2008 Honda Red Bull Racing
Table of Contents
    4      Honda Red Bull Racing Overview
    10     Why We Race
    13     Honda Red Bull Racing Facts
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Honda Red Bull Racing Overview

A legacy of winning gains new energy in 2008 with the addition of Red Bull as team title s...
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BenTOWNLEY 101




AndrewSHORT 29

                                 DaviMILLSAPS 118


                 IvanTEDESCO 9




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Tedesco has three titles in Lites classes to his credit. He will   panies are pioneers, both are truly global brands and b...
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Why We Race

At Honda, racing is the very soul of the company, a touchstone reaching back to our founder and the very foun...
Again, as lofty as these marks stand, they constitute only one   Rookie of the Year—by winning an amazing 14 of 16 races,
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Honda Red Bull Racing Facts

+   Honda riders have won 15 of the last 26 AMA Supercross (250cc two-stroke and 450cc four-s...
Sport Facts                                                            +   Maximum displacement allowed: In the Supercross...
Industry Facts
                                                               +   Number of U.S. households that own an of...
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The Sport

Two Arenas, One Sport
The AMA racing season is broken up into two different series, the Supercross and Motocros...
held inside large-capacity stadiums, and the tracks are sub-       determines the overall winner of each event. National t...
into steep jump faces and landing from huge 60- to 90-foot           suspension settings for CRF motocross machines sold t...
Honda Motocrossers: A Heritage of Excellence

Since its earliest beginnings, Honda has shaped its corporate identity by fo...
Because Honda had already infused production motorcycles with the latest technological innovations, the 1986
 rule present...
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At the Pinnacle: Honda CRF Motocrossers
For professional and amateur Honda racers, the right motocross tools
for the job h...
specific ignition maps—for First gear, Second gear, and Third      fourth-generation twin-spar aluminum frame, and the 250...
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DaviMILLSAPS
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Davi Millsaps

Given the spectacular rate at which Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps has rocketed to the upper echelon...
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turned really good lap times.” Once the Motocross season began, Millsaps’ lap times were indeed good
enough to collect num...
Indeed. For this young racer, being away from competition for such an extend-
 ed period only has made him hungrier than e...
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DAVIMILLSAPS

                             STATISTICS
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AndrewSHORT
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Andrew Short

Frankly, most people figured Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short had two strikes against him before the 200...
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class was all about and get as much seat time as possible before the outdoor
nationals started.”


Most people don’t under...
“I think the biggest thing about moving up to the Motocross class was riding against the most experienced riders
 in the w...
ANDREWSHORT

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IvanTEDESCO
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Ivan Tedesco

By his own accounting, Ivan Tedesco couldn’t ask for a better spot than the seat he currently occupies. “Bei...
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“Starting the way I did from a grassroots level in Albuquerque makes me appreciate everything
I’ve got now. I didn’t come ...
“And having Jeremy McGrath around as part of Honda Red Bull Racing dur-
 ing testing is great. He’s definitely a huge help...
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IVANTEDESCO

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BenTOWNLEY
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Ben Townley

You may think professional motocross racers are a jaded bunch who take top-flight machinery for granted, but ...
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wide range of power, and that makes it easy to ride. And the brakes on the CRF250R are unreal! That
was the very first thi...
“It was exciting leaving home; at the time I couldn’t wait to go. Then once I got over there,
 it was the middle of winter...
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BENTOWNLEY

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The Team Behind the Team

       Chuck Miller, Manager, Motorcycle Sports
       Multiple Baja champion and ISDE gold meda...
Andrea Mollica, Race Team Administrator                               Riders rely on White working on the team’s special p...
Supercross crowns, two World Supercross championships and             Carlos Rivera, Race Technician for Davi Millsaps
thr...
Frank Latham, Race Technician for Ivan Tedesco                         Team Honda’s all good; everyone wants to help and w...
and discovered early on he had a knack for wrenching. After     Dave Chase, Engine Research and Development Engineer
worki...
have always had the best equipment, the best bikes and the           setups, having worked in the industry for more than t...
Tom Jobe, Race Team Fabricator                                       10-month SX/MX racing season across the USA from circ...
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2008 Team Sponsors

 Red Bull Energy Drink
 Adding even more prestige to the American Honda racing team is the new title s...
Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals                                       Members-only Clubhouse Web site.
 Pro Honda® Oils and C...
sponsor.                                                          championship-winning fuels dates
D.I.D                  ...
enters its ninth year with the Honda team.
                             Sunline Performance Components
                   ...
Honda motocross squad.                                           heavy load for a clutch to bear. Hinson Racing® clutch co...
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Honda Race Results: The Winningest Team in History

Honda’s racing legacy has driven the company to greatness since its in...
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1973                                  1978                              1982
250cc National: 1st–G. Jones          250cc S...
1986                                               1990                                                1995
 250cc Supercr...
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250cc Supe...
Others


