Today, American Honda officially announced its 2016 Team Honda HRC lineup to the media during a press event held at the team’s race shop in Torrance, California. As expected, the team will return Trey Canard and Cole Seely to the team in 2016.
“It was a fun day,” team manager, Dan Betley said. “This is the first time I can remember that we’ve had a bunch of journalists in our race shop, and it was nice hosting some of our sponsors as well. I’m eager to get this off-season over with and get back to racing, because I feel like we’re in a good place. Testing is going well, and I’m really happy with how comfortable Trey looks on the track, while Cole’s starting to get his speed back from being off the bike for a while. It’s about refinements from where we were, and I’m excited to get it started.”
“It’s always great for me to come to the shop, but I think it was really special for the people who don’t ever get to see all the behind-the-scenes stuff,” Canard said. “I feel like we have a lot of really good things going on this year, and I hope people enjoyed getting to see that. The trip to Japan really helped generate enthusiasm, and I think we’re in a good place with the bike. We haven’t changed a whole lot, but we had a great Supercross bike last year and have made progress. My goal is to finish each race, because that’s what you need to win the championship. I’m grateful and excited, because we have a great opportunity.”
“It was fun hanging out with the journalists here at the shop—I’ve actually only been here a few times myself!” Seely said. “It’s been a long few months with my shoulder recovery, but I’m getting back into it. I started by riding outdoors for a couple of weeks to make sure everything was strong before I hopped on a Supercross track. We’ve got a bunch of testing lined up for the next month and a half, so I should be 100% when we line up for Anaheim. I’m trying to keep the same mindset I had at the end of last Supercross season. I got the hang of the week-to-week schedule and I have a better idea of what needs to be done. I just need to carry that into next year.”
We also caught up with GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle.