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2011 Honda Race Team Press Kit
Team Honda Overview
Professional motocross racing may be the original extreme sport, and today the racing action indoors and outdoors brings more thrills and spectator approval than ever before, with a live attendance of nearly one million fans plus a television viewership topping the 18 million mark. Honda has been at the forefront of American Motocross and Supercross action since the beginning, winning its first AMA 250 National Championship in 1973 and amassing an unparalleled race record over the past 40 years. That legacy of winning championships was extended once again in 2010, and that trend looks to roll into 2011 as well.
Trey Canard and Josh Grant, two talented athletes who are proven winners, will compete on Honda's stellar CRF450R in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross series, while two-time Women's Motocross Champion Ashley Fiolek returns to the team's starting lineup to contest her third season aboard an American Honda Racing–prepared CRF250R in the Women's Motocross Championship (WMA) and X Games competitions.
"Both Trey and Josh have shown great speed in the 450 competition,'' said Erik Kehoe, Motocross Team Manager. "We know that they are both fully capable of winning a championship, and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve aboard their American Honda Racing–prepared CRF450Rs this season. We're really looking forward to continuing our work with Ashley as she vies for her third WMA title and third X Games gold medal. Ashley's level of commitment and determination has never wavered, and the team is behind her 100 percent in her quest to regain the number one plate in the WMA championship this year."
In last year's AMA 250 Motocross series, young Canard rode to his first-ever outdoor championship, adding to the burgeoning list of accomplishments he quickly accumulated after joining the pro ranks late in the 2007 outdoor season. Also during the 2010 Supercross season, Canard jumped at the opportunity to try his hand on a Team Honda CRF450R in the 450 class while filling in for an injured rider, and that experiment paid off handsomely as he notched five consecutive podium finishes. Such results portend a stellar year in 2011 for the rising star.
Grant returns to his Honda racing roots in 2011 as the second rider on the Team Honda squad. Grant has earned inspired race wins indoors and outdoors in both the 250 and 450 classes and, after being hindered by injuries in 2010 and suffering an injury early in the 2011 Supercross season, will make his return to racing in the 2011 Motocross competition. Watch for Grant to set up camp on podiums all across the nation during the Motocross season.
In addition, Fiolek has her sights firmly set on regaining the WMA title in 2011. Fiolek claimed back-to-back WMA championships in 2008 and 2009 aboard her Honda CRF250R and in 2010 finished the series in the runner-up spot. In 2009, Fiolek made history by becoming the first female to be signed to the American Honda Racing factory team, and she also made her debut in the X Games competition, where she won her first Women's Supercross gold medal. She repeated that performance in 2010 by winning her second consecutive Women's Supercross gold. Tougher and more determined than ever, Fiolek will be hard to beat in 2011.
When Racing Is in Your DNA
The challenging spirit of racing is fundamental to Honda's DNA, and it influences every facet of the company's activity. It fans the flames of passion across every level of Honda, and it's been that way since the very beginning of the Honda Motor Company. The same attention to detail that stands on display in the Team Honda CRF450Rs can be found in everything we do. The words "good enough" are not part of the Honda vocabulary on the racetrack, on the engineer's drawing board or on the assembly line.
Beginning with the company's earliest years, company founder Soichiro Honda insisted that his engineers prove the company's capabilities by testing their creations in the crucible of competition. In 1959, Honda brought his young company to the prestigious Isle of Man TT, and two years later Honda Motor Company captured its first World Grand Prix win, a victory that forever altered the global racing landscape.
Racing in the U.S. has been equally prolific. Honda has earned more than 100 national titles in motorcycle roadracing, motocross and off-road competition, the most recent being Trey Canard's 2010 AMA 250 Motocross Championship. Highlights over the years of American Honda's commitment to racing include winning its first-ever AMA 250 National Motocross Championship in 1973, 59 AMA Motocross and Supercross titles, 30 roadracing championships in AMA SuperBike, SuperSport, Formula Xtreme and Formula One, five AMA Flat Track rings and a record-setting 21 SCORE Baja 1000 victories—including the 14th consecutive win in 2010.
