Fresh from a double podium, Repsol Honda Team head to Austin for round three

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With teammate Cole Seely sidelined due to injuries sustained in a practice crash last week, Trey Canard was the sole Team Honda HRC rider at round 12 in Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium. After getting off to a mid-pack start and charging though the field, Canard rode to a fifth-place finish in the 20-lap main event. Meanwhile, fellow Red Rider Justin Bogle, of GEICO Honda, led in the race’s early going and eventually scored a sixth-place result, his best of the season so far.

NOTES

Two days before the Santa Clara race, Cole Seely suffered a hard crash while practicing at Southern California’s Milestone MX and chipped off a piece of his C7 vertebra. Seely didn’t travel to Santa Clara, and although his prognosis is not definitive, he’s currently expected to return in two to four weeks.

The evening before the race, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard, along with GEICO Honda riders Justin Bogle, Christian Craig, Jimmy DeCotis and Jordan Smith, visited Fremont Honda to hang out with fans and sign autographs. Before leaving, Canard pulled raffle tickets for six lucky fans, each of whom left with a set of tickets and pit passes for Saturday’s race, provided by Honda.

After checking out the dirt during the morning’s designated track walk, Canard opted to run hand guards on his CRF450R. “The dirt was pretty bad,” said mechanic Brent Presnell. “There were so many rocks, I knew we’d be putting hand guards on. It was almost like Vegas.”

For the first time, Canard opted to race while wearing Asterisk’s AC System, which is designed to open up a rider’s nostrils. “I ran them once at home for the first time and really liked them, so I decided today that I wanted to run them for the race too,” CanAfter scoring a victory and a third place, respectively, in Argentina, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa quickly packed up to head to Austin for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, round 3 of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.

Marc likes the track and have fond memories of it. He took his first premier-class victory at Austin in 2013, and he also won the following two years, even taking pole position on all three occasions. (He has actually won all the races held on U.S. soil since he joined the MotoGP ranks: three in Austin, three in Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca).

Dani also likes the Texan track as he completed the 1-2 for Repsol Honda in 2013 and 2014, whereas he didn’t take part last year’s race due to having recently undergone surgery to fix arm-pump issues; he was substituted by HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

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