News 4 Dec 2019

American Honda introduces 2020 teams in media event

Team Honda HRC, Geico Honda and MotoConcepts Honda launch.

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American Honda has introduced its 2020 teams ahead of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season in an official presentation at the factory’s test track.

Team Honda HRC headlined the event with the returning Ken Roczen and new signing Justin Brayton aboard the factory CRF450R.

Roczen, who is coming off a runner-up overall finish in the 2019 Pro Motocross series, is preparing for his fourth year with the squad in 450SX.

Meanwhile, Brayton, who just sewed up his fourth Australian Supercross Championship, returns to the team he last rode for in 2012. He continues his practice of focusing on stadium racing, and at the conclusion of the AMA Supercross series, his seat will be filled by 450 rookie Chase Sexton.

Sexton, the reigning 250SX East champion, currently rides for Geico Honda, American Honda’s Corona, California-based 250 satellite effort. He and his fellow CRF250R-mounted teammates including Jeremy Martin, Christian Craig, Jo Shimoda and Hunter and Jett Lawrence were also presented to media at the event.

Also on hand was the Smartop/MotoConcepts/Bullfrog Spas Honda team, which is based in Victorville, California, and will campaign the 450SX division on the CRF450R with Malcolm Stewart, Vince Friese and Justin Hill.

“This is always a busy, exciting time of the year with the supercross and arenacross openers around the corner, so it’s fun to take a short break and give our media friends the chance to hang our with our teams,” said Brandon Wilson, manager of advertising and motorcycle sports at American Honda.

“We have four strong teams with solid line-ups for 2020 and we take pride in those relationships. There’s every reason to be optimistic for a great year of stadium and arena racing for Red Riders.”

The 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season kicks off in Anaheim, California, on 4 January.