Name the motorcycle racing discipline, and you'll find a collection of Honda championship trophies.
Honda's drive to conquer new engineering challenges—whether on the racetrack or in the production of consumer products—continues to forge the soul of the Honda Motor Company. Racing inspires new heights of creativity at Honda, encouraging an unceasing search for new designs. This long-standing and deep-seated passion for racing excellence continues to power Honda to create the dreams of today, dreams that will appear as the innovations of tomorrow.
The Sport, Inside and Out
The Supercross and Motocross championships stand as the premier racing series of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Most riders compete in both series, and for that reason the Supercross season dovetails into the Motocross season. The 17-round AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship, starts in January and ends in early May, followed immediately by the 12-round AMA Motocross Championship, which runs through early September. Hugely popular with the viewing public, together these 29 events draw a live attendance of nearly one million fans plus a television viewership topping the 18 million mark.
Supercross consists of indoor man-made racecourses built on the floors of baseball and football stadiums. The tracks are studded with big jumps, whoops, tabletops and other obstacles, and they place a premium on the rider's acrobatic skill, timing and all-out courage. Motocross races, the original format for this style of competition, are conducted on outdoor tracks of approximately one mile or more in length. The courses utilize the natural topography of the land, but with built-up jumps and obstacles added, and winning here requires a staggering level of fitness and blazing outright speed.
Supercross features two classes and displacement ranges. In Supercross Lites, racers may run a four-stroke engine no larger than 250cc in displacement. The Supercross class allows four-stroke engines no larger than 450cc. Motocross also has two classes: the 250 class and the 450 class.
As in years past, the Supercross Lites season is divided into two regional series, East and West. At the series finale held in Las Vegas, Lites competitors from both regions face off in the Supercross Lites East/West Shootout. A new format for 2011 makes the shootout a points-paying event for each region, adding to the night's drama and excitement. There are no regional divisions in Motocross; both classes run the entire 12-round series, with each round consisting of two motos of 30 minutes, plus two more laps for each class. At the end of the day, the results of the two motos are combined to produce an overall score.
Honda CRF450R: The Class of the Class
Over the years, the reputation of Honda's CRF450R has grown to near-legendary proportions—and for good reason. This production-based machine has a history of racing success at the top pro levels that speaks volumes about the inherent soundness of the design. At the same time, no other production big-bore MX machine has proven as popular and successful.
Introduced as an all-new and lighter variant with electronic fuel injection in 2009, the CRF450R earned overwhelming praise, winning in AMA racing and also winning a host of magazine comparison tests and best-in-class/MX bike-of-the-year awards. For 2011, enhancements to the front and rear suspension, EFI throttle body and Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) give the CRF450R better handling and better throttle response than ever before.
The CRF450R contains an unprecedented level of design synergy; the engine was developed concurrently with the rolling chassis in symbiotic fashion to deliver 450-class-leading power along with CRF250R-like handling. The Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system meters fuel with remarkable precision, producing amazing drive right off the bottom while delivering a super-strong mid-range punch and an even stronger rush of top-end power. Because fuel consumption is reduced with PGM-FI, the fuel tank is made shorter, smaller and slimmer. The lighter fuel load decreases the bike's wet weight and lowers the overall center of gravity (cg), and the seat is shaped to allow the rider a greater range of movement on the bike. It's another case of cascading benefits paying dividends over and over again in true Honda fashion.
