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  1. 1. 2008 Honda Road Race Team
  2. 2. Table of Contents 4 The 2008 Honda Road Race Team 10 Why We Race 13 2008 Team Honda Facts 16 The Sport 20 The Machines 28 Miguel Duhamel 40 Neil Hodgson 52 The Team Behind the Team 60 2008 Team Sponsors 64 Honda Road-Racing Results 70 2008 AMA Superbike Schedule 71 2008 Honda Road Race Team CD Key 2 Honda Road Race Team
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  5. 5. The 2008 Honda Road Race Team Within the entire realm of road racing, no other brand personifies success like Team Honda. Bred for competition and seasoned with success, Honda Racing has amassed an enviable record in the USA. Honda riders have won eight AMA Superbike Championships since the team began contesting the series in 1980. While competing in AMA Supersport racing, Honda has gathered the most championships (8), the most race wins (87) and the most consecutive race wins (10). Most recently, Honda riders captured four consecutive championships (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007) in the AMA’s reformulated 600cc Formula Xtreme series. In 2008, Honda is committed to winning the AMA Superbike class Supersport titles in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997, a Championship. With the exception of the Daytona 200, in Superbike crown in 1995 and two 600-class Formula Xtreme which the factory Honda team will field two 600cc Formula titles in 2004 and 2005. His 86 career AMA wins make him Xtreme machines, the team will focus all of its energies on the winningest road racer in AMA history and include the returning the Superbike championship to the Honda fold. Supersport class record for most race wins (41) and the The Red Riders are led by 14-year Honda veteran Miguel longest winning streak (10). He is second in career AMA Duhamel, whose accomplishments are the stuff of legend. Superbike victories (32) and was the last rider to win titles in He has won the Daytona 200 five times: 1991, 1996, 1999, both the 600 Supersport and the Superbike class in the 2003 and 2005. His eight championships include five 600- same year (1995). Honda Road Race Team 5
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  9. 9. Joining Duhamel on the factory squad in 2008 is teammate Neil Hodgson, a 34-year-old Brit, who is well versed in winning. Hodgson has won championships in the British Superbike Series (2000) and World Superbike Series (2003). He also boasts experience in racing MotoGP and is very familiar with American tracks, having raced previously in the AMA series in 2005 and 2006. Honda Racing is led by Chuck Miller, manager of Motorcycle Sports. A multi-time Baja champion and ISDE gold medalist, Miller is a 23-year Honda veteran. Road Racing Team Manager Ron Heben is an industry veteran, who oversees the day-to-day activities of the team and directs an immensely talent- ed team of crew chiefs and technicians. The team’s forces are marshaled by Team Coordinator Ray Plumb, who first wrenched on Team Honda’s handbuilt 1023cc Superbikes in 1980. Returning for 2008 as Duhamel’s crew chief is Al Ludington. The pair teamed up to capture four national titles from 1992 to 1999 (including the Superbike and 600 Supersport championships in 1995) and two Formula Xtreme titles in 2004 and 2005. David McGrath serves as Neil Hodgson’s crew chief in his eighth year working with the Honda team. McGrath is one of the most knowledgeable technicians in the paddock. Honda Road Race Team 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, it was in 1954 Mr. Honda issued a chal- when Honda chalks up its 600th GP victory, an achievement lenge to the racing world: “My childhood dream was to be a far surpassing that of every other motorcycle manufacturer motorsport world champion with a machine built by myself. in the world. I here avow my definite intention that I will participate in the TT races, and I proclaim with my fellow employees that I Impressive as this heritage of GP victory is, Honda has also will 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 Road Race Team 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 including a first-through-seventh sweep of the legendary Indy automobile 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 the company’s dreams in the new millennium. As one journal- racing, Honda entered the F1 arena once again in the 1980s, ist said of Mr. Honda, “He went racing because he loved it; it and by 1992 had amassed 6 Constructors Championships, 5 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 took on the American the racetrack or in the creation of consumer products, racing scene at CART and IndyCar events. It quickly earned its continues to forge the soul of Honda Motor Company. Racing first CART race win in 1995, then went on to dominate the inspires new heights of creativity at Honda, dismissing tradi- sport with five consecutive Drivers Championships by the tional solutions in the unceasing search for new designs. This 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 Road Race Team
  13. 13. 2008 Team Honda Facts + At Daytona, Honda has amassed 11 Superbike wins, 11 600 Supersport wins (Honda did not compete in the Supersport class from 2003-2006) and 2 Formula Xtreme wins, more than all other manufacturers combined. + In AMA Supersport racing, Honda has won the most championships (8), the most races (87) and the most consecutive race wins (10). Honda has won more than 45 percent (88 of 193) of the races in which it has competed since the series’ inception in 1987. + In 2004, the inaugural year of the CBR®1000RR, Honda riders finished on the podium in every AMA Superbike race, including 8 wins, 12 second places and 11 third-place showings. + In 2007, factory-supported Erion Racing rider Josh Hayes earned Honda’s fourth consecutive Formula Xtreme championship in convincing fashion, winning seven of the nine races he entered aboard the all-new Honda CRB600RR. + In addition to winning at the track, Honda’s 2007 CBR600RR completely dominated comparison tests in print and online in, going undefeated in shoot-outs in Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Roadracing World, Cycle News, MotorcycleOnline.com, MotorcycleDaily.com and MotorcycleUSA.com, plus a 2008 comparison victory in Cycle World. Honda Road Race Team 13
