Honda Red Riders claimed victories at round two of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship and WMA WomenÃ¢Â€Â™s Motocross Championship over the weekend at the Freestone National held in Wortham, TX. For the second week in a row, Honda newcomer Chad Reed took the overall round win on his Honda CRF450R, while American Honda RacingÃ¢Â€Â™s Ashley Fiolek chalked up her first overall victory of the season on her Honda CRF250R.
Filling in for American Honda Racing riders Trey Canard and Josh Grant, who are both recovering from injuries they sustained during the Supercross season, veteran Honda racer Kevin Windham gave it his all in the grueling Texas heat. After suffering a mechanical issue in the opening moto that forced him out of the race, Windham secured ninth position in moto two and finished the weekend 17th overall. Ã¢Â€ÂœDefinitely not the result I was looking for in moto one,Ã¢Â€Â said Windham. Ã¢Â€ÂœUnfortunately, I spent a lot of my energy early in moto one, and I hit a wall around the 15-minute mark in moto twoÃ¢Â€Â”the Texas heat just got me. WeÃ¢Â€Â™ve got an off weekend now so weÃ¢Â€Â™ll use the extra time to get better and have a good showing in Mt. Morris in two weeksÃ¢Â€Â™ time.Ã¢Â€Â
Reed put in a commanding performance aboard his TwoTwo Motorsports factory-Honda-prepared CRF450R, winning both motos for the overall round victory. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt looked like it was going to be a good race between Ryan Dungey and me in moto two until I made a costly mistake by changing up a lineÃ¢Â€Â”it was a little wetter than I anticipated and I crashed,Ã¢Â€Â said Reed. Ã¢Â€ÂœI got going again and put a spurt on to make up ground but then just decided to be smart and ride the race out in second place; itÃ¢Â€Â™s going to be a long season. However, as it turned out, Dungey bowed out of the race while leading, and I ended up one-one on the day. IÃ¢Â€Â™m all about having fun this year, and I feel like IÃ¢Â€Â™m on a roll right now. Two wins in a row now; IÃ¢Â€Â™ll take it.Ã¢Â€Â
Another Honda racer having a strong showing in Texas was Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/HondaÃ¢Â€Â™s Christian Craig. The 450-class rookie led eight laps in the opening moto before finishing 5-8 to take seventh overall.
In the 250 Class Championship, GEICO HondaÃ¢Â€Â™s Justin Barcia nabbed the holeshot in both motos and rebounded from a ninth place result after crashing in moto one to finish runner-up in moto two, claiming fourth overall. His GEICO Honda teammate Eli Tomac finished fifth in the opening moto and sixth in the second to end the day fifth overall, while new GEICO Honda team member Lance Vincent went 16-10 for 13th overall. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/HondaÃ¢Â€Â™s Cole Seely went 14-8 to finish the weekend eighth overall.
In the WomenÃ¢Â€Â™s Motocross Championship, American Honda RacingÃ¢Â€Â™s Ashley Fiolek clinched her first overall victory of the season, going 1-2 aboard her Honda CRF250R to end the weekend on top. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/HondaÃ¢Â€Â™s Tarah Gieger earned third place results in both motos for second overall, while fellow Honda racer Kasie Creson was ninth overall and Lindsey Palmer finished in 10th.