Torrance, CA: With the start of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship and AMA WMA Women's Motocross Championship only days away, American Honda Racing is primed and ready to take on the opening round in the series, the Hangtown Motocross Classic, held in Sacramento, CA, this Saturday, May 21.
Veteran Honda racer Kevin Windham joins American Honda Racing's Ashley Fiolek under the team's big red tent at the Motocross opener. Windham will contest the 450 class aboard a Honda Racing-prepared CRF450R, while two-time Women's champion Fiolek takes on the WMA class aboard her Honda CRF250R. American Honda Racing's Trey Canard and Josh Grant are both recovering from injuries suffered during the Supercross series and are on track to make their returns to racing early in the Motocross season.
Honda newcomer Chad Reed and his newly formed TwoTwo Motorsports team enjoyed the support of American Honda during the Supercross season, and Reed vied for the championship, coming away with the runner-up spot. The factory Honda team and TwoTwo Motorsports worked well together, and that cooperative effort continues into the Motocross Championship as Reed aims for his second 450-class title.
"We're really excited for the Motocross season to get underway," said American Honda Racing Team Manager Erik Kehoe. "Both Kevin and Ashley are riding well, and we anticipate a strong showing from both riders in Sacramento. In addition to supporting the American Honda Racing riders at Hangtown, the team is also looking forward to supporting Chad and his TwoTwo Motorsports team throughout the season. American Honda is lending its full support to Chad as he contests his first Motocross season on a Honda."
The Hangtown National will take place at Prairie City OHV Park in Rancho Cordova, CA. Gates open at 7 a.m. PDT and opening ceremonies begin at 12:40 p.m.