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Marquez and Pedrosa Celebrate HRC’s Successful 2016 at Honda Racing Thanks Day

@HRC_MotoGP •@MotoGP • (December 5, 2016)- Over the weekend Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa attended the 2016 Honda Racing Thanks Day at Motegi, Japan.

Monday, 05 December 2016 18:47 Published in News


Seguin Wins, Injured Beattie Champ at FTC Ohsweken Debut

Flat Track Canada had its first event at the famed Ohsweken Speedway, and for almost all of the program the final national of the 2016 season was flawless in execution and spectacle.  After an evening of great completion on the half mile clay oval, the Expert Open class headed out for the final national race of 2016, ready to decide the 2017 No. 1 national plate.

Steve Beattie looked to have the overall FTC Title sewn up for the Kurt Beigger Racing Honda team, and merely needed to start the main event to earn his first career Flat Track Canada crown.  But Beattie fell exiting turn two on the opening lap, causing a red flag and a long delay for his careful removal from the race surface by the Safety Team.

Beattie was off to the hospital with a broken collarbone and concerns about possible other injuries, details to come shortly.  The race would start again from scratch, meaning that Doug Lawrence had a shot at retaining the Championship with his Town Moto/Parts Canada Honda CRF450 DTX machine.

There was some discussion as the field got ready for start two regarding the possible points ramifications, with various opinions suggesting a win, or maybe a top three, would allow Lawrence to retain his title.  It turned out only a win would do.

On the second start Lawrence and a back-from-injury Don Taylor (Jim Sehl/Motovan/Motosports of Trenton Yamaha) again pushed to the front, joined by the Tyler Seguin aboard his Evans Honda.  Eventually Taylor, the two time FTC champ in his first start since breaking a leg in an American event early in the summer, faded to place fourth and Seguin and Lawrence fought for the win.

Seguin eventually worked his way clear to take a well-deserved victory, the seventh different winner over the course of the 11 round series.  Lawrence wasn’t far back for second and not sure where he placed in the points – unfortunately “Fresh” came up just short. Rising star Brodie Buchan worked his way up to third aboard another KBR Honda single.

 “It feels great to win,” explained Seguin after a NASCAR-style victory burnout against the front straight wall.  “It’s the last race of the season, but still, a win is a win.  My season was really all over the place, and now things are starting to work we can maybe try some things down in the States.”

Lawrence was obviously emotional after a close race while trying to understand his title chances and consider the possible injuries suffered by rival-and-buddy Beattie.  Veteran Beattie runs a suspension service business, and the new champ was tweaking Lawrence’s refurbished fork right before the first, late afternoon Pro practice session.

“An awful lot was going through my mind,” admitted Lawrence of the 15-ap main event.  “At the end of the day, you really don’t want it to happen like that, the way things went for Steve.”

“I was maybe a tenth off where I needed to be, I was really close, in terms of lap times,” continued the outgoing number one.  “I wanted to be in (Seguin’s) way more, maybe park him in the corners, but I couldn’t quite make that work.

“The track was really awesome, it got better and better through the program, and we really had some great racing here tonight.

“Right now it really seems like a long year,” continued Lawrence, who raced and won at two events on the Mopar CSBK road racing national tour in 2016 and recently finished seventh at the AMA Pro event in Springfield.  “I’m looking forward to recharging my batteries and getting a new mind set, get geared up for next season.”

Buchan was satisfied with third place after a white knuckle run in the Main event.

“Everywhere I rode coming up, it was a cushion track,” explained the Pro based in Welland, ON, home of the famous short-track county venue.  “This place is hard packed, and it seemed like I had to be really careful.  So I’m pretty happy with the result, it was tricky and it seemed like the track got slick.”

In the Expert DTX category for stock-framed MX based machinery, Seguin held off Lawrence in a great fight at the front, Lawrence making a rare start in the “production” class after opting to enter on the machine he mostly uses at the short Welland venue.  Doug Beattie (Honda) edged Buchan in another good dispute, for third.  Buchan clinched the Expert DTX Title, distant rival Dave Pouliot (Kawasaki) hampered by a leg injury.  

The Expert Dash-for-Cash victory went to the Honda framer of Steve Beattie, prior to the new champ’s season-ending injury. Lawrence was a close second with Seguin third.

In the Intermediate Open division, Tyler Brown hung on to win, after a great dice that went down to the wire against runner-up Cody Marentette and third man Luke Rahm, all Honda mounted. 

In Intermediate DTX action, Brown won again, a bike length behind the fight for second, a dead heat between Marentette and the Sturgess Kawasaki of reigning Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike national road racing Champ Kenny Riedmann.

Top Novice was Jarrett Phibbs of Cottam, ON, who won both the Open and DTX divisions aboard a Honda CRF450.