The smaller and lighter engine, in turn, begat a lighter and narrower twin-spar aluminum frame with a forged-aluminum steering head. Brawny frame downtubes return excellent front-end feel, and steering response and overall handling were also improved by moving the steering-head pipe back and giving the frame a slightly steeper caster angle. The front wheel was positioned farther back and closer to the crankshaft to enhance handling, and the swingarm was lengthened for improved traction. Aided by the HPSD—which permits more aggressive steering geometry—and plusher suspension front and rear, the CRF450R rails through turns, tames whoops and maintains superb high-speed stability in a fashion that leaves the other marks behind—literally speaking.
All in all, it's easy to see why the CRF450R has been—and also now remains—at the head of the class.
Honda CRF250R: True Championship Quality
How good was the all-new 2010 Honda CRF250R? Plenty good—in fact, it was good enough for GEICO Powersports Honda rider Trey Canard to ride to the 250 National Motocross Championship in 2010. Of course, winning is nothing new for the CRF250R; since its debut in 2004 this quarter-liter wonder has been winning races and championships at the highest levels in Supercross and Motocross, including two consecutive AMA/WMA Women's Motocross Championships by Ashley Fiolek in 2008 and 2009, plus a runner-up performance in 2010.
Completely new for 2010, the CRF250R featured a redesigned, more compact, fuel-injected Unicam® engine that uses space- and weight-saving technologies similar to those that debuted on the 2009 CRF450R. For example, the switch to Honda's unique Programmed Fuel Injection yielded better fuel economy, which in turn permitted a lighter fuel load, which permitted a smaller fuel tank and better mass centralization. This newest CRF250R Unicam engine also incorporates a longer engine stroke than before, overall engine height is lower, and the crankshaft is now 10mm lower as well, further lowering the bike's center of gravity. In addition, the completely new chassis centers on a twin-spar aluminum frame that incorporates Honda's Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD), a forged-aluminum steering head, stronger downtubes and a simplified removable rear subframe.
Now for 2011, the CRF250R follows that same winning formula along with a new Honda Progressive Steering Damper with a body diameter that has increased from 20mm to 24mm for improved front-end stability and tracking. Revised fork valving offers improved balance and bottoming resistance, while revised shock valving contributes to optimum chassis balance. In addition, a redesigned muffler lowers sound emissions to 94 dB.
Together, the CRF250R and CRF450R embody winning technology that will advance Honda riders, amateurs and professionals alike, to new heights in 2011.
Without a doubt, the grueling and thrilling sports of professional Supercross and Motocross racing remain a young man's game. But even within an endeavor loaded with young athletes who possess seemingly unbounded talent, the superlatives flow freely whenever the name Trey Canard pops up.
Canard got a brief first taste of professional racing at the end of the 2007 Motocross season, and his three subsequent years of full-time competition have not only honed his racing skills but also made him a champion twice over. Riding for the GEICO Powersports Honda team aboard his CRF250R, Canard captured the 2008 AMA Supercross Lites East Championship and the 2010 AMA 250 Motocross title. Moreover, when Canard filled in for an injured rider during the 2010 Supercross season, he capitalized on the timely opportunity to try his hand in the elite big-bike series aboard a Team Honda CRF450R by finishing on the podium five times in a row. Sure, many people were hoping he would do well, but five consecutive podiums mid-season on a new bike? Let's just say that even more people were simply shocked to witness such a high level of success so quickly. Furthermore, Canard topped off the 2010 season by helping Team USA win the overall victory at the FIM Motocross of Nations held in Lakewood, Colorado—all in all, quite a meteoric rise in only three years! Now only 20 years old, Canard steps into the bright-shining limelight as one of two riders on Team Honda in 2011.
"As an amateur racer riding Hondas for the Factory Connection team, it was my dream to one day make it onto the Honda factory team, and to be given this opportunity now is a real honor," said Canard. "I've been a part of Honda's racing program for a long time in both my amateur and professional careers. I'm pumped to be able to continue that relationship into the big-bike class.
