|The Honda Red Riders took on round four of the 2011 AMA SuperCross series, an FIM World Championship at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA on Saturday, January 29. American Honda Racing's Trey Canard raced to a hard-fought sixth place aboard his Honda CRF450R, while Honda newcomer TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed recorded his first podium result of the season aboard his CRF450R. GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac put in another solid performance aboard his CRF250R to score his second-consecutive podium result in the SuperCross Lites West competition.
For the second week in a row, Canard was American Honda Racing's sole representative in the SuperCross competition with teammate Josh Grant sidelined with an injury. Canard got his night off to a solid start in his heat race by getting a good start and ran up front in second place. Unfortunately, Canard was unable to replicate that start in the main and rounded the opening turn at the rear of the pack. In damp racing conditions, Canard dug deep and mustered all his talent to fight his way up into the top 10 and finish in a hard-earned sixth place.
"Man, I really need to figure out my starts," said Canard. "I definitely didn't put myself in a good position to get on the podium this week. I'm not sure what I did to be dead last off the start but I know I'm not going to be on the podium if I put myself at the back of the field at the start of the race. I had to work so hard to get up to sixth position and the rainy conditions certainly didn't make the job any easier. I got a holeshot last week so I know I can do it. I just have to figure out how to be consistent out of the start gate."
Reed held off reigning champion Ryan Dungey aboard his CRF450R to score his first podium result of the season finishing runner-up, while GEICO Honda's Kevin Windham finished a spot behind Canard, taking seventh overall aboard his Honda CRF450R.
In the SuperCross Lites West competition, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac scored his second-consecutive podium result of his rookie season by taking third place, while teammate Jimmy DeCotis finished a solid eighth. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Cole Seely had his night cut short when he made contact with a tuff block on the opening lap of the Lites main event, damaging his brake pedal and he was forced out of the race. Teammate Travis Baker was among the frontrunners early on until he crashed out on the fourth lap.