News 13 Oct 2021

Team Honda HRC names new team manager

Long-time Honda team member Lars Lindstorm to replace Erik Kehoe.

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American Honda has named Lars Lindstrom as new team manager of Team Honda HRC following the recent retirement of Erik Kehoe.

Lindstrom has extensive experience working within multiple areas of the factory Honda race team, most recently as 450 team crew chief.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity that Team Honda HRC has given me,” Lindstrom said. “My nearly two decades with Honda have been great and I’m excited for many more years to come. With my background, I feel I have the experience, knowledge and work ethic to be at the helm of the team.

“I’m also proud to have a personal relationship with every single Honda team manager since my father [Gunnar Lindstrom] held the position, which is a huge reason for my passion and connection to the team.

“It’s great to be able to get advice from leaders that I have a deep respect for, like Dave Arnold, Cliff White, Wess McCoy, Dan Betley and of course Erik Kehoe – the one who has taught me the most. With these guys in my corner, and with the guidance of [American Honda senior manager of customer engagement] Bill Savino and [American Honda manager of sports and experiential] Brandon Wilson, I feel like I can accomplish anything.

“With the momentum that Erik has created by assembling the incredible team that we have, I feel that 2022 will be even better than an already impressive 2021.”

Kehoe – who led the team to two AMA Supercross titles and four Pro Motocross championships including Jett Lawrence’s 250MX crown this season – has committed to stay on with Honda through the off-season to assist in Lindstrom’s transition.