With a series of earthquakes having just struck Japan’s Kumamoto area, Team Honda HRC attended the St. Louis Supercross with their thoughts on friends and family, as well as everyone affected by the disaster.
Trey Canard fought through the pack to a fifth-place finish in the race. Off the start, the Oklahoman got hung up with another rider, causing him to fall back to nearly last, but he wasted no time in working his way through the field, advancing to 12th place by lap four. While running lap times equivalent to the leaders, Canard continued his impressive come-from-behind performance, ultimately rounding out the top five as he took the checkered flag. GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle also turned in a solid ride, scoring a career-best fourth-place finish.
- Prior to Saturday’s action, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard joined GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, RJ Hampshire and Malcolm Stewart for an appearance at Big St. Charles Motorsports to hang out with fans and sign autographs at the dealership’s annual supercross party.
- With a new, daytime schedule, prompted by the fact that the event was airing live on the Fox network, the St. Louis Supercross was unique. The program started five hours earlier than normal, and the racing was completed by 5 p.m. “Other than getting up really early, the schedule wasn’t too different,” Canard said. “It felt almost like a motocross race because of how early it started and finished. I actually liked it. It was nice to have things done and be able to go shower, have dinner and get a full night’s sleep before flying on Sunday. It’s also great to see the sport evolving the way it is, being on Fox and getting more exposure.”
- During Saturday’s timed qualifying sessions, Canard notched the second-quickest time with a 53.868-second lap. He was one of only three riders to dip into the 53-second mark. Bogle was tenth at 55.120.
- The St. Louis track showcased a deep sand section that added a unique element to the evening’s racing. “Sand can be kind of tricky because it changes every lap,” Canard said. “You have to be very aware of how it’s adapting. You also can’t be too aggressive, especially with sand like tonight. If you get on the gas too much, you can kind of lose things.”
- Slotted in 450SX heat 1, Canard launched his CRF450R race machine to a sixth-place start. With only four transfer spots available, he quickly began battling his way forward, advancing to second by the checkered flag. Bogle was in the same race, but had his work cut out for him after starting outside the top 10. He would eventually qualify to the main event via semi 1.
- For the sixth time, Team Honda HRC hosted a family through Ride for Kids. The family’s son Josh is a brain-tumor survivor and has participated in multiple Ride for Kids events in the St. Louis area. The family received tickets, a rig tour and got to meet Canard before joining the team for dinner.
- The Honda Red Riders will return to action on April 23 for the inaugural Foxborough Supercross in Massachusetts.
THE FOCUS: Kumamoto Earthquake
Members of Team Honda HRC were keenly aware of the Kumamoto earthquakes, as the CRF450R motorcycles that the squad races are produced at Honda’s Kumamoto factory in Ozu, about 150 miles east of the 6.2 magnitude April 14 foreshock’s Mount Kinpu epicenter, and 130 miles east of the 7.0 magnitude April 16 mainshock’s Higashi Ward epicenter. Many of the team’s Japanese staff travel regularly to the plant, which also houses R&D operations, and many associates who work on the CRF models live in the area.
The quakes were Japan’s largest since the 2011 tsunami disaster, and damage to Kumamoto prefecture, on the island of Kyushu, was extensive, with dozens perishing. Supply chains were damaged as well, prompting Honda Motor Co. to suspend operations at the Kumamoto plant. The factory was scheduled to reopen on April 22, with subsequent production plans to be determined according to facility restorations and component supply.
On Monday, Honda released a statement saying that it would like to express its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Kumamoto earthquake. The company wishes residents of Kyushu the soonest recovery, and will put all of its efforts into it.
450SX Main Event Results
|1||Dungey Ryan||5||USA||25||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|2||Roczen Ken||94||GER||22||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|3||Anderson Jason||21||USA||20||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|4||Bogle Justin||19||USA||18||RCH Racing||Suzuki|
|5||Canard Trey||41||USA||16||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|7||Tomac Eli||3||USA||14||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|8||Grant Joshua||33||USA||13||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|9||Brayton Justin||10||USA||12||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|10||Alessi Mike||800||USA||11||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|11||Barcia Justin||51||USA||10||Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team||Yamaha|
|12||Baggett Blake||4||USA||9||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|13||Weimer Jacob||12||USA||8||RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|14||Tickle Broc||20||USA||7||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|15||Musquin Marvin||25||FRA||6||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|16||Peick Weston||23||USA||5||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|17||Friese Vince||45||USA||4||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|18||Pourcel Christophe||377||FRA||3||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|19||Wey Nicholas||27||USA||2||Team Tedder||Kawasaki|
|20||Schmidt Nicholas||USA||1||TPJ.com/Fly Racing||Suzuki|
|21||Ray Alex||USA||1||Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha||Yamaha|
|22||Alessi Jeff||801||USA||1||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Suzuki|