Honda Red Riders January racing highlights

Torrance, CA: The 2009 Supercross race season commenced at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Saturday January 3, and the Honda Red Riders rolled up ready to continue Honda's racing legacy. With five weekends of action-packed Supercross racing already in the history books, the Honda Red Riders have racked up four podium finishes aboard Honda's all new 2009 CRF450Rs and 2009 CRF250Rs.

At the opening round of the 2009 AMA Supercross Championship, Andrew Short kick-started Honda Red Bull Racing's 2009 Supercross campaign on his CRF450R, grabbing the second spot on the Anaheim one podium. The following week in Phoenix, it was teammate Ivan Tedesco who led the Honda charge, finishing just shy of the podium in fourth.

Returning to Angel Stadium on Saturday, January 17 for round three of the series, it was GEICO Powersports Honda's Kevin Windham who again put Honda on the podium, finishing in third on his CRF450R. Also gracing the stage at Anaheim two was Honda Red Bull Racing's newest team member Ashley Fiolek. The 2008 WMA Champion was welcomed to the stage and introduced to the enthusiastic Angel Stadium crowd as the first female athlete ever to earn a factory ride with American Honda.

The Houston Supercross marked the first round of the Supercross East Lites Championship and GEICO Powersports Honda's Brett Metcalfe piloted his CRF250R onto the podium, finishing second in his debut race for the Honda team. Alongside Metcalfe, champion Honda amateur racer Blake Wharton made his pro debut for GEICO Powersports Honda, finishing an impressive fifth.

The San Francisco Supercross marked the halfway point in the eight-round Supercross West Lites Championship and 2008 East Coast Champion Trey Canard made his first podium of the 2009 season, finishing third at round four of the Supercross West Lites Championship. Honda racers currently occupy four top-ten places in both Supercross and Supercross West Lites Championships, and three top-ten positions in the Supercross East Lites Championship. The Honda Red Riders return to Angel Stadium in Anaheim this Saturday February 7, to tackle round six of the Supercross Championship and round five of the Supercross West Lites Championship aboard Honda's CRF machines. Point Standings-Top Honda riders:

Supercross Point Standings
5th - Andrew Short 87
6th - Ivan Tedesco 73
7th - Kevin Windham 68
10th - Davi Millsaps 55

Supercross West Lites Championship Point Standings
5th - Chris Blose 56
7th - Dan Reardon 42
10th - Ben Evans 31
11th - Trey Canard 27

Supercross East Lites Championship Point Standings
2nd - Brett Metcalfe 22
5th - Blake Wharton 16
9th - Daniel Blair 12