The Anaheim 1 AMA Supercross round was a positive start to the season for Team Honda HRC, with Cole Seely finishing the main event in third place. Following a main-event restart, Seely led the first 13 of 20 laps and looked as if he might score a dramatic home victory, but mistakes caused him to fall off the pace and ultimately relinquish two positions by the checkered flag. Beginning his sophomore year in the 450SX class, the Californian is confident in his ability to win races and is pleased to start with a solid podium finish. Teammate Trey Canard had an exceptional day leading up to the final, but a mishap while running third at the halfway point caused him to lose a few positions. Canard ultimately finished seventh.



  • The pre-event Supercross Pit Party is always a huge attraction for Anaheim 1, drawing thousands of spectators to the paddock for autographs, freebies and an overall fun experience. American Honda welcomed fans with a huge setup that included a learn-to-ride center, an exhibit of bikes from the 2016 CRF family, and a display of vintage race machines once piloted by factory Honda racers.
  • Honda’s racing family was out in full force, with Ten Kate Honda World Superbike teammates Nicky Hayden and Michael Van Der Mark spending some time under the Team Honda HRC tent to catch up with Trey Canard and Cole Seely. Also in attendance was Honda HRC racer Gautier Paulin, who has been doing winter training in the States before he heads back to Europe for the MXGP series.
  • Team Honda HRC helped support the Road 2 Recovery Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to provide financial assistance to AMA Supercross riders who sustain career-ending injuries. Seely provided the foundation with a Troy Lee Designs jersey, and the squad gave auction winner David Farley and his family an inside look at the team’s tech and hospitality trucks.
  • During the daytime qualifying sessions, Canard notched the quickest lap time at 1:00.999, making him the only rider to drop below the 1:01 mark. Seely was 13th with a 1:02.331 lap, while GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle was 19th with 1:03.715.
  • Slotted into the second heat race, both Canard and Seely launched their CRF450R race machines off the line to good starts. Seely took the early lead, but it was short-lived as his teammate made the pass on lap two, laying down the fastest lap time of 1:01.183 while riding to the win ahead of Seely. Bogle was in the same race, sitting third behind his fellow Red Riders on the first lap, but a mistake caused him to lose multiple positions. He later transferred through the second semi.
  • This weekend, the Honda Red Riders head to downtown San Diego for the first of two rounds at Petco Park. On Friday, the riders will take part in a dealer appearance at Motoworld of El Cajon from 6-7:30 p.m.



The 2016 season is the second with American Honda’s supercross effort once again receiving full assistance from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), and the support from Honda’s world headquarters was tangible at the opener. HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto made the trip, as did a number of Honda Motor Company executives, including Masahiro Yoshida (Managing Officer and Director, Chief Operating Officer for Business Support Operation), Shinji Aoyama (Operating Officer and Director, Chief Operating Officer for Motorcycle Operation) and Susumu Mitsuishi (General Manager of Motorcycle Operations, Motorcycle Sales Division).

“It meant a lot to Team Honda HRC to have so many important guests at Anaheim 1,” said Sam Mishima, Motorcycle Sports Manager. “The support this team receives from Japan is invaluable to our race effort, and it was a pleasure for us to have them here to see the sport and this project firsthand.”

Cole Seely 14

“I’m stoked to start the season this way. It obviously would’ve been better if I could’ve brought home the win but I’m happy with a podium finish. I was really nervous coming into this race, not only because it’s the first round of the season but also it’s my first race back since my shoulder injury. I got off the line good after the restart and got the holeshot, and just went from there. I was running good lap times for over half the race, and from the corner of my eye, I saw Jason [Anderson] coming. It started to feel like a West Coast 250 round, with us going at it for the lead, but I just couldn’t hold him off. He rode a better race than I did, but again I’m happy with a podium finish. Last year I got 14th here and finished the series in third, so I think we’re off to a much better start.”

Trey Canard 41

“All day was really good. Everyone was happy with the bike, and my riding was on point in qualifying and in the heat race but the main just wasn’t what we wanted. I just didn’t ride well; I was tight, picked poor lines and didn’t fix my mistakes. Then I jumped too long on a section, landed in a hole, missed the brake and went off the track. It was a bummer, but I’m glad I got the points for seventh. That’s better than nothing, and I’m walking away healthy so overall that’s an okay night. It’s a long series, so hopefully we can improve and keep moving forward.”

Private: Shuhei Nakamoto

HRC Race Development & Operations

“It was good to see Cole Seely finishing on the podium tonight. We still have some areas to improve but overall it was a good start for the season, as both riders showed speed and stayed healthy. It’s a long season and we will keep improving for the championship!”

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

“I think tonight went really well. My goal was to get out of here with some decent points and be healthy, which we accomplished and then some. The day was pretty rough; Cole struggled in qualifying and just seemed to be trying too hard. The hardest thing for me then was just trying to keep him in the right mindset. He got a good start in the main and led over half the race, so I’m happy and think that’s a great starting point.”

AMA Supercross 2016
Race Round 1   Anaheim

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Anderson Jason 21 USA 25 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
2 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Seely Cole 14 USA 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Tomac Eli 3 USA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
5 Roczen Ken 94 GER 16 Team Honda HRC Honda
6 Reed Chad 22 AUS 15 CR22 Husqvarna
7 Canard Trey 41 USA 14 Red Bull KTM KTM
8 Millsaps David 18 USA 13 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
9 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 12 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
10 Brayton Justin 10 USA 11 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
11 Tickle Broc 20 USA 10 Red Bull KTM KTM
12 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 9 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
13 Bogle Justin 19 USA 8 RCH Racing Suzuki
14 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 7 Red Bull KTM KTM
15 Barcia Justin 51 USA 6 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
16 Alessi Mike 800 USA 5 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
17 Hahn Wil 48 USA 4 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 3 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 2 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
20 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 1 Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
21 Bopping Lawson AUS 1 DPH Motorsports Yamaha
22 Stewart James USA 1 Yoshimura Suzuki Suzuki
Location Information

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