                             1983 Wrangler Grand National Championship–D. Bailey
                             198...
2008 AMA Supercross Schedule

January                                                March
5   Angel Stadium of Anaheim, A...
2008 AMA Motocross Schedule
 May                                               July
 25 Glen Helen Raceway Park, San Berna...
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  1. 1. 2008 Honda Red Bull Racing
  2. 2. Table of Contents 4 Honda Red Bull Racing Overview 10 Why We Race 13 Honda Red Bull Racing Facts 14 Sport and Industry Facts 16 The Sport 20 Honda Motocrossers: A Heritage of Excellence 28 Davi Millsaps 40 Andrew Short 52 Ivan Tedesco 64 Ben Townley 76 The Team Behind the Team 84 2008 Team Sponsors 90 Honda Race Results: The Winningest Team in History 97 2008 AMA Supercross Schedule 98 2008 AMA Motocross Schedule 99 2008 Honda Red Bull Racing Image Guide 2 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  5. 5. Honda Red Bull Racing Overview A legacy of winning gains new energy in 2008 with the addition of Red Bull as team title sponsor Honda Red Bull Racing represents the very apex of profes- best team in the business. Such rarified conditions attract sionalism in racing. Over the 36-year history of AMA National the best riders in the sport, as evidenced by our 2008 roster. Motocross and into the advent of Supercross in the USA, Honda has won more races and championships than any The 2008 team boasts four riders who literally set the pace other manufacturer. Since this amazing beginning, American on the racetrack, starting with Andrew Short, who demon- Honda motocross teams have won a record 55 AMA strated incredible grit in 2007 when he battled back from Motocross and Supercross championships. Beyond that, injury to nearly capture the Motocross title by season’s end. Honda riders have won 15 of the last 26 AMA Supercross Short rides a CRF450R in both the Supercross and championships, including nine Supercross titles in a row, Motocross series, and joining him in both classes once plus had two perfect seasons in Motocross—unprecedented again will be Davi Millsaps, who earned the 2006 East accomplishments that tower above all others. Supercross Lites Championship. So it comes as no surprise that here you’ll find the best New to the team are two young but already accomplished engineering producing the best equipment tuned by the riders, Ivan Tedesco and Ben Townley. At 26 years of age, Honda Red Bull Racing 5
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  9. 9. Tedesco has three titles in Lites classes to his credit. He will panies are pioneers, both are truly global brands and both also ride the CRF450R in the Supercross and Motocross share a passion and commitment to powersports. The syn- divisions in 2008. Townley is but 23 years old, yet he is ergistic pairing of Honda and Red Bull will bring added already a world traveler and accomplished champion. excitement and exposure to the team, and to motorcycle Hailing from New Zealand, Townley has claimed an MX2 racing as a whole. Motocross World Championship and the 2007 AMA East Supercross Lites crown as well. He will compete in “We enthusiastically welcome Red Bull as a partner in the Supercross Lites aboard Honda’s CRF250R and switch to the AMA Supercross and Motocross paddocks,” said American potent CRF450R for the Motocross season. Honda Motorcycle Sports Manager Chuck Miller. “Red Bull has contributed a tremendous amount of excitement to Adding even more prestige to this powerhouse team is the motorcycle racing, and we are thrilled to have the opportu- new title sponsor for 2008, Red Bull energy drink. The part- nity to partner with them and collectively elevate the profile nership of Honda and Red Bull is a perfect match. Both com- of motorcycle racing to a new, higher level.” Honda Red Bull Racing 9
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  11. 11. Why We Race At Honda, racing is the very soul of the company, a touchstone reaching back to our founder and the very foundations of the company. Soichiro Honda formed the Honda Motor Company in 1948. One year later, World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix racing was born, and soon the histories of both entities would become forever intertwined. Ever the visionary, in 1954 Mr. Honda issued a challenge to and Honda chalks up its 600th GP victory, an achievement the racing world: “My childhood dream was to be a motor- far surpassing that of every other motorcycle manufacturer sport world champion with a machine built by myself. I here in the world. avow my definite intention that I will participate in the TT races, and I proclaim with my fellow employees that I will Impressive as this heritage of GP victory is, Honda has also pour in all my energy and creative powers to win.” earned 100 AMA national titles—including the 2006 East Supercross Lites crown and its fourth consecutive AMA An impossible dream? Hardly. A mere five years later, Formula Xtreme road-racing championship in 2007—and Honda entered the prestigious Isle of Man TT for the very has amassed a record-setting 18 Baja 1000 victories. Not to first time. And two years after that—a blink of an eye by mention taking both the World Superbike and World racing development standards—Honda captured its first Supersport crowns in 2007. Name the racing discipline, and World GP race win on April 23, 1961. Fast-forward to 2005, you’ll find a collection of Honda championships. Honda Red Bull Racing 11
  12. 12. Again, as lofty as these marks stand, they constitute only one Rookie of the Year—by winning an amazing 14 of 16 races, area of excellence. After expanding from motorcycle to auto- including a first-through-seventh sweep of the legendary Indy mobile production, Honda once more set its sights on the 500 and 1-2-3 sweeps at the Michigan International Speedway highest goal—that of World Grand Prix auto racing—and soon and California Speedway rounds. achieved success within that stratospheric level of competi- tion. In 1966, Honda-powered cars won the Formula 1 and Honda’s unabated passion for motorsports continues to fuel Formula 2 GP Championships. After a 10-year hiatus from rac- the company’s dreams in the new millennium. As one journal- ing, Honda entered the F1 arena once again in the 1980s, and ist said of Mr. Honda, “He went racing because he loved it; it by 1992 it had amassed six Constructors Championships, five was in his blood. And what made Honda successful was that it Drivers Championships and 71 Grand Prix victories—an amaz- was a company led by engineers.” ing achievement. This drive to conquer new engineering challenges, whether on Having made its mark in F1, Honda next set its sights on the the racetrack or in the production of consumer products, con- American racing scene in CART and IndyCar events. It quickly tinues to forge the soul of Honda Motor Company. Racing earned its first CART race win in 1995, then went on to domi- inspires new heights of creativity at Honda, dismissing tradi- nate the sport with five consecutive Drivers Championships by tional solutions in the unceasing search for new designs. This the close of the 2000 season. And in the 2004 IndyCar Series, long-standing and deep-seated passion for racing and excel- Honda swept all three major championships—the lence continues to power Honda to create the dreams of today, Manufacturers Championship, Drivers Championship and dreams that will appear as the innovations of tomorrow. 12 Honda Red Bull Racing
  13. 13. Honda Red Bull Racing Facts + Honda riders have won 15 of the last 26 AMA Supercross (250cc two-stroke and 450cc four-stroke) championships, including a run of nine Supercross titles in a row. + Total number of AMA Supercross, Supercross Lites, Motocross, Motocross Lites and 500cc Outdoor National titles captured by American Honda: a record 55. + It takes two semis to house all the equipment needed for the team’s four riders and race-team staff. + First year Honda made a production motocross bike: 1973, CR250M Elsinore. + First AMA 250 National Champion: 1973, Gary Jones, Honda CR250M Elsinore. + First production Honda CR125M: 1974. + First AMA 125 National Champion: 1974, Marty Smith, Honda CR125M Elsinore. + First AMA Supercross title for Honda: 1982, Donnie Hansen. + Number of hours to prepare a Honda racebike between events: 16 to 24. + Annual miles driven to transport the team equipment: 35,000. Honda Red Bull Racing 13
  14. 14. Sport Facts + Maximum displacement allowed: In the Supercross Lites + The first Supercross was held inside the Los Angeles and Motocross Lites classes, racers may run a two-stroke Coliseum in 1972. engine displacing no more than 125cc or a four-stroke engine no larger than 250cc in displacement. The + Number of spectators who attended a Supercross event in Supercross and Motocross classes allow two-stroke 2007: nearly a million. engines up to 250cc and four-stroke engines no larger than 450cc. + Supercross now boasts the second-highest motorsports fan base in the United States, trailing only NASCAR + Length of an average race: Supercross Lites (125cc two- in popularity. stroke and 250cc four-stroke) features 15-lap main events, and Supercross (250cc two-stroke and 450cc four-stroke) + Supercross: Indoor racecourses built on baseball/football- races run 20-lap mains. Motocross Lites and Motocross stadium floors. Supercross tracks are completely man- entail two races per class in a day, each lasting 30 made courses designed with big jumps and other minutes, plus two final laps in both classes. obstacles that place an emphasis on timing. + Motocross: Outdoor tracks that measure approximately a mile or longer in length and utilize the natural topography of the land, along with built-up jumps and obstacles. 14 Honda Red Bull Racing
