Friday, August 29, 2014

Cole Seely Gets Honda Factory Deal

By Cycle News Staff 
Supercrosser/motocrosser Cole Seely has inked a multi-year contact with American Honda that will see the Californian riding in the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championships aboard a CRF450R alongside Trey Canard in 2015, replacing Justin Barcia who will be on the JGRMX team in 2015.
Seely finished second in the 2014 250 West Supercross Series on a Troy Lee Designs-backed Honda and also filled in on the Team Muscle Milk Honda team in the premier 450 class this season. Seely finished eighth in the 2014 250 Pro Motocross Championship that just concluded on Sunday in Utah.
“I’m really excited to be with the Honda team,” the 24-year-old Seely said in a team release. “We’ve worked together in the past, and we have great chemistry together. It’s my dream team, and it’s nice to officially be a part of it now. I really like the CRF450R too, ever since they introduced the new chassis. The geometry is great, and I think I fit it well. I know what I’m getting into, and I think it’s going to come down to preparation during the pre-season and getting the bike dialed in right for when Anaheim 1 comes around. Fortunately, I have a great group of guys to help with that.”
Honda is also happy to have Seely in the factory team.
“We’re excited to welcome Cole into Honda’s factory team,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “While racing a CRF250R with Troy Lee Designs Honda, he has shown that he is a talented rider, and he performed well at the top level while willingly stepping in to help out our factory team this year. He has a solid base and it’s great that he’ll be staying with Honda as he makes this next important step in his career.”
How do you think Seely will do?  What about Justin Barcia, will he be the rider Gibbs is looking for?  

Friday, August 15, 2014

James Stewart Still Out Of Action

By Paul Carruthers | 8/15/2014 
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart will miss this weekend’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship round at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, as he continues to recovers from his “medical condition.” Stewart says he is hopeful of returning for the final round in Utah on August 23.
Yoshimura Suzuki issued a release late last night with the first quotes from Stewart since he started missing races due to a “medical condition” that has yet to be disclosed.
The release is as follows:
“Hey guys. It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to talk to you all so I wanted to get you up to speed on what’s been going on,” Stewart said. “This year has been incredibly up and down with the highest of highs and lowest of lows for the team and me. I finally felt things were going our way after decent results in Colorado and then the sweep at High Point. After that it’s been one frustration followed by another – tough luck in Tennessee and it just seemed to get worse every weekend, from Redbud to Budds to finally Millville where I wasn’t even able to start the second moto and had to pull out.
"It took a few weeks after Millville to recover and get back up to speed but finally I feel like I can be out in front again. I feel great on my RM-Z and want to race. Unfortunately, the whole situation with my medical condition and the process has far exceeded how long we thought it would take.
“As of today, I’m still not in the position to be able to race. It’s frustrating to me cause that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. The situation is so complicated and like I said, it’s taking a lot longer to get through the process than I ever expected. I feel like I’ve let a lot of people down – my fans, my family, my team, my sponsors – they are all so important to me cause they’re my life. And racing is my life.
“I’m hoping I can at least get out there and catch the last round in Utah. I’m bummed to miss Indiana with the new track and all. It’s no fun watching these things from home when I know I should be on the bike and out there with my team and fans. I’m hoping for the best.”
The next round of the series is the finale at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 23.

Monday, August 11, 2014

CANARD TAKES MOTO WIN AT UNADILLA MX

What a blessing for American Honda, just a few weeks after Canard inked a 2 year deal Honda gets a win!
 This weekend was the start of the home stretch for the 2014 mx outdoor season; at one the most famous tracks of the sport, Unadilla MX. The weather and track conditions were perfect for what would shape up to be a great race for the FLY Racing team. Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard started the day off for FLY Racing by setting the fastest qualifying time of the day during timed practice and winning his second Oakley bomb award.
In moto one long-time FLY Racing athlete, and BTO Sports/KTM/WPS rider, Andrew Short put himself up front early with a great start and rode his way to a 5th place finish. Trey Canard finished just ahead of Short after suffering a poor start and working his way through the pack to finish in 4th place. 
In moto two of the 450 class, it was Trey Canard’s time to shine as he capitalized on a top five start to take the lead and hold off the charges of first Eli Tomac then Ryan Dungey to take the moto win! This was Trey’s first outdoor motocross 450 moto win and surely gives him a lot of momentum to finish out the final two rounds. With his win in moto two, Canard grabbed second place overall on the day. What a ride Trey Canard!