MENTOR, Ohio (January 9, 2018) - Wiseco Performance Products, the worldwide leader in manufacturing high performance, forged and billet pistons for the powersports, snowmobile, personal watercraft, outboard marine, and automotive markets has entered a sponsorship agreement with Honda Race Corporation (HRC) for the 2018 season.
The Wiseco logo will be featured on the air box on both Ken Roczen's and Cole Seely's Honda CRF450Rs in the 17 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, races and 12 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship events this season.
Roczen, a two-time Pro Motocross Champion, returns to the seat of the No. 94 CRF450R for the 2018 season, following the well-documented injury he suffered last January at Round 3. Roczen turned in an impressive fourth-place performance in last weekend's opening round in Anaheim, Calif., his first race in nearly a year.
The German-born rider will be teamed in the paddock and on the track by the 27-year-old Seely who finished sixth in last weekend's opening round and enters his fourth season riding for HRC.
As part of the sponsorship, Wiseco will provide HRC with proprietary research and development services as Honda continues to add key competitive components to its legendary portfolio.
"Wiseco is thrilled to back HRC during the 2018 racing season," explained Mark Gearhart, Senior Content Marketing Manager, Wiseco Performance Parts. "It's been a long time since Wiseco has been involved at the team level with a group as deep as HRC. We have high expectations for the competitive nature of the teams who Wiseco supports so we're confident this is a great fit for our brand."
"We're pleased to have Wiseco as a team sponsor for the 2018 season," added American Honda's Brandon Wilson, Assistant Manager of Motorcycle Sports. "They've been making high-quality parts for over 75 years and are leaders in their field, constantly developing new and innovative equipment. Having access to their R&D staff will be a valuable asset for our race program."
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, drops the gate for Round 2 at Houston's NRG Stadium. The race will be televised live on FS1 Saturday, Jan. 13 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 5 p.m. Pacific.
About Wiseco Performance Products
With a coast to coast domestic distribution system and international customers in Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia, Wiseco is the world leader in manufacturing high performance, forged pistons for the snowmobile, motorcycle, ATV, personal watercraft, outboard marine, and automotive markets.
Wiseco is focused on continually refining our quality culture and our associates are dedicated to living up to our Quality Policy: "To Meet or Exceed Customer Requirements Every Time."
Quality, integrity, and service are the backbone of Wiseco's success. No other piston manufacturer can match Wiseco's advanced technology and care for detail. That's why the top engine builders and racers in every motorsports industry have come to appreciate and depend on Wiseco for consistent winning results.
About American Honda
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the U.S. American Honda's Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com.