  15. 15. Industry Facts + Number of U.S. households that own an off-road motorcycle: approximately 1 million. + What is a moto? The term moto can be used interchangeably with the word race when referring to the + Number of off-highway motorcycles sold in the U.S. in AMA Motocross Championship Series. 2006: more than 3,000,000 units, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). + What does the term SX mean? SX is an abbreviation for Supercross. + Dollar sales of new off-highway motorcycles in the U.S.: over $1 billion per year (source: MIC). + What does the term MX mean? MX is an abbreviation for motocross. + Amount of money a family of four (two adults and two children) will spend on the purchase of new off-highway + Stadium whoops: A long series of stutter bumps on a motorcycles, a trailer and appropriate riding gear: Supercross track. $18,000-$19,000. Honda Red Bull Racing 15
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  17. 17. The Sport Two Arenas, One Sport The AMA racing season is broken up into two different series, the Supercross and Motocross Championships. The season starts in January with the 17-round AMA Supercross Series, followed immediately by the kickoff of the 12-round AMA Motocross season. Beginning in 2006, new class names were set in place for finale held in Las Vegas, Lites competitors from both regions both racing series. The new names no longer relied on face off in a Supercross Lites East/West Shootout. displacement to define classes; instead they defined each class within the overall championship in a clear, more easily Similarly, the AMA Motocross Championship re-titled its understood manner. And so the AMA Supercross Series classes as AMA Motocross and AMA Motocross Lites. There renamed its two classes as AMA Supercross (for 250cc two- are no regional competitions in Motocross Lites; both class- stroke and 450cc four-stroke machinery) and AMA es run the entire 12-round series, consisting of 24 motos per Supercross Lites (for 125cc two-stroke and 250cc four-stroke class. The Motocross class commands the top professionals equipment). As in past years, the Supercross Lites season is of the sport, while the Lites division often features the stars divided into two regional series, East and West. At the series of tomorrow. Supercross vs. Motocross A sibling of the original Motocross format, Supercross is Honda Red Bull Racing 17
  18. 18. held inside large-capacity stadiums, and the tracks are sub- determines the overall winner of each event. National tracks are stantially shorter, producing lap times right at or just under a usually laid out over large parcels of land in rural areas, utilizing minute long. Through a series of heat races, 20 riders earn a natural terrain with some man-made obstacles. These grueling transfer spot to the Supercross class main event, while 22 rid- courses demand more physical and mental stamina than ers fill the Supercross Lites main-event card. Supercross riders Supercross racing. Extreme heat and humidity also add to the earn points only in the main event; in Motocross, riders can challenge because most of the races are staged in summer. earn points in each of two motos. Supercross main events run 20 laps, and 15 laps comprise the Supercross Lites main event. Fine-Tuning Machines to Meet Different Demands Because of the contrast in track design and configuration, the The 36-year-old AMA Motocross Championship typically setup on the Honda CRF four-stroke racebikes differs signifi- involves 12 rounds consisting of two motos per class— cantly between Supercross and Motocross events. Supercross Motocross and Motocross Lites. Each moto is 30 minutes plus circuits contain big jumps, which necessitate stiffer suspension two laps in length. A combined high score for both motos settings to fend off the huge g-forces created when slamming 18 Honda Red Bull Racing
  19. 19. into steep jump faces and landing from huge 60- to 90-foot suspension settings for CRF motocross machines sold to the jumps. Tire-swallowing whoops also mandate stiffer suspen- public follow outdoor-style Motocross suspension settings. sion settings compared to outdoor Motocross. Power delivery also differs quite drastically between In contrast to Supercross, Motocross tracks are long, high- Supercross and Motocross machines. Supercross calls for speed affairs littered with axle-deep ruts and nasty square-edge huge bursts of power and quick acceleration to clear towering bumps that can toss a rider around like a rag doll. Because of its triple jumps in a split second. Motocross requires a broader rough nature, Motocross demands suspension settings that power delivery that yanks the bike from muddy, rutted corners yield a plusher initial ride and more responsive action to allow and rips it along high-speed straights or up power-robbing the wheels and tires to soak up bumps. Because Supercross is a hills. Honda’s racing technicians fine-tune power delivery by specialized environment catering almost altering ignition timing, exhaust systems and exclusively to professional rac- gearing, in addition to making internal ing, Honda’s standard engine modifications. Honda Red Bull Racing 19
  20. 20. Honda Motocrossers: A Heritage of Excellence Since its earliest beginnings, Honda has shaped its corporate identity by forging perfection into its products. Case in point: The hotly contested arena of motocross competition serves as the perfect crucible for advancing the state of the art, as production- based machines battle handlebar to handlebar under torturous operating conditions. However, understand that Honda’s commitment to motocross racing represents only one portion of the company’s legendary winning ways. From its upstart beginnings in 1948, Honda developed into national Motocross and Supercross titles, a seemingly a worldwide power with stunning rapidity. The company unassailable record. earned its first-ever World GP race win in international motorcycle road racing in 1961, and earned World Grand Unparalleled Technology Prix auto racing championships only five years later—a American motocrossers were not always built around pro- meteoric rise in two unique and elite arenas. That same duction machines. At the onset of professional motocross competitive drive led Honda to win the first-ever AMA racing in the U.S., manufacturers were allowed to race spe- (American Motorcyclist Association) 250 National cial hand-built, one-off race machines known as “works” Motocross championship in 1973. Now celebrating more bikes. Beginning in 1986, however, the AMA mandated use than three decades of dominance, the Honda line of of production-based motorcycles that were also available to motocross machines has earned an unparalleled 55 major the general public. Honda Red Bull Racing 21
  21. 21. Because Honda had already infused production motorcycles with the latest technological innovations, the 1986 rule presented no impediment to winning: Honda swept all four major titles that year, placed second in three classes and filled out the standings with third-place finishes in two of the four classes. The playing field may have been leveled, but Honda’s uncompromising engineering standards gave its riders an unparalleled advan- tage while also placing cutting-edge technology into the hands of the average consumer—a benefit that contin- ues to this day. The Shift From Two-Strokes to Four-Strokes For more than three decades, two-stroke-powered motocrossers dominated the motocross scene, but the advent of new four-stroke technology marked a sea change throughout the industry. As the new millennium settled in, 250cc four-stroke bikes and big-bore 450cc four-stroke machines became the norm, which led the AMA to rename its racing classes as Supercross and Supercross Lites and Motocross and Motocross Lites. Ricky Carmichael emphatically completed the four-stroke revolution by winning every moto in the 2004 season on the Honda CRF450R. In 2004, Honda’s all-new CRF250R four-stroke rolled out of the factory truck and took its first-ever Supercross win early in the season. The following year, Red Rider Andrew Short and the CRF250R racked up third overall in the 125 West Supercross Series and second overall in the 125 National Motocross Series. And young gun Davi Millsaps handily won the 2006 East Supercross Lites Championship armed with his Team Honda CRF250R. 22 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  24. 24. At the Pinnacle: Honda CRF Motocrossers For professional and amateur Honda racers, the right motocross tools for the job have never been better. Thanks to ongoing progress pio- neered by the race team, Honda engineers have introduced some inno- vative technology that expands the performance envelope of the 2008 CRF250R and CRF450R. Specifically, both machines now come equipped with the Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD), a new application of steering damper technology designed specifically to augment more aggressive steering characteristics rather than merely assist straight-line running, as has been the case with steering dampers in past applications. HPSD is at the core of a whole new package of changes in chassis geometry that allows the CRF450R and CRF250R to adopt new, more aggressive steer- ing characteristics for quicker turning, higher cornering speeds, an unprecedented “planted” feeling in the corners, and superb confidence over rough sections and long stretches of whoops. In addition, the CRF450R boasts a new, lighter CDI with three gear- Honda Red Bull Racing 25
