It is official – Carmichael to Honda!
Las Vegas NEVADA – American Honda announced their 2002 Motorcycle Racing Teams at the company’s annual dealer show Wednesday night, September 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Motorcycle Division Vice President Ray Blank said, “Motorcycling is really about performance, and the ultimate yardstick is racing. For 2002, our race teams will literally define Performance First. Their success is very important to Honda’s research and development. And it’s important to our customers, who know that Honda builds and races the best products in the world.”
The Honda Motocross Team welcomes the 2001 American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) supercross and National motocross champion Ricky Carmichael to the Red Riders for 2002! The seven-time AMA Champion will lead the Honda charge on Honda’s all-new CR250R. Carmichael’s introduction to the enthusiastic dealers foretells Honda’s dominance in the upcoming 2002 supercross and motocross seasons.
Chuck Miller, Honda’s Race Team Manager for Motorcycle Racing had this to say about the motocross team for 2002 “We looked at the riders that were available, who had the most potential to win and then offered them opportunity at Honda. Actually, all the riders wanted to be here anyway. We never needed to push anyone. We only want the riders that want to be here. Now we have them.”
Chuck shares his thoughts about having RC on the team “A great shot at the championship. New attitude, new thinking during testing, new attitude with all team staff.”
Finally, he concludes “Honda is about cutting edge technology, engineering, and racing. We have spared nothing and all the elements for success in 2002 are in place.”
Sebastien Tortelli returns to Honda, hungry to capture the 250 outdoor championship that eluded him in the 2001 season. Though Tortelli is known for his outdoor motocross expertise, he is also a legitimate supercross championship contender and his hard-charging race ethic should earn him many victories next season.
Two more motocross talents join the factory Red Rider effort for 2002. 2001 AMA Western Region 125 supercross champion Ernesto Fonseca will campaign a CR250R in both AMA supercross and outdoor motocross for 2002. Honda Racing also welcomes Nate Ramsey, 1999 Western Region 125 supercross champion who will race Honda’s vaunted CRF450R four-stroke motocrosser in both series.
Ironman Mike LaRocco will Ride Red again in 2002 aboard a Honda CR250R, racing for the Factory Connection Team. Mike finished the 2001 supercross series third in points; he was fourth overall in the outdoor motocross series. Joining LaRocco next season will be Michael Byrne, Christopher Gosselaar and Travis Preston. All three riders will compete on Honda CR125Rs in the supercross and national motocross series.
Courtesy of American Honda
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