"I've been riding Hondas since my amateur days, so the transition from the CRF250R to the CRF450R felt very natural to me; you can definitely see and feel the family resemblance between these two bikes. Obviously, there's more power to deal with when riding the 450, but I think that makes riding it even more fun. Despite being a bigger bike, it handles incredibly well, and I can't say enough about the support the team gives me; they are just great. And now that we've had more time to get the bike dialed in to my riding style, things have really come together well."
"To be honest, I'm kind of blown away at how quickly Trey got a handle on racing the CRF450R," said Erik Kehoe, Motocross Team Manager. "Not everyone can make the jump to the bigger bikes easily, but pretty much right off the bat Trey demonstrated his ability on the Honda CRF450R. Actually, his earning five consecutive Supercross podium finishes in the middle of the season last year was quite exceptional. And it wasn't only his results that impressed me, it was also how quickly he came to grips with the new bike and got up to racing speed in the 450 competition, riding a new and bigger bike against the best riders in the world. A lot of credit has to go to Trey's nature; he works incredibly hard and he's very coachable, always willing to stay late and learn more.
"He showed a great deal of racing maturity last year in winning the 250 Motocross championship. He had to overcome a points deficit from early in the season, but he just kept focused on doing what he had to do and slowly but surely chipped away at the points gap, getting stronger and stronger as the season wore on. The title chase came down to the last race in the season, but Trey never got flustered; he just kept charging, and he made his own destiny and became a champion for the second time in three years."
Now the young racer faces a new challenge, his biggest yet. Will he win a third championship in 2011 aboard a new bike, riding with the factory team? Well, judging from the rocketship arc of his racing career thus far, a title in the 450 class is certainly within his grasp.
Trey Canard Statistics
3rd AMA Supercross Lites West Series
1st AMA Motocross Lites Series
6th AMA Supercross Lites West Series
13th AMA Motocross Lites Series (shortened season due to injury)
1st AMA Supercross Lites East Series
10th AMA Motocross Lites Series (shortened season due to injury)
18th AMA Motocross Lites Series (began racing at round 9 of 12)
Eight amateur titles in 2007
AMA Horizon Award, 2007
Trey Canard Profile
Born: Sept. 17, 1990, Elk City, Oklahoma
Residence: Shawnee, Oklahoma
National #: 41
Began riding: 1993, age 3
First race: 1993, age 3
Training: Weight lifting, cardio, motocross
Hobbies: Snowboarding, bicycling
Height/weight: 5'7"/148 pounds
Marital status: Single
Current racebike: Honda CRF450R
Mechanic: Brent Presnell
"Here's what you need to know about Josh Grant: He has shown great speed in the 450 class, and he's a proven entity," said Erik Kehoe, Motocross Team Manager. Indeed, the new season brings back a familiar face to the Honda ranks as Josh Grant returns to the fold of Honda Red Riders. He'll be riding the factory-prepped CRF450R in both the Supercross and Motocross series in 2011.
"He's definitely a strong addition to the team," Kehoe added. "Josh has demonstrated huge abilities in the 450 class since graduating from the 250 class in 2008, where he rode with the GEICO Powersports Honda team for several years. We know he has more than enough speed to be a winner no matter who lines up at the starting gate, as he has recorded wins in both 250 and 450 Supercross and Motocross classes. The challenge will be for Josh to be consistent, stay healthy and put a whole season in; if he does that, he'll be in position to take a title. We know he can do it; he has a deep background racing Hondas, and we look forward to seeing what he can do all year long aboard a Honda Racing–prepared CRF450R."
After racking up multiple Supercross and Motocross Lites wins aboard his Honda CRF250R, including winning the U.S. Open of Supercross, Grant transitioned well to the big-bike class in 2009, winning the Anaheim Supercross opener that year. He went on to earn two more podiums and finish fourth in the series points, as well as take two podiums and an overall win in 450 Motocross competition during the outdoor season. Hindered by injuries during 2010, Grant bounced back to score an AMA Motocross series race win and secure his first-ever X Games Supercross gold medal. All of which stands as proof positive that Grant has what it takes to stand on the top step of the podium when the dust finally settles.
