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Honda’s Daytona Party: Come Celebrate 40 Years of Honda Motocross Racing

Published March 1st, 2013

Torrance, CA: The 2013 Supercross season marks the 22nd anniversary of The Daytona Supercross by Honda, and this high-profile event serves as the perfect venue to also celebrate Honda’s 40 years of motocross racing in the USA. From Honda’s first epic National Motocross Championship won by Gary Jones in 1973 up through today’s Team Honda Muscle Milk Supercross racers Trey Canard and Justin Barcia, Honda has a long and successful history of victory in American Motocross and Supercross racing. To celebrate these two landmarks, Honda is throwing a party in Daytona this year, and all fans are invited to attend.

Honda is the only brand to sweep the podium at the Daytona Supercross an astounding four times! With that kind of success, merely recounting the numerous Honda winners at the Daytona Supercross and a few highlights makes for a most impressive story. Through the years, Honda winners in the premier Supercross/250 Two-Stroke class at Daytona include a wealth of riders who are legends in the sport: Kevin Windham, Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Stanton, Rick Johnson, Rick Ryan, Bob Hannah, David Bailey, Darrell Shultz and Marty Tripes. Honda winners at Daytona in the SX Lites/125 Two-Stroke class include: Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Davi Millsaps, Doug Henry, Brian Swink and Keith Turpin. Among the many highlights gathered along the way, two of the most outstanding performances in Daytona Supercross history were achieved by Honda riders: the 11-year run of consecutive Supercross-class victories by Honda riders from 1982 through 1992, and Jeff Stanton’s amazing string of four wins in a row from 1989 through 1992.

Regarding Ricky Carmichael’s back-to-back wins for Honda in 2002 and 2003, the latter race was especially wet and grueling, yet RC lapped all but two other riders by the time the checkered flag fell—an incredible performance by man and machine. And on a track renowned for its super-tough conditions, Kevin Windham’s Daytona Supercross by Honda victory in 2008 will forever stand out as one for the ages; due to a steady, driving rain, the track was quickly reduced to a truly hideous quagmire, yet K-Dub and his CRF450R kept slugging away to take the hard-earned win en route to becoming the stuff of legends.

If you’re in Daytona Beach on Friday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m., come celebrate with us inside the big red Honda tent at the main Honda display area in front of the Daytona Speedway. “Daytona Supercross is a huge stage for Team Honda Muscle Milk, and we look forward to adding to the Honda legacy here and throughout the rest of the season,” said CytoSport’s Director of Sports Marketing Shane McCassy. “In addition to meeting the riders and Honda racing legends, make sure to stop by for your free sample of Muscle Milk.”

Honda racing stars on hand to meet fans and sign autographs include Trey Canard, Justin Barcia, Chad Reed, Eli Tomac, Wil Hahn, Zach Bell and more. In addition, racing legends Gary Jones, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Kevin Windham will also be on hand. All these festivities on top of the great racing action will make this year’s Daytona Supercross by Honda a bigger celebration than ever before.

Honda Daytona Winners

1978:  250SX (Honda Sweep) 1- Marty Tripes 2- Marty Smith 3- Jimmy Ellis
1982:  250SX 1 – Darrell Shultz
1983:  250SX (Honda Sweep) 1- Bob Hannah 2- Johnny O’Mara 3- David Bailey
1984:  250SX 1 – David Bailey
1985:  250SX 1 – Bob Hannah
1986:  125ESX 1 – Keith Turpin, 250SX 1-Rick Johnson
1987:  250SX 1- Rick Ryan
1988:  250SX 1-Rick Johnson
1989:  250SX 1- Jeff Stanton
1990:  250SX (Honda Sweep) 1- Jeff Stanton 2- Jean Michel Bayle 3- Mike Kiedrowski
1991:  250SX 1- Jeff Stanton
1992:  250SX 1- Jeff Stanton
1993:  125ESX 1- Doug Henry
1996:  250SX 1- Jeremy McGrath
2002:  250SX 1- Ricky Carmichael
2003:  250SX 1- Ricky Carmichael
2006:  Lites 1- Davi Millsaps
2008:  Lites 1- Trey Canard, 450SX (Honda Sweep) 1- Kevin Windham 2- Davi Millsaps 3- Jacob Marsack
2012:  Lites 1- Justin Barcia

About American Honda: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com

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