Team Honda HRC had an positive showing at the third round of the AMA Pro Motocross championship in Lakewood, Colorado, as Cole Seely finished fourth overall for the day with 6-3 marks, while teammate Trey Canard landed fifth with 3-6 finishes. In the day’s opening moto, Canard propelled his CRF450R to a sixth-place start and quickly moved into fourth on the opening lap. He maintained that position for the first half of the race but began closing the gap on third, ultimately making his move on lap 10 to take over the final podium position. Seely tangled with another rider off the start, shuffling him back to nearly 20th, but he put together an impressive charge, laying down smooth and consistent laps throughout the 30-minutes-plus-two-lap race. With six laps remaining, Seely briefly made the pass on fifth but was unable to make it stick, taking the checkered in sixth.

In moto two, Canard grabbed the holeshot, with Seely in his draft. A heated battle ensued between the Red Riders, with Seely taking over the lead on the second lap. He relinquished one position on the following lap and another at the halfway point before hanging tough in third, scoring the best moto finish of his career. Meanwhile, Canard fought hard to maintain an overall podium position but was unsuccessful after slipping back to sixth by the checkered flag.

 

NOTES

  • On the eve of the race, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard and Cole Seely, along with GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, RJ Hampshire and Jordan Smith, attended Sun Enterprise’s annual fan fest, one of the largest autograph signings of the year. Hundreds of racing enthusiasts were on hand to meet the riders and take part in the festival-style event.
  • Only a mere .485 seconds off the leader in qualifying, Canard scored the second-quickest time with a 2:08.313 mark posted in the second session. Seely followed in eighth with a 2:09.384.
  • Like Seely, GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle logged a career-best moto result, finishing seventh in moto one en route to 10th “The day was good,” he said. “The first moto was really good—didn’t get the best start but came through and ended up seventh. That’s the best moto so far this year. We’re making progress and getting closer to where I think I should be. The second moto was rough; [a previous injury to] my hand split back open so I had trouble hanging on but still finished 13th and top-ten for the day.”
  • After three rounds, Canard currently sits fifth in the championship standings with 97 points, while Seely is sixth with 89. Bogle is 11th with 47 points.
  • Team Honda HRC will take a one-week hiatus before returning to action on June 18 for round four at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

 

 THE FOCUS: Preparing Between Motos

With an hour between the checkered flag in moto one and the gate-drop for moto two, riders and crewmembers have very little time to regroup and get prepared for the day’s second race. For riders it means regrouping both physically and mentally, while their mechanics have to prepare their equipment for another 30-minute-plus-two-lap race.

“It’s definitely hard to recover in such a short period of time between races,” said Seely. “Cooling down your body temperature as quick as possible is important, so once I get back to the truck I try to drink some water, put a cold rag on my neck and get out of my gear right way. Liquids are extremely important to try and get your body rehydrated after sweating so much. I drink lots of water and then try to eat a little bit, but it’s tough for any rider to get some food down because your stomach is a bit agitated after the first moto. We’ve been doing this long enough though that we know what foods work for our body and what foods don’t. I also just try to totally relax during that time and not exert too much energy so I can save it for the second race.”

Mechanic Rich Simmons, meanwhile, is kept busy during that period. “The time frame is tight but it really isn’t too bad when it comes to working on the bikes unless your rider crashes and you have a lot of parts to replace,” he said. “When the bikes come off the track we have to wash them, change the clutch, put new wheels on and just look over the rest of the bike to make sure everything is okay. We’ll then get them refueled and head to the line.”

Cole Seely 14

Today went really well. It felt good to finally get on the podium in the 450 class during motocross. I think I started outside the top 20 in the first moto, but I was able to fight my way up to sixth. I was fifth at one point but Eli [Tomac] got around me with two laps to go, so I settled for that. The first couple laps of the second moto were actually really fun. Both Trey and I started up front and had a good battle going. I got by him, taking over the lead for a little bit but Kenny [Roczen] and Eli got by me. Towards the end, I knew Dungey was coming; I could see him behind me out of the corner of my eye, so the last few laps of the race, I just put my head down and tried as hard as I could to maintain third. In the end it paid off. I feel like things are starting to click and I’m only going to continue to get stronger.

Trey Canard 41

I’m really disappointed with how today ended. I should’ve been on the podium but couldn’t put it all together. There are positives to take away, but it’s still extremely frustrating because I had a good first moto and was running up front in the second. I’m continuing to get good starts, which is good, so hopefully that can continue and I’ll be able to start fighting up front with the leaders. The entire Team Honda HRC crew is working really hard and I’m happy with the bike, so I just need to regroup during the off weekend and come to High Point swinging.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

It was a great day for the whole team I think. Having a guy on the podium both motos is a good step in the right direction and then starting 1-2 was awesome. Cole rode well today. He actually really surprised and impressed me at the end of the second moto because his lap times fell off a little bit, so I thought [Ryan] Dungey was going to catch him, but he dug deep, dropped his times back down and hung onto third. After first practice, we gave all the guys a more aggressive map to help make up for the lack of power at elevation, and as far as suspension goes we started Cole with the same setting we left Glen Helen with. Again, we softened it up for him going into the second moto, which helped when he started to get tired. I think the whole team is getting better and making progress each week.

AMA Pro Motocross 2016
Race Round 3   Lakewood

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Roczen Ken 94 GER 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Canard Trey 41 USA 20 Red Bull KTM KTM
4 Grant Joshua 33 USA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
5 Tomac Eli 3 USA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
6 Seely Cole 14 USA 15 Team Honda HRC Honda
7 Bogle Justin 19 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 13 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
9 Brayton Justin 10 USA 12 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
10 Bisceglia Matt 58 USA 11 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Suzuki
11 Barcia Justin 51 USA 10 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
12 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 9 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
13 Bloss Benny 60 USA 8 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
14 Tickle Broc 20 USA 7 Red Bull KTM KTM
15 Lamay Ben 907 USA 6 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Honda
16 Mcconahy Noah 131 USA 5 Merge Racing Honda
17 Short Andrew 29 USA 4 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
18 Brooks  Jason USA 3 3D Racing/ Factory Connection/ Motorsports Nation Yamaha
19 Epstein Dillan 188 USA 2 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Kawasaki
20 Tomita Toshiki 718 JPN 1 Team Honda HRC Honda
AMA Pro Motocross 2016
Race Round 3   Lakewood

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Roczen Ken 94 GER 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Seely Cole 14 USA 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 18 Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Canard Trey 41 USA 15 Red Bull KTM KTM
7 Grant Joshua 33 USA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
8 Barcia Justin 51 USA 13 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
9 Tickle Broc 20 USA 12 Red Bull KTM KTM
10 Bisceglia Matt 58 USA 11 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Suzuki
11 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 10 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
12 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 9 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
13 Bogle Justin 19 USA 8 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
14 Brayton Justin 10 USA 7 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
15 Bloss Benny 60 USA 6 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
16 Lamay Ben 907 USA 5 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Honda
17 Epstein Dillan 188 USA 4 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Kawasaki
18 Short Andrew 29 USA 3 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
19 Tomita Toshiki 718 JPN 2 Team Honda HRC Honda
20 Mcconahy Noah 131 USA 1 Merge Racing Honda
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