Honda Riders Head into Anaheim 1Friday, January 5, 2007 | 11:26 AM
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January 5, 2007
Torrance, California: The 2007 AMA Supercross season kickoff at Anaheim on January 6 sets the stage for another epic Supercross season, with a host of Honda riders vying for championships.
At the front of the pack you¹ll find Kevin Windham and his Honda CRF450R. The Mississippi native completed the 2006 Motocross Championship in second position after missing much of the 2006 Supercross series due to a broken arm. Windham heads into Anaheim healthy and hungry.
"The latter half of the 2006 season was just incredible," says Windham. "We did a lot of testing throughout the season. Everyone worked real hard, and it paid off by the end of the year. My team is just incredible, and I think this was the best I have ever ridden in my entire professional career. I am certain that 2007 is going to be a great year for me in Supercross and Motocross."
This year Windham teams with Travis Preston on the SoBe No
Fear/Samsung/Honda squad. Preston, also CRF450R-mounted, won the 125 West Supercross crown on this team in 2002, and he's happy to be back.
"This is a great team, and I'm looking for that special chemistry to
work to my advantage in 2007," says Preston.
Also competing in the Supercross class at Anaheim is Nick Wey, top privateer in the 2006 championship, and his teammate David Vuillemin, who finished fourth at the ¹06 Vancouver World Supercross GP and is currently fifth in WSGP points. Riding for Team MDK/MotoSport.com Honda, both riders will be podium threats at Anaheim 1.
Anaheim 1 will also see a fierce battle commence for the Supercross Lites West Championship, and you can count on Honda riders to be in the thick of it. Josh Grant, third in Supercross East and Motocross Lites and winner of the U.S. Open Supercross Lites in 2006, will be chasing his first Lites West win of the season at Anaheim. His new teammate, Ryan Sipes, already paved the way with his first professional career win in the 2007 Vancouver World Supercross Lites division. Grant will be joined by his SoBe No Fear/Samsung/Honda teammate Jake Weimer, who followed Grant across the finish line in second at the '06 U.S. Open. One rider missing from Lites action at Anaheim 1 will be Team Honda's Tommy Hahn, who suffered a bruised lung practicing the week prior to the race.
With a compelling roster of superb athletes, you can bet the Honda Red Riders will be at the front of the pack all year long. The whole Honda team will be on hand at the 2007 Supercross season opener at Anaheim signing autographs and meeting the Honda race team fans. Special autograph sessions with the riders will take place during the day at the Team Honda race transporter in the paddock (stop by and check for posted times).
Additionally, Honda will have a display of its current CRF250R and CRF450R team bikes, plus a collection of vintage Honda racebikes for fans to check out at close range.
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