In the 2011 AMA Supercross/Motocross championships, Australian's Chad Reed began a new trek, competing with his self-owned team, Two-Two Motorsports Honda.
Financially, things were tight in 2011, but for 2012, Reed has full backing from American Honda, who provided the No. 22 rider with a CR-F 450 for the SX season.
With the first race of the season providing little taste of success, the riders in the GEICO Honda stable are ready for bigger things at the second stop of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour this Saturday at Chase Field.
The new Full Armor Skid Plates from Cycra Racing, which are used by top Motocross/Supercross teams such as Chad Reed's Two-Two Motorsports and the Factory Connection GEICO Honda team, bring together a contoured fit and superior protection that customers have come to expect from the premier plastic manufacturer in the motorcycle industry.
Two things were guaranteed at the 2012 AMA Supercross season-opener in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday evening - intense racing between grid that includes four past champions, and the Monster Energy girls.
Bad luck reared its head and bit GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn for the second consecutive year.
Following a 2011 beset by injury, Hahn will now miss three to six weeks of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Lites West season after fracturing his right hip during training on Wednesday at the Honda practice facility in Corona, Calif.
In the AMA Supercross Championship, winning the season opener provides a rider with much incentive for the upcoming season.
Incentive? Well, considering the winner of the season-opener went on to take that year's championship an incredible 18 times in the history of Supercross, winning the first race can easily instill confidence in a rider.
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Supercross results from Chase Field, Phoenix, listed below:
Chase Field Phoenix, the second stop on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour, proved that 2012 is going to be a highly competitive year, challenging 2011's "Greatest Season Ever."
James "Bubba" Stewart followed up sixth at the 2012 AMA Supercross season opener (Anaheim I) with an eighth-place finish at Chase Field, Phoenix, Saturday evening.
This was after the Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha pilot crashed while battling his way through the field towards the front. But Phoenix Supercross didn't start this way for Stewart.
GEICO Honda turned up a pair of fours on Saturday night at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at Chase Field.
Supercross rider Kevin Windham and Lites West rider Eli Tomac both barely missed finishing on the podium with each pulling home in fourth place. However, the path each rider got to the same finish was as different as night and day.
HJC, a maker of motorcycle helmets, has four pro racers in its 2012 sponsorship lineup, including the American Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) in MotoGP.
When the 17-round AMA Supercross Championship throttled into action at Anaheim, Calif., newly-signed KTM rider Ryan Dungey showed the SX-F 450 was a top contender, landing the Austrian-based machine on the podium.
Following a year of AMA Supercross/Motocross injuries, including a broken femur, Trey Canard was fully-prepped for the 2012 season, ready to compete with the likes of Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey.
After a strong start through the first two events of the 2012 AMA Supercross season, GEICO Honda's riders are looking to capitalize on their early momentum at this Saturday's stop at Dodger Stadium.
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Supercross results from Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, listed below
The 2012 AMA Supercross Championship headed to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Saturday evening for Round 3 of 17, a race plagued by a red flag on the very first lap in the SX class.