  25. 25. specific ignition maps—for First gear, Second gear, and Third fourth-generation twin-spar aluminum frame, and the 250 through Fifth gears—to produce optimum traction and power retains its distinctive dual-muffler system, which is designed to delivery under a wide range of riding conditions. The CRF450R improve handling while also enhancing power. also features numerous engine mods for better power in 2008, including a tapered exhaust head pipe to enhance low-end and Technology for Today—and the Future midrange power. In addition, trick works-type brake rotors Just as Honda’s commitment to excellence has led to 55 front and rear reduce unsprung weight significantly, revised national Motocross and Supercross championships, its relent- fork settings yield a more sophisticated action and revised set- less quest for innovation has led to technological advance- tings in the rear shock complement changes to the fork. ments that directly benefit all riders. Honda engineers and race technicians strive to arm racers, from novice to national The CRF250R also boasts significant changes for 2008, includ- champions, with state-of-the-art performance. These advance- ing a host of engine modifications. These include a new piston ments would not occur without the collective effort of the with a higher 13.1:1 compression ratio, a new camshaft, entire race team. revised head porting, lighter valve train components that help boost rev limits to 13,500 rpm and a new exhaust system that Honda Racing has amassed a wealth of national motocross increases power output. Like the 450, the CRF250R gets trick championships. Its riders, equipped with the highest-tech works-type brake rotors front and rear that increase power and motocross machines ever made, are destined to add to that reduce unsprung weight, and revised fork and shock settings. total. It’s a winning combination that will propel Honda riders, The 250R and 450R both incorporate Honda’s well-proven amateurs and professionals alike, to new heights in 2008. 26 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  31. 31. Davi Millsaps Given the spectacular rate at which Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps has rocketed to the upper echelon of Supercross and Motocross racing in America, it’s a bit difficult to remember he’s just reaching 20 years of age in 2008. In 2006 the teenaged Millsaps joined Honda and won a championship on his CRF250R right out of the chute: the East Supercross Lites crown. “I had a blast racing Supercross in 2006,” he said after achieving that milestone. “You know, the confidence I built up was unbelievable.” When asked what that experience felt like, crossing the fin- team is always on top of the game. They are totally commit- ish line to win his first pro championship, he said, “I thought ted to winning. They know how to win championships.” about how I’d been dreaming about that moment for so long, since I started racing. And when I crossed the finish Next, in a move that runs counter to the typical growth line, I thought, ‘Oh, my God. I did it! I won the champi- curve for budding MX superstars, Millsaps immediately tran- onship.’ And I knew I’d be in the record books. sitioned midyear to a new, larger bike to contest the entire outdoor Motocross series aboard Honda’s potent CRF450R. “That’s definitely one of the biggest advantages of being a Millsaps explained, “I’m a big guy, physically speaking. member of the Honda Red Bull Racing team; instead of hav- When I first got on the CRF450R, immediately I felt really ing two guys, you have six guys working on your bike. The good. It’s an amazing bike; right away, I went out there and Honda Red Bull Racing 33
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  33. 33. turned really good lap times.” Once the Motocross season began, Millsaps’ lap times were indeed good enough to collect numerous top-three finishes and third place overall by season’s end. All in all, 2006 turned out to be quite an auspicious debut for the Honda newcomer, while also serving as a huge state- ment attesting to the capabilities of both the Honda CRF250R and the CRF450R. Davi Millsaps had well and truly arrived in the big show, but the vicissitudes of racing were about to catch up with him. Seemingly poised to make a big run toward dual championships in 2007, Millsaps never saw that oppor- tunity really gain traction. “After the outdoor season ended in 2006, I started training for the 2007 Supercross opener. I felt really good, the best I’d ever felt on the bike in my life; I was on top of my game. But then I made one little mistake in practice. I came into the whoops wrong and came out with a broken femur. When I finally got back to racing Supercross in Atlanta in February, I wasn’t in shape but the season turned out to be OK toward the end. And then—I got hurt again.” Yes, once again injury struck, this time in an unexpected quarter. “I was trying to get into race mode for the Motocross season because I felt like I was going to be really good outdoors,” Millsaps said. “But when I crashed at the last Supercross round in Las Vegas, I believe that’s when I injured my ear. I kept getting dizzy and finally decided to go to the doctor. They told me I had a hole in my inner ear and that I needed to have surgery. It turned out that 2007 was a bad year for me, but I’m looking forward to the 2008 season.” Honda Red Bull Racing 35
  34. 34. Indeed. For this young racer, being away from competition for such an extend- ed period only has made him hungrier than ever to get back into the fray. And he’s coming well prepared with the Honda Red Bull Racing–prepped CRF450R. “I really like the bike, and the Honda team works really hard. I can’t thank them enough for helping me and being behind me the whole time I was hurt. Honda’s CRF450R is an amazing bike, and it’s the bike to be on for sure. The power of the CRF450R is so strong. It’s a great bike, and I’m very happy to be racing it. “That’s part of the advantage of being on the Honda Red Bull Racing team. You’ve got this tremendous support system. They’re trying new things every week, week in and week out, and sometimes I say, ‘Geez, can’t we just stay with what we have?’ And they say, ‘No. We think this is better.’ And I try it, and sure enough, it turns out to be better. So it’s really cool to have a company that ded- icated to winning. That’s part of racing at this level; you’ve always got to move ahead. You can’t just stay there and think that what you have is good enough. That’s a major advantage to being on Honda Red Bull Racing for sure—you’re always definitely moving ahead.” 36 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  36. 36. DAVIMILLSAPS STATISTICS 2007 15th AMA Supercross Series 2004 12th AMA Motocross Series 9th AMA 125 East Supercross Series (shortened seasons due to injury) 8th AMA 125 National Motocross Series 2006 1996-2003 1st AMA East Supercross Lites Series 9 AMA Amateur National Championships 3rd AMA Motocross Series 2003 AMA Horizon’s Award 2005 3rd AMA 125 East Supercross Series 1st AMA 125 East/West Supercross Shootout 8th AMA 125 National Motocross Series PROFILE BORN: Feb. 15, 1988, Orlando, FL HOBBIES: Basketball, taking my boat out on the lake RESIDENCE: Tallahassee, FL HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0”/185 pounds NATIONAL #: 118 MARITAL STATUS: Single BEGAN RIDING: 1991, age 3 CURRENT RACEBIKE: Honda CRF450R FIRST RACE: 1992, age 4 MECHANIC: Carlos Rivera TRAINING: Motocross, gym 38 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  42. 42. Andrew Short Frankly, most people figured Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short had two strikes against him before the 2007 season began. He was moving up from a lightweight Honda CRF250R to a power-laden CRF450R to enter the most competitive classes in the world, AMA Supercross and Motocross, and he was also on the rebound from knee surgery. Talk about a stacked deck! But fast-forward to the end of the Motocross season; Short and helping us get to a good setting so we can get the most found himself right in the hunt for the national champi- out of our Honda CRF racebikes on every lap. onship. Although he narrowly missed capturing his first crown, finishing the season in third place overall, the 2007 “I knew 2007 was going to be a different year for me season became an incredible triumph for the young Honda because I was moving up to a new class and I had the Red Rider. injury. It was pretty extensive—a six-month injury in terms of recovery time. I knew I’d join the Supercross series late and “So much of this is being with the Honda Red Bull Racing I’d come in a bit behind the curve compared to the other team,” said Short. “We have the best bikes and great techni- guys as far as my conditioning was concerned. But I had cal support to develop settings that are close right off the tons of support from Honda and everyone on the team, so I bat. And we have Jeremy McGrath developing and testing just tried to get in there and mix it up, see what that new Honda Red Bull Racing 45
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  44. 44. class was all about and get as much seat time as possible before the outdoor nationals started.” Most people don’t understand that a racer’s recovery from injury is much more complex than simply healing physically. Short explained, “There’s nothing that replaces seat time at a race, even riding at a practice track. You can ride for months on end and get to the race, and you’re going to feel uncomfortable and the surroundings are going to be different. You can’t duplicate the butterflies or anything like that. So being off the bike was hard enough, and then not racing compounded the situation. It was tough, but that’s part of racing.” That’s vintage Andrew Short. He’s the kind of guy who simply puts his head down and goes to work, no complaints. But for racers at this level, nothing is truly sim- ple. “Moving up a class was a whole big adjustment for me, especially with the injury,” he said. “It wasn’t so much about the bike; the Honda CRF450R is great. It was being with new riders, and the race itself was five laps longer and everything was different. I was pretty much out of my comfort zone, so it all seemed like chaos to me. But it all just became natural as the season wore on. Honda Red Bull Racing 47
