It was an exciting night for Team Honda HRC as fill-in rider Jeremy Martin put together a stellar performance, leading over half of the main event before taking the checkered in second at the 46th annual Daytona Supercross by Honda. Martin who currently rides full-time for the GEICO Honda squad in the Western Regional 250SX series impressed everyone during his premier-class debut aboard a factory CRF450R. Despite having a poor gate pick, Martin launched off the line from the far outside and didn’t let off the gas until he found himself at the front of the pack. The Minnesota native held off multiple advances from the competition throughout the first 10-laps of the race before relinquishing the lead. He held tough to the finish, taking the checkered nearly 10-seconds ahead of third.

Although he wanted more, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely secured a solid fifth-place finish, moving him up to third in the championship standings. Sitting eighth after the first turn, Seely quickly maneuvered his way into sixth on the opening lap. By lap 11, he had made his way into fourth. Seely came under fire on the last lap but ultimately was unable to hold off the competition, losing one spot to take the checkered in fifth.


  • On Friday, Team Honda HRC and GEICO Honda riders participated in the pre-event press day, where they spoke with local media and were given the opportunity to try out a section of the track ahead of Saturday’s race. ”Even though they don’t let us ride very long here, it’s still beneficial to be able to preview a part of the track and kind of check out the layout and dirt prior to Saturday. I just wish we could ride a larger section because sometimes I get bored riding the small circle they give us,” Seely laughed.
  • Team Honda HRC provided special access to a group of promotional winners for Daytona International Speedway, organizing a rig tour and opportunity to meet Seely and Roczen prior to the race. The riders signed autographs and took photos with the fans.
  • On race day, Martin worked with both his current GEICO mechanic Richard Sterling, as well as Team Honda HRC support mechanic Jason Thomas. The two divided up tasks throughout the day with Thomas working on the bike and joining Martin on the starting line, while Sterling was in the mechanics area giving out the pit board messages.
  • During the daytime qualifying practice sessions, Martin was also impressive, laying down a 1:11.105 lap in the second session for second fastest, while teammate Seely clocked a 1:11.848 for 8th.
  • In 450SX heat 1, both Honda riders got off the line to top 10 starts with Martin fifth and Seely eighth. They swapped multiple positions throughout the six-lap race but were ultimately forced to transfer through the semi. During the semi, Seely took over the early lead and rode to a solid win, while Martin secured a respectable fifth.
  • Jeremy Martin’s third-place podium finish marks only the fourth time since 1976 a rider has gotten a podium finish in their first start at Daytona.
  • On Sunday following the race, Honda’s racing endeavors continued 55 miles from Daytona Beach in Palatka where JCR Honda’s Trevor Bollinger competed in the Wild Boar GNCC aboard the all-new CRF450RX.
  • On Saturday, March 18, Team Honda HRC will be in Indianapolis for round 11 of the AMA Supercross series. It will be a short week for Seely, as he will head to Indiana early for press activities and an event with team sponsor Honda Performance Development (HPD). 

THE FOCUS: Roczen Returns to the Track with Team Honda HRC

Following the Toronto Supercross, Team Honda HRC riders and crew headed directly to Florida to do some pre-Daytona testing near Clermont. While there, the team also got to spend time with Ken Roczen, who many have not seen since his horrific accident at Anaheim 2. On Tuesday, Roczen hosted the team at his house for a catered dinner and a fun evening.

Roczen also joined his crew on race day in Daytona. He sat alongside Seely, Short, and Martin during autograph session and even after the 30-minutes time frame was up, Roczen continued to take photos and sign autographs for his devoted fans who were ecstatic to see him. During the evening program, Roczen gave an interview on the podium before heading up to the Fox Sports broadcast booth to sit down with Ralph Sheheen for a candid interview, where he provided an update on his recovery. (Full Interview Here)

“It was awesome to see Kenny this week,” stated team manager Dan Betley. “I’ve spoken to him many times on the phone but to have him out at the track with us and to see him in such good spirits was really great. He’s gone through a lot but has been raised to be tough and it definitely shows. The team is behind him 100% throughout his journey back to racing.”

Jeremy Martin 6

Honestly, I was surprised that I qualified so good. These guys are really fast and they’ve had a lot of experience. I just had a good feeling today. That new Honda is an amazing bike. Today was my eighth day on the bike and I’ve really enjoyed it and working with the whole Factory Honda team. The bike’s good. I had 18th gate pick and I was on the outside. I knew I had to do something, so I threw it into the first turn on the outside and I railed the crap out of that berm. Just tried to do my best, but I knew the green machine was coming. To be able to lead, I think it was 10 laps, was just so cool. I have much respect for everyone in the class. I just got a good start and put myself in a good position.

AMA Supercross 2017
Race Round 10   Daytona Beach

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
2 Martin Jeremy 6 USA GEICO Honda Honda
3 Anderson Jason 21 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Dungey Ryan 5 USA Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Reed Chad 22 AUS Mountain Motorsports/CBDmd/CR22 Racing KTM
7 Baggett Blake 4 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Grant Joshua 33 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Brayton Justin 10 USA Muc-Off Honda Honda
10 Alessi Mike 800 USA Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda Honda
11 Barcia Justin 51 USA TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
12 Millsaps David 18 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Wilson Dean 15 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
14 Tickle Broc 20 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA Red Bull KTM KTM
16 Stewart Malcolm 27 USA Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
17 Weimer Jacob 12 USA RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
18 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
19 Friese Vince 62 USA SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda Honda
20 Schmidt Nicholas USA TPJ/Fly Racing Suzuki
21 Catanzaro  AJ 330 USA SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Champion Scott 76 USA Pasha Racing Yamaha Yamaha
Location Information

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