riders congratulating the Coloradoan.

“I’m really happy with the communication that all three riders have right now,” said Team Honda Manager Dan Betley. “They all watch film together, and they share information about lines on the track. I couldn’t be happier with the camaraderie this year, among both the staff and the riders. Everybody helps each other, which is great. Obviously, Trey and Cole are bummed for their results at Phoenix, but they’re happy to see that the equipment and the staff are capable. They know we can give them what they need while we all work to also get them on top of the box.”

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Trey Canard 41

“It was a good night in that I left healthy and ready for next weekend. I’m not happy with the result, but I believe that over the course of the season, all the top riders will have a night like I had here at Phoenix. I’m really excited for my fellow Honda rider on his win, and for all of HRC. Hopefully we can continue the success for them as we go forward.”

Cole Seely 14

“The heat race was good—I felt like I was flowing and riding well—but the main event just kind of unraveled on me. My start was okay, but I got into it with Chad Reed and a couple other riders. I started going backward and got arm pump, so it was tough. I’ll just take the heat-race win, build off of that and keep plugging away. The bike felt good all night.”

Keisuke Inomoto

Representative Director: Team Honda/ HRC Motocross

"I’m pleased with Honda rider Eli Tomac’s win in the main at Phoenix! He did a great job to win his heat race, and then he managed the main very well. Trey Canard finished eighth, as his start was not so good; nevertheless, he did a good job charging forward, and things will come together for him in the coming races. Cole Seely was 14th, but he took his first heat win and started strongly in the main. I think he could get a victory if he continues on this path. I feel that Eli’s win shows our ability, which we have been cultivating. We’ll analyze what to revise so that we'll be able to get more good results. Please continue your support of Team Honda and HRC!”

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

“I think we should have gone further outside on our gate pick, but that’s hindsight. The first turn was really tight on the inside, so if you didn’t get the jump, you were stuck waiting for everybody to clear out. We just need to work on being more aggressive. Cole was too patient, and he got pushed around by some other guys and had to work his way back through them. The heat race was awesome though—he got a great start and was really consistent. We just need to work on duplicating that in the main event.”

AMA Supercross 2015
Race Round 2   Phoenix

450SX Main Event

Cool
Humidity
75%
Air Temp
59°F
Track Cond
Dry
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
2 Roczen Ken 94 GER 22 Team Honda HRC Honda
3 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 20 Red Bull KTM KTM
4 Peick Weston 23 USA 18 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
5 Millsaps David 18 USA 16 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
6 Anderson Jason 21 USA 15 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
7 Short Andrew 29 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Canard Trey 41 USA 13 Red Bull KTM KTM
9 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 12 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
10 Reed Chad 22 AUS 11 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
11 Barcia Justin 51 USA 10 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
12 Tickle Broc 20 USA 9 Red Bull KTM KTM
13 Baggett Blake 4 USA 8 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
14 Seely Cole 14 USA 7 Team Honda HRC Honda
15 Brayton Justin 10 USA 6 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
16 Metcalfe Brett 24 AUS 5 N/A Kawasaki
17 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 4 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
18 Alessi Mike 800 USA 3 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
19 Grant Joshua 33 USA 2 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 Albertson Jimmy 77 USA 1 Jimmy Albertson Racing KTM
21 Partridge Kyle 199 USA 1 Rocky Mountain ATV Honda
22 Catanzaro  AJ 64 USA 1 JMR Racing Suzuki
Location Information

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