It was a beautiful racing night for Team Honda on Saturday at O.Co Coliseum Oakland. Celebrations abounded off track after Trey Canard’s magnificent rallying performance following his rather disappointing race last week. The Oklahoma born dynamo crossed the checkered flag grabbing his first victory of 450SX in almost four years. It was a thrilling night on all accounts as Trey Canard on unstoppable mode topped timed qualifying practice to conclude victory at the 450SX main event in grand style.
Positive vibes extended to the rest of Team Honda with teammate Cole Seely too advancing from a sixth place last week to a season best fifth position. Eli Tomac from GEICO Honda fared even better crossing the checkered flag nano-seconds before Seely to grab fourth place in the race. Tomac recovered beautifully after an edgy start to the race. All in all it was an exciting race for the three Factory CRF 450R racers all of whom secured places within the top five. Adding further buzz to victory spirits GEICO Honda racer Malcolm Stewart was placed first in the 250SX class.
Thursday before race night Trey Canard appeared in-studio on the Sports Talk Live telecast by Comcast SportsNet San Francisco. It was a four minute live aired feature showcasing the dynamic Factory Honda CRF450R ridden by Canard. The report Jim Kozimor concluded the vibrant interview with a punchy ‘Go Honda Racing, go Trey Canard & go 41’.
The qualifying practices saw four riders clicking off laps in 51 second range. Canard scored the best with a classy 51.3587. Seely was placed at the eight place with 52.650 while Eli Tomac from GEICO Honda won fourth place with a timing of 51.944.