  14. 14. + Other accolades for the CBR600RR in 2007 were Cycle + In 2005, Miguel Duhamel won his fifth Daytona 200 World‘s Ten Best list as Middleweight; Motorcyclist aboard a CBR600RR. The victory also marked Honda’s magazine’s Motorcycle of the Year winner for Best eighth 200-mile win. Sportbike; Sport Rider‘s Middleweight of the Year; Rider magazine’s selection as Best Sportbike; and Bike’s + Beginning with the original 1987 Hurricane™ through the (England’s largest motorcycle magazine) Bike of the Year. CBR600F2, CBR600F3, CBR600F4, CBR600F4i and 2003 CBR600RR models, every year that Honda introduced a + In 2006, Honda Racing’s Jake Zemke won the Daytona new CBR600, the bike won at Daytona. 200—his first ever and Honda’s ninth overall. + At the 2003 Daytona 200, Duhamel’s victory was the + Erion Racing’s Josh Hayes won Honda’s third consecutive fastest in history, setting a new record of 113.89 mph. Formula Xtreme championship during the 2006 season. Honda swept all three podium spots; this remarkable feat had been achieved only once before in the history of the + In Formula Xtreme competition in 2004 and 2005, Honda 200-miler, when another set of Honda riders ruled in 1985 factory riders won every race. (Freddie Spencer took the win, Wes Cooley placed second and Jeff Haney was third). + Since the inception of the Formula Xtreme class in 1997, Honda has won eight titles. + In AMA Superbike racing, Honda riders have won eight championships since the factory began contesting the series in 1980. Honda has won 114 races and five consecutive championships. 14 Honda Road Race Team
  15. 15. + In 2003, Honda’s Red Riders finished on the podium in 16 of + After the AMA instituted the big-bore Formula Xtreme the 18 AMA Superbike races on the venerable RC51 V-twin. class in 1997, Honda-supported Erion Racing dominated the class, winning nine of nine races in 1999; the most + In 2002, Honda RC51-mounted Superbike Champion Nicky consecutive races by a single rider (six in 2000); the most Hayden and teammate Duhamel combined efforts to win consecutive pole positions (eight in 2000); and the most 11 of 16 AMA Superbike rounds. class championships, with four in five years. + Ben Bostrom’s 1998 AMA Superbike Championship- + Honda’s Hurricane 600 and the AMA 600 Supersport class winning RC45 finished outside the top five only twice. debuted in 1987. The Hurricane swept the series, and Doug Polen won seven consecutive races en route to the + Winning 10 of 13 races, Honda VFR750F-mounted Fred championship. Merkel captured Honda’s first AMA Superbike Championship in 1984. + Duhamel has won more AMA 600 Supersport Championships (five) than any other rider, four of them + In 1980, then-18-year-old Freddie Spencer helped kick off aboard Hondas. Honda’s Superbike effort by winning three races and finishing third overall in the points standings. + In 1995, Duhamel made history by winning AMA titles in both the 600 Supersport and the Superbike classes, the last rider to do so. During the Superbike season, he won a record six consecutive victories. Honda Road Race Team 15
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  17. 17. The Sport 2008 AMA Superbike Series Consider this pleasant dichotomy: The AMA Superbike Championship and its three support classes—Formula Xtreme, Supersport and Superstock—arguably present the most competitive and thrilling racing spectacle in the entire USA, yet the stars of this sport remain refreshingly accessible to the track-going public as a whole. The elevated levels of factory support result in exquisite Honda’s storied AMA Superbike tradition began in 1980, handbuilt machines that are at once gorgeous in appearance when 18-year-old Freddie Spencer won three races and and stunningly brilliant at speed, and the racers rank among finished third in the points standings. Four years later, the best in the world. Yet the riders, teams and sponsors go VF750F-mounted Fred Merkel won 10 of 13 races to capture to great lengths to encourage close contact with their Honda’s first-ever AMA Superbike Championship. Honda legions of fans. Appearances at dealerships on race week- came to dominate the class during the ensuing years. Today, ends are common, autograph sessions hold forth every race multi-time AMA champion Miguel Duhamel has garnered 32 weekend and it’s not unusual for a racer to stop and pose Superbike wins in a long 18-year career that has seen him with a fan for a photo op or sign a T-shirt between practice earn a Superbike title in 1995 (when he won a record 6 con- sessions. Overall, it’s a race fan’s dream come true. secutive races) and capture 86 lifetime victories in all class- es. Since the debut of the Superbike class in 1976, Honda has won 8 championships and 114 race wins. Honda Road Race Team 17
  18. 18. 2008 Honda Superbike effort With the exception of the Daytona 200, in which factory Honda will field two 600cc Formula Xtreme machines, Honda Racing will focus its energies exclusively on win- ning the 2008 AMA Superbike series. The basis for Team Honda’s Superbike is the brand-new 2008 CBR1000RR, a production motorcycle that takes full advantage of the AMA’s tuning guidelines. As it has since 2005, American Honda maintains overall responsibility for AMA Superbike R&D with support from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC). Riding for Team Honda in 2008 will be the ever-popular Miguel Duhamel, who stepped up to the podium six times in 2007, and former British Superbike champi- on, World Superbike champion and MotoGP pilot Neil Hodgson. 18 Honda Road Race Team
  19. 19. 2008 AMA Formula Xtreme effort to help garner the company’s third 200-mile victory (and A significant change to the popular AMA Formula Xtreme 10th total Daytona 200 win) since the AMA designated the race series—the lowering of displacement limits from 1000cc to as a Formula Xtreme event in 2005. 600cc for four-cylinder machines—attracted the full attention of the Honda Racing team in 2004 and 2005. The result was two 2008 AMA Supersport consecutive Honda championships for Duhamel, while his team- Erion Racing’s Josh Hayes and Jake Zemke will carry the mate Jake Zemke rode a CBR600RR to second place overall Honda banner forward in 2008 in a second 600cc class, each year. Honda was so dominant that Red Riders won every Supersport, aboard Honda’s much-heralded CBR600RR. Hayes race in both seasons, 21 in all. In 2006, Erion Honda-mounted narrowly missed doing the double and adding the 600 Josh Hayes brought home Honda’s third class title in as many Supersport crown to his laurels in 2007 as he won four races years, and in 2007 Hayes earned an unprecedented fourth con- during the year. secutive Formula Xtreme title in dominating fashion, winning seven of the nine races he contested. The 2008 season will see Honda has built a reputation as the winningest manufacturer in Erion Honda’s Hayes and Jake Zemke vie for the Formula the history of AMA Supersport racing, having captured more Xtreme Championship. Honda Racing’s Duhamel and Hodgson than 45 percent (88 of 193) of all 600 Supersport victories and will tackle the Daytona 200 on Formula Xtreme equipment in an 8 championships. Honda Road Race Team 19