"It feels really good to be back on a Honda, the brand that I started riding during my amateur and professional careers," said Grant. "I was riding Hondas back when I was a 14-year-old amateur racer, and I've always loved riding Hondas. I feel really comfortable on them. Climbing back aboard a Honda now is like getting together with an old friend; it's a good, natural fit. The power is really there with the CRF450R, but what I really like is the way it handles, the way it corners—this bike gives you a lot of confidence.
"We've all been working hard together, and the level of support I get with the Honda Racing team is simply incredible. We've got the bike working really well, so I just need to stay healthy and let each race come to me. I know I can compete with the best, and I plan on winning races and climbing the podium all year long.
"Since I began riding Hondas during my amateur days and during my first days in the 250 class as a pro rider, they've always seemed like the perfect fit for me. So coming back to Honda and the CRF450R is like coming back home. I've always dreamed about being a factory Honda rider, and now I've made it. My heart has always been set on being here, so I can't really put into words what this feeling is like and how much it means to me. I just want to get on the track, get down to business and earn some wins."
Indeed, all the right pieces now seem to be in place, and 2011 looks to be the year that Josh Grant comes home once again, with his sights set dead square on a championship.
Josh Grant Statistics
Missed Supercross season due to injury
7th AMA Motocross Series
4th AMA/FIM Supercross Series
6th AMA Motocross Series
5th AMA Supercross Lites East Series
9th AMA Motocross Lites Series
7th AMA Supercross Lites West Series
3rd AMA Motocross Lites Series
3rd AMA Supercross Lites East Series
3rd AMA Motocross Lites Series
4th AMA Supercross Lites East/West Shootout
1st U.S. Open SX Lites
8th AMA 125 East Supercross Series
7th AMA 125 National Motocross Series
3rd AMA 125 East/West Supercross Shootout
10th AMA 125 National Motocross Series
Nine amateur titles, including two titles in the
125 and 250 Pro/Sport Class
Josh Grant Profile
Born: June 20, 1986, Lakewood, California
Residence: Riverside, California
National #: 33
Began riding: 1993, age 7
First race: 1993, age 7
Training: Weight training, cardio, riding
Hobbies: Wakeboarding, snowboarding
Height/weight: 5'9"/165 pounds
Marital status: Engaged
Children: Son Wyatt
Current racebike: Honda CRF450R
Mechanic: Jason Haines
There is little that 20-year-old female Motocross star Ashley Fiolek hasn't achieved in her three years of professional racing. The racing sensation made headlines when she became the first female to be signed to the American Honda Racing factory team and has twice won the Women's Motocross Championship (WMA), plus is the reigning X Games Women's Supercross gold medalist. And what makes Fiolek's rise to the top even more remarkable is that she has achieved all this despite being born deaf.
"If my story can inspire one person to follow their dreams and never give up, no matter what the boundaries are, then it's all worth it. I wouldn't want to change any part of my story," says Fiolek.
Joining American Honda Racing in 2009, Fiolek made headlines when she took home the Women's Supercross gold medal at her X Games debut. Demonstrating it wasn't beginners luck, Fiolek backed up her stellar result the following year by taking the gold medal again in 2010.
"The X Games is an amazing event," said Fiolek. "Everything about the competition is exciting. It brings some of the top extreme sports athletes from across the globe to Los Angeles for a week of extreme competition. I'm really proud to be among the select few athletes to have won X Games gold. Training for the Women's Supercross competition also gives me the chance to work one-on-one with Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath, which is really exciting. He's taught me a lot about Supercross racing."
For 2011, Fiolek's sights are firmly set on regaining the WMA title after finishing just shy of the top spot last season.
