Honda Announces 2018 Motocross Race Team Management Changes

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By Evans Brasfield

MO wishes Erik Kehoe and Honda good luck in next year’s season.

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Honda Makes Motocross Race Team Management Changes for 2018 Season

Aug 11, 2017 – TORRANCE, Calif.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced today a number of changes regarding management of the Team Honda HRC and GEICO Honda race squads, which respectively handle the company’s official 450cc and 250cc AMA Supercross/Motocross racing efforts.

Erik Kehoe will return to American Honda as the Team Manager of Team Honda HRC. A former professional racer and Honda satellite-team manager, Kehoe previously managed Honda’s in-house AMA Supercross/Motocross team between 2002 and 2012.

Current Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley will move to the Factory Connection-run GEICO Honda squad, where he will serve as Team Manager. Betley replaces two-time AMA Motocross National Champion Mike LaRocco, who has spent nearly two decades with the GEICO Honda squad, first as a rider and then as a manager. A former Team Honda mechanic, Betley has considerable technical expertise that will be useful as Factory Connection helps Honda develop the all-new 2018 CRF250R, which shares much of its chassis with the CRF450R. With Honda Racing Corporation becoming more involved with the GEICO 250cc racing effort, Betley’s HRC relationships will be very valuable.

All changes become effective at the conclusion of the 2017 AMA Pro Motocross series.

Takashi “Sam” Mishima: Manager of Motorcycle Sports, American Honda

“We’re excited to implement these new managerial changes along with Factory Connection. Erik has close ties with Honda, having managed the factory team to five AMA Championships. By bringing our two organizations closer together, we’ll be able to more effectively carry out development of new models. American Honda and HRC are both becoming more involved with the 250cc racing effort, so moving Dan to the GEICO Honda team will be a great utilization of his development skills.”

Erik Kehoe

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