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07.28.14

Honda Muscle Milk Top Ten at Washougal

AMA Motocross - Washougal, WA

As the only stop in the Pacific Northwest, the Washougal National is known as one of the most scenic tracks in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. With weather that complemented the beautiful facility, this past Saturday was a great day for racing. Just one week after scoring his first career 450 victory, Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac had another impressive showing, grabbing second overall with a pair of seconds. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard finished seventh overall, while teammate Fredrik Noren scored a career-best finish of eighth.

Canard nabbed a top-five start in moto one and quickly moved into second on lap two. He was able to fight off the advances of another rider for multiple laps before surrendering the position and taking over third. Canard relinquished one more spot during the 30-minute plus two-lap race, taking the checkered flag in fourth. In moto two, he got off the line to a less-than-desirable start and then crashed. He remounted in 39th and swiftly began moving his way through the field, putting together a noteworthy come-from-behind performance to finish 11th, which landed him seventh overall.

Trey Canard:
"Seventh is never a number you want to be excited about, but I am grateful to be healthy because I have left this place a few times in an ambulance. Overall it was an okay day. I can't be too bummed but on the other hand I can be bummed because it didn't work the way we wanted it to. This is a very difficult track, with the slick dirt and all the shadows that you have to ride through with the trees, but I really enjoy it. I am really looking forward to having a weekend off to recharge and head into the final races strong. We have been testing and have made good progress, so I think Unadilla will be good."

Fredrik Noren had a stellar day aboard his Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R, recording a career-best eighth overall with 9-7 finishes. In moto one, Noren grabbed an 11th-place start and worked his way up to ninth by the completion of the 16-lap race. When the gate dropped for the second time, he launched into the first turn, grabbed a top-10 start and crossed the line in eighth on the opening lap. Noren then worked his way up to an impressive sixth before relinquishing one position on lap 12, taking the checkered in seventh.

Fredrik Noren:
"I am pretty excited right now. I am really happy with my seventh in moto two and eighth overall. It was a career best moto finish for me and career best overall. I felt good today and think I was riding pretty well. Hopefully I can continue to take baby steps and make progress each week. We have a press session at Unadilla, which I think will help me by being able to ride the track before Saturday. I like that race, so we will see how it goes."

450 Class Overall Results
1. Ryan Dungey 1-1
2. Eli Tomac (Honda) 2-2
3. Ken Roczen 3-3
4. Brett Metcalfe 5-4

5. Andrew Short 6-5
6. Weston Peick 7-6 
7. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-11
8. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 9-7

9. Justin Brayton 8-8
10. Christian Craig (Honda) 10-12

450 Class Championship Points (after 9 of 12 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen 407

2. Ryan Dungey 393
3. Trey Canard 330
4. Brett Metcalfe 256
5. James Stewart 226
6. Josh Grant 218
7. Andrew Short 218

8. Weston Peick 217
9. Eli Tomac 212
10. Chad Reed 156
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  • Fredrik Noren, Photo: Cudby
  • Trey Canard, Photo: Honda