"My focus for this year is to win back my WMA title. I believe my preparation going into the 2011 WMA season is where it needs to be. My dad and I have really focused on developing my riding skills over the off-season, and I've changed up my strength-training and exercise program quite a bit. I receive so much support from everyone involved with American Honda Racing, and the team does an awesome job preparing my race bike; it's incredibly fast. There's definitely no shortage of people on hand to help me at each race, and there is no better way for me to repay the team than with a title win."
Fiolek's success both on and off the track has generated a lot of media attention, and her dominance has single-handedly elevated the profile of women's motocross racing. In addition to her on track accomplishments, Fiolek added book author to her list of career achievements with the release of her inspirational memoir, Kicking Up Dirt, in 2010—a story about determination, deafness and daring to dream. She has also become a well-respected leader in the deaf community and gives back by hosting events at local deaf schools and community centers to show special needs children that dreams can come true no matter what the circumstances. Her story is so inspirational that American Honda featured her in a short film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. As a result of being a two-time women's champ, Fiolek has developed a strong following of fans over the years and has become a role model to many young women.
"My success has not come easy, and my family has made some big sacrifices in order for me to follow my dreams. We are one big team so when I win, they win. However, everything we've accomplished together so far hasn't been without its share of frustration. There have been some really tense moments and times when I wondered if it is all worth it. But it's the instances where fans tell me that I've inspired them to follow their dreams or I'm standing on the podium holding up the number one plate that all the hard work becomes worth it," said Fiolek.
Although Fiolek has achieved so much in her short professional career, she still has another goal in her sights: to be the first woman to qualify alongside the men in a 250-class Motocross race.
"I really want to qualify with the boys," said Fiolek. "I've come close a few times now, but I'm determined to add first woman to qualify for the 250 Motocross class to my list of career accomplishments. That would be very cool."
With the support of American Honda Racing coupled with the level of talent and determination Fiolek has shown throughout her racing career, one thing is for sure—Fiolek will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2011 WMA competition.
Ashley Fiolek Statistics
2nd AMA/WMA Women's National Motocross Championship
Winner X Games Women's Supercross gold medal
1st AMA/WMA Women's National Motocross Championship
Winner X Games Women's Supercross gold medal
1st AMA/WMA Women's National Motocross Championship
2nd GNC International Final, Women 99-250F Pro
1st Lake Whitney Spring Classic, Women's 99-250cc 12+ Amateur
1st GNC International Final, Women's 99-250F n/p
1st World Mini Grand Prix, Girls 65-85cc
5th WMA Steel City National
6th AMA/WMA Drill Tech Women's Cup
2007 Xtremey Award, Most Inspirational Athlete
1st Lake Whitney Spring Classic, Girls 12-15 85-105cc
1st GNC International Final, Women's 99cc and up (250 max)
1st NMA National Championships—Women's 125-250cc, Girls 65-85cc
AMA Winter National Olympics—1st Women's Supercross 99cc and up, 3rd Women's Motocross 99cc and up
AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships—11th Boys 85 Mod 14-15, 14th Women's 99cc-250cc
1st GNC International Final, Women's 99cc and up (450 max)
1st Branson MX National Championship, Girls 12-15
7th AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, Women's 99cc and up
#1 Woman/Girl Amateur Racer of the Year, Amateur MX magazine
Champion* AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, Girls 9-13
1st AMA Winter National Olympics, Supercross Girls 9-13
1st AMA Winter National Olympics, Motocross Girls 9-13
AMA Youth Motocrosser of the Year
AMA Youth Rider of the Year
AMA Winter National Olympics, Thor MX Outstanding Achievement award
*First deaf person to win an AMA National Championship
Ashley Fiolek Profile
Born: Oct. 22, 1990, Dearborn Heights, MI
Residence: St. Augustine, FL
National #: 67
Began riding: 1993, age 3
First race: 1998, age 7
Training: Biking, motocross
Hobbies: Writing, drawing, photography, making videos, texting/IM
Height/weight: 5'2"/108 pounds
Marital status: Single
Current racebike: Honda CRF250R
Technician: Nagatoshi Chiba
The Team Behind the Team
Race Director, Motorcycle Sports
Team Consultant/Test Rider
Race Technician for Trey Canard
Race Technician for Josh Grant
Race Technician for Ashley Fiolek
Showa Suspension Technician
Engine Research and Development Engineer
Research and Development Technician
Motocross Parts Coordinator
Data/Research & Development Technician
2011 Team Sponsors
An icon in the sport of motocross, Fox Racing® has been in the American motocross scene for more than three decades. For 18 years, Fox has been a primary Honda team sponsor. The company offers a wide variety of team-replica riding gear and sportswear for sale under license from American Honda.