  45. 45. “I think the biggest thing about moving up to the Motocross class was riding against the most experienced riders in the world. Before I was with the young kids who were going for broke. So the style of racing in the 450 class is different: Everyone’s more calculated. They don’t make nearly as many mistakes, and in raw speed they’re faster, but also their endurance from the green flag to the checkered flag is higher. And they’re not going to give under pressure. They’re not going to make mistakes when you get behind them or pass them, and they know what they’re doing. “I think Honda’s CRF450R as a stock bike is great, and it doesn’t take much to make it very competitive at the highest pro levels. The Honda Red Bull Racing team has had great riders in the past, and Erik Kehoe and Jeff Stanton can help you think your way through problems because they’ve got so much experience. And Jeremy McGrath does a lot of testing for our team, which is a huge help. He comes up with the initial setup that’s very close; by the time the Supercross season started, I had hardly changed anything. It was just me getting used to the bike and doing laps and getting back up to race speed. Once the outdoor season began I started to fine-tune it more for my style. “The whole 2007 season was a good learning experience, from getting on the Honda CRF450R for the first time, to the new riders I was up against, to the tracks and everything. I think as the season wore on we got better in all those aspects. Every week I kept getting a little better and I was learning. I’ve never been a real quick learner, but I definite- ly learn from my mistakes. I gained valuable seat time in a new class, and I think in 2008 with the Honda Red Bull Racing team I’ll be stronger as well.” 48 Honda Red Bull Racing
  46. 46. ANDREWSHORT STATISTICS 2007 2004 16th AMA Supercross Series 17th AMA 250 Supercross Series 3rd AMA Motocross Series 7th AMA 125 West Supercross Series 34th AMA 125 National Motocross Series 2006 2nd AMA West Supercross Lites Series 2003 1st AMA East/West Supercross Lites Shootout 30th AMA 250 Supercross Series 4th AMA Motocross Lites Series 3rd AMA 125 West Supercross Series 1st AMA 125 East/West Supercross Shootout 2005 11th AMA 125 National Motocross Series 22nd AMA 250 Supercross Series 3rd AMA 125 West Supercross Series 2002 2nd AMA 125 National Motocross Series 12th AMA 125 West Supercross Series PROFILE BORN: Nov. 28, 1982, Tulsa, OK HOBBIES: Road biking RESIDENCE: Smithville, TX HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’11”/170 pounds NATIONAL #: 29 MARITAL STATUS: Married, wife Jackie BEGAN RIDING: 1987, age 5 CURRENT RACEBIKE: Honda CRF450R FIRST RACE: 1987, age 5 MECHANIC: Jason Haines TRAINING: Road biking, motocross 50 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  52. 52. Ivan Tedesco By his own accounting, Ivan Tedesco couldn’t ask for a better spot than the seat he currently occupies. “Being part of Honda Red Bull Racing means you’re riding for the best of the best. It’s like playing baseball for the Yankees. It’s definitely something I’d always wanted to do, and I finally got the opportunity this year to come over and ride for them. It’s a great group of guys, and I’m really happy with my decision to join Honda.” New to the Honda Red Bull Racing factory squad for 2008, “Then we started racing in local races, and we began trav- Tedesco is an experienced rider now at the top of his game, eling more and more to attend amateur races in Colorado, but he broke into professional motocross the hard way. Texas and California to see where we were talent-wise compared to other amateur kids. When I was 12 or 13 “I grew up in Albuquerque and started riding when I was 8 years old, I began winning races and running up front at years old,” he said. “My dad didn’t race, but my brother and some of the amateur national races like Loretta Lynn’s; I—my brother is a year and a half older than I am—began that’s when I knew I had a talent for motocross. So I decid- riding for fun in the desert around Albuquerque. My brother ed that’s what I wanted to do with my life: become a pro and I pushed each other, and that’s how I first learned to motocross rider. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am ride. There was a whole bunch of us who grew up together today, a top-level rider on the best factory team in the in Albuquerque, so we had some pretty good guys to ride sport, Honda Red Bull Racing, and I couldn’t ask for a with—not a lot of racing, but a good group to practice with. better career. Honda Red Bull Racing 57
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  54. 54. “Starting the way I did from a grassroots level in Albuquerque makes me appreciate everything I’ve got now. I didn’t come straight into the factory teams. I started riding amateurs, then pro races, then got some help with satellite teams, and eventually worked my way up. I think that makes me appreciate my factory ride with Honda Red Bull Racing even more. I worked my way from the bottom to the top, so that definitely makes you appreciate it all the more.” Tedesco is quite an accomplished rider, having collected three Lites championships, two in Supercross and one outdoors. “It definitely helps my confidence, knowing that I’ve won some championships in the Lites class. Of course, now I want to win a championship in the big class. I think coming to Honda Red Bull Racing was a good move for me; the CRF450R is the best bike out there, and this is a great team with a long history of winning championships. Honda knows how to win, and it would be cool to win another title here someday.” That day might be fast approaching, as Tedesco’s transition to Honda Red Bull Racing, the crew and support system, and his new CRF450R has been about as seamless as possible. “As far as the bike is concerned, from the first day I was on it I felt really good about the Honda CRF450R, comfort-wise. I’m very happy about the way things have gone with testing. We have a huge level of technical support and have done a lot of good work with the bike; I feel it’s a bike I can defi- nitely win on. Honda Red Bull Racing 59
  55. 55. “And having Jeremy McGrath around as part of Honda Red Bull Racing dur- ing testing is great. He’s definitely a huge help; he’s a very smart guy with regard to bike setup, and he gives us riding tips here and there. He’s won eight championships, and you don’t do that by accident, so obviously he’s a good guy to have around.” Perhaps best of all, because the Honda Red Bull Racing pilot fully appreciates his status on the premier team in the paddock, he’s more than willing to build up the sport as much as he can at the fan level, especially with young riders. “I think it’s cool when kids come up to me at races, because I was one of those kids at one time, looking up to McGrath, Jeff Stanton and all those guys. So I think it’s cool to spend time with kids at races, sign autographs and encourage them, because you never know who’s going to make it. Look where I came from, desert riding in Albuquerque, and I worked up to the pro level and ultimately landed a spot on the Honda Red Bull Racing team. So I think it’s a great opportunity for me to be able to give something back to the sport and just hang out with the fans whenever I can.” 60 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  57. 57. IVANTEDESCO STATISTICS 2007 2004 5th AMA Supercross Series 1st AMA 125 West Supercross Series 11th AMA Motocross Series 6th AMA 125 National Motocross Series (shortened season due to injury) 2003 2006 10th AMA 125 East Supercross Series 4th AMA Supercross Series 8th AMA 125 National Motocross Series 33rd AMA Motocross Series (shortened season due to injury) 2002 Motocross of Nations Team USA Winner 3rd AMA 125 West Supercross Series 23rd AMA 125 National Motocross Series 2005 1st AMA 125 West Supercross Series 2001 1st AMA 125 National Motocross Series 5th AMA 125 West Supercross Series Motocross des Nations Team USA Winner 22nd AMA 125 National Motocross Series 2000 18th AMA 125 National Motocross Series PROFILE BORN: Aug. 12, 1981, Albuquerque, NM HOBBIES: Bicycling, wakeboarding, snowboarding RESIDENCE: Tallahassee, FL HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’9”/160 pounds NATIONAL #: 9 MARITAL STATUS: Married, wife Theresa BEGAN RIDING: 1989, age 8 CURRENT RACEBIKE: Honda CRF450R FIRST RACE: 1990, age 9 MECHANIC: Frank Latham TRAINING: Bicycling, running, weight training 62 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  64. 64. Ben Townley You may think professional motocross racers are a jaded bunch who take top-flight machinery for granted, but you won’t catch a whiff of that from Ben Townley. A 23-year-old Kiwi who is new to the Honda Red Bull Racing team, Townley has won championships on three continents. Yet his eyes still sparkle when he talks about his first ride on a Honda motocross bike—and a stock one at that! “When I was still in New Zealand and I knew I was coming And that was just the beginning. After settling into life on to ride on the Honda Red Bull Racing team, I got a stock the Honda Red Bull Racing team, things only got better for CRF450R and did some riding on my farm. I wanted to try Townley. “The ergonomics between the CRF450R and one before I arrived here in America and got my racebike CRF250R are pretty similar, so that has also worked out real from the team. well. Now that I have my racebikes, I’ve found that the size of my CRF250R also suits me well. The ergonomics are so “This was my first time on a Honda CRF, and I really enjoyed good it’s made it easy for me to jell with the bike, and I’m it—I couldn’t believe how good a stock bike could feel right really happy with that. out of the crate from a dealership! I felt like I fit it well, and that’s something that’s really important for me—I have to “On the track, Honda’s CRF250R chassis is really good for feel very comfortable on a bike if I’m going to do well, and it Supercross; it turns extremely well, and that makes life easi- felt right from day one.” er for me. It also has an engine that’s quite torquey, with a Honda Red Bull Racing 69
