Although expectations were higher for Team Honda HRC at the Daytona Supercross by Honda, the squad was pleased with the fact that three factory CRF450R race machines finished in the top six. While GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac scored a solid runner-up result, premier-class rookie Cole Seely raced to a notable fourth-place finish, and Trey Canard rebounded from a first-turn crash to complete the race in sixth place.

Seely put himself in a good position at the start of the race, moving into third on lap two, but he made contact with another rider while trying to take second and went down. The Californian slipped to seventh and spent the remainder of the race clawing his way back toward the front before finishing fourth. It was a tough night for Canard, who tangled with another rider in the first turn and rejoined the race in second-to-last place. An impressive come-from-behind performance carried him to sixth by the checkered flag.

NOTES

  • Following last week’s race in Atlanta, the Team Honda HRC crew headed straight to Florida to do some pre-Daytona testing near Tampa Bay on a private track that replicated features often seen at the Daytona Supercross by Honda. “This race is so unique and different from any other race that we see throughout the Supercross season that it requires us to change our settings for the conditions,” said mechanic Brent Presnell. “You need to find a balance in setup that will still allow you to hit the steep and technical jumps, but also be able to handle rough and rutted straightaways and corners.”
  • On Friday, Team Honda HRC and GEICO Honda riders participated in the pre-event press day and were given the opportunity to try out a section of the track before Saturday’s race. “It’s always a plus to get time on the track before a race, but it’s especially nice at Daytona,” Cole Seely said. “We made some bike changes this week, so it was a good way to test them out again and make sure things were working good before the race.”
  • Daytona is often regarded as the toughest and most physically demanding course on the Supercross circuit, with the longest lap times of any race and a hybrid style design that is a cross between Supercross and motocross. “Knowing the long list of great riders who have won this event makes it really special,” Trey Canard said. “Every rider wants to win Daytona and add their name to the history book. This is just a really tough race. The track is hard, the laps are long, the race is long and really only the fittest survive.”
  • For the third time this season, Canard topped the charts in qualifying by turning the quickest laps in both timed practices. It was his performance in the second session that locked him into the top spot with a time of 1:04.036. Meanwhile, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac secured the third-quickest time at 1:05.458, with Seely sixth at 1:05.766
  • Team Honda HRC provided special access to two groups of fans at Daytona, organizing rig tours and opportunities to meet the riders. The first group comprised promotional winners for Daytona International Speedway, while the second consisted of winners of Road 2 Recovery’s fan-experience eBay auction.
  • Team Honda HRC riders posted the fastest lap times in the two heat races, with Seely turning a 1:05.798 in heat one and Canard notching a 1:04.436 in heat two. In the main event, Seely’s best lap of 1:06.506 was the second-quickest of the race.
  • Next up for Team Honda is round 11 of the AMA Supercross series, which takes place March 14 in Indianapolis. On Friday, the riders will take part in the Westfield Powersports Supercross Party, which this year will take place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

THE FOCUS: Daytona and Honda

Daytona International Speedway has hosted a Supercross race since 1971, and this marks the 24th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Many of the sport’s greats have captured wins at this unique event, including a number of Honda riders. The brand went undefeated in the premier class during the 11-year run from 1982 to ’92, and Honda is the only manufacturer to have swept the Daytona podium an amazing four times.

Honda Premier-Class Daytona Winners 


* 1978: Marty Tripes (Marty Smith 2nd, Jimmy Ellis 3rd)

1982: Darrell Shultz

* 1983: Bob Hannah (Johnny O’Mara 2nd, David Bailey 3rd)

1984: David Bailey

1985: Bob Hannah

1986: Rick Johnson

1987: Rick Ryan

1988: Rick Johnson

1989: Jeff Stanton

* 1990: Jeff Stanton (Jean-Michel Bayle 2nd, Mike Kiedrowski 3rd)

1991: Jeff Stanton

1992: Jeff Stanton

1996: Jeremy McGrath

2002: Ricky Carmichael

2003: Ricky Carmichael

* 2008: Kevin Windham (Davi Millsaps 2nd, Jacob Marsack 3rd)

* Honda sweep

 

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Cole Seely 14

“I got off to a great start in the main from the second spot to the outside. The good starts seemed to be coming from wide, so I knew I had a fighting chance from way out there. I made my way into third and was battling with [Ryan] Dungey for second. We were bumping a little bit; I came to the inside and bumped him back but it ended up putting me on the ground. I got up, fought hard and made it back to fourth. It’s always hard when you have to pick your bike up in the middle of a race and get going again, as it takes a lot out of you, especially in Daytona. This is definitely one of the more tiring 20 laps I’ve ever done, so I’m happy with fourth for sure. It was good for me to get up there and battle with those guys for the lead—a good race, overall.”

Trey Canard 41

“It was a really good day and not such a great night. I felt really comfortable on the bike all day, and it was good to get another pole. I was feeling strong heading into the main event, but I got caught up with Broc [Tickle] right off the start, and my front wheel was stuck on his foot peg in the first turn. I couldn’t get it off, and then I wanted to look at my wheel before I took off to make sure there weren’t any spokes broken. After that, I just tried to ride my race, but it was extremely tough. Everyone was going a different speed, so it was hard to make good passes, but I did the best I could and made it up to sixth. I’m really disappointed, but we’re going to keep working on things and hopefully come into next weekend strong.”

Jason Haines

Crew Chief

“I think all three riders rode awesome tonight, but we struggled on starts, which hurt us again. We got one rider on the podium and another in the top five, which isn’t bad but for how fast we were going in qualifying, I was hoping for a win. They all showed impressive speed during qualifying practice and throughout the night, but they weren’t able to put together a solid 20 laps to make it happen. I’m really proud of Cole for trying to make the pass on Dungey, and he showed impressive speed and aggression.”

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

“Overall, it ended up being a good night, but it started out pretty rough in the heat race. I just want Cole to be more aggressive in the beginning laps of the races, which he was in the main event, so that was a big positive. Him being aggressive and trying to make that pass into second is what I want to see. He actually kind of exceeded my expectations for Daytona; I would’ve been happy with a top seven, so a top five even after going down is great. I’m proud of him.”

AMA Supercross 2015
Race Round 10   Daytona Beach

450 Supercross Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Baggett Blake 4 USA 20 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
4 Seely Cole 14 USA 18 Team Honda HRC Honda
5 Reed Chad 22 AUS 16 CR22 Husqvarna
6 Canard Trey 41 USA 15 Red Bull KTM KTM
7 Anderson Jason 21 USA 14 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
8 Peick Weston 23 USA 13 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
9 Millsaps David 18 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
10 Tickle Broc 20 USA 11 Red Bull KTM KTM
11 Grant Joshua 33 USA 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
12 Short Andrew 29 USA 9 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 8 Chisholm Racing KTM
14 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 7 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Yamaha
15 Wey Nicholas 27 USA 6 Team Tedder Kawasaki
16 Albertson Jimmy 77 USA 5 Jimmy Albertson Racing KTM
17 Lamay Ben 907 USA 4 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Honda
18 Partridge Kyle 199 USA 3 Rocky Mountain ATV Honda
19 Rusk Killian 58 USA 2 Slater Skin/Blue Buffalo Yamaha
20 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 1 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
21 Schmidt Nicholas USA 1 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Suzuki
22 Alessi Mike 800 USA 1 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
Location Information

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