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  21. 21. The Machines In accordance with class rules, AMA Superbikes can be based on four-cylinder machines of up to 1000cc in displacement, and teams are allowed numerous engine and suspension modifications. Those regulations give Team Honda a license to win, as the Red Riders are introducing an all-new iteration of the Honda CBR1000RR to Superbike competition in 2008. Based on the readily available production Honda CBR1000RR lap at many of America’s road-racing tracks, where tight, street-going sportbike, Superbike racing prep work lifts these stop-and-go circuits place a premium on driving traction 1000cc engines well past the 200-horsepower mark. Racing- when exiting turns. tested chassis refinements elevate handling and cornering capabilities to world-class standards, creating machines that The 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Superbike approach the apex of motorcycling evolution. When it debuted in the 2004 AMA Superbike series, Honda’s all-new CBR1000RR represented a landmark break from the In 2008, the sanctioning rules continue virtually unchanged, company’s 2002 championship-winning twin-cylinder RC51. and sophisticated traction-control systems have now The new design tapped wholesale into the cutting-edge become the norm in Superbike and Formula Xtreme. An technology gleaned from within the company’s champi- engine management system that limits wheelspin under onship-winning MotoGP racing program. The basic DNA of acceleration, traction control can be worth up to a second a the CBR1000RR sprang forth from the incredible RC211V®, Honda Road Race Team 21
  22. 22. a technological wonder that incorporated exotic and ground-breaking chassis architecture to accomplish its single purpose in life: winning races. In keeping with GP racing philosophy, each system was designed to complement the other. No other produc- tion sport motorcycle had ever borrowed so lavishly—and so purposely—from a pure racing model. The inaugural 2004 season of Honda’s all-new CBR1000RR Superbike was, by any measure, a great success. In the hands of Honda Red Riders Miguel Duhamel, Ben Bostrom and Jake Zemke, the CBR1000RR collected podium finishes in every one of the season’s 18 Superbike outings, including 8 wins, 12 second places and 11 third- place showings. The following year, a significant shift in philosophy gave American Honda an opportunity to take a more active role in the research and development of Honda’s U.S. Superbike program. Previously, the role of Honda Racing Corporation had been crucial to American Honda’s racing effort, supplying the bikes and the know-how to build formidable racers. What unfolded for Honda in the 2005 AMA Superbike series was a season-long in-house R&D effort. The team began with a stock CBR1000RR modified with HRC parts, then numerous components were tested and fitted. Team Honda relentlessly developed the machine in the off-season and between races as well as at the actual racing venues, a practice that continues to this day. 22 Honda Road Race Team
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  24. 24. Late in the 2006 season, the AMA legalized traction control—an engine management system that limits wheel- spin under acceleration, which in turn improves driving traction when exiting turns. Though no miracle cure, traction control can be fine-tuned to rider preferences in much the same way as suspension settings can be dialed-in to suit riding style. Traction control was evaluated and utilized in the last race of the 2006 season, and implementation of this system continued throughout 2007. In 2008, Honda’s all-new CBR1000RR takes center stage in a big way, signaling a new era in sportbike design for Honda. The 2008 CBR1000RR carries key qualities from predecessors that have been sharpened, refined and elevated to the next level, establishing new standards for function and style. Smaller, lighter, more com- pact, faster and featuring an innovative slipper clutch in stock form, the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR holds stunning advantages in open-class power-to-weight ratio, acceleration and handling. Look for this new machine to set new standards at the track, on the street and in the showrooms all across America in 2008. Honda CBR600RR Formula Xtreme regulations switched to heavily modified 600cc four-cylinder “Superbikes” four seasons ago— and Honda CBR600RRs have won every championship since that changeover with Erion Racing’s Josh Hayes claiming the crown in 2007. In contrast, Supersport racing showcases lightly modified versions of the immensely popular 600cc sportbikes. The Daytona 200 race, a part of the AMA Superbike Championship as recently as 2005, today utilizes 600cc Formula Xtreme machines. Honda Road Race Team 25
  25. 25. Introduced in 2007, Honda’s next-generation CBR600RR parison victory in Cycle World. Other accolades for the delivered lighter weight (more than 16 pounds lighter), more CBR600RR in 2007 entailed inclusion in Cycle World‘s Ten Best compact dimensions and reduced drag everywhere. A small- Winner list as Best Middleweight; Motorcyclist magazine’s er engine permitted more effective positioning within the Motorcycle of the Year Winner as Best Sportbike; Sport Rider‘s frame for optimal weight distribution, and a shorter wheel- Middleweight of the Year; Rider magazine’s selection as Best base with a longer swingarm taps into MotoGP-inspired Sportbike; and Bike magazine’s (England’s largest motorcycle designs that optimize traction at the rear wheel. Stronger magazine) Bike of the Year. All in all, quite an impressive debut. engine performance throughout the powerband with a more linear power delivery also will help make the new Honda In 2008, Honda Racing will focus on the Superbike class and CBR600RR a winner. The new engine features a noticeably entrust the Erion Racing team to contest the Formula Xtreme fatter torque curve between 7000 and 10,000 rpm, and peak and Supersport series once again—a plan that paid huge horsepower is significantly increased. dividends in 2007, when Erion rider Josh Hayes handily won the FX title while narrowly missing a second championship in In addition to winning at the track, Honda’s new CBR600RR the Supersport class. This season the Erion Racing efforts will completely dominated comparison tests in print and online in be spearheaded by Hayes and his able teammate Jake Zemke. 2007, going undefeated in shoot-outs in Motorcyclist, Sport Honda Racing’s Duhamel and Hodgson will field Honda Rider, Roadracing World, Cycle News, Motorcycle Online.com, CBR600RR FX bikes for the Daytona 200 only in a one-time Motorcycledaily.com Motorcycle-USA.com, plus a 2008 com- class appearance. 26 Honda Road Race Team