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  66. 66. wide range of power, and that makes it easy to ride. And the brakes on the CRF250R are unreal! That was the very first thing I noticed about the bike. I’m a big front-brake person, and I immediately noticed the CRF250R has huge braking power in the front. As a whole package the Honda CRF is an amazingly good bike for racing at the pro level.” Townley began racing while quite young and soon conquered everything in sight in his home coun- try, New Zealand. So it was time to broaden his horizons—at an astonishingly young age. “As a kid, growing up I loved racing,” he explained. “I was about six years old when I started racing. As I got older I watched Motocross and Supercross races on TV from America. It became a dream of mine to race in America. But being a rider from New Zealand, it’s pretty hard to find the way to get to the USA to race. “When I was 16, I got the opportunity to race for a team in Europe. So I took that opportunity and raced the World Championship Series. I was hoping if I did well in Europe, one day I’d get that plane ticket to America and a team here. It was a big step to go to the World Championships from New Zealand—the biggest step I’ve taken so far in my career. I was only 15 and had just finished second in the New Zealand championship, in my first year as a pro. To start from where I was in New Zealand to where I would be racing in Europe was a big leap, and it all happened within a matter of about six months. Honda Red Bull Racing 71
  67. 67. “It was exciting leaving home; at the time I couldn’t wait to go. Then once I got over there, it was the middle of winter in Europe! Once I got my routine, got going and got rolling, everything worked out. But that was a hard time right in the beginning. “I learned more in that first year than anything I’ve done in racing. I went from being nowhere to the top 10 in the world and then winning a World Championship, and that was a huge gap. I had a few hard times but never worried about being away because I knew where I wanted to be, which was America. I knew I had to keep my eye on the prize.” Now Townley has made the transition to America, collecting a Lites championship along the way before joining the Honda Red Bull Racing team. “I was working toward getting a ride with Honda for quite a while, and I feel the opportunity came at the right time. I have a few titles under my belt now, and I was looking to take another step forward. I think Honda Red Bull Racing is the place for me to be. In 2008 I’m shooting for a Lites Supercross Championship aboard the CRF250R. After that I’ll be on the Honda CRF450R for Motocross, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and making sure every race counts. If I can do that, then I hope to be in the championship hunt on the CRF450R as well.” 72 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  69. 69. BENTOWNLEY STATISTICS 2007 2004 1st AMA East Supercross Lites Series 1st FIM MX2 World Championship GP Series 2nd AMA Motocross Lites Series Other Accomplishments 2006 12 New Zealand National titles 24th AMA Motocross Lites Series (shortened season due to injury) 2005 3rd FIM MX1 World Championship GP Series PROFILE BORN: Dec. 9, 1984, Taupo, New Zealand HOBBIES: BMX, squash, mountain biking, golf, RESIDENCE: Tallahassee, FL PWC riding NATIONAL #: 101 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’9”/155 pounds BEGAN RIDING: 1990, age 6 MARITAL STATUS: Single FIRST RACE: 1990, age 6 CURRENT RACEBIKE: Honda CRF250R and CRF450R TRAINING: Cycling and mountain biking MECHANIC: Craig Behl 74 Honda Red Bull Racing
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  72. 72. The Team Behind the Team Chuck Miller, Manager, Motorcycle Sports Multiple Baja champion and ISDE gold medalist Chuck Miller possesses the knowledge and insight to build cham- pionship teams. His 24-year career with Honda underwrites his success as Manager of Honda Motorcycle Sports, a position he’s held for seven years. Much credit for the championships won during Miller’s tenure goes to his superb organizational skills and firsthand experience in winning races. Erik Kehoe, Motocross Team Manager Being a well-accomplished former professional motocross racer, Erik Kehoe understands exactly what his team needs to win championships. Kehoe’s experience and understanding come from what he learned throughout a 13-year professional racing career that came to a close in 1994. The learning didn’t stop there, as he immediately moved into a team-management role. In 2002 Kehoe joined Honda, and the rest is history—eight national champi- onships’ worth of history. Honda Red Bull Racing 77
  73. 73. Andrea Mollica, Race Team Administrator Riders rely on White working on the team’s special projects as Although she is charged with keeping a needed in all areas of development. His vast store of racing watchful eye on business at Honda Red Bull knowledge and experience is an invaluable asset to the team. Racing headquarters, Andrea Mollica’s pres- ence is felt at every race. She is the person Jeremy McGrath, Motocross Team Consultant/Test Rider every professional organization needs to How would you like to receive a racebike set make things flow smoothly; in short, she’s the go-to person. up by racing legend Jeremy McGrath? That’s A Honda associate for more than two decades, Mollica knows exactly the luxury Honda’s Red Riders enjoy how to coordinate everything from accounting to hotel reser- with McGrath working for the team in a testing and R&D role. vations to rider bonus checks. And she does it all with a dis- In addition, MC stays available to the riders at test tracks and armingly charming smile. races, lending his valuable insight and encouragement. With Cliff White, Chief Engineer—Special Projects 72 race wins, two 125-class championships, seven Supercross More than two decades of racing experience titles and a 250 outdoor crown, that’s some kind of coach. have given Cliff White an unparalleled repu- Jeff Stanton, Motocross Team Consultant tation. His mechanical prowess has helped Jeff Stanton offers the team plenty of net 11 national titles for such legendary championship-caliber insight. Just check out Honda champions as David Bailey, George his resume: three AMA 250cc National Holland and Jean-Michel Bayle. These days, Honda’s Red Motocross titles, three AMA 250cc 78 Honda Red Bull Racing
  74. 74. Supercross crowns, two World Supercross championships and Carlos Rivera, Race Technician for Davi Millsaps three Motocross des Nations appearances on behalf of the A 1992 graduate of MMI in Orlando, Carlos United States—all achieved while riding for Honda. Stanton Rivera enjoyed a diverse career in motorcy- helped set the bar for Red Rider excellence and intensity. Since cling before landing the job as Davi Millsaps’ retiring in 1994, he has worked at coaching riders in practice, mechanic nine years ago. A master mechanic in training and on race day. who later became a technician on a factory amateur program, Rivera’s career paralleled Millsaps’ rise to Lars Lindstrom, Race/Test Technician professional motocross. “I have always liked working on bikes. The son of motocross legend Gunnar After meeting Davi we hit it off, and the rest is history.” Rivera Lindstrom, Lars Lindstrom began as a test will again apply his tuning magic to Honda’s CRF450R. rider for the Honda team. He became a Race Technician in 2005 for the legendary Jeremy Jason Haines, Race Technician for Andrew Short McGrath and then wrenched for Kevin Jason Haines joined the Honda team after a Windham. Now he’s back in the test saddle and applying his three-year stint working with David Vuillemin. skills on behalf of the entire team, at undisclosed test tracks far Before he became a full-time mechanic, he away from the cheering fans, working to make the Honda Red rode in the expert class of off-road racing Bull Racing bikes better than ever. from 1985 to 1995. This real-world experi- ence plays a large role in the knowledge he brings to the team. He enjoys being a part of the team; his close proximity to the action satisfies his “itch” to be a part of the racing scene. Honda Red Bull Racing 79
  75. 75. Frank Latham, Race Technician for Ivan Tedesco Team Honda’s all good; everyone wants to help and we all want After working on the Factory Connection to win championships!” team for three years, Frank Latham got the call to join Honda Racing in 2006. The 2008 Shane Drew, Chassis/Suspension Engineer season will see Latham wrenching for one of Shane Drew has served as a mainstay in the newest members of Honda Red Bull working with the Red Rider squadron for Racing, Ivan Tedesco. “We’re looking toward a great year this more than a decade. Drew’s extensive year, and I’m excited about helping Ivan win a title. Honda has knowledge in chassis and suspension tuning always been the best at everything, and I think we’ll definitely and development dates back to the days of be in the championship hunt.” his own pro-level motocross career. His understanding of chassis and suspension setup is so good that Drew can often Craig Behl, Race Technician for Ben Townley predict the changes the Red Riders will need before they can If a close rapport with your mechanic leads to tell him—a huge asset, as any of them will attest. success, Ben Townley’s got it made—Craig Behl is the same mechanic Townley’s had his Bryce Carlson, Suspension Technician whole career. “I went to Europe with Ben New for 2008, Bryce Carlson works as the when he was 16, and we’ve worked together liaison among Honda Red Bull Racing, ever since. We get along great and he trusts me.” As to his new American Showa and Showa Japan. Carlson position with Honda Red Bull Racing, Behl says, “Being with grew up riding bikes in Southern California 80 Honda Red Bull Racing
