It was a solid night for Team Honda HRC at the AMA Supercross series’ second and final visit of the season to downtown San Diego’s Petco Park, with teammates Cole Seely and Trey Canard turning in impressive rides aboard their CRF450R race machines. Both Seely and Canard had strong starts and were running 2-3 for over half of the 20-lap main event. Seely set a strong pace, gapping most of the competition before taking the checkered flag in the runner-up spot. This marked his best finish yet of 2016, complementing his back-to-back third-place results at the start of the season. Canard continued to ride well too, but faltered in the latter stages and relinquished two spots to finish fifth.
- The day before the military appreciation race, Trey Canard and Cole Seely joined a group of fellow racers aboard the USS Midway for a chance to check out the decommissioned aircraft carrier located in San Diego’s harbor. They spent nearly an hour and a half on the ship’s deck, scoping out the planes and talking with Navy veterans who were formerly stationed onboard. “The Midway was awesome,” Canard said. “I didn’t even get to look at the rest of the ship because there was this guy giving a presentation who had flown off that exact carrier almost 500 times, and he was showing us how they land and catch cables. I must have sat there for an hour listening to the guy. He was just happy to be on a ship that he had flown off and tell the story about his experience. It was the coolest part, for sure.”
- For the second San Diego race, Team Honda HRC was pleased to host Honda Racing Corporation Representative Director Keisuke Inomoto and many other engineers from Japan. It was Mr. Inomoto’s second time attending a supercross race this season.
- The team was happy to welcome back Canard and GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, both of whom had been sidelined by injuries for several weeks. “It was great to have all our riders out there today,” said team manager Dan Betley. “Trey and Justin have had a tough start to the season, but they both have the speed and I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season progresses for them.”
- Once again, competition was fierce during the daytime qualifying practice, as less than a second separated the top 12 riders. Seely was able to secure sixth place with a time of 59.237 seconds, which was recorded in the second timed session, while Canard was 10th with 59.454 from the first session.
- For the third time this season, Seely, Canard and Bogle were all seeded together in 450SX heat 1. When the gate dropped, Bogle got off to a second-place start, with Seely in tow. By the end of the six-lap race, Seely had moved into second, transferring directly into the main event, while Bogle and Canard finished fifth and sixth, respectively, forcing them to transfer through their respective semis.
- After his solid second-place finish in the main, Seely moved up two spots in the championship standings to fourth, with 105 points.
- On race day, Rich Simmons and Grant Hutcheson (mechanics for Seely and Bogle, respectively) met with a large group of students from the local Motorcycle Mechanics Institute campus and gave them a glimpse of life as a factory wrench. Later that evening, Simmons was also awarded the MMI Top Tech award for his stellar work.
- It will be another short week for Team Honda HRC, as they head to Arlington, Texas, early to take part in Thursday’s press activities. In addition to meeting with regional media, Seely and Canard will visit the Dallas Children’s Hospital on Friday to spend time with patients in the oncology center.
THE FOCUS: Showing Appreciation
Round six of the season marked the third annual military appreciation race in San Diego, where the industry honored the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States armed forces. Team Honda HRC showed full support by donning their CRF450Rs in all-white plastics, with custom-designed digital camouflage graphics created by Throttle Jockey. Each bike showcased special details, including emblems for every branch of military on the front fender, as well as grenades next to the rider’s name, representing each of his career 450SX wins.
“It’s great, and in actuality, it’s such a small thing,” Canard said of the event. “I mean, all we’re doing is putting different stickers on our bikes and wearing different gear, which is so minute compared to what the members of the military have done and continue to do for us. This is the least we can do. I hope they feel appreciated because we really just have to say thank you to all of the people who have served and put their lives on the line.”
That said, Canard admitted he enjoyed the special liveries. “I think the bikes looked great. It’s awesome to see every team’s twist on it, but I liked our bikes the best. I think it was great that they tried to incorporate a few different things here and there to make them even more special. It was really cool.”
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450SX Main Event Results
|1||Dungey Ryan||5||USA||25||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|2||Seely Cole||14||USA||22||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|3||Roczen Ken||94||GER||20||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|4||Anderson Jason||21||USA||18||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|5||Canard Trey||41||USA||16||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|6||Tomac Eli||3||USA||15||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|7||Musquin Marvin||25||FRA||14||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|8||Reed Chad||22||AUS||13||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|9||Peick Weston||23||USA||12||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|10||Brayton Justin||10||USA||11||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|11||Millsaps David||18||USA||10||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|12||Weimer Jacob||12||USA||9||RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|13||Hahn Wil||48||USA||8||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|14||Short Andrew||29||USA||7||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|15||Bogle Justin||19||USA||6||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|16||Friese Vince||45||USA||5||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|17||Pourcel Christophe||377||FRA||4||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|18||Nicoletti Phillip||46||USA||3||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Yamaha|
|19||Alessi Mike||800||USA||2||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|20||Schmidt Nicholas||USA||1||TPJ.com/Fly Racing||Suzuki|
|21||Alessi Jeff||801||USA||1||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Suzuki|
|22||Hahn Thomas||47||USA||1||Cycletrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha||Yamaha|