AMA Pro Motocross is about to kick off, and Team Honda HRC is very pleased to have Ken Roczen back under the awning at Hangtown. The German is competing for the first time since injuring his hand at the San Diego Supercross, and he’s racing alongside Christian Craig, still dutifully on loan from GEICO Honda while Cole Seely works on regaining his health. Both riders have done thorough outdoor testing with their CRF450R race bikes and are excited for the series to start.
In the 250 class, GEICO Honda is anxious to commence their first AMA Pro Motocross season aboard the new CRF250R platform, with two-time National Champion Jeremy Martin leading the charge. Whereas he and teammate Chase Sexton split regions during the AMA Supercross series, they’re in the same class for the outdoors, and they’re joined at Hangtown by colleague RJ Hampshire, returning from injury.
Team Honda HRC
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are in France for round 5 of the MotoGP World Championship, to be held at historic Le Mans circuit on Sunday. Marquez dominated the last two MotoGP rounds, in the USA and Spain, where he helped Michelin celebrate their 400th Grand Prix victory. The 25-year-old aims to maintain the momentum that currently has him at the top of the Championship by 12 points. Pedrosa looks forward to taking advantage of the positive feeling he has with his RC213V, at a track where he has been quite successful over the course of his career.
The eighth MXGP round takes place this weekend in Northeast Germany, and with injured Todd Waters out of action, Team HRC has a two-rider lineup, with Tim Gajser on his Honda CRF450RW in the MXGP class and Calvin Vlaanderen on the CRF250RW in MX2. After a top-five finish last time out, Gajser is eager to return to Teutschenthal, where he won in MX2 in 2015 and was second in MXGP the following year. With a string of promising performances in the last three rounds, the 21-year-old Slovenian now hopes to bear the fruits of the speed he has shown lately. Vlaanderen is looking forward to the race after a bittersweet Latvian round, where after showing great speed in practice, qualifying, and warm-up–when he set the fastest time–he was unable to capitalize in the two races.
Toni Bou & Takahisa Fujinami
The FIM TrialGP World Championship gets underway in Camprodón, Spain, this weekend, and Repsol Honda’s Toni Bou begins the campaign as incumbent world champion and hot favorite to add another title to his collection of 11 outdoor crowns. The most successful rider in history starts the championship with a tally of no less than 23 world titles, in both indoor and outdoor competitions. In the GPs held so far in Spain, Bou has clinched a total of 13 victories. One of his aims is to achieve the record for victories in the world championship. Thus far, he has accumulated 97 triumphs, just two behind Dougie Lampkin. Meanwhile, Takahisa Fujinami, the rider with the highest number of participations in the world championship, will tackle a 23rd season in the discipline's top flight. Last year “Fujigas” finished in fifth place, completing 20 consecutive years of top-five world championship finishes.
The ATV Pro Motocross series resumes this weekend at Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania’s High Point Raceway, a popular track that is also a stop on the AMA Pro Motocross tour. Rockford Fosgate/TiLube Honda’s Joel Hetrick–the defending champion–currently sits second in the title chase, but with just three points between himself and the leader, he’s hoping to bridge the gap in Pennsylvania.
Will this weekend see American Flat Track’s first repeat win of the season in the AFT Singles class? Five rounds in, the division has seen five different victors, but with CRF450R-mounted Kevin Stollings having won the year’s first Mile event last weekend, perhaps he’s the man to watch at the Sacramento Mile. Then again, perhaps it’s fellow Red Rider Brandon Price, who currently leads the points.