  76. 76. and discovered early on he had a knack for wrenching. After Dave Chase, Engine Research and Development Engineer working at Pro Circuit he moved on to Showa and now the Dave Chase grew up in a motorcycling family Honda team. “Every day I continue to be impressed how the and raced in Baja and Hare & Hound events team runs such a professional shop and how everyone is so before coming to an important realization: “I committed to winning a championship,” he said. was better at working on bikes than at racing them,” he says with a smile. Beginning in Dan Betley, Engine Research and Development Engineer 1989, he worked with a number of factory and support efforts Having more than 20 years of motorcycle before joining the Honda team in December 2005. Chase industry experience, including more than a works directly with Dan Betley on engine development for the dozen years with Honda, Dan Betley knows CRF250R and CRF450R. what it takes to win at the highest levels. Betley earned three Supercross and three Dean Gibson, Research and Development Technician AMA National championships as a race-team mechanic This 17-year veteran of dirtbike racing is fine- assigned to Jeff Stanton’s efforts. Nowadays, Betley’s exten- tuned for success. In 1989, Dean Gibson sive hands-on racing experience goes toward furthering the turned wrenches for Phil Lawrence and hasn’t development of Honda’s stellar CRF250R and CRF450R. looked back since. He was a crew chief for motoracingworld.com in 2005, and in 2008 he will continue helping with the Honda team’s development of the awesome CRF250R. “I came to Honda to learn. They Honda Red Bull Racing 81
  77. 77. have always had the best equipment, the best bikes and the setups, having worked in the industry for more than two best team. I hope to help them win some races.” decades and garnering seven national championships along the way. “I like being in the position to bring young riders Shane Baxter, Testing Technician along with my suggestions and the experience I’ve gained. It’s A native of New Mexico, Shane Baxter great for me to be giving something back to the industry.” attended tech school in Phoenix and quickly found a position in American Honda’s service Brad Chapman, Motocross Parts Technician shop in Torrance, California, in 2004. Soon Imagine for a moment you’re a Honda Red he found himself in the right place at the right time and began Rider at the Daytona Beach, Florida, helping both the road-race and motocross teams with parts Supercross event and your Honda race coordination. Baxter now serves in the motocross testing machine is missing a crucial component. The department, maintaining test bikes and the test truck, making Honda race shop is on the other side of the sure everything is ready to go at a moment’s notice. country—what will you do? With Brad Chapman on the team, this scenario doesn’t happen. Chapman is the man charged Graeme Brough, Suspension Technician with ensuring that mechanics and riders always have what “I really enjoy working with the Honda they need as he monitors the team’s parts inventories. motocross team,” said transplanted Kiwi Graeme Brough. Fresh to the Honda fold last year, he’s well versed in racing suspension 82 Honda Red Bull Racing
  78. 78. Tom Jobe, Race Team Fabricator 10-month SX/MX racing season across the USA from circuit to Works motocross machines are a thing of the circuit, traveling in excess of 35,000 miles per year for the past, but there’s still a need for one-off parts Honda team. fabricated from scratch. For 38 years, Tom Jobe has made parts for all kinds of projects, Paul Cortez, Transporter Operator from land-speed-record cars to IndyCars. In The Honda team requires two 18-wheelers to 1997 Jobe was inducted into the NHRA Drag Racing Hall of help ensure that championships keep com- Fame for his innovative drag-racing efforts in the 1960s. Now ing Honda’s way. While one transporter in his 16th year with Honda, Jobe continues to fabricate beau- serves as the team’s technical base, the sup- tiful pieces for the Red Rider machines. port/hospitality rig driven by Paul Cortez serves an equally important role at the races. Cortez’s trans- Andy Holl, Transporter Operator porter gives the team and its sponsors, as well as VIPs and Andy Holl knows motocross and he knows media, a place to rest and replenish. Together the two rigs Hondas. Born and raised in upstate New make up a 36-wheel train known as the Red Rider Convoy. York, Holl was a dealership technician and later worked as a transport driver in Arenacross and for the BooKoo Honda Supercross/Motocross team. Most recently he was a transport driver for the Honda road-racing team. Holl now follows the Honda Red Bull Racing 83
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  80. 80. 2008 Team Sponsors Red Bull Energy Drink Adding even more prestige to the American Honda racing team is the new title sponsor for 2008, Red Bull® Energy Drink. The partnership of Honda and Red Bull is a perfect match. Both companies are pioneers, both are truly global brands and both share a passion and commitment to powersports. The synergistic pairing of Honda and Red Bull will bring added excitement and exposure to the team, and to motorcycle racing as a whole. Fox Racing An icon in the sport of motocross, Fox Racing® has been in the American motocross scene for three decades. This year marks its 15th as a primary Honda team sponsor. The company offers a wide variety of team-replica riding gear and sportswear for sale under license from American Honda. Showa Suspension components are of crucial importance in motocross, so it’s beneficial to have a strong, long- term relationship with your supplier. Honda and Showa® have celebrated countless championships over the years and will continue to bank on decades of experience to aid the Red Riders in 2008. Showa is also an OE supplier of suspension to Honda and other manufacturers as well. Honda Red Bull Racing 85
  81. 81. Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals Members-only Clubhouse Web site. Pro Honda® Oils and Chemicals has supported Dunlop Motorcycle Tires Honda’s motocross team for 27 years, supplying a A sponsor for more than two decades, full line of lubricant and motorcycle products. Dunlop® has contributed immeasurably to the Only Pro Honda products are approved by Honda R&D, and motocross team’s record 55 national titles. Dunlop has an they are available at Honda dealerships all across the country. unequaled win record in virtually every form of AMA racing, and this experience guarantees the best possible tires for the Honda Rider’s Club of America Honda team. So does working hand in hand with Honda’s fac- (HRCA) tory riders and technicians to develop cutting-edge tire tech- For 15 years as a motocross team nology for racers and casual off-road riders. sponsor, the Honda Rider’s Club of America® has offered its Members a wide variety of activities and services, such as spe- Renthal cial appearances, autograph sessions, pit tours, VIP hospitality Among manufacturers of handlebars and and even dinners with Honda’s racing teams. The HRCA® sprockets, only Renthal® can boast more boasts more than 650,000 Members and regularly offers them than 100 world and national champi- an inside look at Honda racing through its bimonthly member onships. Naturally, American Honda’s motocross team won publication, Honda Red Rider™ magazine, in addition to a many of those championships with Renthal, a 22-year team 86 Honda Red Bull Racing
  82. 82. sponsor. championship-winning fuels dates D.I.D back 29 successful years. Spokes, rims and drive chains take an Throttle Jockey unbelievable beating in the world of Rarely do graphics hold up to the professional motocross. That’s why the Honda team puts its abuse of professional motocross, but Throttle Jockey® has trust in D.I.D® to provide components that can take the con- found a formula for stunning-looking motorcycle graphics that stant abuse—and more. D.I.D has been a longtime sponsor appear as fresh and smooth on the victory lap as they did on and puts what it learns in competition into the OE products it the parade lap. A family-owned firm in Kokomo, Indiana, supplies to Honda and other manufacturers. Throttle Jockey has been a Honda team sponsor for eight years and sells the same durable kits to the public. VP Racing Fuels In addition to its Motocross and Twin Air Supercross titles with Team Honda, VP Twin Air®, one of the originators of oiled- Racing Fuels® also boasts several NHRA Pro Stock titles, plus foam air filters, has been racking up championships for more championships in off-shore, off-road, than 30 years. Last year marked another winning one for Twin circle-track and aviation competition. Although this year marks Air, raking in numerous titles from around the globe. The air-filter VP’s seventh as a team sponsor, its experience in blending company plans to garner more championships in 2008 as it Honda Red Bull Racing 87
  83. 83. enters its ninth year with the Honda team. Sunline Performance Components The roots of Sunline Performance Components® reach back to 1972 when Dave Ekins—now a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame—founded the company. While Ekins and motocross great Bob Hannah remain active in the company, Sunline now operates under the leadership of Eddie Cole and Greg Berg. Sunline continues to expand its offerings to the off-road motorcycle market, and it’s the official supplier of clutch and brake levers for the 88 Honda Red Bull Racing
  84. 84. Honda motocross squad. heavy load for a clutch to bear. Hinson Racing® clutch compo- Yoshimura nents not only handle the load, they also deliver the ultimate in The world of Motocross and Supercross off-road performance and reliability. In addition to the champi- demands cutting-edge four-stroke onships gained through its relationship with Honda, Hinson exhaust systems. Yoshimura®, the Racing has won titles in every major professional off-road series largest aftermarket exhaust manufactur- and expects to add more to its mantel with Honda in 2008. er in the world, has been building four-stroke exhaust systems since 1954. Racing is the force behind everything Yoshimura Renton Coil Spring does. Yoshimura R&D spends countless hours each year devel- Renton® Coil Spring (RCS) titanium oping racebike exhaust systems and building products for con- springs are quickly becoming the stan- sumers. As a sponsor and supplier to the Honda team, dard in racing circles, ranging from Yoshimura is committed to extending that leadership to the Snowcross to Formula 1 automobile racing and now motocross. podium. As a fifth-year sponsor of Team Honda, RCS will provide the Red Riders with the latest in titanium-spring design and manufactur- Hinson Racing ing technology. With more than 50 years of experience, RCS is The massive power produced by the more than qualified in supplying high-performance springs for Honda team’s factory engines is a demanding applications. Honda Red Bull Racing 89