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  32. 32. Miguel Duhamel Eight AMA national roadracing championships. Five Daytona 200 wins. 86 career AMA wins. These are accomplishments any professional racing team would relish. Yet they are the feats of just one man—Honda Racing’s Miguel Duhamel. As the winningest road racer in AMA history, the 39-year-old years of intensive development, American Honda’s in-house Honda racing icon has racked up five 600 Supersport titles, CBR1000RR Superbike road-racing program was bearing a Superbike crown and two 600-class Formula Xtreme titles. fruit. Duhamel would podium two more times before fate He holds the Supersport class record for most race wins dealt him an ugly blow during a practice session at Road (41) and the longest winning streak (10). He is second in Atlanta on August 8. career AMA Superbike victories (32) and was the last rider to win titles in both the 600 Supersport and the Superbike “When my tire overheated I just lost traction going into the class in the same year (1995). corner,” recalls the Canadian of his impact with Road Atlanta’s turn 11, deemed by many as the most dangerous In 2007, Duhamel started off the 17th year of his remarkable corner in America. “The motorcycle hit the air fences, career claiming four Superbike podiums in the first six moved that out of the way, then I got through the hay bales starts, including second at the opener in Daytona. After two and hit the wall at 120 miles per hour. The injuries were a Honda Road Race Team 33
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  34. 34. lacerated liver, one lung collapsed, the other punctured, broken ribs, internal bleeding, bone chips in my right ankle, a sprain on my left ankle, and pretty much a sprain of everything else in my body.” Incredibly, he did not suffer a concussion. “It was definitely a critical moment.” Veteran observers assumed Duhamel’s stellar career was over. They were wrong. Duhamel is no stranger to serious injury, having shattered his left femur and kneecap in 1998 during a practice session on the rain-slick New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. Yet less than nine months later and with virtually no off-season training he showed up in Florida and won the grueling Daytona 200—and the 600 Supersport race as well. It was one of the most amazing performances in AMA motorcycle-racing history. Will 2008 be the comeback year of all comeback years? With an all-new CBR1000RR Superbike underneath him, Duhamel is every bit as hungry for a champi- onship as he was when he chased down Kawasaki teammates Doug Chandler and Scott Russell to win his first Superbike victory in 1990. “There’s no hiding it—the Honda machine always has the best motor,” says Duhamel. “We have great top speeds at Daytona, over 200 miles per hour. Honda has built a terrific streetbike, and the new CBR1000RR is a solid platform for our in-house American Honda factory effort. I’m really looking forward to putting it through the paces.” Honda Road Race Team 35
  35. 35. With one of the sport’s best crews in his corner—led by in each of the 11 Formula Xtreme races on his way to his first veteran Al Ludington—Duhamel likes his chances even more. title in the class. Just as impressive, Duhamel won three “A lot of credit for my success goes to my Honda Racing crew. national races on two separate race weekends, including two I’ve got a great crew with Al and the guys: Bryce Eikelberger, Superbike victories and a Formula Xtreme win on the same Dave Presler and Manny Macias. They know how to make the day at Virginia International Raceway, a feat never before machine go fast.” accomplished in AMA road racing. By his own account, Duhamel is not the same man he was when In 2005, Duhamel collected his fifth Daytona 200 win on a he started racing motorcycles. Over the years he has matured Formula Xtreme-spec CBR600RR and went on the win his and become more disciplined in his race-craft. His inner drive is second consecutive class title. But for Duhamel the sense of just as strong, however, and his self-awareness helps him accomplishment fell short, as American Honda devoted its marshal his resources on and off the track. “I just try to make CBR1000RR Superbike effort to a first-year development pro- myself a better person physical and mentally and I want to bring gram. While 2006 was challenging, Duhamel knew he had to a championship back to Honda in the worst way. We almost won put his head down and lead the team’s climb back to the top the championship in 2004. We had six wins that year.” of the sport. Duhamel enjoyed one of his finest seasons in 2004, notching Now he stands at the verge of Honda’s return to AMA 15 podium finishes in 18 Superbike outings to finish second in Superbike dominance. And the view for 2008 is clear all the the championship. That same year he scored podium finishes way to the podium. 36 Honda Road Race Team
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  37. 37. MIGUELDUHAMEL STATISTICS 2007 2000 8th AMA Superbike (season shortened by injury) 5th AMA 600 Supersport 9th AMA Superbike 2006 3rd AMA Superbike 1999 Daytona Double Winner: Daytona 200 (third time) 2005 Daytona 600 Supersport 1st Daytona 200 (fifth time) 16th AMA Superbike 1st AMA Formula Xtreme 16th AMA 600 Supersport 5th AMA Superbike 1998 2004 10th AMA Superbike 1st AMA Formula Xtreme 12th AMA 600 Supersport 2nd AMA Superbike 1997 2003 1st AMA 600 Supersport 1st Daytona 200 (fourth time) 2nd AMA Superbike 5th AMA Superbike 11th AMA U.S. Supersport 1996 1st Daytona 200 (second time) 2002 1st AMA 600 Supersport 3rd AMA Superbike 2nd AMA Superbike 2001 1995 3rd AMA 600 Supersport 1st AMA Superbike 5th AMA Superbike 1st AMA 600 Supersport 38 Honda Road Race Team