GEICO Motorcycle Insurance is underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company and has been designed to meet the unique insurance needs of all powersports fans. In addition to covering cruisers; street sport, touring and high-performance bikes; and scooters, GEICO can also handle the insurance needs of those who ride an ATV or drive a boat or personal watercraft. If you use an RV to tow your favorite ride, GEICO can handle your RV insurance needs as well. www.geico.com
Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals
Pro Honda® Oils and Chemicals has supported Honda's motocross team for 30 years, supplying a full line of lubricant and motorcycle products. Only Pro Honda products are approved by Honda R&D, and they are available at Honda dealerships across the country.
Honda Riders Club of America (HRCA)
For 17 years as a motocross team sponsor, the Honda Riders Club of America® has offered its members a wide variety of activities and services, such as pit tours, VIP hospitality and even dinners with Honda's racing teams. The HRCA® regularly offers members an inside look at Honda racing through its member publication, Honda Red Rider™ magazine.
Dunlop Motorcycle Tires
Dunlop® has an unequaled win record in virtually every form of AMA racing and, as a Honda racing team sponsor for more than two decades, has contributed immensely to the motocross team's record 59 national titles. Working hand in hand with Honda's factory riders and technicians guarantees cutting-edge tire technology for the Honda team, and the partnership pays dividends for casual off-road riders as well.
Honda and Showa® have celebrated countless championships over the years and will bank on decades of experience to elevate the Red Riders to the championship podium in 2011. Showa is also an OE supplier to Honda (as well as other manufacturers), and its expertise in motocross suspension is very beneficial to the team.
Among manufacturers of handlebars and sprockets, only Renthal®—a 25-year Honda racing team sponsor—can boast more than 100 world and national championships. It goes without saying that American Honda's motocross team has won many of its championships with Renthal products.
D.I.D® has been a longtime Honda racing team sponsor and puts what it learns in competition into the OE products it supplies to Honda and other manufacturers. Spokes, rims and drive chains take an unbelievable beating in the world of professional motocross, which is why the Honda team puts its trust in D.I.D to provide components that can take the constant abuse.
VP Racing Fuels
This marks the 10th year that VP Racing Fuels® has been a Honda racing team sponsor. VP's experience in blending championship-winning fuels dates back 31 successful years, and in addition to its Motocross and Supercross titles with Team Honda, the company also boasts several NHRA Pro Stock titles, plus championships in off-shore, off-road, circle-track and aviation competition.
Twin Air®, one of the originators of oiled-foam air filters, enters the 2011 season, their 12th year with the Honda racing team. Twin Air has been racking up championships around the globe for more than three decades.
As a sponsor and supplier of cutting-edge four-stroke exhaust systems to the Honda racing team, Yoshimura® spends countless hours each year developing racebike exhaust systems and building products for consumers. The largest aftermarket exhaust manufacturer in the world, the company has been building four-stroke exhaust systems since 1954.
Hinson Racing®, the supplier of clutch components to the Honda racing team, has won titles in every major professional off-road series and expects to add more to its mantel with Honda in 2011. The massive power produced by the Honda team's factory engines is readily handled by Hinson Racing clutch components, which deliver the ultimate in off-road performance and reliability.