Round eight of the AMA Supercross series proved a challenge for Team Honda HRC, as both Cole Seely and Trey Canard had multiple mishaps during the main event that left them fighting in the pack. Seely got a good jump off the line but came together with another rider before the first turn, shuffling him to the middle of the running order. On lap eight, while trying to pass for fifth, Seely and Jason Anderson hit, sending them both down and costing multiple positions. By the final lap of the 20-lap race, Seely had worked his way back up to seventh, when another encounter with Anderson sent him to the ground again two turns before the finish. He remounted his CRF450R and crossed the finish line in 10th.
After a poor start, Canard put his head down and was working his way through the pack before going down on lap eight and falling back to 20th. During the crash, his bike’s front brake rotor was bent, which affected his riding for the remainder of the race. Canard crossed the line in 16th place.
- The evening before the race, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard and Cole Seely, along with GEICO Honda riders Justin Bogle, RJ Hampshire and Malcolm Stewart, visited Douglasville, Georgia’s Freewheeling Honda to hang out with fans and sign autographs.
- The Atlanta Supercross marked the third time this season that Team Honda HRC has hosted a family through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Ride for Kids. Brendan, a young survivor, joined the team for dinner before spending time with Canard and receiving the rider’s signed jersey from practice.
- During the daytime qualifying sessions, Canard notched the fourth-quickest lap time at 45.610 seconds, followed closely be teammate Seely in fifth with a 45.636-second lap. Bogle was 14th at 46.903.
- In the evening program, Seely finished a solid runner-up in the second heat race, advancing directly to the main event. Bogle and Canard were slotted in the first heat and finished fifth and seventh, respectively. Canard rebounded to finish second in semi 2, with Bogle fourth.
- It was an exciting night for Bogle, as he secured the best result of his rookie 450SX season with an eighth-place finish.
- With the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 NASCAR race set to run the next day just down the road at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Atlanta Supercross pits were filled with stock car racing’s biggest names. Most drivers just came to watch the race, but four actually took to the dirt for the NASCAR Holeshot Challenge. Among them was Roush Fenway Racing’s #16 Greg Biffle, who took second in that competition, aboard a Honda CRF250R.
- On Sunday, Seely was one of many riders and industry personnel to attend the NASCAR race, but he also got a special opportunity to take a lap in the official pace car before the race.
- On a weekend that saw Team Honda HRC nearing the halfway point in the 2016 AMA Supercross season, the factory squad’s MXGP counterparts kicked off their season at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit. The entire Team Honda HRC crew congratulates Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser for taking the overall victory and Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev for finishing third.
- This weekend, Team Honda HRC will be at Daytona Beach, Florida, for the 45th annual Daytona Supercross by Honda. On Friday, Canard, Seely, Bogle and the GEICO Honda 250 effort will take part in press day before heading to the Honda display tent for a pit party that will include an autograph signing, interviews and a raffle to benefit Ride for Kids.
THE FOCUS: Final Preparation for Daytona
Following the Atlanta Supercross, Team Honda HRC riders and crew headed directly to Florida to do some pre-Daytona testing near Dade City on a private track that replicated features typically encountered at the Daytona Supercross by Honda. Daytona is often regarded as the toughest and most physically demanding course on the AMA Supercross schedule, with the longest lap times and a hybrid design that is a cross between supercross and motocross.
“We’ll make a few changes to the bike because Daytona is usually pretty high-speed,” said Brent Presnell, mechanic for Trey Canard. “It gets really rough, but there aren’t a ton of changes, just a few tweaks here and there with suspension. The biggest thing is it’s beneficial for riders to ride a Daytona-type track because it wears them out differently then a standard supercross track, so this gives them an idea of what they’re going to be up against come race day.”
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450SX Main Event Results
|1||Dungey Ryan||5||USA||25||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|2||Musquin Marvin||25||FRA||22||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|4||Millsaps David||18||USA||18||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|5||Brayton Justin||10||USA||16||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|6||Roczen Ken||94||GER||15||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|7||Anderson Jason||21||USA||14||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|8||Bogle Justin||19||USA||13||RCH Racing||Suzuki|
|9||Pourcel Christophe||377||FRA||12||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|10||Seely Cole||14||USA||11||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|11||Tomac Eli||3||USA||10||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|12||Peick Weston||23||USA||9||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|13||Alessi Mike||800||USA||8||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|14||Stewart James||USA||7||Yoshimura Suzuki||Suzuki|
|15||Friese Vince||45||USA||6||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|16||Canard Trey||41||USA||5||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|17||Weimer Jacob||12||USA||4||RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|18||Cunningham Kyle||39||USA||3||H.E.P Motorsports||Suzuki|
|19||Hahn Thomas||47||USA||2||Cycletrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha||Yamaha|
|20||Schmidt Nicholas||USA||1||TPJ.com/Fly Racing||Suzuki|
|21||Catanzaro AJ||64||USA||1||JMR Racing||Suzuki|
|22||Harrison Heath||USA||1||Got Gear Motorsports||Kawasaki|