  38. 38. PROFILE 1993 BORN: 1968, LaSalle, Quebec, Canada 1st AMA 600 Supersport RESIDENCE: Las Vegas, NV 3rd AMA Superbike FIM World Endurance NATIONAL #: 17 AMA Superbike Championship team member BEGAN RIDING: 1971, age 3 FIRST RACE: 1976, age 8 1992 12th 500cc Grand Prix World TRAINING: Bicycling, weight lifting, motocross Championships HOBBIES: Golf, motocross FIM World Endurance HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’6”/145 pounds Championship team member MARITAL STATUS: Single 1991 CURRENT RACEBIKE: Honda CBR1000RR, 1st Daytona 200 (first time) Honda CBR600RR (Daytona 200 only) 1st AMA 600 Supersport 3rd AMA Superbike CREW CHIEF: Al Ludington FIM World Endurance MECHANICS: Bryce Eikelberger, Dave Presler, Championship team member Manny Macias Honda Road Race Team 39
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  44. 44. Neil Hodgson Honda Racing’s newest rider is Neil Hodgson, a former British road-racing and World Superbike champion who has set his sights squarely on the 2008 AMA Superbike title. “Winning the world championship in 2003 was the high- joins teammate Miguel Duhamel in the role of adapting this light for me, and winning the British championship was phenomenal streetbike into a winning Superbike platform. something very important as well,” says the popular 34- year-old Brit. “My next goal is to win the American champi- “I’ve come to the Honda team and I’m going to show a real- onship. Then I will have achieved something no one else ly impressive work ethic. I’m here to get the best out of the has ever achieved in this sport: to win all the major new CBR1000RR. I’m here to do as many laps that they Superbike championships.” need me to do in any testing. Even if it’s dark, I’ll ride. I have seen that kind of dedication from the Honda team, and they Highly skilled both as a racer and as a development rider, will get the same from me. And I’ve got a great teammate in Hodgson becomes a member of the Honda Racing team at an Miguel. He’s pretty much done that for the past decade and ideal time. With Honda’s rollout of the all-new CBR1000RR, he I know we will work well together.” Honda Road Race Team 45
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  46. 46. Hodgson is no stranger to AMA racing. He arrived in 2005 after a year of MotoGP racing, in which he finished 17th with a factory support team that had limited sponsorship and development funds. Coming off his World Superbike Championship performance in 2003, he was disappointed and ready to make his mark in the AMA, which he did immediately, finishing second is his AMA Superbike debut at Daytona International Raceway, and then grabbing second again in one of the two races at Barber Motorsports Park. Hodgson worked hard throughout the 2006 season, landing on the podium twice and posting a solid string of fourth and fifth finishes to take fifth overall for the year. During that two- year period, he learned just how tough AMA Superbike competition could be. In a bizarre set of musical-chair circumstances, Hodgson was without a ride in 2007, though he was utilized for his development knowledge by two factories. “I had a frustrating year off. I found it very difficult to deal with, a lot harder than I thought it would be. Having a year off made me realize how much I missed the competition and I was so ready. I’ve still got that burning desire to win a champi- onship.” He just needed a team like Honda to realize his dream. Honda Road Race Team 47
  47. 47. Hodgson caught a break when he landed a one-race ride on the Corona Honda CBR1000RR at the first Laguna Seca round in July, finishing fifth behind Duhamel. “It was a wonderful opportunity to ride the Corona Honda. I instantly took to the bike, which surprised me because I was a twin-cylinder rider. It took no adapting to the bike. As a rider, you need feedback from the back and it gave me a lot of feeling. If you get the feedback, you can understand where the limit is, and if you know where the limit is, you can go faster and you can improve the bike. It was also much easier to maneuver left to right. The Honda is very nimble and that was one of its strengths. I could really feel the front end; I could feel the front tire, it was superb. I’ve never really had that in a motorcycle before.” Hodgson’s success on the CBR1000RR was due in no small part to his demanding training regimen. “I’m quite fanat- ical, I’ve got to be honest. I do a lot of cycling. I do quite a bit of motocross. I do a lot of gym work. There’s few rid- ers like me. The majority find training a bit of a chore, but I’ve found more and more enjoyment out of training, and it’s something that, if I didn’t race motorcycles, I’d train almost just as hard. The European tracks are usually a little bit bigger with more straights on them, so you actually get more rests. The tracks over here—usually there’s no rest at all. And at lot of the tracks you ride on in America, it’s nearly 100 degrees. For an Englishman, that’s hot, you know? I’m huffing and panting under my helmet, so I’ve got to make sure my conditioning’s 100 percent.” Riding for Honda Racing, Hodgson has all the ingredients he needs to succeed in 2008. “I’ve never felt like this before. It’s strange—I feel like all the clichés, but my batteries are overflowing. I’m ready.” 48 Honda Road Race Team
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  49. 49. NEILHODGSON STATISTICS 2006 1997 5th AMA Superbike 9th World Superbike 2005 1996 6th AMA Superbike 10th World Superbike 2004 17th MotoGP 1995 11th 500cc World Championship 2003 1st World Superbike 1994 Contested 125cc World Championship and 2002 began racing in 500cc class 3rd World Superbike 2001 1993 5th World Superbike 24th World 125cc Championship 2000 1992 1st British Superbike 1st 125cc International Supercup 12th World Superbike 1991 1999 15th British Championship 4th British Superbike 1998 1990 11th World Superbike 8th British Clubman’s Ministock 50 Honda Road Race Team
  50. 50. PROFILE BORN: 1973, Burnley, Lancashire, UK RESIDENCE: Irvine, CA NATIONAL #: 100 AMA Superbike BEGAN RIDING: 1983, age 9 FIRST RACE: 1983, age 9 TRAINING: Bicycling, weights, motocross HOBBIES: Bicycling, motocross HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’11”/160 pounds MARITAL STATUS: Single CURRENT RACEBIKE: Honda CBR1000RR, Honda CBR600RR (Daytona 200 only) CREW CHIEF: David McGrath MECHANICS: Bob Reichmann, Eric Haeselich, Josh Alverson Honda Road Race Team 51
