CR450 gets holeshots at Vegas
Posted May 06, 2001 - 04:34 AM
The CR450 debuted at the Vegas Supercross final. It was ridden by Heath Voss who had only a couple of days testing on it before this race. He pulled off both hole shots in his heat and in the main. He held his own for a couple of laps then faded in each race. The CR450 and the YZ426 went one two at the start of the main. Then the better riders prevailed on the 250s. Still, I'm thinking with a better rider, the CR450 competes with the boys.
By the way, It was reported that Carmicheal jumps ship to Honda for 2 million a year for three years. Not the 4 stroke though.
I won't give you the results, you have to buy the PPV on Directv for that. Hey, job security
Posted May 06, 2001 - 06:59 AM
Posted May 06, 2001 - 09:44 PM
After driving many hours to watch a stage of The Rim of the World Rally, I raced home on very busy freeways to see the Vegas race. I was amazed at how hard the new Honda pulled away at the start. In my opinion, it smoked the field in the drag race to the first turn. No doubt about it - this bike is fast.
About the Pay-Per-View coverage of the race - FANTASTIC! Awesome helmet-cam footage via Sebastien Tortelli, excellent commentary as always, and showed all of the heats, semi's, and even the LCQ's without commercials. Just like being there - only better.
[This message has been edited by Ron in SoCal (edited 05-06-2001).]
Posted May 06, 2001 - 12:37 PM
His bike has a compression release but he said the production bike has an automatic compression release (like the xr400) and that you can start it by hand, you don't need to find TDC, just kick it like a two stroke.
Posted May 07, 2001 - 05:36 AM
When in doubt, GAS IT!
What are you, YELLOW?
Posted May 07, 2001 - 06:00 AM
Posted May 07, 2001 - 07:24 AM
Do you me the promo shoots?
Posted May 07, 2001 - 03:44 PM
Posted May 07, 2001 - 04:02 PM
There is a white chalk line accross the first corner and it's just like a horse crossing the finish line to determine who gets the holeshot. Heath Voss on the Honda took the long way around the outside of the corner in his heat race and in the main event so the guys who cut to the inside got credited with the holeshot. As soon as they came out of that first corner everyone watching saw who had the most power and traction.... that Honda left everyone in the dust. In the heat race Carmicheal was actually ahead of Voss exiting the corner and then Voss blew right by like Carmicheal had shifted into reverse.
Posted May 07, 2001 - 09:03 PM
Posted May 08, 2001 - 01:41 AM
Posted May 08, 2001 - 02:17 PM
I saw the 450 in the pits, looks pretty nice... I'm convinced that it was Hondas plan to take the whole shot. Think about it they know they don't have a prayers chance in Vegas to win so atleast get the bike out in front to get some exposure.
All in all a great time!
Posted May 09, 2001 - 04:27 AM
I'll be in Colorado in Aug. for some big ride maybe we could hook up....
Posted May 09, 2001 - 09:11 PM
Keep me posted on when you will be out here in Aug. Are you talking the Divide ride? I'll definately try to make it, at least for a day anyway.