Sunday, 25 September 2016 10:51 Published in News


Spectacular Hayden Wins in the Wet

@WorldSBK •#SepangWorldSBK • @HondaWSBK •(May 15, 2016)- Honda World Superbike Team rider Nicky Hayden crossed the line in Sepang on Sunday to take his first ever win in World Superbike.

Sunday, 15 May 2016 07:45 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Development Work Continues for Repsol Honda Team on Day 2 of Malaysia Test

@HRC_MotoGP • @MotoGP • (February 2, 2016)-  Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took to the track this morning for the second day of testing at Sepang International Circuit, where Marc was quickly able to knock almost one and half seconds off his best lap from the opening day.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:32 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Marc Marquez Undergoes Successful Operation on Left Hand Fracture After Mountain Bike Crash‏

@MotoGP • (September 30, 2015)- Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez was operated on this morning at the Universitario Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona, to treat a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 08:26 Published in News


Casey Stoner returns to racing in 2015 Suzuka 8hr‏

Honda Racing Corporation are pleased to announce Casey Stoner's return to competition racing. The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007 and 2011) will form part of Honda's MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three person team at this year's Suzuka 8hr race, taking place on Sunday 26th July.

Casey, together with Honda's World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi, will be looking to clinch Honda's sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event which runs for eight hours consecutively where entrants (composed of two or more riders) alternate during pit stops.

Having recently renewed his testing contract with HRC, Casey tested the Suzuka CBR1000RR machine during January's Sepang test, reporting positively on the machine to Honda engineers.

Casey will have further opportunities to test the Honda machine on the 7th/8th and 14th/15th July.

Casey Stoner:

"After riding the bike in Sepang a few months ago, I've been speaking closely with Honda about the possibility to take part in Suzuka. It's always been an event I wanted to do and something I was never able to consider when I was racing in MotoGP, due to our busy schedules, so I'm really looking forward to taking part! The bike is very different to a MotoGP machine, but it will be a new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I've been used to in my racing to this point. I've been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season and Takumi Takahashi has a lot of experience on this machine, so I'm looking forward to hearing their comments and working together with them in preparation for the July race. Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race!"

Shuhei Nakamoto – HRC Executive Vice President:

"We are very happy that Casey agreed to take part in the 8hr with Honda. It will be great to see him back on a bike in a racing environment and I'm sure he will enjoy it. Together with van der Mark and Takahashi they form a strong team to compete in this endurance race – I'm excited to see how they will do."

Shigeki Honda – Team Principal MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO:

"This year, MuSASHi Racing Team HARC-PRO is aiming to win the Suzuka 8hr for the third consecutive year. In addition to our riders, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi, who together have celebrated the past two victories , we are very happy to invite the legendary Casey Stoner to join our team. Casey has an enjoyed an incredible career and achieved a huge amount of success. We believe that with his fantastic experience, coupled with our team's know how after many years of involvement at this event, we can make our dreams come true."

Michael van der Mark:

"The Suzuka 8 Hour race is such a special event for all the fans and the Japanese people and not many riders get the chance to take part, even though many would like to. I also know what an important event it is for Honda so it's a greathonorfor me to be asked to race the CBR1000RR once more, and this time with Casey as our teammate! The testing and race schedule is quite tough to combine with the World Superbike Championship but I really enjoy riding at Suzuka so I'm very happy to make time for it. The bike is very different to my World Superbike CBR but it's easy to ride so it's not big problem to change. I've had two fantastic years with a great team and it would be really nice and something quite special to get a hat-trick of wins."

Takumi Takahashi:

"The Suzuka 8hr this year means a lot to me and my team since our goal is to win for a third consecutive year, and I'm even more excited to take part together with Casey. Nonetheless, we know our rivals are all set to beat us, so I know it will not be easy to accomplish this goal. I will try to get the best out of the remaining few tests so that we will be able to run the 8hr race as fast as possible without any mistakes. We guarantee to demonstrate our extreme professionalism and excitement to those who will come to Suzuka to support us!"

 

From: Honda Racing Corporation

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Friday, 27 March 2015 13:50 Published in News


Marquez 2nd/ Pedrosa 6th on Day Two in Qatar‏

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed a productive second day at the Qatar pre-season test.

Monday, 16 March 2015 21:49 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Testing Resumes In Malaysia Under Intense Weather‏

The second Sepang test has begun in Malaysia with the return of the customary thunderstorm at 16h00. All riders took to the track early this morning to get to work on their individual test schedules before taking a break at lunchtime as track temperatures reached 59ºC.

Monday, 23 February 2015 15:31 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Testing Resumes In Malaysia Under Intense Weather‏

The second Sepang test has begun in Malaysia with the return of the customary thunderstorm at 16h00. All riders took to the track early this morning to get to work on their individual test schedules before taking a break at lunchtime as track temperatures reached 59ºC.

Monday, 23 February 2015 15:31 Published in Reports, Results & Points