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  86. 86. Honda Race Results: The Winningest Team in History Honda’s racing legacy has driven the company to greatness since its inception. Over the 36-year history of AMA National Motocross and Supercross, Honda has won more races and championships than any other manufacturer. American Honda won its first national motocross title in Since this amazing beginning, American Honda motocross 1973 when Gary Jones piloted Honda’s first production teams have won a record 55 AMA Motocross and motocrosser, the CR250M Elsinore, to a championship. Supercross championships. Beyond that, Honda riders have Honda came back the following year to win a second 250cc won 15 of the last 26 AMA Supercross championships, title with Jones, and it captured the first 125cc title with including nine Supercross titles in a row. No other team Marty Smith aboard Honda’s first 125cc motocross bike, the comes close to Honda’s impressive racing record. CR125M Elsinore. Honda Red Bull Racing 91
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  88. 88. 1973 1978 1982 250cc National: 1st–G. Jones 250cc Supercross: 2nd–M. Tripes 250cc Supercross: 1st–D. Hansen, 3rd–J. O’Mara 125cc National: 4th–S. Wise 125cc National: 2nd–J. O’Mara, 3rd–J. Gibson 1974 250cc National: 2nd–J. Ellis 250cc National: 1st–D. Hansen 125cc National: 1st–M. Smith 500cc National: 3rd–M. Smith 500cc National: 1st–D. Shultz, 2nd–C. Sun 250cc National: 1st–G. Jones 1979 1983 1975 250cc Supercross: 4th–S. Wise 250cc Supercross: 1st–D. Bailey, 3rd–B. Hannah 250cc Supercross: 2nd–M. Smith 125cc National: 4th–W. Reid 125cc National: 1st–J. O’Mara 125cc National: 1st–M. Smith 250cc National: 3rd–M. Tripes 250cc National: 1st–D. Bailey 250cc National: 2nd–M. Smith 500cc National: 3rd–G. Semics 500cc National: 3rd–D. Chandler 500cc National: 3rd–P. Karsmakers 1980 1984 1976 250cc Supercross: 3rd–C. Sun 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. O’Mara, 3rd–D. Bailey 250cc Supercross: 2nd–P. Karsmakers 125cc National: 5th–R. Coon 125cc National: 2nd–J. O’Mara 250cc National: 2nd–M. Smith 250cc National: 3rd–S. Wise 250cc National: 2nd–R. Lechien 500cc National: 4th–P. Karsmakers 500cc National: 1st–C. Sun 500cc National: 1st–D. Bailey 1977 1981 250cc Supercross: 2nd–J. Pomeroy 250cc Supercross: 4th–J. Gibson 1985 125cc National: 4th–W. Reid 125cc National: 2nd–J. O’Mara 250cc Supercross: 3rd–R. Lechien 250cc National: 2nd–M. Smith 250cc National: 3rd–D. Hansen 125cc National: 1st–R. Lechien 500cc National: 1st–M. Smith 500cc National: 3rd–C. Sun 250cc National: 2nd–J. O’Mara 500cc National: 3rd–D. Bailey Honda Red Bull Racing 93
  89. 89. 1986 1990 1995 250cc Supercross: 1st–R. Johnson, 2nd–D. Bailey, 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. Stanton, 2nd–J.M. Bayle 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. McGrath, 5th–D. Henry, 3rd–J. O’Mara 125cc National: 2nd–M. Kiedrowski 9th–S. Lamson 125cc National: 1st–M. Dymond 250cc National: 1st–J. Stanton 125cc National: 1st–S. Lamson 250cc National: 1st–R. Johnson, 2nd–D. Bailey, 500cc National: 2nd–J. Stanton 250cc National: 1st–J. McGrath 3rd–J. O’Mara 500cc National: 1st–D. Bailey, 2nd–R. Johnson 1991 1996 250cc Supercross: 1st–J.M. Bayle, 3rd–J. Stanton 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. McGrath, 13th–S. Lamson 1987 250cc National: 1st–J.M. Bayle, 2nd–J. Stanton 125cc National: 1st–S. Lamson 250cc Supercross: 2nd–R. Johnson 500cc National: 1st–J.M. Bayle, 3rd–J. Stanton 250cc National: 2nd–J. McGrath 125cc National: 1st–M. Dymond, 3rd–G. Cooper 250cc National: 1st–R. Johnson 1992 1997 500cc National: 1st–R. Johnson 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. Stanton, 3rd–J.M. Bayle 250cc Supercross: 15th–S. Lamson 250cc National: 1st–J. Stanton, 3rd–J.M. Bayle 125cc National: 3rd–S. Sheak, 9th–S. Lamson 1988 500cc National: 2nd–J. Stanton, 4th–J.M. Bayle 250cc National: 6th–E. Lusk 250cc Supercross: 1st–R. Johnson 125cc National: 1st–G. Holland, 3rd–G. Cooper 1993 1998 250cc National: 2nd–R. Johnson 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. McGrath, 3rd–J. Stanton, 250cc Supercross: 2nd–E. Lusk 500cc National: 1st–R. Johnson 5th–S. Lamson 250cc National: 6th–E. Lusk 125cc National: 1st–D. Henry, 3rd–J. McGrath 1989 250cc National: 3rd–S. Lamson, 7th–J. Stanton 1999 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. Stanton, 3rd–G. Cooper 500cc National: 2nd–J. Stanton, 4th–S. Lamson 250cc Supercross: 2nd–E. Lusk, 3rd–M. LaRocco, 125cc National: 1st–M. Kiedrowski, 3rd–G. Cooper 4th–M. Pichon, 7th–K. Windham 250cc National: 1st–J. Stanton, 3rd–R. Johnson 1994 125cc National: 2nd–B. Sellards, 3rd–T. Vohland 500cc National: 2nd–J. Stanton 250cc Supercross: 1st–J. McGrath, 5th–S. Lamson, 250cc National: 2nd–K. Windham, 3rd–M. LaRocco, 6th–J. Stanton 4th–E. Lusk 125cc National: 1st–D. Henry, 2nd–S. Lamson 250cc National: 3rd–J. McGrath, 6th–J. Stanton 500cc National: Series discontinued 94 Honda Red Bull Racing
  90. 90. 2000 2003 2006 250cc Supercross: 3rd–M. LaRocco, 250cc Supercross: 1st–R. Carmichael, Supercross: 5th–N. Wey, 7th–T. Preston, 4th–K. Windham, 6th–S. Tortelli 3rd–E. Fonseca, 8th–L. Ward, 13th–M. Byrne, 8th–E. Fonseca, 10th–M. LaRocco, 14th–K. Windham 125cc National: 4th–B. Sellards, 5th–S. Lamson 14th–M. LaRocco Supercross Lites/East: 1st–D. Millsaps, 3rd–J. Grant, 250cc National: 2nd–S. Tortelli, 3rd–K. Windham, 125cc National: 5th–M. Byrne, 10th–C. Gosselaar, 4th–T. Hahn 5th–M. LaRocco 16th–R. Mills Supercross Lites/West: 2nd–A. Short, 250cc National: 1st–R. Carmichael, 5th–M. LaRocco, 5th–B. Laninovich 2001 8th–E. Fonseca, 9th–L. Ward, 12th–K. Lewis, Motocross Lites: 3rd–J. Grant, 4th–A. Short 250cc Supercross: 3rd–M. LaRocco, 5th–E. Lusk, 13th–C. Stiles, 15th–N. Ramsey Motocross: 2nd–K. Windham, 3rd–D. Millsaps, 10th–S. Tortelli 5th–T. Preston, 8th–N. Wey 250cc National: 4th–M. LaRocco, 6th–S. Tortelli, 2004 11th–E. Lusk 250cc Supercross: 2nd–K. Windham, 2007 3rd–M. LaRocco, 9th–D. Huffman Supercross: 4th–K. Windham, 6th–D. Vuillemin, 2002 125cc National: 5th–N. Ramsey, 9th–C. Gosselaar, 13th–T. Preston, 14th–N. Wey, 15th–D. Millsaps, 250cc Supercross: 1st–R. Carmichael, 10th–J. Grant 16th–A. Short 6th–N. Ramsey, 7th–E. Fonseca, 11th–M. LaRocco, 250cc National: 1st–R. Carmichael, 3rd–K. Windham, Supercross Lites/East: 6th–B. Laninovich, 12th–K. Lewis 5th–E. Fonseca 7th–T. Hahn, 19th–R. Sipes 125cc National: 4th–E. Fonseca Supercross Lites/West: 4th–J. Weimer, 7th–J. Grant 250cc National: 1st–R. Carmichael, 4th–S. Tortelli, 2005 Motocross Lites: 3rd–J. Grant, 6th–J. Weimer, 5th–K. Lewis, 6th–M. LaRocco, 10th–N. Ramsey 250cc Supercross: 3rd–K. Windham, 8th–T. Hahn, 18th–T. Canard 5th–M. LaRocco, 6th–E. Fonseca, 9th–T. Preston Motocross: 3rd–A. Short, 5th–K. Windham, 125cc National: 2nd–A. Short, 5th–M. Brown, 10th–D. Vuillemin, 12th–D. Millsaps 7th–J. Grant 250cc National: 2nd–K. Windham, 3rd–E. Fonseca, 5th–T. Preston, 9th–N. Wey Honda Red Bull Racing 95
  91. 91. Others 1983 Wrangler Grand National Championship–D. Bailey 1984 Wrangler Grand National Championship–D. Bailey 1991 125cc West Supercross Championship–J. McGrath 1992 125cc West Supercross Championship–J. McGrath Supercross World Championship–J. Stanton 1993 125cc East Supercross Championship–D. Henry 1994 Supercross World Championship–J. McGrath 1995 Supercross World Championship–J. McGrath 1999 FIM United States Grand Prix of Motocross–K. Windham, 1st 2000 Supercross World Championship–M. LaRocco 2001 U.S. Open of Supercross winner–R. Carmichael 2002 125cc West Supercross Championship–T. Preston U.S. Open of Supercross winner–M. LaRocco 2003 Motocross des Nations moto winner–R. Carmichael 2004 Bercy Invitational Supercross Triple Crown winner–A. Short 2005 Motocross des Nations Team USA winner–K. Windham 2006 U.S. Open of Supercross Lites winner–J. Grant Jeremy McGrath Invitational winner–K. Windham 96 Honda Red Bull Racing
  92. 92. 2008 AMA Supercross Schedule January March 5 Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA Lites West 1 RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN Lites East 12 Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ Lites West 7 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL Lites East 19 Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA Lites West 15 HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN Lites East 26 AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA Lites West 29 Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada February April 2 Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA Lites West 5 Texas Stadium, Irving, TX Lites East 9 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA Lites West 12 Ford Field, Detroit, MI Lites East 16 Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX Lites West 19 Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO Lites East 23 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA Lites East 26 Qwest Field, Seattle, WA Lites West May 3 Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV Lites East/West Shootout Honda Red Bull Racing 97
  93. 93. 2008 AMA Motocross Schedule May July 25 Glen Helen Raceway Park, San Bernardino, CA 6 Red Bud Track-N-Trail, Buchanan, MI 13 Budds Creek Motocross Park, Budds Creek, MD June 20 Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin, NY 1 Hangtown Motocross Classic, Sacramento, CA 27 Washougal Motocross Park, Washougal, WA 8 Freestone County Raceway, Wortham, TX 15 High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, PA August 29 Thunder Valley MX Park, Lakewood, CO 17 Spring Creek Motocross Park, Millville, MN 24 Motocross 338, Southwick, MA 31 Steel City Raceway, Delmont, PA 98 Honda Red Bull Racing

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