Here's Honda's little press release on the CRF450R


Apr 15, 2001

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Ryan Hughes to campaign new Honda CRF450R four-stroke motocrosser in the 2001

Hughes will debut Honda Racing's latest creation at Glen Helen Raceway this weekend

Torrance, CA — Honda Racing's Ryan Hughes, 2000 Motocross Des Nations winner, will contest the 2001 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships aboard Honda's all-new CRF450R four-stroke motocross race bike. Hughes, who joined Honda to assist in developing its new aluminum-framed liquid-cooled four-stroke motocross bike, will be the primary rider racing the machine in the 12-race series.

"My first goal for 2001 was to help Honda develop the four-stroke. My second goal is to put the bike on top of the winner's circle," said Hughes.

Motocross enthusiasts have eagerly awaited Honda's first four-stroke motocross bike. The race bike shares many attributes of Honda's legendary two-stroke designs, including Honda's latest, lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame. The all-new four-stroke engine blends Honda's considerable experience with its Baja-winning XR powerplants and the sophisticated technology developed in numerous road racing championships on both two and four wheels.

As the final step in preparation for the AMA outdoor national series, Hughes will campaign the CRF450R at Round 1 of the White Brothers Four-Stroke National Championships at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California on Sunday, April 22.

"There's no testing like racing, so we are going to have Ryan race the bike this weekend to work out any last minute details before round one of the outdoor national series," said Cliff White, Honda's Motocross Race Team Technical Director.

The Hughes-mounted CRF450R will make its official debut on Sunday May 13 in the first round of the 2001 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships, also at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.

80' YZ80 / 81' YZ125 / 83' XL600 / 83' VT500 / 84' VFR750 / 84' XT200 / 87' FZR1000 / 87' EX500 / 89' CR250 / 91' DR350 / 92' Knee Injury / 00' XR650R / 02' YZ450F or CR450F (waiting)
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