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  52. 52. The Team Behind the Team Successful racers are backed by a highly dedicated support team of unsung heroes, specialists who each contribute to a singular goal: creating the perfect environment for winning races and championships. Here is the team behind Honda Racing’s Miguel Duhamel and Neil Hodgson. Chuck Miller, Manager, Motorcycle Sports Multiple Baja champion and ISDE gold medalist Chuck Miller possesses the knowledge and insight to build championship teams. His 24-year career with Honda underwrites his success as manager of Honda Motorcycle Sports, a position he’s held for seven years. In 2007, the Erion road-racing team won another championship on Miller’s watch, bringing his total to 14 titles in 7 years. Much credit for these championships goes to Miller’s organizational skills and experience in winning races. Ron Heben, Road Racing Team Manager Now in his third year as team manager, Ron Heben is an industry veteran, who served as a motocross race tech- nician with American Honda for several years in the early 1990s. He also performed suspension work for Commonwealth Racing—Honda’s road-racing program in the 1990s. Heben oversees the day-to-day activities of the road-racing team and guides the ongoing in-house Superbike R&D program at American Honda. Honda Road Race Team 53
  53. 53. Ray Plumb, Team Coordinator how to coordinate everything from accounting to hotel Ray Plumb’s record reads like a timeline of reservations to rider bonus checks. And she does it all with a Honda road racing. The 29-year Honda man disarmingly delightful smile. was instrumental in launching Honda’s first Superbike effort in 1980, wrenching on the Al Ludington, Crew Chief for Miguel Duhamel team’s handbuilt 1023cc rocket ships. In addition to earning Al Ludington has a long tradition with Honda several AMA Superbike and 600 Supersport titles as a Racing and Miguel Duhamel. In 2005, the mechanic, Plumb worked on championship-winning AMA duo claimed Duhamel’s fifth Daytona 200 Grand National Dirt Track, Formula 1, Pro Twins and Grand Prix victory and the Formula Xtreme Championship; in 2004, programs for Honda. As team coordinator, Plumb keeps the Duhamel was also the FX champion and runner-up in the road-racing team focused and organized. Superbike class. Between 1992 and 1999, the pair captured Andrea Mollica, Race Team Administrator four national titles, including the Superbike and 600 Supersport Although she is charged with staying behind double championships in 1995. In total, Ludington has earned to keep a watchful eye on Team Honda head- six 600 Supersport championships, two Formula Xtreme quarters, Andrea Mollica’s presence is felt at crowns and one Superbike title, plus scores of race wins. every race. She’s the go-to person every professional organization needs to make things flow smoothly. A Honda associate for more than two decades, Mollica knows 54 Honda Road Race Team
  54. 54. Dave Presler, Superbike Engine Technician Superbike chassis technician for Miguel Duhamel. In his down- for Miguel Duhamel time he likes to go camping and ride his dirtbike. Dave Presler joined Team Honda in 2005 as the engine technician for Miguel Duhamel’s Manny Macias, Superbike Chassis CBR600RR. He moved up to the CBR1000RR Technician for Miguel Duhamel in 2006, and in 2007 will again focus his talents on Honda’s Manny Macias returns to the Honda fold after Superbike. Presler brings the team an invaluable asset: his spending five years wrenching for other vast experience working with top-level racers, such as Tommy teams in the AMA road-racing paddock. and Roger Lee Hayden and the veteran Doug Chandler. In his Macias received his formal training at the Motorcycle spare time he enjoys riding dirtbikes. Mechanics Institute in Arizona, then spent two years with Performance Machine before joining the Erion Honda squad Bryce Eikelberger, Superbike Chassis for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. A former motocross racer and Technician for Miguel Duhamel amateur road racer, this year Macias applies his chassis-tuning Bryce Eikelberger joined the Honda team in skills to Duhamel’s CBR1000RR. 2005 after a four-year career at Jardine Performance Products, where he worked on David McGrath, Crew Chief for Neil Hodgson the exhaust systems for the Formula Xtreme Honda Now in his eighth year working with the CBR600RR. His knowledge of the industry and of Honda’s Honda team, David McGrath serves as Neil championship-winning CBRs is key in his position as a Hodgson’s crew chief. McGrath played a significant role as the team’s development Honda Road Race Team 55
  55. 55. engineer for Honda’s CBR1000RR Superbike and CBR600RR Eric Haeselich, Superbike Chassis Technician Formula Xtreme machines in 2005 and 2006. As crew chief for for Neil Hodgson Kurtis Roberts from 2001 to 2003 and for Jake Zemke in 2004 Eric Haeselich returns to the Honda factory and 2007, McGrath won Superbike races and honed his skills team for his second year in 2008, having as one of the most knowledgeable technicians in the paddock. previously turned wrenches at Erion Racing. A former professional cyclist, Haeselich knows what it takes Bob Reichmann, Superbike Engine to succeed in racing. After graduating from the Motorcycle Technician for Neil Hodgson Mechanics Institute in 2000, he tuned up his skills by work- Born and raised in Southern California, Bob ing with privateer racers before joining Erion Racing in 2004. Reichmann was riding Ascot’s notorious When this dedicated worker isn’t wrenching on motorcycles, motocross track in 1985 while also complet- he can be found cycling or rock climbing in Southern ing his training at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. He then California. racked up valuable experience working for dealerships and independent motorcycle shops for the next 17 years. In his Josh Alverson, Superbike Chassis spare time, he worked for several amateur road-race teams. Technician for Neil Hodgson He entered the pro ranks as a technician in 1999; his specialty A technician since 2000, Josh Alverson is engine building and tuning. started wrenching professionally in 2003, eventually taking on the role of crew chief with a factory-support team. This is now his second year on the Honda squad. “I have always admired Honda for its great 56 Honda Road Race Team
