Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda -- Race day excitement was on overdrive at the round 8 AMA Supercross series. The night which was the first of two back-to-back stops of the Monster Rally series at Atlanta Georgia Dome was a race of terrific accomplishments for Team Honda HRC. Trey Canard progressed up in point’s standings consolidating his position in touted second place. A power ride rounded off by a spectacular podium finish saw to this achievement by Canard. Among other Team Honda members Cole Seely had a more satisfying race day rebounding after a hiccupping previous race. He progressed to a stronger fourth place one slot behind his teammate.
It was a showcase performance by Trey Canard riding a factory Honda CRF450R. Having won the heat race he passed the checkered flag on a third place finish during final race. He fell short of the two riders in front as a result of a poor pickup costing him precious race time. Yet overall it was a formidable performance by Canard who executed an impressive ride by advancing to top pick of ten from nowhere and cruising towards the checkered flag as third fastest rider of the race. Seely who gained qualification in the semi race was dogging four other riders in the first of twenty laps in main race. Superb persistence saw him steadily advancing through the pack to cross at fourth place.
• The autograph signing session of Team Honda HRC riders represented by Cole Seely and Trey Canard was held on the eve before race. The racing duo was joined by Eli Tomac, Jordan Smith, Justin Bogle, Malcolm Stewart and R J Hampshire holding up the GEICO Honda end.
• Team Honda HRC hosted Keisuke Inomoto, HRC Motocross Representative Director for the HRC Motocross on race night at Atlanta. Inomoto is expected to participate in a round of post-race meetings at California Headquarters of Honda before returning to Japan en-route to Losail, Qatar where he will then join Team HRC for the MXGP opening round on February 27th.
• Canard qualified on pole for the second time in Supercross series during timed practices. The second qualifying time was 48.380 on second lap. Coming a close second was Tomac with a 48.628 and Seely placed at seventh place at 49.383. The fastest man at the main event was again Canard with a terrific racing time of 48.811. This timing was on a track that had seen lowest timings for this season so far.
• Atlanta Supercross track has a signature soil of red dirt, a fact that is remarked by most riders and mechanics who race in this track. Canard’s mechanic Brent Presnell is said to have remarked that Atlanta is rather weird because riders are hard put to predict what kind of Georgian clay they will have to race on. ‘Tonight it has been really slippery and hard. However, there was also some moisture. So it is definitely not the old school famous Georgian clay that we are used to seeing here’ he said.