Motocross

Mixed Fortunes But Promising Performance For Honda’s CR Electric Proto Debut

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Photo of motocross rider Trey Canard aboard Honda's CR Electric Proto
The eighth round of the 2023 All Japan Motocross Championship proved a strong debut for Honda’s CR Electric Proto as the Japanese giant sets its site on the Electric Moto Future

Team HRC experienced a day of mixed outcomes during Sunday’s race day at the eighth round of the All Japan Motocross Championship following a strong qualifying session on Saturday for the debut of the CR Electric Proto.

In the morning practice, Trey Canard continued to display the machine’s potential by securing the second-fastest time aboard the all-electric bike, which marked its global competitive debut.

The first-ever race for Honda’s prototype went smoothly. Canard started strongly, settling into a rhythm and finished second. As the weekend progressed, Canard closed in on the fastest lap, showing considerable speed and progress.

Photo of motocross rider Trey Canard aboard Honda's CR Electric Proto
Trey Canard gave the Honda CR Electric Proto its first serious hitout.

In the second heat, Canard had another strong start but unfortunately crashed, ending his race prematurely after an early collision with Jay Wilson, his rival from heat 0ne.

Returning for the third heat, Canard once again made a strong start, taking the lead from the first corner. He showcased the machine’s rapid electric torque by claiming two of the three holeshots. While extending his lead over Wilson, it seemed like the ideal way to conclude the weekend with the machine’s first win, but Canard crashed with 12 and a half minutes remaining in the 15-minute race as the track became more challenging.

Despite the challenges, the race provided valuable insights and data for the development of Honda’s all-electric motocross initiative.

Photo of motocross rider Trey Canard aboard Honda's CR Electric Proto
Honda’s CR Electric Proto proved strong off the start putting Trey Canard at the front in all three races contested.

“This weekend was definitely a big challenge for me but it was a great race for our development. Each time I was on the track we improved the motorcycle and the CR ELECTRIC PROTO team adapted to the challenge,” Canard said.

“We had some shines of brilliance as a team, the starts being one of them with two of the three holeshots. There were also some sections on the track that were very impressive and that makes me excited for the future of this motorcycle.

“I’m disappointed to not finish all of the motos after all of the hard work the team has put in but I think we showed that the potential of the bike is quite high, especially for our very first attempt at racing. I’m grateful to be a part of this effort and I’m very proud of each and every person who has worked so hard,” the American concluded

Photo of motocross rider Trey Canard aboard Honda's CR Electric Proto
Canard proved the Honda’s CR Electric Proto is fast out of the gate.

Taichi Honda, Team HRC Team Manager, added: “First of all, I would like to thank the development team and everyone involved for preparing the CR ELECTRIC PROTO to be ready for competition in such a short time.

“I would also like to thank Trey Canard for showing his potential even though he has only had a few tests.

“We had three heats for the first time today and we will take what we learnt from each race and feed it back to the ongoing development of the CR ELECTRIC project.”

Photo of motocross rider Trey Canard aboard Honda's CR Electric Proto
Despite the challenges, the race provided valuable insights and data for the development of Honda’s all-electric motocross initiative.

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