The Honda Red Riders took on round three of the 2011 AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, January 22. The weekend’s racing marked the first-ever Supercross event held at the renowned Dodger Stadium and American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard brought the battle to the Supercross competition aboard his Honda CRF450R. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely recorded his career-best result aboard his Honda CRF250R by winning the first-ever Supercross Lites West Championship race at this prominent venue.
With teammate Josh Grant out with an injury, Canard was American Honda Racing’s sole representative in the Supercross competition. After crashing hard in his heat race, Canard transferred to the main event by way of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) race. Getting a mid-pack start in the main and rounding the opening lap in seventh position, Canard quickly set about working his way through the pack and moved into the number three spot by lap four. He fought his way into second position by the midway point in the race only to relinquish two places before the race’s end and he finished a solid fourth overall.
“Boy was it a tough night of racing for me,” Canard said after the race. “I really hit the ground hard in my heat race and by the midway point in the main I was starting to feel the effects of that crash. I had some good battles for second and third but in the end fourth place was the best I could do tonight. It was amazing to watch the whole American Honda Racing team come together to repair my bike in time for the LCQ race. I could tell I was watching a well-oiled machine as everyone did their part to get my bike back together in time for the race. I’m just glad we were able to get back out there and I’m glad I was able to ride a strong race in the main event.”
GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham put in a solid effort aboard his Honda CRF450R to record his second sixth-place result of the season. Chad Reed dug deep to recover from an opening-lap crash and charged from 19th place to seventh position by the race’s end aboard his TwoTwo Motorsports Honda CRF450R.
In the Supercross Lites West competition, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely dominated the entire field aboard his Honda CRF250R in taking his first-ever Supercross Lites race win. In the main, Seely cranked off a hot start and quickly seized control of the race. Once in the lead, he never relinquished control and went on to score his first-ever Supercross victory. Also recording a personal-best result, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac finished runner-up aboard his CRF250R. The rookie racer’s second-place finish gave Honda the top two spots in the class at the inaugural Dodger Stadium Supercross. Teammate Jimmy DeCotis finished eighth aboard his GEICO Honda CRF250R, while Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Travis Baker finished 12th.