  56. 56. racing achievements. It’s great to be a part of such a dedicat- Danny Ryan, R&D Chassis and Engine ed, driven and experienced team.” When he’s not working on Development Neil Hodgson’s Superbike, he enjoys racing his Honda RS125 Engineer Danny Ryan joined Team Honda in and riding dirtbikes. 2005, following a successful career designing automotive race engines. After serving for Trevor Weiler, R&D Engine Development one season as Miguel Duhamel’s Superbike engine technician, Now in his fifth year with Team Honda, Ryan moved into American Honda’s R&D group, where he Trevor Weiler is a driving force in the engine- assists with chassis development as well as works on the development department. A Canadian who development of the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR engines for wrenched in shops and at the racetrack for Miguel Duhamel and Neil Hodgson. Ryan resides in Southern more than a decade, Weiler earned his stripes in the Canadian California and enjoys motocross in his spare time. road-racing series, Formula USA and endurance racing. For 2008, Weiler continues to lend his expertise to the develop- Sander Donkers, Data Acquisition Development ment of Honda’s CBR600RR and CBR1000RR engines, and he Now in his second year with the team, is also involved in the evolution of engine-data technologies. Sander Donkers brings to Honda Racing his considerable experience in data-acquisition, engine-management and suspension devel- opment. A native of the Netherlands with a master’s degree in motorsport engineering and management, Honda Road Race Team 57
  57. 57. he honed his skills as a chief mechanic with a leading James Siddall, Data Acquisition Specialist European auto-racing team and as a British Superbike race- Nowadays, a laptop computer is just as inte- team engineer. In his free time he enjoys running, swimming, gral a part of the racing paddock as wrench- jujitsu and track days. es or a tire-pressure gauge. For bike setup and data acquisition, careful information Brian Uchida, Parts Coordinator analysis is essential. Now in his third year, James Siddall plies Brian Uchida provides team members with his trade as Team Honda’s data-acquisition specialist, bringing all the parts they need, when they need a wealth of expertise, plus plenty of racetrack knowledge, hav- them, no matter where the team happens to ing been a team owner, a team manager and a crew chief, as be. Uchida’s background in amateur dirt well as a data specialist on four championship-winning teams. track, road racing and motocross makes him uniquely quali- fied. With more than 20 years of experience with Team Honda, Tom Jobe, Race Team Fabricator Uchida now works exclusively with the road-race team. While Even though the team’s racebikes are based his main duties include parts sourcing and procurement, you’ll on production machines, there’s still a need never see him standing idle when there’s work to be done. for one-off parts fabricated from scratch. For 38 years, Tom Jobe has made parts for all 58 Honda Road Race Team
  58. 58. kinds of projects, from land-speed-record cars to IndyCars. In 1997 Jobe was inducted into the NHRA Drag Racing Hall of Fame for his innovative drag-racing efforts in the 1960s. Now in his 16th year with Honda, Jobe continues to fabricate beauti- ful pieces for the Red Rider machines. Kevin Roche and Mando Molina, Transport Drivers Kevin Roche and Mando Molina join Honda Racing in 2008 as the team’s transport drivers. Bearing the responsibility for navigating the two bright-red Honda 18-wheelers from race- track to racetrack across the USA, these new members of the team fulfill a vital role. Hauling their priceless cargo from sea to shining sea, this stalwart duo will rack up thousands and thousands of miles by season’s end—just to bring race fans the greatest show on pavement. Honda Road Race Team 59
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  60. 60. 2008 Team Sponsors Honda Racing Corporation Honda Racing Corporation (HRC®) is the source of Honda’s racing machines worldwide. HRC works with American Honda’s racing department to develop specialized hardware to keep Honda’s team on top. Dunlop Dunlop® has dominated the American pavement racing scene like no other tire manufacturer, winning 40 out of a possible 41 AMA Supersport and Superstock championships and 22 AMA Superbike titles— including the last 18 in a row. That’s in addition to Dunlop’s success in every other theater of racing around the world. The road-race team sources all its tires from Dunlop. Akrapovic Exhaust Systems Akrapovic Exhaust Systems Technology is a manufacturer of top-quality exhaust systems and products made from composite materials. Akrapovic supplies exhaust systems to riders and teams around the world, and provides ongoing development of exhaust systems for the Honda team throughout the racing season. Honda Road Race Team 61
  61. 61. Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA) Pro Honda® Oils and Chemicals has supported For 15 years as a Honda racing spon- Honda teams for 27 years, supplying a full line of sor, the Honda Rider’s Club of lubricant and motorcycle products. Only Pro America® has offered its Members a Honda products are approved by Honda R&D, and they are wide variety of activities and services, such as special appear- available at Honda dealerships across the country. ances, autograph sessions, pit tours, VIP hospitality and even dinners with Honda’s racing teams. The HRCA® boasts more Joe Rocket than 550,000 Members and regularly offers them an inside Joe Rocket®, a household name in the look at Honda racing through its bimonthly Member publica- road-racing arena, has supplied protective tion Honda Red Rider™ magazine and its Members-Only leather racing suits to top-level AMA Clubhouse Web site. racers for nearly a decade. As a Team Honda sponsor for 2008, this leading motorcycle clothing Renthal company outfits Honda Road Race Team with crew shirts. It Perhaps better known in the off-road has a line of team-replica riding gear and casual wear under world for its handlebars and handgrips, license from American Honda available for purchase through Renthal® also specializes in the sophisti- authorized Honda motorcycle dealers. cated tooth profiles needed for front and rear sprockets. 62 Honda Road Race Team
  62. 62. Renthal’s championship roots run deep into the off-road world, but also include the 2000 and 2002 World Superbike titles won by the Castrol Honda team. VP Racing Fuels VP Racing Fuels® of San Antonio, Texas, has 30-plus years of experience blending motorsports fuels and other petroleum products. VP’s resume includes more than two decades of NHRA Pro Stock championships as well and titles in offshore, off-road, circle-track and aircraft competition. Product Sponsors In addition to team sponsors, Honda Racing is pleased to announce the following product sponsors, each a world leader in its field: • D.I.D: cutting-edge chain technology • Nissin: high-performance brake components Unrivaled chain technology for world-class competition Superior-quality brake components for racing and OE fitment • Hinson: competition clutches and clutch components Championship-caliber clutches for riders from minis through • Chicken Hawk Racing: road-racing tire warmers factory teams The premier manufacturer of tire warmers in the USA • OGIO: sport gear bags • JE Pistons: forged racing pistons Cutting-edge duffels, packs and gear bags for specific The choice of professional engine builders and racers around action sports the world Honda Road Race Team 63
