Although the results weren’t what they had hoped for at the Washougal National, Team Honda HRC was happy to welcome back Trey Canard, who had been absent from competition since late March as he recuperated from a crash-induced injury incurred at the Detroit Supercross. Poor starts in both motos combined with rain-affected conditions and multiple crashes left Canard with 8-9 finishes for eighth overall.

Unfortunately, Canard’s teammate Cole Seely was forced to sit out the race with a shoulder injury sustained the previous weekend at Spring Creek, so Fredrik Noren continued his fill-in duties aboard a factory CRF450R, now adorned in his normal team’s Motosport.com/GPI/Honda livery. For the third consecutive race weekend, the Swede put together two solid rides to finish seventh overall, this time with 9-7 moto scores.

NOTES

  • It was a busy week for the Honda HRC crew, as they arrived in the Pacific Northwest early on Thursday for press-day duties. After interviews with members of the local media, Trey Canard was given the benefit of two 20-minute practice sessions ahead of Saturday’s race. “It’s always a great opportunity when you get to ride the track before race day, but I think it was especially good this week since it was my first race back,” Canard said. “Even though the track was completely different from Thursday to Saturday, it was nice to get out there and have more time on the bike.”
  • On the eve of the race, Canard and a few members of the Team Honda HRC crew attended the 2016 launch party for his personal sponsor, Fly Racing, which was held on the rooftop lounge of Departure, a restaurant in downtown Portland.
  • For round 9, Team Honda HRC was pleased to host Honda Racing Corporation’s Representative Director Keisuke Inomoto. Mr. Inomoto had attended several Supercross rounds, but this was his first time this year at an AMA Pro Motocross race.
  • During the morning’s timed qualifying practice, Canard didn’t miss a beat, proving that he has the speed to quickly insert himself with the frontrunners. His 2:12.85 time, which was secured during the first session, was enough to land him second overall. Fredrik Noren struggled throughout both sessions, finishing 19th at 2:17.04.
  • Though he’s still recuperating from injury, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac attended the Washougal National to support his fellow Red Riders. “Things are going as good as they can be. It’s bittersweet being here because I so badly want to be racing, but it is what it is. Physical therapy is going well and I have pretty good range of motion,” the Colorado native explained as he lifted his arms above his head. “I’m here to support my GEICO Honda crew and Zach [Osborne], since he has been living and training at my house.”
  • Team Honda HRC will have their third and final break of the season before taking on the final stretch of the series, starting with the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York, on August 8 for round 10.

 

THE FOCUS: Tomita Makes AMA Debut

Toshiki Tomita—a member of the Japanese Team HRC squad—is taking advantage of a break in the All Japan national MX series to compete in three rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross 250 series aboard his factory CRF250F. Tomita has been a member of Team HRC since last year, having signed following a 2013 season that saw him score his career-first win in the IA2 class and subsequently wrap up the championship. In 2014, Tomita picked up six victories and finished on the podium 15 times to ultimately take second in the series. Currently, Tomita is leading the championship points chase with four races remaining, having secured five overall victories thus far. During his AMA debut at the Washougal National, Tomita put together a respectable 17-12 moto tally for 14th overall.

“Even though this was his first AMA National, Toshiki Tomita rode smart and steady to finish 14th overall,” said HRC Representative Director Keisuke Inomoto. “In Japan, Tomita usually gets much better starts but he qualified 25th today, so his gate pick was not so great. I expect him to get a better gate pick and much better starts to finish in the top 10 at Unadilla and Utah. He will then head back to Japan to finish out the series there.”

Fredrik Noren 40

“Overall, I think my riding was pretty good today. I got a pretty good jump off the line in the first moto but went too wide in the second turn and got pushed back outside the top 10. The track was challenging but I was able to make it to ninth. I got a worse start in the second moto but I felt a lot better riding-wise and was able to pass a lot of people early.”

Trey Canard 41

“It wasn’t necessarily a bad day because I’ve had much worse here, but I’m also not totally happy with how things went. My results weren’t great so I’m disappointed in that. I didn’t get great starts in either moto, went down a few times and overall feel like I didn’t ride as well as I should have. The track was extremely slick and very tough, so I’m happy to be leaving healthy and have the first race back under my belt.”

Keisuke Inomoto

Representative Director: Team Honda/ HRC Motocross

“This was a comeback race for Trey Canard and he had a good pace in the timed practice, qualifying second, but rain made it difficult during the motos and he finished ninth overall. He showed speed, and with better conditions I’m sure he’ll finish much better at Unadilla. Fredrik Noren rode well despite bad starts, finishing seventh overall and staying in the top 10 in points, which is good.”

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

“I’m pretty impressed with how Freddie rode today. I think he could be a top-five guy every moto if he could get his starts down. He does well in the mud, so today could’ve potentially been an opportunity to get a career-best finish, but seventh is still really good.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2015
Race Round 9   Washougal

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Barcia Justin 51 USA 25 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
2 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 20 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 18 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Yamaha
5 Baggett Blake 4 USA 16 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
6 Anderson Jason 21 USA 15 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
7 Roczen Ken 94 GER 14 Team Honda HRC Honda
8 Canard Trey 41 USA 13 Red Bull KTM KTM
9 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 12 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
10 Friese Vince 45 USA 11 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
11 Grant Joshua 33 USA 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
12 Peick Weston 23 USA 9 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
13 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 8 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
14 Brayton Justin 10 USA 7 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
15 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 6 Cycletrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
16 Tickle Broc 20 USA 5 Red Bull KTM KTM
17 Wentland Jesse USA 4 RSR/Star Cycle Honda Honda
18 Rusk Killian 58 USA 3 Slater Skin/Blue Buffalo Yamaha
19 Short Andrew 29 USA 2 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
20 Astaykin Sergey 481 RUS 1 SMX Motorsports KTM
AMA Pro Motocross 2015
Race Round 9   Washougal

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Barcia Justin 51 USA 22 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
3 Roczen Ken 94 GER 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Peick Weston 23 USA 18 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
5 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 16 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 15 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Yamaha
7 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 14 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
8 Grant Joshua 33 USA 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Canard Trey 41 USA 12 Red Bull KTM KTM
10 Friese Vince 45 USA 11 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
11 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 10 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
12 Baggett Blake 4 USA 9 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Short Andrew 29 USA 8 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
14 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 7 Cycletrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
15 Brayton Justin 10 USA 6 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
16 Rusk Killian 58 USA 5 Slater Skin/Blue Buffalo Yamaha
17 Lamay Ben 907 USA 4 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Honda
18 Weeck Tommy 331 USA 3 Team Weeck Honda
19 Alessi Mike 800 USA 2 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
20 Tickle Broc 20 USA 1 Red Bull KTM KTM
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