It was a solid night for Team Honda HRC at the penultimate round of the AMA Supercross series, as Cole Seely turned in a strong performance aboard his CRF450R, scoring his fourth podium result of the season. After the gate dropped, Seely quickly settled into second position, where he rode unchallenged through the early portion of the 20-lap race. At the halfway point, Seely was forced to fend off multiple attacks, and although he relinquished one position with four laps remaining, he was able to maintain the final podium spot to the finish.
Teammate Trey Canard got off the line to a seventh-place start but was shuffled back several positions on the opening lap. He moved forward a few spots before being overtaken by two more riders, and he ultimately finished eighth.
- Team Honda HRC riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely, along with GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, Malcolm Stewart and RJ Hampshire, attended a pre-race Supercross party at Belleville, New Jersey’s Motorcycle Mall on Friday. Fans had the opportunity to get photos and autographs from their favorite riders before all the action kicked off on Saturday.
- For the New Jersey round, the Team Honda HRC CRF450Rs wore a Japanese flag on their front fenders, with the phrase “Stay Strong Kumamoto,” to pay respect to the residents and associates impacted by the earthquakes that struck in mid-April. The symbol can also be seen on the bikes of HRC’s MXGP and MotoGP teams.
- Despite suffering a nasty crash in the first practice session, Canard was able to rebound and lead the charge for Team Honda HRC in qualifying by logging a 46.086, the third-fastest time. Bogle landed in 10th with 47.057, while Seely was 14th at 47.416.
- Following Canard’s crash, his mechanic Brent Presnell had his work cut out to get the number 41 machine ready for the next practice session. Later in the evening, Presnell was recognized for his swift work by being presented with the MMI Top Tech Award of $1000. “While Trey was flying through the air, his bike had gone off the side of the track onto the concrete and into a wall, so when I got it back it was pretty bent up,” Presnell said. “I had to replace the handlebar, clutch cable, both levers, front number plate and fender, triple clamps, fork, rear subframe, exhaust, airbox and rear fender. It was basically a full rebuild, front and rear.”
- The evening started out on a positive note, with all three Honda riders transferring directly to the main event through their heat races. In heat 1, Bogle and Seely took advantage of decent starts and other riders’ mistakes to cross the finish line in second and fourth, respectively. Canard was slotted in heat 2, and after getting off the line to a top-five start, he was able to make his way into second by the checkered flag.
- For the third time this season, staff from the Colton, California, Honda Rider Education Center operated a learn-to-ride program through which kids age 6-12 had the opportunity to try out a CRF50F or CRF110F on a small dirt track set up in the parking lot.
- On race day, Seely’s mechanic Rich Simmons and Bogle’s mechanic Grant Hutchinson, who are both graduates of Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, met with a group of students to provide a glimpse into the life of a factory technician.
- On May 7, Team Honda HRC will campaign the final round of the AMA Supercross championship, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, where they hope to finish the season on a positive note.
THE FOCUS: Honda and the New York Media
With the race being held just across the Hudson River from New York City—arguably the media capital of the world—there was more mainstream coverage of the event than is typical of most rounds. Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and Trey Canard arrived in the New York metropolitan area early in order to participate in Thursday’s pre-race press day, which took place at MetLife Stadium. After speaking with the attending local media, the racers were given the chance to ride a portion of the track. On Friday, the Honda Red Riders were busy in Manhattan, participating in interviews with Gear Patrol and Scout.com regarding training and what it takes to be a professional supercross racer.
On race day, American Honda hosted journalists on a morning road ride, giving them an opportunity to try select models from the 2016 lineup. At the stadium, a group including journalists from Selectism, Men’s Health, Bloomberg and Popular Mechanics took a tour of the Team Honda HRC technical truck before interviewing mechanics and staff. Prior to the opening ceremonies, the journalists headed to the Honda suite to take in the racing.
Mandie Fonteyn // Dispatch Communications // email@example.com // +1 (951) 537-0454
450SX Main Event Results
|1||Roczen Ken||94||GER||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|2||Tomac Eli||3||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|4||Dungey Ryan||5||USA||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|5||Brayton Justin||10||USA||Muc-Off Honda||Honda|
|6||Anderson Jason||21||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|7||Musquin Marvin||25||FRA||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|8||Canard Trey||41||USA||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|9||Reed Chad||22||AUS||Mountain Motorsports/CBDmd/CR22 Racing||KTM|
|10||Bogle Justin||19||USA||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|11||Peick Weston||23||USA||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|12||Baggett Blake||4||USA||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|13||Tickle Broc||20||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|14||Alessi Mike||800||USA||Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda||Honda|
|15||Barcia Justin||51||USA||TLD/Red Bull GasGas||GasGas|
|16||Grant Joshua||33||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|17||Weimer Jacob||12||USA||RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|18||Friese Vince||62||USA||SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda||Honda|
|19||Bloss Benny||73||USA||SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda||Honda|
|20||Wey Nicholas||27||USA||Team Tedder||Kawasaki|
|21||Schmidt Nicholas||USA||TPJ/Fly Racing||Suzuki|
|22||Catanzaro AJ||330||USA||SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki||Kawasaki|