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  64. 64. Honda Road-Racing Results Honda finishes in AMA Superbike, AMA 600 Supersport, AMA Formula Xtreme and AMA Formula 1 since 1980. 2007 2003 1999 AMA Superbike 3rd/8th (2) AMA Superbike 3rd (5) AMA Superbike 7th AMA Formula Xtreme 1st/3rd (1) AMA 600 Supersport 4th AMA 600 Supersport 1st AMA 600 Supersport 3rd/10th AMA Formula Xtreme 4th AMA Formula Xtreme 1st 2006 2002 1998 AMA Superbike 3rd/7th (2) AMA Superbike 1st (6) AMA Superbike 1st (7) AMA Formula Xtreme 1st (2a) AMA 600 Supersport 5th AMA 600 Supersport 3rd AMA Formula Xtreme 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme 1st 2005 AMA Superbike 5th/11th (2) 2001 1997 AMA Formula Xtreme 1st/2nd (3, 3a) AMA Superbike 3rd AMA Superbike 2nd AMA 600 Supersport 3rd AMA 600 Supersport 1st 2004 AMA Formula Xtreme 4th AMA Formula Xtreme 1st AMA Superbike 2nd/3rd (4) AMA Formula Xtreme 1st/2nd (3) 2000 1996 AMA Superbike 2nd AMA Superbike 2nd AMA 600 Supersport 1st AMA 600 Supersport 1st AMA Formula Xtreme 1st AMA SuperTeams 1st Honda Road Race Team 65
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  66. 66. 1995 1990 1985 AMA Superbike 1st (8) AMA Superbike 2nd AMA Superbike 1st AMA 600 Supersport 1st (9) AMA 600 Supersport no placing AMA Formula 1 1st AMA SuperTeams 3rd 1989 1984 1994 AMA Superbike 6th AMA Superbike 1st (14) AMA Superbike 8th AMA 600 Supersport no placing AMA Formula 1 1st AMA 600 Supersport 2nd AMA Unlimited Team Challenge 1st 1988 1983 AMA Superbike 1st AMA Superbike 2nd 1993 AMA 600 Supersport 2nd AMA Formula 1 1st AMA Superbike 7th AMA 600 Supersport 3rd 1987 1982 AMA/CCS GTO National Endurance Championship 1st AMA Superbike 1st AMA Superbike 2nd AMA 600 Supersport 1st (13) AMA Formula 1 1st 1992 AMA Formula 1 series discontinued AMA Superbike 7th 1981 AMA 600 Supersport 1st (10) 1986 AMA Superbike 2nd AMA Superbike 1st AMA Formula 1 3rd 1991 AMA Formula 1 1st AMA Superbike 3rd (11) 1980 AMA 600 Supersport 1st (12) AMA Superbike 3rd Honda Road Race Team 67
  67. 67. Highlights (4) Duhamel increases his career AMA Superbike Duhamel breaks Fred Merkel’s AMA record for most wins to 32 and takes 8 victories to win the AMA career AMA Superbike wins, with Duhamel’s 21st (1) Honda Racing does not contest the full 2007 AMA Formula Xtreme Championship. He also wins three victory at Road Atlanta. Formula Xtreme series but Honda-supported Erion AMA races on two separate weekends. His second Racing’s Josh Hayes earns his second consecutive three-peat, winning two AMA Superbike races and (8) Duhamel posts a record-setting six consecutive title, Honda’s fourth in a row. one AMA Formula Xtreme race at the final round at AMA Superbike wins and becomes the first rider in Virginia International Raceway, occurs on the same history to win both the AMA Superbike and AMA 600 (2) 2005-2007 is a development period for Honda day, a feat never before accomplished in AMA road- Supersport titles in the same year. Racing’s AMA Superbike program, as American racing history. Zemke finishes third in his rookie AMA Honda assumes the lead role for the bike’s evolution. Superbike season, posting two wins. He also finishes (9) Honda’s CBR600F3 wins every AMA 600 second to Duhamel in the AMA Formula Xtreme Supersport race. (2a) Although Honda Racing does not contest the Championship, winning two races. 2006 AMA Formula Xtreme series, Honda-supported (10) Honda’s CBR600F2 occupies the top five overall Erion Racing’s Hayes takes the title, Honda’s third in a (5) Duhamel posts new AMA all-time career win points positions in AMA 600 Supersport. row. Jake Zemke wins his first Daytona 200 aboard records, scoring his 26th AMA Superbike win and his an AMA Formula Xtreme–spec CBR600RR. 41st Supersport win in 2003. (11) Duhamel wins the Daytona 200 on an RC30. (3) 2004-2005: Miguel Duhamel and Zemke win all (6) At age 21, Nicky Hayden becomes the youngest (12) Honda’s CBR600F2 wins all nine AMA 600 but one of the AMA Formula Xtreme races (Honda’s AMA Superbike champion ever, and does so with an Supersport races. Duhamel wins seven of those nine. Ben Bostrom won the 2004 Laguna Seca round). In impressive nine wins in a single season. He’s also the the last race of 2005 at Road Atlanta, Duhamel edges youngest Daytona 200 winner. Duhamel wins both (13) Honda’s original CBR600F Hurricane wins every Zemke to win the championship and increases his rounds of the Road America doubleheader, raising AMA 600 Supersport race and holds all top 10 AMA career victories to a record 86. his career AMA Superbike win count to 25. The positions in points. Honda RC51 takes 11 of 16 rounds in AMA (3a) Duhamel wins his AMA record-tying fifth Superbike competition. (14) Honda’s VF750F Interceptor® wins 12 of the 13 Daytona 200 on an AMA Formula Xtreme–spec AMA Superbike series races. Honda’s Merkel wins 10 CBR600RR. (7) Bostrom captures the coveted number-one plate of the Interceptor’s 12 victories. in the final AMA Superbike race of the season. 68 Honda Road Race Team
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  69. 69. 2008 AMA Superbike Schedule March 5-8 May 29-June 1 August 1-3 Daytona 200 by Honda Honda Summit of Speed Honda Super Cycle Weekend Daytona International Speedway Miller Motorsports Park Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Daytona Beach, FL (Superbike Doubleheader) (Superbike Doubleheader) (in conjunction with the FIM World Lexington, OH April 18-20 Superbike race) Honda Superbike Classic Tooele, UT August 15-17 Barber Motorsports Park Virginia International Raceway (Superbike Doubleheader) June 6-8 (Superbike Doubleheader) Birmingham, AL Road America Alton, VA (Superbike Doubleheader) April 25-27 Elkhart Lake, WI August 29-31 California Speedway Road Atlanta (Superbike Doubleheader) July 18-20 (Superbike Doubleheader) Fontana, CA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Braselton, GA Monterey, CA May 16-18 (in conjunction with the U.S. Grand Prix) September 27-28 Infineon Raceway Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Superbike Doubleheader) Monterey, CA Sonoma, CA 70 Honda Road Race Team