Confirmation: Team Honda HRC Announces Four-Rider Roster for 2021

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12/1/2020 10:05 AM

Factory squad to incorporate both 450 and 250 efforts

TORRANCE, Calif. (December 1, 2020) – American Honda confirmed today that its official squad—Team Honda HRC—will comprise four riders campaigning two classes for the 2021 AMA Supercross/AMA Pro Motocross season. As previously announced, Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton will compete aboard the all-new 2021 CRF450R in the 450 class. In addition, Hunter and Jett Lawrence join the team to race the CRF250R in the quarter-liter division.

A three-time AMA champion and one-time FIM champion, Roczen won four AMA Supercross rounds last season and finished third in the final points standings before sitting out AMA Pro Motocross to focus on recovering from the effects of the Epstein-Barr virus. Meanwhile, Sexton successfully defended his AMA Supercross 250 East Region crown with the Factory Connection squad before advancing to the premier class with Team Honda HRC for AMA Pro Motocross, in which he won the final round.

The Australian Lawrence brothers both rode for Factory Connection in 2020, with Jett winning the final AMA Pro Motocross round and earning the Marty Smith Rookie of the Year Award. In recent seasons, Team Honda HRC has focused on the 450 class, but with the recent dissolution of the Factory Connection Race Team following a long and successful collaboration with Honda, the 250 effort is being absorbed into the in-house project for 2021. Factory Connection will continue to work with Team Honda HRC in various capacities.

“The 2021 season will be upon us soon, and our team is working hard to prepare,” said Brandon Wilson, Manager of Advertising and Motorcycle Sports at American Honda. “While we were sorry to see Factory Connection’s race team shut down, we’re pleased to continue a relationship with their company, and we’re excited to have such a talented rider lineup for both classes. When you also factor in our solid team structure, there’s every reason to expect a positive performance from Team Honda HRC next year.”

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12/1/2020 10:10 AM

Awesome, what a great Team.
Lawrence brothers are gonna be fun to watch!

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12/1/2020 10:11 AM

WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS?!?! w00t

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12/1/2020 10:12 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2020 10:14 AM

We haven’t seen a 4 man team from Honda in sometime. They must really like the Lawrence brothers.

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12/1/2020 10:14 AM

Good stuff.

IMO Sexton is gonna have a breakout year if he gels with the bike.

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12/1/2020 10:22 AM

FINALLY

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Don't ever let facts get in the way of a great story

12/1/2020 10:26 AM

HandicapMX wrote:

WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS?!?! w00t

Here's every photo we received...



























Hope you like them!

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12/1/2020 10:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2020 10:29 AM


While we wait for photos...


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12/1/2020 10:28 AM

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12/1/2020 10:32 AM

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12/1/2020 10:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2020 10:35 AM

Awesome just like the good old days

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12/1/2020 10:51 AM

Last four man team was 2009? Shorty, Davi, Townley, Hot Sauce?

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Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

12/1/2020 11:01 AM

I know I am probably just overthinking this but could they be hiding a Jett injury that is keeping him off the bike? We know Hunter is still recovering but I do think it is a bit odd we still have not seen any video or pics? Especially with the announcement today. Just a thought.

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12/1/2020 11:06 AM

HandicapMX wrote:

WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS?!?! w00t

GuyB wrote:

Here's every photo we received...



























Hope you like them!

Why are they running all white plastic this year?

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12/1/2020 11:11 AM

Damn what a team!

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12/1/2020 11:13 AM

88FYNN88 wrote:

I know I am probably just overthinking this but could they be hiding a Jett injury that is keeping him off the bike? We know ...more

Jett posted on Instagram with great on today

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12/1/2020 12:13 PM

str8line wrote: Photo

Talk about a powerhouse team...

Team Honda in the 80’s and early-mid 90’s was unbelievable.

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12/1/2020 12:52 PM

Couple lines put together and a quote from the advertising manager? Way to put your back into it HRC.

I've seen more effort from the local smoothie shop announcing their seasonal protein shake.

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12/1/2020 1:11 PM

2 Aussies on the of the most prestigious factory teams! how about it! Lesgooooo

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12/1/2020 1:18 PM

Is Hunter Lawrence back on the bike yet? He's yet to complete a full season of racing since coming to America. I get that they took both the Lawrence brothers, but I feel like Shimoda would've been the better pick over Hunter.

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12/1/2020 1:27 PM

And, Jett signed with REDBULL

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12/1/2020 1:51 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2020 1:53 PM

str8line wrote: Photo
omalley wrote:

Talk about a powerhouse team...

Team Honda in the 80’s and early-mid 90’s was unbelievable.

...number plates need to be larger, they can barely see them from the Space Station.

The only thing bigger than those plates on Team Honda was Bob Hannah's ego...

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12/1/2020 1:55 PM

I'd say the return of the "Factory Team" is written on the wall.

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12/1/2020 2:10 PM

HandicapMX wrote:

WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS?!?! w00t

GuyB wrote:

Here's every photo we received...



























Hope you like them!

Must have been really foggy for the shoot...

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12/1/2020 2:48 PM

deanwhite51 wrote:

And, Jett signed with REDBULL

hahahahahah how did this get thumbs down.

people be salty about the truth.

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12/1/2020 3:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2020 3:11 PM

robotsfrom wrote:

Is Hunter Lawrence back on the bike yet? He's yet to complete a full season of racing since coming to America. I get that they ...more

How many seasons has forkner completed lately in last few years ? So should shimoda get a ride over Forkner ?? It’s hard to know exactly what the teams look at when hiring but everyone on here reckons that most or the riders on factory teams shouldn’t be there and other riders should .

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12/1/2020 3:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2020 3:26 PM

str8line wrote: Photo
omalley wrote:

Talk about a powerhouse team...

Team Honda in the 80’s and early-mid 90’s was unbelievable.

Brent wrote:

...number plates need to be larger, they can barely see them from the Space Station.

The only thing bigger than those plates ...more

Check out the size of plates they were required to wear in 81. They were very large and very ugly.

I like the ones pictured above.

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12/1/2020 3:15 PM

HandicapMX wrote:

WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS?!?! w00t

This! I can't wait
Just something about factory 'little' bikes!

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why am I reading this? ..... Oh christ, now I'm posting...... shiiiiiiiit!!

12/1/2020 5:06 PM

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Gosh dang it that’s neat.
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12/1/2020 5:25 PM

Jardo wrote: Photo
Gosh dang it that’s neat.

Clutch cover still says Geico.....

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