Honda announced last week that their new four-stroke would make its debut race in the United States at the White Brothers Four-Stroke World Championships at Glen Helen. Ryan Hughes, the same man who will race the 450cc machine in the upcoming Nationals, scored both moto wins and the overall against a field of fast competition, including Yamaha R&D guru and ex-factory racer Doug Dubach, four-stroke champ Spud Walters, Moto XXX’s Michael Brandes and Yamaha of Troy’s Nathan Ramsey.
Hughes won both motos in convincing fashion, sometimes pulling up to three seconds a lap on his nearest competition, Doug Dubach.
“I love the bike,” said Hughes. “I’ve been looking forward to racing it, because I’ve felt great during practice, but I know that winning races is what counts. I can’t wait for the season opener of the Nationals at Glen Helen in three weeks!”
So when will the big red four-stroke be available to the public? Though Honda hasn’t set an official date yet, sources say that TWMX should expect a production model for testing sometime in late August or September, and the public should be able to purchase units shortly after that. Keep checking www.twmx.com for information as soon as it becomes available.
2001 White Bros. Four-Stroke World Championships Results
1. Ryan Hughes; 1-1 for 1st overall2. Doug Dubach; 2-2 for 2nd overall3. Spud Walters; 4-3 for 3rd overall4. Michael Brandes; 5-4 for 4th overall5. Nathan Ramsey; 6-5 for 5th overall6. Tim Beatty; 8-6 for 6th overall